If the term nationalism and the sight of the national flag generates a warm, comforting feeling in your heart, your government is doing a great job. If, however, this term and the flag, leaves you cold, clammy and resentful, there is something the government is not doing right. Nationalism – an abstract construct – acquires […]Read More Getting nationalism right
(photo credit: http://www.archives.financialexpress.com) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s adoption of the Asiatic Lion as the symbol of “Make in India” has triggered off a debate. The lion — Gujarat’s state animal till now — has become ubiquitous. The brilliant, public brand developer, Amitabh Kant has made the lion near synonymous with Incredible India, as Dalda once […]Read More Lion King – India roaring?
(photo credit: http://www.iosipa.com) Reposted from the Asian Age May 25. 2015 < http://www.asianage.com/columnists/well-run-modi-690> Should it worry us that Modi sarkar resembles the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest long-distance runner ever and not Usain Bolt, the 100-metre thunderbolt from Jamaica? Not really. The 100-metre dash, whilst spectacular and crowd pulling, is a good tactic for disaster mitigation […]Read More Well run, PM Modi
(photo credit: narendramodi.in) Later today when the Chinese supremo savours Khakra (a snack) and toasts PM Modi over a glass of aam-ras (the juice of raw mangoes), on the carefully grassed banks of the Sabarmati river, the symbolism of the location will not be lost on him. What was till recently a sludge filled, trickle, […]Read More The MO-XI connect: going beyond the rice bowl.
Indian diplomacy was at its worst last week. It conducted the PMs visit to the US as if he was attending a seminar on economics, in Neemrana. If India is a superpower (perennially waiting to happen), it came across, on the one hand, as a country sapped of all energy and squabbling about petty […]Read More Indian Blood is Expensive