The Telegraph
Saturday , May 3 , 2014

Dangers of hero worship

In this election season, I have been thinking a great deal about B.R. Ambedkar — about Ambedkar the theorist of democracy, rather than Ambedkar the emancipator of the Dalits. I have been recalling, and returning to, a remarkable speech he delivered to the Constituent Assembly of India on November 25...   | Read..
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Balanced emotions
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Elusive peace and shadow play
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Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us... — and they yawn and settle back for a comfortable nap. But tell them that the Martians are landing, and they scream and run. — ISAAC ASIMOV