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News Media and the Language of Democracy in India

Chakka jaam is undemocratic: occupying streets undemocratic, halting traffic undemocratic. This august statement appears in the 17,500-page chargesheet filed over the recent riots in Delhi. Only India, so very fond of the label proclaiming it the world’s largest democracy, could boast a police capable of such a claim. India witnesses chakka jaams and movements to occupy streets every other day.