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Which are the tension points? Why has the Line of Actual Control not been clearly demarcated? Why is there a stalemate in boundary talks?
Sadanand Dhume.@ananthkrishnan: China seems to believe an unsettled border gives it leverage with India, one of the many pressure points it can use to keep India off-guard. Until this strategic calculus changes, the India-China stalemate will likely endure.
Recently, in a lighter vein, I tweeted this about the complicated MHA circulars: “If you can understand MHA circulars, you can crack the Data Analysis and Comprehension of CAT or any entrance exam in the...
Sadanand Dhume.@chetan_bhagat: India’s indecipherable lockdown circulars reflect the “superior, arrogant and unwilling-to-change attitude” of its bureaucrats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried in his latest address to the nation to revive the dream of the 21st century being India’s century and promised reforms that would make this dream a reality. The pandemic gives him a second chance to achieve this...
Sadanand Dhume.@tavleen_singh: Next week marks the end of the first year of Modi’s second term as prime minister, and it would be no exaggeration to say that it has been the worst year of his long political career.
How we inhale and exhale has profound effects on our health—and not just during a crisis like the pandemic
Sadanand Dhume.@mrjamesnestor: Inside the breath you just took, there are more molecules of air than there are grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. The way we inhale and exhale is as important as what we eat, how much we exercise and the genes we’ve inherited.
For eons, epidemics have caused mass deaths and social upheaval, with far-reaching effects on politics, trade, migration, colonization and conquest
Sadanand DhumeDiamond: “Over the past 10,000 years, we humans acquired most of our infectious diseases from domestic animals. The main source of new diseases in recent decades has been large-scale contact with wild animals.” #coronavirus #covid19
Pakistan’s response to Covid-19 shows it prioritises its strategic relationship with China over its own people or economy.
Sadanand Dhume.@husainhaqqani: In addition to empowering the mullahs, the #covid19 crisis has further diminished civilian rule in Pakistan. Now the military is openly taking major decisions, which constitutionally fall within the civilians’ domain.
Sadanand Dhume.@mihirssharma: Many economists have criticized the stinginess of India’s #covid19 stimulus. But Modi and his advisers have gotten it right, and governments around the world could learn from their caution.
Sadanand DhumeEconomist: Scuffles between Indian and Chinese soldiers might become yet more frequent. Negotiations to define the India-China border have made little progress, and troops are bumping into each other more often. v @shashj
Despite threats and incentives, companies like Chinese manufacturing
Sadanand Dhume.@jamescrabtree: Moving supply chains out of China will likely be trickier than it first appears. Countries like Vietnam are tiny by comparison, and offer nothing like the professionalism, range and scale of manufacturing options found in China.
Lessons from the pandemic: if you are poor or a migrant in today’s India, you are in deep trouble even if the virus spares you.
Sadanand Dhume.@virsanghvi: If politicians devote so much time, money and effort to the demonization of Muslims on TV and social media, they must feel that there are votes to be won in India from hatred. This is even more depressing than the #covid19 pandemic.
Xi’s totalitarian model has precedents in both modern and ancient Chinese history. But it was not—and still isn't—inevitable.
Sadanand Dhume.@FukuyamaFrancis: China was the first civilization to create a modern state run by rules rather than by the whim of the ruler. Over two millennia, it hasn’t developed counter-balancing institutions like rule of law and democratic accountability.
Without market reforms and a clear path out of our lockdown, we may not be able to take China’s place
Sadanand Dhume.@vdehejia: Until India gets serious about reforms, enticing large investments away from China and breaking into global supply chains in a signifiant way will remain a distant dream.
Sadanand DhumeShah: At every step of the way, India’s faulty intellectual framework led to policy actions that kicked off unintended consequences in its food market. The way out of mass poverty lies in questioning these foundations.