Reading George Orwell can help us understand Boris Johnson

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2020 / The Focus


In 1946, a year before the British were forced to grant India its independence, George Orwell bemoaned the decline of the English language. In an essay titled ‘ Politics and the English language ‘, Orwell called out the “sheer humbug” that passed for political speech and writing, the “pretentious, Latinized style” and deliberate use of … Continue reading “Reading George Orwell can help us understand Boris Johnson”

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Why India’s Modi government is more like Trump’s than you might think

by Rashmee

Posted on August 16, 2018


The similarity that I’m about to point out does not go down well-worn paths. Accordingly, this blog is not about the current Indian and American administrations’ belief in cultural nationalism, in majoritarianism, bigotry, divisive strategies of dominance, and so on. We already know all of that. But here’s a less obvious shared characteristic of India’s … Continue reading “Why India’s Modi government is more like Trump’s than you might think”

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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