Article By: Romi Mahajan
Muscular claims of the “Mumbai is the new Shanghai” ilk are far-fetched at best and downright mendacious at worst.
They also betray a fundamental weakness in psychology that suggests that we must always strive to be something different than we are and, further, that the paths other countries choose to follow are necessarily better than ours.
India surely is imperfect but it is, after all, India, with its unique mix of imperatives and constraints– Shanghai is Shanghai, New York is New York, and, well, Mumbai is Mumbai. If that’s not a sufficient number of tautologies, then I have a fourth one to throw at you: Udaipur is Udaipur. Or not. Because every city has two definitions. One that is fodder of perception and one that is, well, true. [Read more...]