This one’s to the “non-bhakts” out there:

Please don’t deify people. Deification is partly what got us where we are right now.

It’s tacky, it’s loathsome, it’s uncivilized. It induces cringe and it’s devoid of class.
Whether the subject being deified deserves it is immaterial. The last thing an emotional Third-World purgatory like India needs is another subject to build a personality cult around.

And humans are as fluid as the circumstances that make them.
People change; so do their ideals, morals, and everything in between. I don't say this, history does.

What doesn't, at least not quick enough, is the cult of personality.
Be it a Rahul Gandhi or an Arvind Kejriwal or a Mamta Banerjee—Apotheosizing of humans, however noble, to divine proportions comes from the exact same intellectual insolvency that blessed us with Narendra Modi.

Leaders are meant to be followed.

Not worshipped.

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