The Good Old Days: Nostalgia’s Political Appeal

May 21, 2021

Donald Trump is gone, yet his specter continues to haunt American politics. The UK is no longer part of the European Union, yet Brexit continues to provoke emotions on both sides of the Channel. Both Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election and the outcome of the Brexit referendum of...

Bangladesh Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

March 25, 2021

On March 26, Bangladesh will be celebrating the golden jubilee of its freedom. Few outside South Asia remember that Bangladesh was once part of Pakistan. From 1947 to 1971, modern-day Pakistan was West Pakistan and Bangladesh was East Pakistan. They were both incongruously part of the same new...

Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

September 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and...

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

August 30, 2019

Not too long ago, James Crabtree, the former Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, wrote about the new “billionaire raj” in India. He spent most of his time hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in Mumbai, and even acted in a Bollywood movie. This former acolyte of Tony...

Elections in Southern India Are Always Different

December 06, 2018

In the fourth of a five-part series on opinion polls about the forthcoming Indian elections, pollsters concur that regional parties hold sway in the south, but disagree as to seat numbers and the implications for the next national government. South India has a different historical memory to the...

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Paved the Way for Narendra Modi

August 20, 2018

The late Indian prime minister’s full term gave the BJP legitimacy, and his surprise loss at the 2004 elections created conditions for Narendra Modi to rise. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a three-term prime minister of India, died on August 16. Even Pranab Mukherjee, his long-term political foe, paid...

The World This Week: Two-Party System Begins to Crack

July 31, 2016

As societies become more diverse and divided, two parties are struggling to represent contending interests in rambunctious democracies. This week, Hillary Clinton was anointed as the Democratic Party presidential candidate in the regal style of Roman emperors. She did make history. She is the...

Africa This Month: Toward a More Respected African Union

May 31, 2016

In spite of strife and humanitarian challenges, Africa is rising in global stature and beginning to bring its Big Men to justice. Africa was once deemed the Dark Continent. Even today, Africans and those of African origin face racism, discrimination and danger not only in the US and Europe, but...

Tango Time for the US and India

September 27, 2015

After decades of frostiness, the world’s two biggest democracies are drawing closer because of geopolitics, economics and culture. The United States and India are the world’s two biggest democracies. Both of them are diverse and multicultural nations. Both are also deeply divided and...

BJP Bites the Dust in Delhi, While AAP Steamrolls to Victory

February 12, 2015

The BJP’s rout in Delhi should serve as a wake-up call for the party and the prime minister. In India, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi state assembly elections, winning 67 seats out of 70, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing the remainder. The elections were held on...

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