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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
Tigers roar How Thackerays politics filled a systemic vacuum

Nov 18, 2012

Tigers roar How Thackerays politics filled a systemic vacuum

In a mature political world, the Thackeray brand of hate politics would never have gained as much traction as it did. That it has thrived this long, by feeding off us-and-them politics, says volumes about the failure of the political and administrative systems. #PowerGames #Bal Thackeray #Shiv Sena #Identity Politics #Hindutva politics
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

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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