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Kapil Komireddi
Writer. Author of "Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India", published in May 2019. I speak solely for myself here.
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Kapil Komireddi May 30
Replying to @sudhirksingh
Thank you, sir, and glad we agree. I hope you and your family are safe and well.
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HarperAudio May 29
Political Commentator reads the audio for his latest, TRUMPOCALYPSE which is both a warning of danger and a guide to reform that will be read and discussed for years to come
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Kapil Komireddi May 29
“Diplomacy” is not a synonym for appeasement. India goes to great lengths to propitiate China. Delhi’s treatment of Tibetans when Chinese eminences visit is one example. All this has yielded zero benefits.
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Kapil Komireddi May 29
China twice convened the UN Security Council last year to rebuke India. It repeatedly stymied Indian attempts to blacklist Masood Azhar. It sponsors India's enemies and blocks the flow of rivers to its neighbours. And yet India can't bring itself to make a squeak about Hong Kong.
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Kapil Komireddi May 28
Imperialism is imperialism only when Europeans do it. When Asians do it, it’s a beautiful cultural exchange programme.
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Kapil Komireddi May 28
Nice quote from Philip Roth on why mobs are essentially anti-human: steeped in absolute certainty, they cannot countenance the "anarchy of the train of events, the uncertainties, the mishaps, the disunity, the shocking irregularities that define human affairs".
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provably Flarnie May 27
Replying to @kapskom @zainabbawa
I’m a little wary of the epoch times because they are not a neutral source.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
On his deathbed, Dr Li Wenliang said this: "I hate that I am a Communist Party member. I did not see through the Communist Party. I see through it now."
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Li Wenliang was not merely made to sign a retraction by the Chinese authorities for blowing the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. He was also tortured
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
When the Chinese invaded India in 1962, Marshal Tito was the only leader of the Non-Aligned Movement explicitly to take India’s side. He was denounced by Beijing as “the lickspittle of US imperialism”.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Replying to @kapskom
On the whole, however, India was lucky to have him as its inaugural prime minister. Nasser, Mao, Nkrumah succumbed to the temptations of power. Sukarno united a diverse population but ruled as an autocrat. Tito was an enlightened dictator. Nehru alone fostered a democracy.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Replying to @kapskom
If you were a Kashmiri or a Naga or even a Malayali, Nehru of course looked very different. He pulled down Sheikh Abdullah, pushed the AFSPA through Parliament and terrorised the Nagas, and presided over an anti-democratic farce in the south. That too is part of the biography.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Replying to @kapskom
It’s difficult to picture the greatness of Nehru. After the departure of Gandhi and Patel, untrammelled authority was his for the taking. He never took it. He instead erected institutions to check his power. That’s why he’s called the architect of India.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Replying to @kapskom
The true measure of Nehru’s achievement was the smooth transition that followed his death: there was a new prime minister in two weeks. It was the first time in centuries that India managed its affairs without the hand of a foreign arbiter.
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Kapil Komireddi May 27
Found next to Nehru on the morning of his death was a scrap of paper with these lines, jotted down in his own hand, from a Robert Frost poem: The woods are lovely, dark, and deep But I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep.
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Kapil Komireddi May 26
“China clearly has no intention of escalating the border dispute with India” Ten thousand PLA troops crossed into India presumably to picnic?
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Kapil Komireddi May 25
To those who find this bizarre: there’s a long history of using pigeons for espionage
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Kapil Komireddi May 25
عید مبارک. ہندوستان مر رہا ہے۔ وزیر اعظم کو پرواہ نہیں ہے۔ وہ ہمیں لوٹنے میں مصروف ہے۔
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Marya Shakil May 24
Moon sighted... Eid Mubarak everyone!
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