It's almost Independence Day. More importantly for us holiday-crazed city-slickers, the long weekend is here. Those of us who are staying behind have enough to do. We could join other mall-rats as they flock in pursuit of enormous discounts. Or we could head for the binge fests that are beckoning Salivation Armies to food courts, or maybe go bottoms up many happy hours before Dry Day. And for keepsakes there are perfunctory tricolors in eco-unfriendly plastic being hawked at traffic lights.
In the midst of such distractions, the nation's Fourth Estate is hacking away. While edit meets are abuzz with reheated clichés, the usual talking heads are polishing the platitudes they will inflict upon us in their allotted column-centimeters. Doubtless, there will be renewed praise of Gandhis and Nehrus old and new. The Sangh Parivar, disgruntled as ever, will disagree by dunking history in a vat of hot saffron. Doordarshan, which has just about stopped airing a worn Meri desh ki dharti, willRead More »from The freedom fighters we forgot