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Earlier this week, the latest slice of “mango diplomacy” was organised at the Pakistani embassy in Beijing where new ambassador Naghmana Hashmi recollected, even if partly, when it all began.(HT image)

Mango diplomacy: How the first crate of Pakistani mangoes impacted Mao’s China

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 09:59 PM IST
In August 1968, a crate of mangoes was gifted to Mao by Pakistani foreign minister, Mian Arshad Hussain, who was also high commissioner to India earlier, in Beijing.
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Learning governance lessons from China

By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 08:34 PM IST
While we are rightly proud of our democracy, there is much to introspect and learn from how the Chinese State has created accountable administrative structures that have delivered meaningfully better outcomes for its citizens
Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army of China preparing for a military parade(REUTERS File)
Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army of China preparing for a military parade(REUTERS File)

In Mao-style revolution move, 10 mn young Chinese to be sent to villages

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 12:45 PM IST
The report did not say how the volunteers will be chosen or persuaded or whether it will be mandatory for some to head to the villages.
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