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Tue, 03 Apr 2007

On Memes

The Proud Indian meme seems to be gaining strength rapidly. Both the NYT (I can't remember which article) and the Economist have pushed this one (see this article). It's a rather annoying meme because it all too often acts as a segue for the writer to talk about something that's going wrong in India. In the case of the Economist article, the writer uses the meme to get in a cute jab at the Indian cricket team.

And while I'm on a rant, could we please retire the "India as the Elephant" meme before it gets further entrenched? We might already be too late. Elephants are nice, cuddly creatures with glorious ears and an entirely regal fondness for afternoon siestas and, I believe, bananas. However, symbolize a dynamic economy they do not.

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