11 Oct, 2015
Everybody expected the 21st century to be characterised by communal harmony, mutual brotherhood and greater tolerance. Rajiv Gandhi envisioned an India without communalism, casteism, hatred and violence. As ill luck would have it, he did not live long enough to give practical shape to his vision. Successive governments belonging to varied political formations ruled this country after his death, until May 2014. These governments had different ideologies and differed in their style and approach towards various social, economic, political and external issues. However, there was near unanimity on one issue: the secular fabric and pluralistic ethos of the country had to be preserved.
Today, it seems that this consensus no longer exists.