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Spoils of Brexit for India

Following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union as a result of the recent referendum, Indian big capital is dismayed in anticipation of the contraction of the monolithic EU market. However, the focus must veer from the losses for big business to the gains for the average Indian. The pound's depreciation in the aftermath of Brexit can be helpful in combating domestic inflation in India. To some extent, Brexit is likely to put a brake on capital exodus and on brain drain from India to the UK. It would also mean cheaper and unrestrained arms trade between India and the UK. It makes the EU less weighty as a cohesive politico-economic bloc, thereby reducing its pooled leverage against India.

The Nation Betrayed

While agreeing in substance with Ramachandra Guha's critique of expatriate Indian intellectuals, that commentary is extended here to (a) point to an important impediment in their intellectual project coming in the way of their taking their migrant status seriously and hence interrogating their milieu with greater rigour; and (b) reply to grounded patriots that there are other legitimate albeit unstable locations from which to construct a social science. Turning to Guhaâ??s peculiar smugness about 'relevance', it is argued that in talking of discourse and deployment of power within intellectual communities, the nation may not be the only legitimate category of analysis.
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