An emerging pattern
In India, patriotism is fast becoming the first port of call, giving lumpen elements a calling card for thuggery
How fragile must a country be if it can’t withstand a few slogans? How distrustful of the law are its lawyers if they beat up students they have determined as being anti-national? How disdainful of natural justice would a police chief be if he asks students to prove their innocence? How cynical is the ruling party spokesman when he uses doctored videos on prime-time television, his poker face showing a callous disregard for reality? And are we being naive if we fail to see the pattern and continue to believe that the prime minister is seriously committed to the development agenda, but he is quaintly powerless to rein in his wayward party members?