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Warlike fortification at Delhi borders is lousy politics, shows govt’s paranoia and insenstivity

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Warlike fortification of approaches to Delhi with nails, concertina and concrete is lousy politics, lousier optics. It shows the government is paranoid and insensitive. This is no way to deal with protests in a democracy. Turning your capital into a barricaded fortress in the 21st Century is a bad joke.

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  1. About the ridiculous fortification around Delhi, maybe the Modi-Shah government knows something that we don’t. Maybe there’s a threat of an ACTUAL COUP!!

  2. A paperless Budget brings back childhood memories from Poona. The official document would be sent from Delhi by registered post, a few days in advance. An act of implicit faith in the integrity / infallibility of the postal department, since in those days the document contained far more sensitive information than it does today. It would be placed in the office safe. It was only after father and his colleagues heard the FM start making his speech on their transistor that they would open the parcel with due ceremony. Then would begin a rush to contact all the manufacturers who had dutiable goods in their godowns, which might attract changed rates from midnight.

  3. The situation / face off with the farmers is unravelling. Not heading towards an outcome where wide ranging agricultural reforms, leading eventually to change of cropping patterns, can be expected to succeed. Straining the social fabric, including in Punjab, at a time of external peril. In practical terms, there is little difference between an eighteen month stay and a repeal. In either contingency, new laws will be re-enacted, through a process of wider consultation. A time for both statecraft and statesmanship.

  4. The number of seats in the Lok Sabha for different states has been frozen as per the 1971 census, now due for reconsideration.There is a compelling case for extending that indefinitely, perhaps coterminous with the duration of the policy of reservations. In the intervening period, one set of states has produced more GDP, the other more citizens. Setting up a creative tension between them. So one applauds the Finance Commission.

    If one chooses to call it politics yes it is LOUSY POLITICS played with sticks and weaponized tractors.

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