What the Removal of CBI Chief Alok Verma Says about the State of the Nation

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What the Removal of CBI Chief Alok Verma Says about the State of the Nation

Illustration: Akshita Monga

S

ay what you will about populist leaders, but you do need to marvel at the predictable homogeneity of their chosen courses of action.

Two years ago, America’s muddled masses confused reality with reality TV and elected an imbecile as president. As a country that believes itself a contender for the next world superpower, India watched with amusement as Donald Trump convinced us repeatedly of his ineptitude. Not only was he out of his depth, he was systematically pulling a proud nation down with him. For a brief moment, we held a certain pride that at least our Prime Minister knew what he was doing. Moral misgivings be damned; our man was a strong leader and had enough political experience, enough of a handle on the economy to pull us into a better place.

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