HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Anirudh Bhattacharyya

UN’s comedy of errors

The United Nations (UN) headquarters is the only office building in New York City where it’s legal to smoke, since it’s not considered American territory. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

The games America plays

Even as the London Olympics commence, we have already been informed that the United States will emerge with the maximum gold medals from the competition. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Don’t stick to your guns

Revolution’s in the air, 9 mm in my hand. No, those aren’t quite John Lennon’s peace-in lyrics. They belong to Wade Michael Page, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

Following conventions

The republican national convention heads to Tampa next week with a wary eye on Hurricane Isaac, but there’s an unnatural disaster in the eye of the storm. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Tale of two conventions

A divided American electorate two months before the Presidential election: There’s one vision on the right, another on the left, and those in the middle looking for a balanced perspective are on the horns of a dilemma, Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Just droning on and on

Obama has been so busy countering the domestic threat posed by his Republican opponent Mitt Romney that he’s attended less than half of his daily intelligence briefings. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Round one to Romney

Romney flashed his teeth to the audience, and took some large bites off the president’s aura. Obama, meanwhile, once again bolstered his conservation credentials by recycling promises that were used by him in 2008, Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Short but not sweet

Welcome to the brave new media world of elections, where hashtags are used to harangue opponents, the first election in the world where Twitter is a player. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Canada, India and the rise of maple leaf migration

In April last year, less than a month before general elections in Canada, the country’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigned in the Toronto suburb of Brampton with an unusual figure: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. The Prime Minister’s wife Laureen Harper also briefly danced with the actor.

The real state of play

About 12 months back, the re-election of Barack Obama appeared a lost cause simply because the president appeared lost in a policy vacuum, buffeted by high unemployment numbers and low approval, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

A four-star thriller

Even as Broadwell and Petraeus were redefining the meanings of terms like exclusive access and embedding, it appears these clandestine operations weren’t quite limited to them. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

It is much of a muchness

We are at a true inflection point in history where Bieber’s been bested and there’s wonderment in the world. But the non-Bieber besotted have emitted a PSY of relief. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Towards apocalypse now

We interrupt this regularly scheduled column to bring you this special message: The world's expiry date is next Friday. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

From fable to farce

In recent months, Toronto Transit has featured a series of advertisements from Penguin Canada that reflects the 2012 trend that softcore reading matters to the industry. This, of course, is the '50 Shades' genre. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

Wield a very big stick

If this week’s inhuman killing of two Indian jawans near the Line of Control seems like a movie we’ve seen before, it may spawn sequels in the months ahead, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.
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