He was the man of peace but admitted to being violent in the past - to being a ''hitter'' of women. When idealists are found to be flawed, as they always are, it is invariably used to discredit their ideal.
I agree that human rights include the right to food and shelter, which the Chinese are trying hard to provide. But to quote an Indian revolutionary, "Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right."
For 15 years, Outlook magazine has kept the right distance from India Today and Frontline. From Manoj Prabhakar's revelation of the match fixing scandal to the Niira Radia tapes, Outlook has defied the establishment cronies. In consistently publishing 33 page long articles from Arundhati Roy (who is unequivocally hated by their target middle class audience), Outlook has made sure we hear the dissident voices. I have subscribed for years now. It's worth it.