While the word that suddenly stuck onto everyone’s lips has been trashed and swept aside, it may be wise to consider if the role intolerance may have played in the event that has shocked the world. Are we seeing a familiar chapter unfolding in United States of America (USA) where Donald Trump, riding on his rhetoric about “outsiders” has gained a massive support? We saw a similar situation unfold in India where the population, largely fed with information shared over social media has started to lose faith in the social commentators who, in an effort to sound balanced, tend to forget that they do not help the situation by criticising acts of one party/community and remaining silent when the erring side changes.

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Kavita Thakur