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A superb article…

Posted by chakrabarti on December 27, 2007

This is in the New Republic, Samanth Subramanian commenting on all the clichéd phrases used by Western media when reporting on India (land of contradictions, emerging superpower, IT powerhouse, land of elephants and tigers, so on and so forth). The author picks on Shashi Tharoor’s writings as a specimen to highlight what’s wrong with the writing of even people (like Tharoor himself) who should know better.

This section sums it up best:

Tharoor has been using, in various forms, a particularly smug witticism about India for years now: “Whatever you say about India, the opposite is also true.” The phrase smacks of a strange form of Indian exceptionalism, but it also confers a simplistic bipolarity to the affairs of that country. The truth, of course, is that in India, and in every other large nation in the world, there can be found many shades of gray between the black of one statement and the white of its exact opposite.

Bull’s eye!

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