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Individual vs community: Why the 2 ideas of India must and will coexist

May 22, 2014

Individual vs community: Why the 2 ideas of India must and will coexist

The primary tension in the idea of India is to whether to see the country as a federation of communities or one that gives individuals a zone of freedom, says Pratap Bhanu Mehta. But is it useful to see the two ideas as being in conflict? #Gandhi #Maulana Azad #Nehru #Ambedkar #Identity Politics #Idea Of India #Syama Prasad Mookerjee #Deendayal Upadhyaya
Lanka vote: Revival of Tamil chauvinism is ruinous

Mar 19, 2013

Lanka vote: Revival of Tamil chauvinism is ruinous

The hotheadedness of Tamil chauvinists has done the utmost damage to the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils over the decades. The worms that are even now crawling out of the woodworks of linguistic chauvinism should be swept aside. #M. Karunanidhi #DMK #Sri Lankan Tamil issue #Identity Politics #UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka
As Obama-Romney race tightens, Muslim voters could swing things

Nov 02, 2012

As Obama-Romney race tightens, Muslim voters could swing things

Muslims in the US feel 'left out' in the mainstream political discourse, but in crucial battleground states like Florida and Virginia, their votes could influence the outcome in a close contest. #Barack Obama #Mitt Romney #US Presidential Election 2012 #Identity Politics #American Muslims
The Indian voter is the reason we don't have political debates

Oct 21, 2012

The Indian voter is the reason we don't have political debates

America's voters have an intellectual engagement with their country's politics. This is unthinkable in India, where voting is done on the basis of tribal identity. #India #Barack Obama #InMyOpinion #Caste #Mitt Romney #US Presidential Election 2012 #community #Identity Politics #Town Hall debates
Parties beware: The Muslim vote bank is about to go bust

Oct 17, 2012

Parties beware: The Muslim vote bank is about to go bust

The recent elections to Jangipur and Nanded confirm the trend towards the creation of more Muslim-based parties #Congress #BJP #Identity Politics #Nanded #Jangipur #Muslim-based Parties

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Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Jul 08, 2012

Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

India's democracy functions because of caste. The basis of voting is not issues or ideology - is Pakistan the same? #India #Congress #Pakistan #InMyOpinion #Imran Khan #Caste #Zardari #Identity Politics #Pakistan elections 2013

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Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Jul 30, 2014

House Republicans Unveil Women’s Legislation in Push for Female Voters

The party that was once against identity politics is learning to court the female vot...
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Aug 17, 2014

Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue. Francis outlined his priori... #China #Vietnam #Asia #Bhutan #Pope Benedict XVI #Laos #Myanmar #Brunei #Communist Party
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Aug 18, 2014

Letter: Civilized people condemn all war

Columnist Lane Filler considers wars that have hatred as the motive to be so much worse than those fought for conquest of territory ["Is genocide worse than plain old war?" Opinion, Aug. 13]. I would like to ask him, then, is the murder of five peopl... #China #Vietnam #Asia #Bhutan #Pope Benedict XVI #Laos #Myanmar #Brunei #Communist Party