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.
The line of the day comes from a news report on Narendra Modi abruptly terminating an interview by Karan Thapar because of questions about the Gujarat riots:
Before walking out, the firebrand leader said he never bothered to indulge in an image building exercise and argued that only two-three people have accused him of being prejudiced against Muslims.
Right. And only seven-eight people live in India.
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