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The American Liberal Hypocrisy

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in the Indian Express, is characteristically polite, but no less pointed, as he examines the hypocrisy of those whom we could loosely call American liberals, and how their "construction of India as obstructionist is in stark contrast to the contemporary representation of China" and how "a free culture of self-criticism of India is made to feed easily into a discourse of putting India on the defensive":

India is by no means perfect. But there is still something disquieting about the degree to which it is being put on the defensive on a number of issues, from climate change to proliferation — and now even potentially on Arunachal. Foreign policy, we know, is not just governed by the cold calculus of interests. It is governed by an amalgam of prejudgments, cultural representations, and ideological constructions. India needs to watch out for the fact that the “liberal” construction is likely to gain ascendancy, posing challenges for how we carve a place for ourselves in the world.

Read the full piece at the Indian Express: The Liberal Paradox

The American Liberal Hypocrisy
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Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in the Indian Express, is characteristically polite, but no less pointed, as he examines the hypocrisy of those whom we could loosely call American liberals, and how their "construction of India as obstructionist is in stark contrast to the contemporary representation of China" and how "a free culture of self-criticism of India is made to feed easily into a discourse of putting India on the defensive":

India is by no means perfect. But there is still something disquieting about the degree to which it is being put on the defensive on a number of issues, from climate change to proliferation — and now even potentially on Arunachal. Foreign policy, we know, is not just governed by the cold calculus of interests. It is governed by an amalgam of prejudgments, cultural representations, and ideological constructions. India needs to watch out for the fact that the “liberal” construction is likely to gain ascendancy, posing challenges for how we carve a place for ourselves in the world.

Read the full piece at the Indian Express: The Liberal Paradox

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