In a rather longish speech in Munich, Hungarian-American billionaire George
Soros, presenting his account of the world scenario -- in the process --
makes pointed references to India too as he has done to a number of other
In the speech, he has claimed moral superiority of "open societies" over
the "closed" ones and also pleaded that the "open" ones must actually live
up to their promises.

I have distinguished between open and closed societies. This leaves out
many countries that have gone to great lengths to avoid tying themselves
irrevocably to one side or the other.

India is an interesting case. It’s a democracy, but its leader Narendra
Modi is no democrat. Inciting violence against Muslims was an important
factor in his meteoric rise.

Modi maintains close relations with both open and closed societies. India
is a member of the Quad (which also includes Australia, the US, and Japan),
but it buys a lot of Russian oil at a steep discount and makes a lot of
money on it.
Reverting to India, Modi and business tycoon Adani are close allies; their
fate is intertwined. Adani Enterprises tried to raise funds in the stock
market, but he failed. Adani is accused of stock manipulation and his stock
collapsed like a house of cards. Modi is silent on the subject, but he will
have to answer questions from foreign investors and in parliament.

This will significantly weaken Modi’s stranglehold on India’s federal
government and open the door to push for much needed institutional reforms.

I may be naïve, but I expect a democratic revival in India.

(Excerpted from: <

Here's the response of Smriti Irani: <
Of Jaishankar: <
Of Jairam Ramesh: <
BJP response to Congress reaction on Soros: <

What's the essential point made?
Only a citizen of a country is entitled to comment on the goings-on in that
Too funny or too dangerous!?
Of course, the views of Soros, or whoever, can very legitimately be
challenged on merit.

Mercifully, Congress leader P Chidambaram opted to strike a different note:
I did not agree with most of what George Soros had said in the past and I
do not agree with most of what he says now
But to label his remarks as an "attempt to topple the democratically
elected government in India" is a puerile statement
(Ref.: <>.)

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