Chaos

India’s road to swadeshi perdition

Boycotting China is one thing. Being self-sufficient is another. This is a story of how India fails on both counts

Anandbhai Thakarwal never thought he’d see the day, but here he is, a cat on a hot tin roof, a shopkeeper without a signboard. His Student Collection sells toys, memory cards, stationery, makeup and other miscellanea. It’s closed while other shops remain open, but that’s not what’s off. The store’s blue display board—which screamed “Vivo” louder than it did “Student Collection”—has been taken down and kicked to the literal curb. […]

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