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In Kipling’s seminal novel ‘Kim’, the central premise (literal and metaphorical) is the wresting for power in fin de (19th) siècle South Asia. This attritional confrontation became popularly known as the Great Game and, though ostensibly a children’s book, is really more complex. At its core, it is an examination of conflict at multiple levels, part of course of the ‘human condition’. The book, is as apposite now as it was in the Bombay and Kabul of Kipling’s youth and the theme underpins several of this month’s broad ranging papers
Though one might debate the relative contributions to the change, no one would refute the fact that, as starkly highlighted by the global terrorism index, the world is becoming less stable. Though human beings may always have had this propensity, technological changes have altered the means of …
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