Flying with broken wings

© Nadine Murshid

© Nadine Murshid

Flying with broken wings

by Jyoti Rahman for AlalODulal.org

A magical realist masterpiece, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children has weird and improbable events and people juxtaposed against the history of the 20th century South Asia up to the late 1970sContinue Reading

India sneezes, will we catch the cold?

The Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai

India sneezes, will we catch the cold?

By Jyoti Rahman   for AlaloDulal.org

Just a year or so ago, the Indian economy was expected to be growing at a 8-9% pace, and people were talking about double digit growth into the 2020s.  Within a year, growth has slowed to 4.4%, without there being any major shock —no financial crisis, no balance of payments crisis, no major natural disaster, nor any particular political tension.  India just slowed, sharply.  It’s now expected to grow only at around 4-5% a year, at least in the near term.  Reflecting the slowdown, and the changed perception of India, the Indian rupee has taken a beating in recent weeks.

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Two wings and a prayer

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Ask for a piece on Pakistan and Bangladesh during December and you’re likely to get something about the 1971 wars — note the plural, because the eastern part of the subcontinent simultaneously experienced an inter-ethnic civil war and ethno-communal cleansing, genocide, inter-state conventional war and a war of national liberation, all climaxing in the crisp Bengali winter of 1971.  Naeem Mohaiemen’s seven part series is an example, covering many aspects of that fateful year.  Let me skip 1971 in this post.  Instead, I’ll begin by marking the other December anniversary, one that will have a particular relevance for Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2013.  And I’ll note the parallels between the post-1971 developments in the two wings of former United Pakistan.

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