Monday, June 22 2020

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My love, I love your breasts, I love your nose / I love your accent and I love your toes / I am your slave. One word, and I obey / But please don't slurp your morning brew that way.

That is Vikram Seth’s brilliant short poem titled ‘Prandial Plaint’. He turned 68 yesterday. (h/t Sayantan Ghosh) Illustration: Parth Savla.

the big story

The mystery of India’s border with China

The TLDR: The Prime Minister sparked a political furore when he declared that no one crossed our border or has taken our land. Was he lying or is he technically correct? Multiple and muddled clarifications were issued after his speech, but here’s what is clear: There has never been a well-defined border between India and China in Ladakh.


What did the PM say?

While addressing an all-party meeting to discuss the China situation, he said precisely this:  “Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by them (China).”


The remarks immediately sparked a furore on social media and among the Opposition. 


Why was that?

The PM’s statement raised several big questions: If the Chinese had never crossed our border—or set up a post on our side—why was there a clash in the first place? Why did those soldiers sacrifice their lives? Worse, it appeared to endorse the Chinese argument that Indian soldiers crossed into their side to pick a fight.



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