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telegraphindia.com 10 Sep, 2021 03:45 am

Year of paradoxes: A tale of two abbreviations

Year of paradoxes: A tale of two abbreviations
A tale of two abbreviations

The year, 2021, marks the commencement of our existence as an independent country for over seven decades.But 2021 is also the year when the prime minister’s Independence Day speech from the Red Fort was delivered without mentioning Mahatma Gandhi even once.Yet, 2021 is also the year when we see the Congress drifting apart week by week without even murmuring to itself what its ideology is.In contrast, 2021 marks the year of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, a development that has given the Islam-baiters in India a convenient handle to indiscriminately demonize all Muslims of the subcontinent.

However, the most disturbing of all these for me is that 2021 marks the 150th year of the enactment of the first Criminal Tribes Act in 1871.Since the earlier notifications were withdrawn, these communities came to be known as the Denotified Tribes, most of whom were nomadic by habit.

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