A wreath and candles are placed on a road as Indians sit around it while attending a gathering to mourn in New Delhi-AP

A wreath and candles are placed on a road as Indians sit around it while attending a gathering to mourn in New Delhi-AP

A wreath and candles are placed on a road as Indians sit around it while attending a gathering to mourn in New Delhi-AP

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.