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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?

Sep 18, 2014

Whisky purveyors weigh in on Scotland vote

Campbeltown, Scotland - At the end of the tortuously winding roads of Kintyre peninsula, almost hidden in between the rows of houses, pagoda-style chimneys of dilapidated distilleries peek out revealing the ruins of the former "Whisky Capital of the ... #London #Scotland #Edinburgh #David Frost
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Sep 17, 2014

Northern lights: the tartan art-house illuminating the referendum

The Projector Club art collective has dressed a West Lothian farmhouse in tartan. But its not as nationalistic as it might at first seem ... As the vote of our lifetimes approaches for anyone who lives in Britain, whether in Scotland or not the last ... #London #Scotland #Edinburgh #David Frost
Do Pakistanis vote like Indians?

Sep 18, 2014

Whisky purveyors weigh in on Scotland vote

Campbeltown, Scotland - At the end of the tortuously winding roads of Kintyre peninsula, almost hidden in between the rows of houses, pagoda-style chimneys of dilapidated distilleries peek out revealing the ruins of the former "Whisky Capital of the ... #London #Scotland #Edinburgh #David Frost #Paris #Barack Obama #United Kingdom #Albert Einstein #Alex Salmond #Diageo plc #John Sinclair (politician) #National Party