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Pankaj Mishra

Bloomberg View columnist

Pankaj Mishra, a Bloomberg View columnist, is an essayist and novelist based in India and London.

Pankaj Mishra
22 Apr 2019

In India, mobile revolution only a click away

'On or about December 1910, human character changed," the English novelist Virginia Woolf once wrote. It's no exaggeration to say that human character in India changed equally dramatically between 2014 and 2019 as the number of active smartphones in the country quadrupled from 100 million to 400 million.

22 Apr 2019
In India, mobile revolution only a click away
27 Dec 2018

Challenging the norms of capitalism

We live in an age of political earthquakes: That much, at least, seemed clear from newspaper headlines nearly every day of 2018. But intellectual tectonic plates were also shifting throughout the year, with ideas once dismissed as the ravings of the loony left breaking into the mainstream.

27 Dec 2018 4
12 Dec 2018

Poking the lion

Ms Meng's arrest is one more indication that under Mr Trump the China hawks are poking a lion that is wide awake and increasingly angry.

12 Dec 2018 3
Poking the lion
2 Oct 2018

Heed Mahathir

While his blast at 'a new version of colonialism' stung in Beijing, Mahathir is right that China is pouring money into countries that can't pay it back.

2 Oct 2018 3
12 Sep 2017

Disappearing compassion

A democracy more representative, or a market economy more inclusive, won't liberate us from the moral mayhem of 'everything is permitted'.

12 Sep 2017
1 Dec 2016

Modi-fying Indians

Demonetization seems right now like a kamikaze mission for the Indian economy but India's leader aims to re-engineer human souls and minds.

1 Dec 2016 1
15 Nov 2016

The Indian example

It is now Mr Trump's turn to benefit from the angry disillusionment with oligarchic dynasts like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done.

15 Nov 2016 1
20 Oct 2016

Why populists lose

Populists of both the left and right tend to enjoy limited success, and often fail to cross the electoral threshold.

20 Oct 2016
24 Aug 2016

Phabulous Yangon

Myanmar, recently liberated, and only partially, from military rule, is inching up under its first elected government in more than 50 years.

24 Aug 2016
8 Aug 2016

Pushing back

Mr Trump will continue his persecution of the guiltless but he will have to reckon with a rising tide of revulsion.

8 Aug 2016 1
Pushing back