Perspectives: The Month Through India’s Eyes
Following two months in which demonetisation captured nearly all of the domestic media headlines in India, attention of note during January shifted to three key events, two international and one domestic. On the international side, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s robust defense of globalization at his keynote speech in Davos received considerable attention and sparked a wide range of reactions, as did the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the flurry of executive orders in his first week in power, in particular the controversial ban on visas for certain Muslim-majority nations. Domestically, the spontaneous protests against the government’s ban of Jallikattu, a traditional ceremony in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, as well as the government’s botched handling of the situation, gave rise to a variety commentary in the Indian press.
Xi Jinping’s Davos Speech
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s address at the World Economic Forum in Davos this past month received significant media attention globally, and India was no exception. With globalisation having suffered a series of setbacks in 2016 with the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump, Xi’s focus on and support of further global integration came as a surprise to most observers.