Certain rights have always enjoyed a place of privilege at the cost of other rights. Here I refer to our collective conscience, which is outraged selectively. We feel more enraged by encroachments on our freedom of expression than by agricultural distress gripping large parts of the country. Another such instance could be identity politics which dwarfs questions of malnutrition, farmer suicides and poverty, to name only a few.
Priyanka Chakravarty is a PhD Scholar at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway. Previously, she was a Research Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
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