Another Republic Day is at hand, and as India celebrates 61 years of democracy, every monkey with Internet access is putting up his two cents on the state of the union. These articles will invariably be a tale of how our netas and babus are royally screwing us over, with perhaps some tributes to our brave men and women in uniform thrown in, and perhaps some words of how we are on the right path and obstacles are to be expected and will be dealt with.
It’s our birthright, isn’t it? The Constitution guarantees us the right to speech and expression, and we do rightfully take pride in keeping India the idea alive in the form of the Indian Republic. Freedom of speech is one marker for democracy and for being a civilised society. But, do we really make the cut to be called one?