This article first appeared in The Indian Express. The views are of the author(s).
On occasions, a columnist should be granted the latitude to engage in what E.H. Carr referred to as an “idle parlour game”. The game is “idle” because it is removed from reality and played in the arena of speculative conjecture. It has seemingly no practical content. It should, however, be played to prepare for the unexpected. Reality is often built on shifting sands and what is “real” today can metamorphose into but a memory tomorrow. This article will engage in just such a game. It is pegged on a recent business transaction which attracted considerable interest in the pink press but hardly any commentary elsewhere. The article will look at this transaction through a broader geopolitical lens and recommend that decision-makers note the “idle” speculation that follows the overview.
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