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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Log in for this fight: why it's time India counters online jihad

India’s security establishment has enough to worry about on the terrorist front in West Asia. But it also faces a challenge in cyberspace, in the propaganda battle against those like LeT chief, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.

No warmth this summer

Modi’s mandarins may well argue with respect to the Obama White House that if it quacks like one and limps along like one, it is indeed a lame duck. In effect, New Delhi may have to wait until January 2017 to catch the drift and truly revitalise ties.

India will benefit by working on a new roadmap for Kabul

The Narendra Modi government will have to put some distance between itself and Washington while it charts out its own course for Kabul. Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.

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.
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