Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.
Salil Tripathi writes in:
Reading about the note on men willing to die for others in the army reminds me of a conversation X [a colleague] had with a general once. (True story; I was around him at the cocktail; we were Y [a newsmagazine] colleagues). So this general berated X and Y, saying journalists are unpatriotic, anti-national, selling the nation’s interests down the drain, not committed to unity, whereas he was patriotic, willing to lay his life for the country. After he finished this dramabazi, X said: General, I am patriotic; you are paid to be patriotic.
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