In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, Mohamed Zeeshan spoke to Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. Kugelman talked about what led to the ongoing tragedy in Afghanistan, the possible future of that country under the Taliban, and more.
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The working middle class in the West faced difficulties due to globalisation. But unlike in the West, the rise of right-wing populism in India does not have an economic rationale. Instead, it actively sabotages the economic openness which has worked well for India in the past.
By endorsing a Republican candidate over the Democrats and “campaigning” for the Tories over Labour, India has riskily waded into partisanship in both countries. Could the BJP’s wholehearted backing of the Tories and Democrats risk damaging India's long-term interests?
The basic principle of trade is that a country exports in sectors where it has a comparative advantage while importing in sectors where it does not. But in the Indian economy, only a minority of the workforce is engaged in activities where India is competitive.