For the time being, the Congress regime—and its detestable offshoot, emergency rule—have come to an end in India. By now, the first celebrations are over. However skeptical one might be—and there are plenty of reasons for skepticism—it is a rare delightful sight to see the insolence of office so soundly punished; to see the erstwhile prisoners get rid of their jailers; to watch the high and mighty digging their own graves. But, you will say, surely they are still around; replacements have been found; their apparatus of state power is not buried yet? Quite right. It is a twisted and contradictory tale. (And it seemed no less puzzling in close-up when I was in India recently, than it might seem from a distance.
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