Even I was appalled by the hideously unfair comment I posted yesterday that America teaches the world how to self-destruct.
As someone who has had a life-long love affair with “America”, I cannot accept that. America - is not George Bush. There are other Americas, and other Americans, whom one would only want to love and celebrate.
Such essentialism – is wrong, and bad.
If Africa dances – will that be to the tune of commodities trading firms in New York and London?
Speaking of India – which Yves said must teach the world how to live: I know what Yves meant; for instance, how to live modestly. But there could also be other views.
As someone living in India, and closely observing everything around me, I can say that there is nothing I see that can teach anything to anyone. On the contrary, what one sees is the ultimate in ignominy. All the things which are wise and wonderful – you will have to use an electron microscope to find that. The India that is being unleashed on the world – is not a wholesome India.
And yet …