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The politics of cool

However much the government and its outreach community might insist it is merely an enabling act, it is hard to see it as anything but the first step towards a constitutionally Hindu nation

Mihir S Sharma 

Mihir S Sharma

Instagram, that most millennial of social networks, was till recently composed almost entirely of people’s vacation snaps and close-ups of their unappetising bowls of salad. But over the past fortnight, it has completely changed character for many of us. Now, when you scroll through Instagram stories, they are 50 per cent photos from protests and 50 per cent lists of where the next protests are.

Instagram’s winter of discontent has well and truly begun. On one level, it is easy to mock and deride this phenomenon. Seasoned political types will ask themselves what value to ...

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First Published: Fri, January 10 2020. 21:00 IST
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