Crumbling Chinese dream
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India, Oct. 19 -- Chinese history, taught in its formative schools, is complex, wounded and deliberately provocative as it aims to undo the "century of humiliation" that ostensibly ended with the advent of the Communists in 1949 under Chairman Mao Zedong. Seeds of revenge, insecurities and expansionist tendencies were assiduously sown and harnessed by the focussed efforts of the single-party regime. This transformational narrative of the deprived past to that of the dreams of the hegemonic "Chinese Century" (21st century) has distracted, galvanised and anchored the faith of the citizenry to the illiberal and undemocratic regime. A collateral outcome of this national passion has been the planned outreach beyond its cartographic limits in t...
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