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Hope Against Hope

Hello subscribers and welcome back to The Whistle Library. Winter seems to be leaving us, but not the winter of discontent. Just as I was hoping that Russia would not make the mistake of attacking Ukraine, our worst fears have come true. At a time when the world is still recovering from the pandemic and there are still millions of people to vaccinate, and when the economy is yet to recover from the crisis, we have a war in our midst. In the coming weeks and months, it will not just take a huge toll on the people of Ukraine and Russia, but on economies and folks around the world.

Let me start this month’s reading selection at The Whistle Library with a piece in The New Yorker by Masha Gessen on the loss of hope in Ukraine.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-crushing-loss-of-hope-in-ukraine

I also have a piece for you by Bruce Riedel from Brookings, on the possibility of Ukraine turning out to be another Afghanistan. I, however, don’t think Afghanistan or any of the concerned powers won in Afghanistan. Not then. Not now.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2022/02/24/could-ukraine-be-putins-afghanistan/embed/#?secret=84zudr3X0L#?secret=CQFZOPPLc8

Yet, if leaders make the right decisions, sometimes there is hope. Next, I have for you an article (and report) from Brookings Institution about immigration being the key to innovation in emerging markets. Well, immigration certainly has been key to innovation and growth in developed economies such as the US, UK and elsewhere. Why it should be any different with emerging economies, whether with multinational companies or otherwise is not clear to me, but you might want to read it anyway.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2022/02/14/immigration-is-the-key-to-emerging-markets-becoming-innovation-hubs/embed/#?secret=QvYr5JP8pF#?secret=76IwxVumdn

And while much of the emerging markets have shaken off the yoke of British imperialism, it appears that there are some who look back on the British Raj as a glorious period. I came across an article dated from middle of last year in The Guardian by Amartya Sen which is said to be adapted from his memoir, Home in The World, about which I had written a blog post last year. In this article, he argues that those who defend British Raj in India are wrong to do so.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/29/british-empire-india-amartya-sen

And while we are in the midst of state assembly elections in India, the idea of Modi’s “New India” might be tested. Here is a review of Christoffe Jaffrelot’s new book, Modi’s India from The Wire.

https://thewire.in/books/christophe-jaffrelot-modis-india-review

I am sorry, the literature or fiction section this time has nothing since I couldn’t find anything worth reading and sharing this month.

In cinema, a young Danish-born Norwegian director, Jaochim Trier, is being hailed as quite a sensation. The New Yorker has a review of the last of his Oslo Trilogy films, The Worst Person in the World. I hadn’t heard of Joachim Trier and and wondered if he was any relation of Lars von Trier. Nor had I heard of his earlier films. Shows how long I’ve been out of touch with the world!

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/02/14/humor-beauty-and-astounding-sadness-in-the-worst-person-in-the-world

In music, Gramophone Magazine tells us of a new screening of a Wintereisse film by John Bridcut of the complete Schubert song cycle on BBC Four, along with a featured conversation with the baritone and pianist.

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical%20music%20news/article/bbc-four-screens-john-bridcut-s-winterreise-film

Finally, I have for you an article from The Paris Review which is an excerpt from the notebooks of Louis I Kahn reissued by Yale University Press in collaboration with… I couldn’t care less. It reeks of Perfect Relations and BBDO India mischief, as with almost everything in publishing the past many years. Louis I Kahn, as some of you might know, is the world famous architect who designed the first IIM campus buildings in India at Ahmedabad.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2022/02/08/structure-is-a-design-in-light-the-notebooks-of-louis-i-kahn/?mc_cid=58afc2f143&mc_eid=6da05d48fc

That’s it for this month. Stay safe and well wherever you are. And let’s hope the Ukraine crisis is resolved soon.