Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2021


  / TAKE UP ONE IDEA It was in February 2017 that the Washington Post introduced the following slogan on its website and then in print: “Democracy dies in darkness”. Everyone thought the new tagline was aimed at Donald Trump who was inaugurated as America’s 45th president the previous month. “But that’s not the case,” … Continue reading “Shine a light. It’s the only way to keep real democracy alive”

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This week, Britain has a deadline to give up its last African colony

by Rashmee

Posted on November 16, 2019


“Global” Britain, that post-Brexit paradox, is coming at the UK in surprising ways. Britain is under international pressure to give up its last African colony, the remote Chagos islands. But Britain doesn’t recognize Mauritius’s claim over what it calls the British Indian Ocean Island Territory, and the issue continues to fester. And it comes to … Continue reading “This week, Britain has a deadline to give up its last African colony”

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Israel is in denial about Palestine just as India is about Kashmir

by Rashmee

Posted on February 19, 2019


One of the best explanations for what’s happening with Israel appears under Chemi Shalev’s byline in Haaretz. I found it very sharp in its analysis of Israeli sentiment towards the Palestinians and how similar it is to India with respect to Kashmir. Mr Shalev’s piece as follows: “Hardened by terror and frustrated by failed peace … Continue reading “Israel is in denial about Palestine just as India is about Kashmir”

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Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2017


When the Tunisian capital’s under-advertised Season of Love, Rouhanyet, ended (on August 28) it had ranged around many parts of the Sufi world map. Tunisia, of course. And Syria. Egypt. Algeria. Morocco. Turkey. Iran. India. Interestingly, Indian Night (the penultimate night of the six-day event) featured a study in stark contrasts. There was the unflashy … Continue reading “Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis”

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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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Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire

by Rashmee

Posted on July 10, 2017


Poland. “Tough,” Mr Trump called it in Warsaw on Thursday, July 6. Poles, he said, “never forgot who they were.” True. Except for the Polish government’s amnesia about past anti-Semitism, perhaps? And the Polish government’s plans for the country, some of which seem rather un-western (and certainly un-European Union). I mean the Polish government’s approach to … Continue reading “Here’s the country Donald Trump, defender of ‘western’ values, urges us to admire”

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India needs jobs more than it needs secularism, said my friend, but Mr Modi has delivered neither

by Rashmee

Posted on June 19, 2017


I recently met a wise old friend, who’s fluent in Sanskrit, studies ancient Indian epics such as The Mahabharata and searches for philosophical linkages, if any, between current events and classical literature. My friend expressed disappointment about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mid-term report card, specifically with respect to jobs creation. I voted for Mr … Continue reading “India needs jobs more than it needs secularism, said my friend, but Mr Modi has delivered neither”

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Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2017 / The National


After nearly two decades of being welcomed as the geeks who could inherit the Earth — along with all its computer glitches, which they would proceed to fix — Indian techies are finding that the rich world has changed its mind. Me-first work and visa policies by a clutch of countries are being interpreted by Indian information technology workers … Continue reading “Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora”

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US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2017


There’s no such thing as an economic miracle, declared George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen on Bloomberg View, describing the boring consistency displayed by the US and Denmark over decades. Professor Cowen told it like it – it’s steadiness that makes a country wealthy and well-governed, and that without good governance there can’t be great wealth … Continue reading “US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly”

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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