The Wall vs the Mandir


The Wall vs the Mandir

Illustration: Akshita Monga


eorge Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, first published in 1949, became a bestseller in 2017. The novel paints a picture of a government wielding severe control over its people and persecuting any form of independent thought. George Orwell didn’t know that reality TV star and Dr Batra’s future patient, Donald Trump, would some day be in the position of the leader of the free world when he spoke about Newspeak and Doublethink.

Up until last week, the world and its optimistic inhabitants lived under the vague idea that there is no way that Trump would actually put into action his outrageous campaign promises. But last Wednesday, he signed an executive order to commence building his magnum opus and the most ambitious of his campaign promises – the wall. This was followed by the executive order on Friday that banned the entry of refugees, migrants, and green-card holders from seven Muslim-majority nations to the United States.