Coup in Maharashtra: Let Us Celebrate the Quiet Burial of ‘New India’

It will be easy, as also natural, to feel outraged at the constitutional travesty enacted at the governor’s house in Maharashtra this morning.

The birth of a new government should be a cheerful occasion but this was a joyless affair. Indeed, the Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar skulduggery can only be compared with the fraud of July 1984 when G.M. Shah was sworn in at midnight as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir by governor Jagmohan.

But those were bad old days of an autocratic, authoritarian Indira Gandhi. And that should be a matter of some satisfaction to all  that the New India has finally begun to look very much like the soiled Old India.

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