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“It is in the nature of the bloodied sword to doubt the strength of untested metal.”
Hariharan Iyer
“He had been facing heckles since yesterday. It was getting on his nerves. He knew he could not afford to lose his patience. Any display of anger or irritation would be construed as arrogance. His press-meet had infuriated many. Not just what he said. His tone, body language, facial expression, attitude—everything had been analysed and criticised. For some, he displayed arrogance and male chauvinism. Others felt he trampled on the freedom of expression of the media with the defamation threat. ‘Freedom of expression’ was a quaint animal in the hands of secular journalists. It stood up, bent, straightened, coiled, jumped and dived in their hands. When they wanted, it was absolute; when they did not, it had to confine itself within reasonable restraints.”
Hariharan Iyer, Surpanakha

Hariharan Iyer
“Vaishali felt flattered. “But my mother proved that no injustice was done to the girl.”
“You should not worry about that. Those in power will use all means to prove their point. They’ll make it look real, appealing, convincing. And that’s what your mother did.”
“Do you think so?” asked Vaishali eagerly.
Regina smiled as she ticked mentally the first box: Gullible.
Regina continued the conversation. “Going to the US?”
“Yes, my leave is over. I am going back to the university. In spite of whatever I did to them, my parents have agreed to pay for my overseas education.”
“What is so great about it? After all, you are their daughter and it is their responsibility to give you the right education. Indians are unnecessarily sentimental about it,” said Regina.
“Perhaps you are right…”
As Vaishali paused for a moment, Regina ticked a couple of more boxes: Ungrateful. Disdain for Indian values.
In the next few minutes, Regina ticked a few other boxes mentally: Insolent. Obstinate. Unreasonable. Unrepentant.
Regina concluded that she had identified the right candidate for the role of an activist.”
Hariharan Iyer, Surpanakha

Hariharan Iyer
“Don’t underestimate the power of a celebrity lawyer, especially if she had been a public prosecutor or advocate general in the past. She can barge into the court of any senior judge and obtain a stay on the arrest of a person. She can force a Supreme Court or a High Court bench to meet at midnight to hear her case. And Indrani is notorious for trying to bribe judges for getting favourable judgements. Of course, all these are backroom manoeuvres and no one gets to know them.”
Hariharan Iyer, Surpanakha

Hariharan Iyer
“Mythili looked at her daughter with contempt. “Proof is required by those who don’t have faith. Have I ever asked for proof of existence of Ranganathar? A stranger requires evidence. I know my husband like the back of my hand. I don’t need any proof or evidence. If there is one against him, it must be wrong. He is incapable of crime. I am proud of him.”
Hariharan Iyer, Surpanakha

Hariharan Iyer
“In the multi-camera TV room, one of the cameras zoomed on Vaishali. A confident Vaishali, with a determined face looked straight into the camera and said, “First let me clear up this misconception. I am not here to defend my father.” She paused for the message to sink in.
It did. Everyone now looked at her with renewed interest. What was she here for?
She continued, “I’m outraged. No doubt. Not because the media is vilifying him, but because he—my father—is vile. She, the nurse, must be what? My age? Or, a couple years older than me. And he molested her? That too, when my mother was sick and fighting for life in the next room. Chi! Nauseating.” She turned her face away from the camera as tears rolled down her eyes.”
Hariharan Iyer, Surpanakha

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