| Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 13:04 IST
Michael Vatikiotis
India’s reluctance to assume a bigger role in Southeast Asia has been a missed opportunity. “For me, it’s a perpetual disappointment,” expressed Michael Vatikiotis, whose book ‘Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Southeast Asia’, which looks at the betrayal of democracy in the region, was the topic of a conversation between the author and Victor Mallet on Saturday.
Vatikiotis has spent almost 40 years of his life in Southeast Asia as a student, writer, journalist and diplomat. “It’s a land of perpetual contrasts,” he describes. “There is stability and economic prosperity but also inequality, huge disparity of wealth and lack of access to services.”
For this state of affairs, Vatikiotis pins the blame on corrupt leaders. “The selfishness of the ruling elites has undermined the democratic institutions.”


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