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India's multiple asymmetries

Till the current self-created economic slowdown ends, we can safely wallow in India's greatness in a mythical golden age when we apparently knew all about nuclear weapons and plastic surgery

Kanika Datta 

Kanika Datta

Strong governments from Stalin onwards unfailingly aim for Olympian heights: Their achievements are always the biggest, tallest, highest, fastest and so on (Stalin even claimed to have the world’s biggest department store, thumbing his communist nose at his capitalist competitors). Indians of a certain outlook are prone to making similar claims.

Through the early noughties, for instance, Indian business delegations triumphantly touted the narrative of the “fastest growing democracy” at Davos and other global power talking shops. At least for a while, that claim had the ...

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First Published: Wed, November 13 2019. 23:08 IST
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