Indians once voted for a TV Sita. So, Ukrainians pick a TV president

by Rashmee

Posted on April 22, 2019


The last time I saw a credulous electorate embrace a television character as legislator was when Indians voted for Sita, wife of the Hindu god Ram. She drew reverence on the campaign trail. Many people seemed to believe she was invested with some of the aura of the character she portrayed. Both Sita – Deepika … Continue reading “Indians once voted for a TV Sita. So, Ukrainians pick a TV president”

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Does the clue to Priti Patel’s extraordinary actions on Israel lie in her surname?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2017


A day before the forced resignation – sacking by another name – of Priti Patel, Britain’s secretary of international development, a white British man asked me if the cabinet minister’s background might offer any clues to her predicament. He asked the question with some trepidation, possibly out of concern I might take it amiss. But … Continue reading “Does the clue to Priti Patel’s extraordinary actions on Israel lie in her surname?”

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Modi’s election victory must not be misread

by Rashmee

Posted on March 16, 2017 / The National


Remember America’s supposedly post-racial election? In 2008, the US elected a black man as its president and everyone naively thought this signified the end of racial divisions and the polarising politics of colour. In India, something similar is said to have just occurred, albeit with the caste distinctions that divide the majority Hindu community. Narendra … Continue reading “Modi’s election victory must not be misread”

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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