World

Lesson from History

Since Europe inspires us in so many different ways, it is only fair that we also take lessons from mistakes made in the past on the continent.

After the Nazi Party’s electoral victory in 1932, Germany's democracy, writes Ian Kershaw, leading historian of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, in a foreword to George Sylvester Viereck’s interview with Hitler published in the same year in a series titled Great Interviews of the 20th Century, that Germany's democracy that year entered its terminal phase.

Faking it with impunity

At the site of the encounter in Bhopal where eight alleged SIMI terrorists were killed in cold blood, there were scores of people with smartphones recording the grisly happenings. The images, accompanied by the frenetic voices, establish to ordinary senses the crime of a fake encounter or extra-judicial killings. Interestingly, there was not just one but different videos shot from all kinds of angles. And all of them told the same story. Why does it not worry the perpetrators – the police – that for this crime they could be punished?