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If it were not about the failure of democracy, it would actually be hilarious. Yesterday's travesty of the most fundamental aspect of democracy - people's participation - was unprecedent as far as poll-related violence goes, in the country and most certainly in Tamil Nadu.
I'm sure almost everyone in Chennai has a story to tell from yesterday. Some of you, who can tell the nice tale, have been fortunate, though clearly you are also in a minority. Those people have incidents of violence, booth capturing, criminal intimidation, snatching of ballot papers and lathi-charges to report, are tipping the balance. For some moments on Friday, Tamil Nadu/Chennai looked frighteningly like Bihar.
Dravidian goondagiri is legendary in the state, as we have witnessed several times in the past, when political party leaders have expired, and in isolated poll incidents. Nothing on the scale of what we saw in Chennai yesterday. But that we have truly lapsed into goondagiri and that our politics is, at the end of the day, resolved not by law or logic, but by a bunch of thugs is so painfully evident after Friday. Nevermind which party, yesterday was a free for all.
When I've stopped laughing, it makes me so angry.