The difference is divine between then and now

The former governor of West Bengal, Gopalakrishna Gandhi, at a lecture on governance in India, quoted in The Telegraph:

Touring the Kannada countryside in 1927, Mahatma Gandhi asked a poor villager: ‘Who rules Mysore?’ The answer was, ‘Some god.’

If an average Indian were asked today, ‘Who rules India?’ — the answer is likely to be, ‘God knows.’

That two-word answer says more than any lecture can. The aam admi is perplexed — by the condition of his surroundings. And by his own condition.

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