Wake Up, Vasundhara Raje. Your Passive Politics Only Encourages Lynch Mobs

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Wake Up, Vasundhara Raje. Your Passive Politics Only Encourages Lynch Mobs

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he current campaign for Rajasthan tourism has the catchy tagline “Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye”. Of course, it’s meant to evoke typical Rajasthani tropes: grand Rajput palaces, the windswept dunes of the Thar, colourful locals, and rare wildlife that makes the state such a hit with domestic and international visitors. But if you used newspapers as a guide, instead of government-approved travel brochures, the visuals take a dark turn. Now, instead of grandeur and kesariya balams, Rajasthan seems like a frightening land of lynch mobs and apathetic governance. Rakhbar Khan’s killing in Alwar by rabid cow vigilantes and neglectful police officials proves that something is deeply wrong in the state of Rajasthan.

Padharo maro des? Thanks, but no thanks. Because jaane kya dikh jaye.

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