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27 Aug, 2011

Movement of the educated : Hindustan Times

“When you consider any generalisation about India, always remember that for any generalisation that is accurate, the exact opposite is equally true.” That is one of those aphorisms about India and its contradictions that is frequently quoted though I believe that its origins lie in a statement by the Cambridge economist Joan Robinson.

And of course, like all generalisations – with the possible exception of this one – it is not necessarily right. But it does capture the sense of what happens in India. For everything that is above ground, there is something else happening underground. For everything that is out in the open there is something happening behind closed doors. And for every road taken, there is always a parallel road that could also be taken.

via Movement of the educated : Medium Term.