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Living in 'interesting times': Dickensian illusion and Orwellian nightmare

The world has too many fires to fight - from climate change to a semi-permanent state of medical alert, increasing threat to democracy, global power shifts, and growing inequality - notes T N Ninan

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T N Ninan 



T N Ninan

As one watches headlines that are of more than passing interest, the question thrusts itself forward: Are we living through the “interesting times” of the Chinese curse, with multiple and overlapping crises slowly coming to a head, in a manner that is beyond the capacity of existing systems and institutions to meaningfully tackle? Consider, for a start, the fact that climate change has caused heat waves and fires in (of all places) Siberia and north-western Canada. It has also caused unprecedented floods in half a dozen wealthy countries in Europe where people have been used to reading about such events in only distant, benighted lands.

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First Published: Fri, July 23 2021. 18:00 IST

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