• February 23, 2024

Nobel prize for Trump?

(June 7, 2018) “North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un just stated that the ‘nuclear button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food-starved regime please inform him that I too have a nuclear button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my button works!”…

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What’s harming Western democracy

(May 24, 2018) An inexplicable fear has gripped the interlocutors of democratic project around the world. The fear of the collapse of democracy. It seems that the world is still reeling from the black swan victory of Donald Trump and what it entails for the civilisation. As every cherished democratic norm melts down in front…

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Civilisation of music

May 17th, 2018 An African-American man sits on the stage, with braided hair wearing oversized shades indoors, holding a phone to his face and singing a song. In a beautiful voice, he describes the beauty of the world. Someone nearby whispers in my ear with an awed voice that the man is blind. This was…

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Ready to lose your job?

(April 26, 2018) You are about to lose your job. No matter what you do, no matter which industry you work in or the position you hold, it is highly likely to disappear in the next 10 years. It is not a joke. Nor an alarmist propaganda. The skillset that distinguishes you from your peers…

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The South Asian identity crisis

(April 12, 2018) Last November, Britain’s pro-Brexit Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel was forced to resign after being accused of violating the ministerial code of conduct. As far as media reports go, the British politician of Indian descent had met Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, several times (13 in total)…

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Changing the algorithm of democracy

(April 05, 2018) Is democracy around the world perishing before our eyes? Is it the point where the narrator’s voice in dulcet tones marks the end of freedom as a reality? Is it that time when free choice becomes all but an illusion for our kind? These questions are of critical import in the age…

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Brexit: Not Over Till It Is Over

(First published on Mar 13, 2020) On January 31, at 11 PM GMT Great Britain formally said goodbye to the European Union (EU). This brought an end to a forty-seven years’ long uneasy marriage. The story, however, is far from over. Britain still must conclude most of its unfinished business before December of this very…

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Preparing for a Changing New World

(First published on Nov 14, 2018) Change in the world known to us is accelerating at a breakneck speed. If you are a fan of science fiction and informed enough about the technical advancement, you must realize the two will soon become indistinguishable.As per IDC’s Digital Universe Study sponsored by EMC dated December 2012 which…

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India – Desperate to be Great

(First published on June 1, 2016) People like Ajit Doval do not even hesitate to publicly admit they plan to interfere in the internal matters of their neighbours and have no qualms about exporting state sponsored terrorism in countries like Pakistan. Elsewhere where no safety net exists it continues its bullying habits. A recent example…

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Beyond Globalization: A Survival Guide

(The piece was originally published on October 1, 2018) Saint Louis (Missouri) and Atlantic City (New Jersey) both bear testimony to the far reaching and often debilitating consequences. St. Louis, the Midwestern city that once boasted of being the fourth largest American city with a population nearing a million, has now shrunk to one third…

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Understanding the Syrian Crisis

(Note: This piece first appeared on May 1, 2017) Five years old Omran Daqneesh sits clueless in an ambulance. He has just been pulled out of rubble along with his family. Omran looks into camera, self-consciously he tries to fix his hair matted with blood sticking to his forehead. His own blood. But that’s all…

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Perils of misreading Bihar verdict

(This piece originally appeared on November 16, 2015) An election was won and lost in the Indian state of Bihar. Contrary to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s claims no crackers went off in Pakistan. Media here and abroad is portraying it as Indian PM Modi’s defeat. This assumption is almost as misguided as this growing…

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The farce called ‘clash of civilizations’

(Note: This piece first appeared on April 07, 2015. Since then a lot has changed. But the core argument remains unchanged. So it is being reproduced here for your perusal.) The pictures of three British Muslim schoolgirls who left home to join the IS tell a harrowing tale of estrangement, heartbreak, lost control, indoctrination and abandonment. Shamima…

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