India needs good news. Amidst the fear of the pandemic that has gripped the country, and the larger horror of not getting medical help if needed, Yeats’s foreboding seems to have become reality: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”. So, yes, the country is in need of good news, or at least something else to think about. For all the grotesqueness of multiple ambulances waiting in readiness for cricketers taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL), while they were in short supply for the actual sick and dying or dead, cricket did provide a form of escape, something else to think about. More seriously, for all those who have not lost hope for this country, one can do no better than draw attention to the expansive, big-picture change spelt out by Neelkanth Mishra, India Strategist for Credit Suisse, in his four-part article for this newspaper, published sequentially on April 5, 14, 21, and 29. The opening shot was entitled “India’s changing corporate landscape”. While the IPL provided escapism, Mr Mishra’s series spells hope.
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First Published: Fri, May 07 2021. 20:05 IST