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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The war on ‘bloggers’ in a country that isn’t a model of internet accessibility

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2015


The attacks in Bangladesh on people who write blogs is a puzzle. The death of Niloy Chakrabarti, 40, who blogged as ‘Niloy Neel’ is the fourth such attack in Bangladesh since February on people who write, argue and attempt to persuade by means of words. In the popular media, the four deaths are described as … Continue reading “The war on ‘bloggers’ in a country that isn’t a model of internet accessibility”

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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