Politicians in India out of touch; like playing victim,not victor: Fareed Zakaria

Modi unlikely to become national leader... may not even remain a regional leader,says Zakaria.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 3, 2014 1:13:01 pm

Indian politicians are out of touch with the currents of the world,and continue to be comfortable in a realm where India plays the victim,said Fareed Zakaria,editor-at-large and columnist with Time magazine. Indian politicians do not realise that India is actually on the verge of becoming a nation of victors,Zakaria said.

In a freewheeling discussion at the Express Adda on Monday,the former editor of Newsweek International discussed a variety of issues — from the Iran-Israel crisis and the China question,to the problems of a rising India and the perceived fall of the US in the global order.

The Adda is a series of serious conversations in an informal setting,featuring people at the centre of change. Recent guests have included Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf,New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman,actors Shah Rukh Khan and Vidya Balan and BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

“This is a very comfortable realm where India is the victim of everyone. The whole game of the political class is to describe this process of victimhood in detail and try to find people to blame and potentially get reparations from,rather than realising that India is actually on the verge of being one of the victors,not the victim…,” said Zakaria.

On Gujarat CM Narendra Modi,who featured on the Time cover,Zakaria said,“Modi is unlikely to become a national leader… He might not even be a regional leader by December.”

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