My favourite newspaper is the London-based Financial Times (FT). Most of the time, it is very reliable both in terms of factual accuracy and getting the big picture right. In a recent Saturday issue, however, I was disappointed in a portrait by Richard Waters and Lauren Fedor on the opinion page. It was about Facebook investor Peter Thiel.
Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop who passed away in December, was both a great faith leader and a great human-rights campaigner. One of his famous statements was: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Tutu also knew that brutal repression may be forgiven, but must never be forgotten.
Western business papers have a stubborn, but misleading tendency of portraying India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a liberal reformer who unfortunately happens to have some authoritarian tendencies. It is actually the other way round. He is an authoritarian leader who has never shown much interest in market dynamics, but does have a tendency of pandering to powerful corporate interests.