New Year, new memo to Hindu insult rage gurus: Please stop this nonsense

by Rashmee

Posted on January 12, 2014


A year ago, a so-called “Hindu statesman” based in the US was getting all steamed up about the Latvian parliament denying a request to begin the day with Hindu prayer. (Read my blog here on why a modicum of common sense must dictate this sort of competitive outrage.) Now, Rajan Zed, who seems to spend much … Continue reading “New Year, new memo to Hindu insult rage gurus: Please stop this nonsense”

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Happy Diwali. Especially Haiti, with its 12,000 solar WakaWaka lights

by Rashmee

Posted on November 3, 2013


Less than a week ago, an enormous number of WakaWakas were distributed around Haiti, with special attention paid to poor, off-grid areas, such as the tent camps that sprang up around Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake. It made my day (as well as my Diwali) to read about the WakaWakas’ arrival here, as part of … Continue reading “Happy Diwali. Especially Haiti, with its 12,000 solar WakaWaka lights”

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Is this is the bird Ed #Snowden dreams of?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2013


  Edward Snowden sounded upbeat, cocky even, in his live, two-hours-and-forty-three-minute online chat via The Guardian website. And he clearly knows a thing or two about mythical birds. Especially those in China. Ask yourself, he urged a doubting questioner, “if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could … Continue reading “Is this is the bird Ed #Snowden dreams of?”

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#IndianWomen: Life and love like Hindi film, #IshkqInParis

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2013


It’s been ages since I saw a film (Lincoln was the last and that was in D.C. in mid-December) and aeons since I gave myself up to the unbridled joys of a Hindi movie. But it’s hard to be immune from some of the chatter swirling around the web about Ishkq (love) in Paris, which … Continue reading “#IndianWomen: Life and love like Hindi film, #IshkqInParis”

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Bye bye handshake diplomacy, hello namaste

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2013


In the world of diplomacy, a handshake and a high-five can mean too much and be quite the wrong thing. Especially if they’re photographed and go viral on the internet.I owe it to my friend and former colleague on the London beat, Nazenin Ansari for posting and highlighting this account about the trouble caused when  Iran’s ambassador … Continue reading “Bye bye handshake diplomacy, hello namaste”

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Why should Latvia say Hindu prayers?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2013


The strangest, most self-righteous email in a long time has to be the one about the Latvian parliament denying a request to begin the day with Hindu prayer. Why should it, one might justifiably ask? Latvia’s main religion is Christianity. But such common sense seems to be beyond “Hindu statesman” Rajan Zed. He sent the … Continue reading “Why should Latvia say Hindu prayers?”

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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