Why you need more than just a name in modern politics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2019 / The National


This month has already seen a spotlight shine on the rise — and fall — of political families around the world. From the resignation in India of the leader of the main opposition Congress Party, to the arrival of a new Greek prime minister with a family history of political activity, to US President Donald Trump’s robust defence of … Continue reading “Why you need more than just a name in modern politics”

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Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2019 / The National


Populism of the most hateful sort has had a baleful presence in the headlines for the past two years, but now a very different political perspective is challenging it, without animus. It’s called “radical love” and had its first electoral win on June 23, when Ekrem Imamoglu was elected mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. … Continue reading “Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train”

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If the exit polls are to be believed, there’s no way out for Modi’s opponents

by Rashmee

Posted on May 21, 2019 / The National


The results of India’s general election — a massive, seven-phase exercise that ran from April 11 to May 19 — will be announced late on Thursday, but until then, the chatter is all about the exit polls. They came thick and fast after the last votes were cast, triggering paroxysms of delight in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata … Continue reading “If the exit polls are to be believed, there’s no way out for Modi’s opponents”

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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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Congress Needs a Makeover Like UK’s New Labour. Here’s a 3-point Cheat Sheet for Rahul Gandhi

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2017 / CNN News18


The people of Gujarat have spoken, basically to say they’ll stick with the BJP, for now. So, can Congress re-make itself enough to change the voters’ mind sometime in the future? Yes, going by the example of Britain’s Labour Party. Twenty years ago, Labour managed one of the most remarkable instances of an electorally successful … Continue reading “Congress Needs a Makeover Like UK’s New Labour. Here’s a 3-point Cheat Sheet for Rahul Gandhi”

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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