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The frenzied mob pulled out his toenails and hair.
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The buffalo had stopped giving milk.
The complexities of extrajudicial justice in India.
Why is our sense of patriotism so fragile?
Anyone who has read Lord of the Flies is familiar with the concept that the institution of civilisation is the only wall between humans and savagery. The absence of justice brought out the monsters of revenge in us - and I do not just mean the vigilantes. This includes every person who remained quiet for years and years while lives were shed in the hands of mobs.