Choosing My Religion

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Choosing My Religion

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré

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In these times when the world clamours for freedom of every kind, from the freedom of speech to sexual orientation, I draw cold comfort from the fact that freedom is a relatively new concept, the contours of which are constantly being redrawn and redefined.

The idea of universal adult suffrage, for instance, revolutionary in its time, came into being as recently as 1893 in distant New Zealand. Even France – that flag bearer of modernism which introduced the world to universal male suffrage – did not allow its women to become a part of the process of electing a government until 1944. And in America, blacks were excluded from voting until the late 20th century.

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