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Is home a free country?

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


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: Mar 19 2022 | 12:14 AM IST

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