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Is home a free country?

Governments curtail our freedom by making new laws and databases and devising surveillance technologies

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Radhika Oberoi 



Radhika Oberoi

The world is tethered to cataclysm. Racked by virulent microorganisms, stupefied by war in Eastern Europe that may cause a global conflagration, this is an age terrible and terrifying. It will end anticlimactically, “Not with a bang but a whimper,” as predicted by T S Eliot in his 1925 poem, The Hollow Men. But for now, its aching heart heaves with questions: And what of freedom? Of democracy? Of geographies — country, city, village, homeland? Of the certitude that home is a place of safety and comfort? Of the right to cross borders and live unfettered, elsewhere?

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First Published: Sat, March 19 2022. 00:14 IST

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