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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 07, 2014

Opinion: Race shows New York is changing

Harlem is not the same. Even though 43-year incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, ultimately won after going punch for punch with New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, his "safe" seat is safe no longer. The battle was bloody at times, with most... #Charles Rangel #Apollo Theater #New York (state)
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Jul 09, 2014

Offshore tax dealings: celebrities and sportsmen in leaked Jersey files

Leaked records of more than 20,000 individuals held with Kleinwort Benson reveal the range of prominent individuals involved in offshoring Top Tory has family link with offshore banker who gave £800k Offshore secrets of the UK's wealthy political don... #Mel Gibson #Placido Domingo #Kleinwort Benson #Europe
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Jun 29, 2014

Big turnout in HK democracy vote as Beijing fumes

(AP) -- An informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy in Hong Kong wound down Sunday after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce. Hong Kongers used the straw poll to ex... #China #Beijing #Hong Kong #Global Times