Why We Indians Are Nothing Like Our National Animal

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Why We Indians Are Nothing Like Our National Animal

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n a recently heated discussion at a rooftop winter party in Delhi, a debate raged about what decides the fate of a country. Some said it’s the Constitution, while some argued that it’s the leaders that make a difference, and a few others said it’s public goods. To me the answer lay elsewhere: It’s your national animal.

If you’ve paid any attention to what animal represents which country, chances are you are working in the media. Nobody else has the time to think of this stuff. But, if you have, you’ll realise that the choice of a national animal is no coincidence. Just like brands arise out of symbols, animals and birds chosen to represent a country are also harbingers of its fate.

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