Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to realize that the world, and India, are going through major changes. Photo: AFP Jawaharlal Nehru began his historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech on August 15, 1947, heralding India’s independence, with an immortal line: “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
On September 4, 2020, at the stroke of the midnight hour, when its people were asleep, India stealthily overtook Brazil “to become the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, as the virus continues to spread through the country of 1.3 billion at the fastest rate of anywhere in the world,” The Guardian reported .
It is a dubious tryst with destiny. The government refused to celebrate it – and rightly so. Instead, it contrived to celebrate over another happening, as Indian soldiers succeeded in occupying another hilltop in the Shenpao mountain […]