Once the self-appointed champion of the Global South, India has, in recent years, shown signs of a psychological shift to a philosophy of pragmatism.
As the Brazil World Cup reaches its climax, it has been marked by the quadrennial exercise in dissing the global sport. Among those at the forefront of the affront is author Ann Coulter, who opined in a column: "I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 only warmth we can expect in the days ahead should be in the heated exchanges between climate change denialists and alarmists.
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.