Politics

Welcome to Democracy, America!

Welcome to Democracy, America!

It may sound paradoxical, but the success of democracy poses the biggest challenge to it. Let me explain. When I was growing up in India, I admired the moral fiber of the political class in the United States. I was impressed when Watergate special prosecutor Archibald...
Campaign Rhetoric Revisited

Campaign Rhetoric Revisited

Emotional exhaustion is likely commonplace amongst the electorate. After all, the candidates put forth by the two major parties would hardly qualify as the first choice for most Americans. The Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been embroiled in a scandal...
The Violent Revolution

The Violent Revolution

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy in 1962. Both the Republican and the Democratic parties have shown the truth of this adage during the 2016 primary season. At the Nevada Democratic Party...
Why Are Indian Diplomats So Risk Averse?

Why Are Indian Diplomats So Risk Averse?

President Eisenhower once offered  a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to India in 1955. Though the offer was informal, it opened an opportunity for India to sit among world powers and be counted. However, the offer was rejected by the...
A Quick Primer on the Electoral College

A Quick Primer on the Electoral College

When someone says the words “the United States Presidential Elections,” a myriad of thoughts come to mind. Many a time, passionate feelings are drawn up from pugnacious partisans. The months leading up to the election end up being the most politically charged of...