Friday, August 08, 2003
Is Gujarat becoming a longterm headache?

I am increasingly worried that something is going horribly wrong with the BJP's experiment in Gujarat. I am worried that that state is becoming the Alabama or Mississippi of India - a place that, in the name of tradition, practices exclusivism, and to justify it, misuses terms such as state rights or state pride.
Rediff reports now that Modi is going to celebrate the coming I-Day in the erstwhile capital of Solankis - a city that fell in the 13th century. This is not good. Time and again, we seem to be digging deeper and deeper into our past to invent a claim to glory - instead of trying to produce proof in the present that we deserve being glorified. Societies that do this have a good record of ossifying.


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