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Russia's war could make it India's world

By Roger Cohen

02 Jan 2023 · 14 min read

Editor's Note

The Ukraine war and the compounding effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are fueling India's ascent to become an economic powerhouse. The New York Times delivers a fascinating long-form report.

NEW DELHI — Seated in the domed, red sandstone government building unveiled by the British Raj less than two decades before India threw off imperial rule, S. Jaishankar, the Indian foreign minister, needs no reminder of how the tides of history sweep away antiquated systems to usher in the new.

Such, he believes, is today’s transformative moment. A “world order which is still very, very deeply Western,” as he put it in an interview, is being hurried out of existence by the impact of the war in Ukraine, to be replaced by a world of “multialignment” where countries will choose their own “particular policies and preferences and interests.”

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