For India, it wasn’t the economy

by Rashmee

Posted on May 29, 2019


Shashi Tharoor, an MP of India’s Congress Party, asked a pertinent question the other day: wasn’t it right for Congress and the rest of the Indian opposition to assume people would vote in their own economic interest? Mr Tharoor meant Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s controversial economic decisions – demonetisation, for instance, when nearly 90 … Continue reading “For India, it wasn’t the economy”

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From Israel to India and Indonesia, the season of divisive electoral politics will change – eventually

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2019 / The National


Negative political campaigns, filled with chauvinistic nationalism are the order of the day, but some countries have already proved that it doesn’t have to be this way This is election month for the three I’s – Israel, India and Indonesia. Israel has finished voting and the incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in charge, India … Continue reading “From Israel to India and Indonesia, the season of divisive electoral politics will change – eventually”

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Wave theory: The US did experience undulatory movement & it was blue

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2018


Josh Chafetz, Cornell law professor, summed it up in a tweet on Wednesday, November 7: “Why is the developing narrative that ‘welp, it wasn’t a blue wave after all!’?” Well, quite? Why indeed? A  ‘wave’ election is one in which a political party makes major gains and for the United States, it means more than 20 seats … Continue reading “Wave theory: The US did experience undulatory movement & it was blue”

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Was Alain Juppe really ‘soft’ on Islamist militancy or just mild-mannered about the issue?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2016


One of the more interesting side stories to come out of France’s centre-right Republican party’s now-concluded primaries was this: Alain Juppe’s lament over the way he was portrayed as soft on Islamist militancy. “Some truths came out too late,” said a disconsolate Mr Juppe, even before he lost on Sunday. Like his victorious rival Francois … Continue reading “Was Alain Juppe really ‘soft’ on Islamist militancy or just mild-mannered about the issue?”

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