National harmony, national integration, national interest. Words like these typically pop out of school children’s civics textbooks or grand political speeches made on august occasions. No one doubts that these are necessary, but most people are content if they can figure out how to live in harmony with their spouse and neighbours.
These weighty words, however, are now weighing on one’s mind as one learns that in this vast, diverse, noisy, fractious democracy of ours, where rage is so common that there is even a musical tribute to it, social media is being seen as the prime social harmony-pooper.

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