Does the wide linguistic gulf between India and China indicate that the two countries are doomed to live in a state of eternal contention?
Not only does using the prism of a sibling rivalry help us understand the India-China relationship, it can also tell us how to make it better.
We should apply our knowledge of psychological science to geopolitical events and observe how perceptions, emotions, memories and linguistic quirks might have distorted them.
Modern psychology and ancient political philosopher Kautilya’s writings can help India craft a new approach in ties with Pakistan.
India has to improve its connectivity with growth markets and link into Asia’s production and supply chains. We cannot be left isolated in our own backwater.