CAA has sparked a strange fire
This Republic Day finds India in turmoil. As the fury bubbled, I wished Jayaprakash Narayan were here to direct the swelling tides of anger that threaten to overwhelm our cities. The massive surge he rode had no focus. The focus this time - the Citizenship Amendment Act - is chimerical. The excitement in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Lucknow's Ghanta Ghar and other places is captured in the Bengali word hujug. It's like England's South Sea Bubble or the Kalgoorlie gold rush when a lame man led a blind one to the fabled mines. Yet, despite the title of a once-famous film, there's never a rebel without a cause.