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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
Outlook.com
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Our Accursed Cassandras

Why India seals its ears to the warning bells at its own peril

Our Accursed Cassandras
illustration by Sorit
Our Accursed Cassandras
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What's more, India has combined the building of this extraordinarily complex democracy with rapid economic development. It has thus disproved the belief in East Asia that it is not possible to combine democracy with growth.

But success can become an addiction. As our dependence on it grows, warnings of where and how things can go wrong become less and less welcome. By degrees we begin to resent the carriers of these tidings and doubt their sincerity, till one day, we cross a line: instead of listening to the messengers we begin to shoot them. India crossed this line sometime in the last three or four years. Today, our complacent self-satisfaction is the greatest single threat to the future of our country and our children.

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