Best of BS Opinion: Third world country, CM Thackeray in trouble, and more

Accepting aid for the first time in 16 years, is India back to being a Third World country rather than the emerging superpower of patriotic ambitions? As the second Covid-19 wave overwhelms the country, T N Ninan assesses the question 

In other views this weekend:

Aditi Phadnis outlines the challenges for Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in the coming year even as he struggles with the second wave of Covid-19 and a fracturing ruling alliance. 

Sandeep Goyal tells the quirky story of why Nike sued an arts collective for its sale of “Satan Shoes”. 

Chintan Girish Modi traces the life and oeuvre of Dadasaheb Phalke to explain why India’s highest award in cinema is named after him. 

Quote for the day

"Please do not line up outside vaccination centres tomorrow"

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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