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Image Courtesy: Musee des Beaux-Arts (Lyon, France) Colonialism, as we’ve understood it, was the domination of the ‘weaker’ by the ‘superior’. The aggressor panned out and descended on the aggrieved — a forceful takeover, one that was predominantly geographical. In today’s Brexit referendum, the world witnessed a new avatar of the colonial urge — one that …

With the sun tucking itself beneath the six o’clock sky, voting machines across 41 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies received their final intimations. Chimes from theSandhya Aarti at the Kashi Vishwananth mandir mingled with the Azaan from the Alamgiri masjid in the warm and wearied air of Varanasi. The largest democratic exercise on earth has finally come to …