Knock, Knock, Knocking on Democracy’s Door


Knock, Knock, Knocking on Democracy’s Door

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ama Indra Kumarhas been on a protest fast for the last 19 years.

I hear about him within 10 minutes of entering Jantar Mantar, that Mecca of protestors. His demand is as simple as it is ambiguous: Sarkarein toh badli baar baar, vyavahastha badlo iss baar (Governments have changed multiple times, let’s change the situation this time). I am on the brink of feeling deeply impressed by his Irom Sharmila-like resolve, but on the 11th minute, I am informed that he secretly eats samosas at a nearby tapri every night between 8 and 8.30 pm.