Chasing the Dragon

(Acrylics on Paper)"Chasing the Dragon” has been metaphorically used to show India’s relentless attempt to catch up with China.. The metaphorical meaning of the term alludes to the feeling that ingestion of drugs like heroine, morphine etc results in nirvana that seems and feels imminent and conclusive, yet upon consumption never quite yields the promised experience, leading to the desire for the next dose that still promises the same-thus chasing the dragon but never catching it. Similarly, India’s obsession of achieving 10% growth has resulted in policy being growth driven with social inclusion taking a back seat.

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