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... In late November, Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of Lalu Prasad, threatened to skin Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the security for his father had been downgraded a notch. It is a measure of how inured we have become to the ugliness of the language used in politics that this statement merited attention for just a day. We then moved on to hearing about the next example of political leaders abusing each other. Thrust and repartee are a part of political debate, but now the natural expression of an argument is in coarse language. And since finding the right catch phrase and sound bite has also become important, this seems best expressed with abuse rather than with wit or sarcasm. Abusive language in Indian politics is not new. What is new is that political leaders, including those who occupy high public offices, regularly resort to such practice. This has led to the general debasement of the language of debate. This is the “new normal” in politics. The grammar of political discourse has seen two kinds of debasement. ...Indian Express on Dec. 6, 2017, 12:40 a.m.
...Is this historically valid? Narasimha Rao was a complex political personality whose career spanned half a century. Any historical reckoning of his personality must first take cognisance of the fact that he was at the centre of two of the three most violent events of India after 1947: the anti-Sikh violence of November 1984 and the destruction of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. Vinay Sitapati’s meticulously prepared biography of Narasimha Rao, Half Lion, is a sympathetic account (the second heading is “How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India”), which nevertheless recounts important events of 1984 and 1992. Narasimha Rao was Home Minister when Indira Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi on October 31, 1984. ...The Hindu on Oct. 22, 2016, 2:41 a.m.