Wednesday, August 15, 2007

60 years of freedom? Only for some

As much of urban India holidays and indulges in vacuous patriotic talk, let me be the party pooper. Two stories of the day to remind why freedom still eludes us:

a) A 22-year-old Dalit, the first from his village to get into an engineering college, is killed by upper-cast men in UP. Read it in The Indian Express.

b) Fundamentalist Hindus from Shiv Sena ransack the Mumbai office of Outlook, a news weekly, after it included Bal Thackeray's name in its list of villains. Where is the freedom to express ourselves? More here.


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