A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
‘In the last three years, we have been witness to an unfortunate vilification campaign around you and your ideas about freedom, secularism and socialism.’
The seven-foot plus bronze sculpture of Gandhi, which has a bullet hole and the words ‘Hey Ram’ engraved on its back, is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bengaluru.
During the anti-colonial struggle, nationalism made people think about ways to oust (colonial) injustice. Today, nationalism is being asked to play the opposite role: Prevent people from thinking about questions of justice.