On Dissent, Dissenters and Petrification of Politics
ANANYA VAJPEYI New Delhi - -
"Why are we – people who feel that there ought to be some space for disagreement in a democratic society, and more so in a dialogue between the world's two largest democracies -- so completely, unequivocally, undeniably, helpless? Why was there an utter absence of radical energy in the anti-Bush protests in Delhi?
March 02, 2006.
"Today the Indian government signed an agreement with US President George W. Bush that would, if passed by the American Congress, allow unprecedented Indo-US cooperation on nuclear energy. The Indian stock market went through the roof. Indian television channels and newspapers could barely contain their euphoria.
Nay-sayers, of which there are always some to be found, even in these times of near-total consensus between all shades of political opinion on practically all matters of any importance to the world, took out a protest demonstration in the heart of official Delhi, on Parliament Street."
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