Do lies really spread faster than truth? Yes, and here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on August 20, 2018


Now that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lead attorney in the ongoing Russia probe, has said “truth isn’t truth”, one might usefully ponder people’s affinity for falsehoods. Some little time ago, American columnist Megan McArdle wrote about an interesting new paper from Soroush Vosoughi and Deb Roy of MIT’s Media Lab, and Sinan Aral, a professor … Continue reading “Do lies really spread faster than truth? Yes, and here’s why”

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Ever heard of connected risk? Could living in a big city do it for you?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2018


I first heard of “connected risk” when I was looking at the background of a speaker at Chatham House, Suki Basi. He runs the Russell Group, which advises multi-national companies on connected risk. Basically, that means an interconnected world offers more opportunities than before, but also more perils than ever. Connected risks can arise out … Continue reading “Ever heard of connected risk? Could living in a big city do it for you?”

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…and the point of editorials defending a free press was?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 17, 2018


  Other than managing to become the story – and a rather good one at that – it’s not clear what was achieved by 350 newspapers’ editorializing in a pack about the dangers posed by Donald Trump to a free press. People who read editorials would presumably not be taken in by President Trump’s regular … Continue reading “…and the point of editorials defending a free press was?”

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Why India’s Modi government is more like Trump’s than you might think

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2018


The similarity that I’m about to point out does not go down well-worn paths. Accordingly, this blog is not about the current Indian and American administrations’ belief in cultural nationalism, in majoritarianism, bigotry, divisive strategies of dominance, and so on. We already know all of that. But here’s a less obvious shared characteristic of India’s … Continue reading “Why India’s Modi government is more like Trump’s than you might think”

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Imran Khan & his cousin captained Pak team. Sport, unlike politics, is not about dynasty

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2018


When cricketer Imran Khan is sworn in as Pakistan’s 21st prime minister, his admirers will be focusing on his persistence, which some might say is bloodymindedness by another name. For more than 20 years, Mr Khan has pursued something that might have seemed a hopeless cause. Civilian power in Pakistan’s history has alternated between two … Continue reading “Imran Khan & his cousin captained Pak team. Sport, unlike politics, is not about dynasty”

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Three countries – Trinidad, Britain, India. One writer – V. S. Naipaul. Not a lot of love

by Rashmee

Posted on August 13, 2018


Everyone who matters (and some of those who don’t) has been commenting on the passing of V. S. Naipaul. But who is appropriating him in death? Think about that. The fact that almost no country or people is fully claiming the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Not Trinidad, where he was born; not Britain, where he lived; … Continue reading “Three countries – Trinidad, Britain, India. One writer – V. S. Naipaul. Not a lot of love”

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Is China literally reinventing the theory & practice of macroeconomics?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 11, 2018


Did you know China hasn’t had a recession in 25 years? Me neither. Did you know that it has grown at least six per cent in that same period? Me neither. It could be that this is Chinese government propaganda –Qinghai, Yunnan, Chongqing, Guizhou, and Shaanxi are supposed to have the most questionable growth data … Continue reading “Is China literally reinventing the theory & practice of macroeconomics?”

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Do-It-Yourself becomes Do-It-For-Me with Ikea India

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2018


Don’t believe what you hear. Ikea hasn’t really come to India. It’s just sending its stuff over and putting it all in a store in Hyderabad. But the Ikea culture – the build-it-yourself, you-can-do-it lifestyle – won’t necessarily be on offer. We all know why. Indians aren’t particularly keen on DIY and not having done … Continue reading “Do-It-Yourself becomes Do-It-For-Me with Ikea India”

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What’s Boris burqa row about? The man argues against banning it

by Rashmee

Posted on August 9, 2018


The Boris Johnson “row” over the burqa confirms one thing alone – that most people don’t read, they just babble. Having heard everyone getting all worked up about Mr Johnson’s alleged denigration of Muslim women, I’m wondering if they actually read what he wrote. I’m no fan of Mr Johnson, his opportunistic politics and self-serving … Continue reading “What’s Boris burqa row about? The man argues against banning it”

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Two liberal thinkers that need to go on Anglo-Saxon list of greats

by Rashmee

Posted on August 7, 2018


It’s not enough just to discern the gaps in The Economist’s list of original and influential liberal thinkers. What’s important is to explain why other thinkers need to be added on to any list that claims to be about the more of the planet than just the Anglo-Saxon world. The Economist list has the usual … Continue reading “Two liberal thinkers that need to go on Anglo-Saxon list of greats”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US