From 1947 to 2089: What Will India Look Like in Another 71 Years?

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From 1947 to 2089: What Will India Look Like in Another 71 Years?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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n 1899, Jean-Marc Cote, a minor French commercial artist was commissioned by a cigarette company to create a set of prints depicting life in the year 2000. The cards are both amusing and fascinating – there is one where textbooks are pulped into a machine which transmits their knowledge via strange helmet-like contraptions to students, another where a policeman wearing some kind of a jetpack regulates a bunch of air travelers. The drawings are prescient, but also ridiculous. Take this illustration of a rural postman.

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