The Mother Tongue Murders

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The Mother Tongue Murders

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ike the ticking of the world’s most distressing clock, journalists, rationalists, and dissenters regularly wind up dead in India and we’ve come to accept this now with a certain deadening numbness. It isn’t the sudden, concussive numbness that accompanies shocking news; it is the dead, unresponsive numbness of a callus formed over long periods of rough work.

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