The tragedy is that the era of the great social movements is over. They belong to yesterday’s newspaper to be sampled as nostalgia.
It is clear that we are in a transitional time. The non-party political process that gave us Aruna Roy and Medha Patkar is tired, while political parties are witless. Old memories make no sense to a generation literally born a decade after the Emergency. One cannot tap into the historical unconscious because current memory is illiterate about nationalism, Naxalbari or Narmada.
The Problem with the Political, Shiv Viswanathan, DNA, 16 November, 2013