Namita Bhandare in Hindustan Times:
What would Twitter have made of Jawaharlal Nehru’s relationship with Edwina Mountbatten or Gandhiji’s sleeping arrangement with his nieces? And how would judgement have been pronounced in 140 characters on Ram Manohar Lohia’s live-in relationship with professor Rama Mitra?
For that matter, when did the lines between public and private blur? And when did a personal matter between two people, regardless of the office they hold, become the subject of legitimate discourse?
Delhi’s favourite sport of cheering while reputations crumble seems to have been replaced by a game of watching surreptitiously shot CDs, the tittle-tattle masked by the self-righteous fig leaf of public interest. In a recent case, it is being asked: were sexual favours traded for career promotions? There is no evidence. Is the CD even real? Nobody knows. Moreover, we still subscribe to the notion ‘innocent till proven guilty’. But try telling that to the howling mob. More: