God’s Own Wrath?

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Part of be­long­ing to a na­tion, of shar­ing, how­ever nom­i­nally, a na­tional iden­tity, is the abil­ity to rally round your com­pa­tri­ots in a cri­sis. But from the dank­est, most fetid cor­ners of so­cial me­dia emerged the ugly caw­ing of those ap­par­ently un­happy not at the plight of their fel­low In­di­ans in Ker­ala, but at the sym­pa­thy their suf­fer­ing was gen­er­at­ing. Peo­ple in Ker­ala are mostly Mus­lim and Chris­tian, they don’t de­serve your char­ity, went one ar­gu­ment. They’re mostly rich, went an­other, so they don’t de­serve your char­ity. And from S. Gu­ru­murthy, newly ap­pointed to the board of the RBI, came the ab­surd no­tion that the floods had to do with the Supreme Court’s ob­ser­va­tion last month that girls and women of all ages have the right to en­ter the Sabari­mala tem­ple. Gu­ru­murthy later back­tracked, claim­ing these were not his thoughts but those of the ‘peo­ple’. There oughta be a word for these guys. Anti-na­tional?

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