Wednesday 29 October 2014

A craze and a craving

Pankaj Mishra, "Modi's Idea of India." International New York Times (Sat-Sun, 25-26 October 2014) 6, 7.

The 'boxes': Hindu nationalists are vengeful nativists who recoil from the West while promoting their own religious and racial supremacy.
A new generation of Indians lurches between victimhood and chauvinism, with ominous implications.
The fantasies of racial-religious revenge and redemption reflect a vast spiritual desolation.

V.S. Naipaul noted strange symptoms among the Hindu upper class: a craze for 'phoren' as well as a craving for approval from the West. "Without the foreign chit Indians can have no confirmation of their own reality."

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