Futility of protest: Easier to start a revolution than influence its course

A popular protest that goes off the front pages is in danger of fizzling out — look at the dwindling numbers of farmers still hunkered down around Delhi. Similarly, the 20-month clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir gives the impression of having succeeded so far. While predictions are hazardous so long as the clampdown persists, the new rules may well come to be accepted as a fait accompli. And when did you last hear of the Lok Pal, the main demand of the anti-corruption agitators in 2011? Over and over, history has shown that the denouement of protest movements is unpredictable. Naïve Ka.....

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