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Debased politics

The unedifying exchange of words between Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi, the subsequent indignation all round and the interventions by the Election Commission and the Supreme Court have led to much debate. There is good reason to be incensed that a sitting chief minister should get a crowd to shout in favour of extra-judicial killings, as though there is no law in this land. This goes well beyond the specifics of any law that the Supreme Court and Election Commission can use, it goes to the fundamentals of what kind of society the country wants. Mr Modi says in his defence that Sonia Gandhi ...