The trouble with writing this column is that every time I click on the video of Anugya, the Jamia Millia Islamia student who distilled the meaning of education, belonging and the ideas enshrined in the Constitution in an emotionally charged 4-minute interview to television reporters, I can’t stop my own tears.
My tears are entirely involuntary and take me by surprise. I rarely click on news-clips online, especially not the ones that seem to have gone viral. Having worked in news television for a decade and a half, I feel fatigued and cynical about the manufacture of sound bites. Yet I recognize that we are in a special moment in history right now. Read More