CBI, RBI, and All the Pillars of Democracy Under Attack

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CBI, RBI, and All the Pillars of Democracy Under Attack

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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eorge Orwell writes in the ageless novel 1984, “The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” Nothing could better define for us the year that has just gone by. A year that for the country’s institutions, was more about the tussles within rather than the work they accomplished.

It is a strange and disturbing thought that the very institutions founded to implement and sustain democracy, have had to struggle with undemocratic values in recent times. The tectonic friction in government institutions is an example of how the ruling party has left no place where its interfering finger hasn’t been dipped. The previous year will probably go down in history as the time several institutions lost their autonomy and integrity – in some cases, irreparably.

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