24 September, 2020

Red Patriotism

Red Patriotism
Communist China is a misnomer for those who try to look at it through Indian eyes. The Chinese are as patriotic and proud of their civilisation as anyone amongst us, minus their disinterest in pluralist democracy and press freedom. We go overboard praising their development, but I think even with our pushcart progress and lonely battles with Harkishen Singh Surjeet's hate missiles, we aren't doing too badly. Anyway, the first thing that strikes you about China is the youthful energy manifest everywhere. You see radiant people who love their nation as much they love their families. People's Daily is China's largest newspaper with a circulation of 3 million copies published from its sprawling offices spread over 12 acres. You cannot help but notice the Pepsi outlet. My Chinese friends are unfazed. "They follow our law," is the cryptic remark. "Over the past half-century, more than two million foreign experts have worked in China," I am told. The warmth with which its international chief editor Wu Ying...


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