Karnataka convincing victory has come as a morale booster for the beleaguered Congress party, which finds itself entangled in financial scandals, embarrassed by errant ministers and hampered by an uncooperative opposition. Even as they celebrate their victory in Karnataka, Congress leaders are aware that the sorry state of affairs in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) found itself in the state may not be repeated everywhere.
The escalation of tension along the Line of Control (LoC) has transformed the nature of discourse across the nation. Issues like corruption, rising prices and women safety have suddenly receded to the background and anti-Pakistan frenzy is being whipped up at various forums. A virtual war with our recalcitrant neighbor is on, especially in TV studios.
India Gate, the heart of the capital, continued to be a battleground on Sunday as thousands of students, youth and commoners gathered there on the second day of protest against the brutal gang rape of a young woman.
The arrest of two girls over posting and liking a comment on Facebook that questioned Mumbai shutdown after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death, shows how intolerant some of our politicians, who owe their position to democracy, but do not want the netizens to enjoy their right to free speech the very democracy has given them, are.