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Nilanjana Roy: The marketplace of outrage

What we have developed today is a marketplace of outrage. And if you set up a marketplace of outrage, you have to expect everyone to enter it. Everyone now wants to say, “My feelings are more hurt than yours.” —Monica Ali Author of Brick Lane Over the last 10 days, we witnessed the Shiv Sena attack on Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey, which resulted in the book being burned outside Mumbai University and then withdrawn from the syllabus. What was instructive weren’t the well-worn, shabby arguments in favour of the ban, arguments that sought to ...