Gem of the day

Time for a reality check on the Indian power cut last week (via the New Yorker):

"Though the headlines announced that seven hundred million people across twenty-one states had lost power, only about three hundred and twenty million of those had any electricity to begin with: in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state and one of its poorest, sixty-three per cent of households, or about a hundred and twenty-five million people, lack access to electricity."

...and at a higher level, context around what needs to be read into from this fleeting but meaningful crisis:

"For many commentators, it was a minor inconvenience but a major international embarrassment—another brutal blow to the [Indian] growth story, on a scale so stupendously grand that the whole world took notice."

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