Few talk of the greatness of ideas that sprung in the beginning of the revolution – pluralism in literature, poetry, linguistics, mathematics – that is sheer genius.
Today, Champaran must save democracy from the drabness of majoritarian politics by creating new fictions for colour, for diversity, and for pluralism.
The Dera’s support of the BJP brought the party to power. To talk now of a crackdown, when complicity and cooperation marked the relationship, seems hypocritical.
Partition as memory is still an oral world embedded in silences, caught in a language of despair that refuses to heal 70 years later.
In a democracy that derecognises citizenship and only recognises the protest of dominant castes and vote banks, one has to brutally say “I secede therefore I am”.
Creating an event like International Yoga Day was brilliant, institutionalising it would be disastrous