No long post till Monday. In the interim, a running list of good reads salvaged from the net, which I will keep updating over the weekend. First up, Sharda Ugra on the smoke-and-mirrors show at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad (it was “Motera” to cricket fans when it was actually the Vallabhbhai Patel stadium, and I see no reason to change now).
The Delhi riots, which followed in the wake of the anti-CAA riots, is an episode the current regime would like to put behind it — mainly because the multitude of cases filed by the Delhi police against students and activists (while ignoring the hate speech that triggered violence) is unraveling in the courts. Against that background, read Rahul Bhatia’s beautifully reported piece, linked above, on the travails of a Muslim who became a witness against the alleged perpetrators of the violence.
Item: Former Australian PM Tony Abbott balances out Gideon Haigh’s scathing piece in The Australian the other day, with this panegyric to Modi. Was waiting for this, actually, ever since I heard that when Haigh’s piece was published, the upper reaches of The Australian’s management went into a tizzy and began discussing damage control measures.
Speaking of Gideon Haigh, the writer seems hell-bent on ensuring that he is black-listed when it comes to visas to visit India, going forward. (I’d mailed him this thought a few days back; his response was “I was surprised they gave me a visa this time”).
Here is a clip from his piece on the first day of the fourth Test: