Sovereignty Club, Episode XXXVIII.4: The Return of the Raj*
Not too long ago, in a subcontinent far far away from the American consciousness…
The empire was in turmoil. After suffering a crippling victory in the western front, it was no longer able to keep the eastern dominions off the hands of non-violent rebels. What was to become 537 (or so) countries, became ̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ three.
Muslims to one side, Hindus et al to another. Except for the Muslim majority princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which chose to remain independent. Until two months later when attacks from West Pakistan spooked the Hindu Maharaja into unconditionally joining India, which, due to the endownment effect, is incapable of letting go. Pakistan, despite not being able to keep itself together, also can’t let go. The fun continues to this day, with China joining in on occasion for good measure.
Last week the ball was on India’s court, and they did not disapoint, unilaterally revoking special autonomy to the princely state, cutting internet and telephone, and basically declaring martial law. Now it’s Pakistan turn to make faces, support ̶t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶r̶i̶s̶t̶ ̶ political groups, and casually namedrop first strike use of nuclear weapons.
What will happen? Civil war? Nuclear war? All of the above? Maybe! Who knows!
In order to help us make sense of all the geopolitical complexities of nuclear powers throwing tantums, our very own Raj has recently risen from the ashes (or cometh back from a several week long thing on quantum computing)! Join us at 6pm on Sovereignty Lounge, BBB B101 for this unique opportunity!
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