‘They are Poshlustists. Poshlism is not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive..’

This is what Russian writer Vladimir Nobakov had to say about Russians.

Looking at the happenings in TN, statements and behaviour of the ‘protesters’, their ‘leaders’, the shepherds and their willing sheep, I am reminded of Nobokov.

TN is doing its kamikaze-ish spiral thanks to the worthies that masquerade as leaders, the semi-literates that spin gibberish in mainstream media and the gullible students who consume this poison thanks to the lacklustre education they have been administered for far too long.

The same student community has been led astray regarding the Neutrino Observatory programme. Ditto for nuclear programme and other development plans. The intellect vacuum in the student community is so overwhelming that it looks like another 50 years of complete re-eduction needs to be in place to eradicate this lacunae.

The then erudite state is marching triumphantly backwards towards intellectual obliteration.

My late English teacher T.K.Ramanujam (Bahu) would’ve admonished me for the rather longish beating around the bush and would’ve described the above, with brevity, using a single word – decadence.

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