The wisdom we have gained over the past five years

An aphoristic reflection of the new realities facing us as Indian electioneering nears an end

SALIL TRIPATHI is a writer based in London. Read Salil’s previous Mint columns at

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. He who controls the past controls the future. These outwardly paradoxical aphorisms have been popular since George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984 was published in 1949, and they carry considerable...

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