Pakistan and India at 70: Is this a moment to be proud or to mourn lost opportunities?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2017 / The National


India and Pakistan ran into the 70th birthday blues this week, which is to say a milestone that has none of the excitement or life-changing portentous of a 21st, 50th, 75th or a 100th anniversary. In fact, for a 70th birthday to be significant at all, it should have been achieved in the Mark Twain … Continue reading “Pakistan and India at 70: Is this a moment to be proud or to mourn lost opportunities?”

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Brexit chaos? Think of the bloody commotion when Britain left India in 1947

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2017


I suppose it should be no surprise that chaos rules Britain’s attempt to exit from the European Union. When Britain left India – a country it had ruled for hundreds of years – a bloody commotion followed in its wake. Britain left India (and the newly-created Pakistan) after giving a seven-week notice. Some might say … Continue reading “Brexit chaos? Think of the bloody commotion when Britain left India in 1947”

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Rwanda, DRC etc are all beset by PLEP, the Pakistan Low Expectations Phenomenon

by Rashmee

Posted on August 7, 2017


Roughly 17 African heads of state have either already rolled back or are in the process of rolling back term limits, a dismal reality that I’m going to call the Pakistan Low Expectations Phenomenon or PLEP. Which is to say, that low international expectations mean the costs of bad behaviour are low. And that the … Continue reading “Rwanda, DRC etc are all beset by PLEP, the Pakistan Low Expectations Phenomenon”

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Why the dismissal of prime minister Nawaz Sharif failed to generate shock and outrage

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


In a post-truth world, consider a post-coup country — Pakistan. Its image is morbidly frozen in the global eye. This is why the ouster of a democratically elected prime minister by a bench of judges doesn’t shock so much as cause a ripple of sadness. As a country that has tried multiple models of political and military … Continue reading “Why the dismissal of prime minister Nawaz Sharif failed to generate shock and outrage”

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From Pakistan to Poland, democracy can have difficulties with the courts

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2017


Democracy can have a testy relationship with the courts. Sometimes judges can save democracy. Other times, they can subvert it. And then there are situations in which the courts can’t do much about the executive’s decisions. Poland is a case in point. There seemed to be no legal way for judges to deal with the government’s … Continue reading “From Pakistan to Poland, democracy can have difficulties with the courts”

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Could Modi gain much in US with bear hugs?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2017 / The National


Did the relationship between the United States and India change ever so subtly as a result of president Donald Trump’s interaction with prime minister Narendra Modi earlier this week? Their cheerleaders obviously say yes to that and claim that the outlook is indeed sunnier, but a slightly more reliable way to judge may be the … Continue reading “Could Modi gain much in US with bear hugs?”

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How will Pakistan fare with the new US administration?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2017 / The National


On January 30, the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal found himself in an unexpected position. He was unwitting proof of the new United States administration’s claims that its brand new travel restrictions on the citizens of seven, mainly Muslim, countries were not a blanket “Muslim ban”. For Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was sitting … Continue reading “How will Pakistan fare with the new US administration?”

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Pakistan’s Mr Bhutto goes to Trumpistan: What happens next?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2017


On Monday, January 30, the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal went to the Mecca of political hopes – Washington, D.C., capital of Trumpistan. Mr Bhutto was visiting the US Institute of Peace in his role as chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the country’s main opposition. He was welcomed by Heritage Foundation … Continue reading “Pakistan’s Mr Bhutto goes to Trumpistan: What happens next?”

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Donald Trump’s G & G cabinet. Goldman Sachs and Generals make for a khakistocracy

by Rashmee

Posted on December 16, 2016


It was Claire McCaskill, the Democratic senator from Missouri, who pithily described the emerging cabinet, as it takes shape under US president-elect Donald Trump’s (tiny?) hands: “It’s the G&G cabinet,” she said, “It does seem to be fairly limited to Goldman Sachs and generals.” Here’s the tally so far. Three generals – John Kelly, James … Continue reading “Donald Trump’s G & G cabinet. Goldman Sachs and Generals make for a khakistocracy”

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Balochistan is the latest front in the war of words

by Rashmee

Posted on August 19, 2016 / The National


India and Pakistan have entered the 70th year of their existence as independent countries, arguing about the same issue they always have — Kashmir — but in a dangerously new way. Another point of conflict has opened up between the nuclear-armed neighbours. To Pakistan’s constant complaints about Indian atrocities in the disputed territory of Kashmir, India’s Narendra Modi has … Continue reading “Balochistan is the latest front in the war of words”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.