3 min read.Updated: 28 Dec 2020, 09:00 PM ISTPankaj Mishra, Bloomberg
The US, Britain and India could do with more realistic self-images
The year 2020 was, by any measure, rich in awakenings and reckonings. None were as earth-shaking as those forced upon the US, Britain and India. The pandemic found three of the world’s most prominent democracies shockingly underprepared, and governed by [poor leadership]... In each case, stridently advanced claims—whether to be a new superpower (India), to become one again (Britain) or to provide moral leadership to the world (US)—were broken on the wheel of an unforgiving virus.