Who are the women driving Joe Biden’s success?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2020 / The National


Whatever happens next as Joe Biden prepares to govern America come January 20, his defeat of an incumbent president has one unique and extraordinary element: it was enabled by women. Four women, in fact. In no particular order, they are as follows: Mr Biden’s running mate Kamala Devi Harris; Georgia Democratic Party voting rights activist … Continue reading “Who are the women driving Joe Biden’s success?”

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Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2020 / The National


In normal times, a vice-presidential debate doesn’t rank high on the roster of set-piece events that define the closing weeks of a US presidential election. But these are not normal times. The Wednesday night face-off in Utah between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris could be the most important vice-presidential debate since 1976, when the exchange … Continue reading “Expect fewer vices in the Pence-Harris debate”

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The grey areas in America’s understanding of race

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2020


Why should it have taken a Kamala Harris – half Jamaican, half Indian, all American – to show the United States that race isn’t a Black or White matter? Perhaps because people can be fairly “illiterate” about multiracial identity. So says Nitasha Tamar Sharma, a professor at Northwestern University specializing in African American and Asian … Continue reading “The grey areas in America’s understanding of race”

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Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2020 / The National


Harris’s birth certificate alone illustrates the problem of rigid binary notions around identity in the US It has taken a Kamala Harris — half Jamaican, half Indian and by her own definition, all American — to show the United States and the world that race isn’t a black or white issue and there are grey areas in our understanding … Continue reading “Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity”

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Sexist Politics: The rest of the world is no different from India

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2019 / First Post


  Unlikeable. Unelectable. Those are just two of the adjectives being applied to some of the more prominent of the six female candidates currently campaigning to be the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee for president of the United States. Statement shoes! When Theresa May became Britain’s second female prime minister in July 2016, the talk was … Continue reading “Sexist Politics: The rest of the world is no different from India”

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The campaigns of two ethnically half-Indian politicians worlds apart are linked by social justice

by Rashmee

Posted on April 11, 2019


Two ethnically half-Indian politicians in two different parts of the world are trying desperately to persuade voters they care. And they’re doing it by promising cash in kind. In India, Rahul Gandhi (ethnically half-Indian and half-Italian) has promised a minimum-income scheme for the poorest 20 per cent of households. In the United States, Kamala Harris … Continue reading “The campaigns of two ethnically half-Indian politicians worlds apart are linked by social justice”

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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