Saturday, June 10, 2006

Undo. Way to go.

Why is a PC more user-friendly than everyday living? Because it gives us the Undo option. Were such an option there in life, we could well have used it to undo the colonial institutions and the colonial attitude that dog us. (Mark Tully found them persistent in India on his return after a gap of twenty odd years.) It is these, rather than corruption, that goad the Indian elite to ignore, if not to downright despise, the poor and the destitute amongst us. (This is what he's hinting at in his The Defeat of A Congressman [Introduction].) Else, how can we account for the indignities that are the everyday lot of the terminally deprived in this secular democratic republic?

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