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Can Imran Khan pull his country out of the woods and create a New Pakistan?

The novice prime minister has started well. But there are reasons to worry

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Pankaj Mishra | Bloomberg
Four years ago, on the day Narendra Modi was elected prime minister, I wrote that India was entering its most sinister phase since independence. This was a well-grounded fear for anyone who had noted Modi’s steadfast commitment to Hindu supremacism and the fragile state of India’s economy. Today, with Modi failing to create jobs or eradicate corruption, his government has resorted to fueling violence against minorities and assorted “anti-nationals.” As Imran Khan prepares to become Pakistan’s new prime minister, it is not unreasonable to fear that South Asia is lurching into its most turbulent phase since 1947.

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First Published: Jul 28 2018 | 2:41 PM IST

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