New Delhi, Oct. 21 -- When was the last time you admitted you were wrong? When was the last time you accepted an idea that was contrary to your beliefs? In recent years, a peculiar behavioural trend has emerged across the world. There is now a tendency to debate every issue under the sun, but, rather dangerously, those with contrarian views are increasingly being seen with contempt.

Earlier, there was clarity on which issues were subjects of debate and which weren't. Political views have always been subject to intense contestation. On the other hand, issues involving the opinion of experts were not debated. We never questioned the prescription of a doctor. But US President Donald Trump questioning the views of health experts, and worse s...