HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Anirudh Bhattacharyya

How close is the Modi campaign to the Obama campaign?

Modi and Obama are obviously pols apart, in terms of ideology. But it seems rather obvious that as with the Obama campaign, the Modi team finessed the craft of sentiment management and presentiment marketing, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Will faltering Indo-US ties fall further if Modi becomes PM?

If Narendra Modi does become PM, come September, expect him to take Manhattan, arriving there to address the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Leaders of countries do not need the US’ permission to camp in New York at summit time.

Mind the enthusiasm gap

Despite systems in place in the US to increase voter turnout in polls, it cannot match the Indian voter when it comes to participation at election time.

NRIs are not yet a significant constituency for any political party

For all their interest in elections in India, NRIs are not yet a significant constituency for any political party. They may be treated as ATMs, but it’ll take some more capital and electoral reform before they evolve into a full-fledged vote-bank.

Calling the movers early

It’s possible that many will be unaware of the Afghan polls since that country appears to have gone off the radar just as the MH370 did recently. While Barack Obama is grappling with a greater threat than the Taliban, the fallout of the botched birth of Obamacare, Putin has brought the Big Bad Bear out of the closet and into Crimea.

Ukraine crisis: Tripping over red lines

Even if the current crisis in Ukraine subsides, Vladimir Putin is likely to keep pushing, sensing a lack of purpose in a White House that always wimps out in its worldview.

Tough one for na-DELL-uh

After the procession of Jobs, Gates, Ballmer, Brin, Bezos, Zuckerberg and Mayer, we now have Satya Nadella leading a global tech major. The New York Times helpfully provided its readers with a phonetic guide to the new CEO’s name — “pronounced sa-TEE-ya na-DELL-uh”.

Little appetite for all this

In New York, the city administration has valiantly fought to have an allowable volume of cola per serving reduced. Apparently personal or parental responsibilities, and self-control are no longer relevant. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

The american Jelabi: polar vortex, justin bieber, khobragade

The only warmth we can expect in the days ahead should be in the heated exchanges between climate change denialists and alarmists.

A maid in Manhattan: two sides of a story

Unfortunately, both the Indian and American media decided to pick sides on l’affaire Devyani Khobragade. India-US relations have been reduced to the sort of chest-thumping that may have well suited diplomatic links in prehistoric times. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Unwrapping the New Year

While participating in these seasonal sprees is a difficult task because of the crowds, there are many who are holding out for the return of the 8-Track or, better yet, the Radiogram, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Sprinkling of fixie dust

Instead of Selfie or 404, the word for 2013 should have been Fixie, somewhat like a selfie in giving an impression of being the real solution for a problem. This is because the year has been marked by a bunch of fixes that will only create others. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

We're tricked, their treat

Ripping apart the Iron Curtain was expected to dispel the darkness, not create a situation where a German artist projects a message upon the US Embassy in Berlin that reads, 'United Stasi of America'. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

The attack of the clones

Hollywood may have influenced the publishing industry’s new focus. The website Den of Geek has compiled a list that puts it succinctly: “57 movie remakes and reboots currently in development.” Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

He isn’t holding his peace

Since his team was ousted from the NBA post-season, Metta World Peace, the hoopster formerly known as Ron Artest, probably used the leisure afforded to him to sleep in. On Monday, he tweeted, “Happy labour day… Enjoy it.”
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