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If I feel optimistic, it must be because, over the last month, I have been on the road, and somewhat sheltered from the news, from the U.S. to Mexico, China and, now, India.Though Roy was born in Arbelia, a tiny hamlet outside of Kolkata, he was a restless soul with phenomenal intellectual powers, who lived all over the world, writing and speaking.From Mexico, I traveled to the other side of the world, where I addressed a congress in Xiamen, in China's Fujian Province. I was being hosted by the new, pragmatic China, where English is adopted not for its own sake, but to position China as a global power.In a world increasingly ruled by mendacity, a leader with good intentions is a welcome addition.I also found some hope in the growing likelihood that Trump will be ousted from power, and in recent victories over the nationalism and populism of recent years. In India's regional elections in November and December, ordinary people -- including Hindus soundly rejected the chauvinist Hindutva ideology peddled by nationalist politicians such as Yogi Adityanath. Finally, I found hope in reading "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," the historian Yuval Noah Harari's 443-page pass at the last 2.5 million years on Earth.
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