Politics

India’s blind love affair with Modi is not blind anymore.

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India is experiencing a raging virus that has exhausted the entire system, including its hospital staff, workers, doctors, and patients who are gasping for oxygen in horror that can save them from the jaws of death. As a result, we are witnessing a public health crisis in India at a scale never been experienced in a pandemic before. Deep at the heart of COVID failure lie irrationalities among people and political leaders along with their messed-up priorities, lack of empathy, and last but not least, administrative and systemic flaws.

The government of India scoffed at science when they decided to…


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Society

The restructuring of this nature demands social responsibility and conscientiousness from citizens to not undermine human values and principles along the way.

Adapting is not a threat to people’s freedoms. It does require a change in their perception of freedom, though. Limits placed on individual freedoms to deter them from acting as they wish are not to be regarded as a diminution of their freedoms rather a strategy that would lead to stability for all. In this day and age, when individual freedom of thought and action has gained considerable ground, the responsibility that comes with the freedom has to be taken more seriously than ever.

Democracy requires reciprocity from citizens. It is based on the principle of subsidiarity, which places trust…


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Closer we get to the times where America’s hegemony is ebbing away, it's becoming more apparent that it’s not being superseded by one successor. Instead, the world is witnessing multiple players rising, including China and India. The rise of Asia is not only shaping its own future but also becoming an essential source of growth for the west.

“Did we realize in the 1990s that it would be us who turned to shit? Here’s what neither political scientists nor geopolitical scholars sufficiently gamed out as it was happening: The wicked brew of trade globalization and outsourced manufacturing, industrial policy fueled technological innovation, and rent-seeking financial capitalism — and how those forces not only accelerated power diffusion globally but also deindustrialization and political polarization at home.”, says Parag Khanna in his article named The New End of History. According to him, the rise of Asia is proof of the aforementioned power-diffusion or what he calls geopolitical entropy[1].

In the…


Politics

How they ended up doling out their own sense of warped justice. Answers to these questions lie partly in the crafty and cunning, though democratic, mechanisms that allow fascists to bully democracies and enable people’s undue suspicion regarding democracy to run wild.

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“The incipient, creeping fascism of the past few years has been groomed by many of our ‘ democratic institutions ’. Everyone has flirted with it — Parliament (Congress), the press, the police, the administration, the public. Each time you defend the right of an institution, any institution (including Supreme Court), to exercise unfettered, unaccountable powers that must never be challenged, you move forward fascism.” says Arundhati Roy.

You all must have gathered by now that democracy can be used both as a tool to further the cause of people and as a weapon to undermine the same; it depends entirely…


Politics

You cannot rectify a receding democracy without a greater sense of political responsibility on the part of citizens and political leaders.

John Trumbull, “General George Washington Resigning His Commission,” 1826 Architect of the Capitol.

Bad political outcomes are a result of inappropriate individual behaviors, inordinate structural processes, and misinformed/uninformed citizens. Sometimes it is difficult to assess the attributiveness of the factors or the degree of political responsibility assigned to them with regard to the outcome. Some elements are certainly more worthy of censure than the others. Citizens and political leaders of democratic societies differentiate themselves from authoritarian societies by bearing more responsibilities and not just by exercising more rights.

We, the people, are also accountable for the behavior of our leaders other than they themselves for setting these violent and undemocratic events into motion…


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China is a threat to free democracies worldwide. They need to learn and adapt how to survive the rise of China. Though it is increasingly becoming unpreventable, it’s still something from which recovery is possible.

https://regionalrapport.com/covid-19-pandemic-to-accelerate-chinas-rise/

China is neither faithful to communism from which it once extracted legitimacy, nor is it anywhere close to being a democracy. It is a market-based system called state capitalism that China developed after 1978. The Chinese government continues to control every small part of the economy, believing it is the best path towards politically stable economic growth. They come from a place where there has been a long tradition of secrecy and centralized control for years. They cannot let go of their command so easily. …


Politics

We need informed citizens to address the grave polarizations of our times. A considerable mass is required to demand that our politics be ethical and pragmatic.

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Pragmatism implores people to turn to evidence and embrace it. Pragmatism in politics means not letting a particular ideology come in the way of the right solutions. It means going beyond one’s beliefs and assessing things rationally, and devising solutions that work. What does it take to achieve this other than a good state and non-partisan institutions — illuminated citizens, I think.

A well-informed electorate is the unrivaled public good. It is something that the state cannot provide you. Instead, we have to provide it to the state.

Pragmatism has two enemies: ideologies and populism, and each seized its opportunity…


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Minorities live a life of polarity in America between the long claims that everyone is equal and the daily struggle of overt segregation.

Activists participate in a vigil in response to the Atlanta spa shootings on March 17, 2021, in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. A gunman opened fire in three spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area, the day before killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

“When a racial group’s collective prejudice is backed by the power of legal authority and institutional control, it is transformed into this racism, a far-reaching system that functions independently from the intentions or self-images of individual actors,” says Robin Diangelo in his book, White fragility.

The anti-minority sentiments integral to white supremacists’ identity have a superiority complex behind them without any rational basis. Because they don’t have a rationale and are based mainly on prejudices and assumptions, they get aroused even at the slightest challenge, especially when their insecurities are on the rise, or they face a social identity crisis…


Work

It could be a hybrid model with a mix of both, varying in percentages depending upon factors that get altered from workforce to workforce and industry to industry.

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When the pandemic takes a retreat from our lives, and we are safely on the other side, what’s it going to be like going back to work. Let’s start by asking ourselves a very simple question. After the two most important factors — a. Fondness for work and b. Salary, what is it that attracts people to their workplace? Aren’t we fascinated by the variety of different people we encounter in an organization? Work from home/ Anywhere (WFH/WFA) takes that away from us. …


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A change in strategy under President Biden proves that foreign policies are not always amoral and can offer a chance to restore peace in the famine-struck nation.

“Some foreign policy issues relate to our survival as a nation, but most do not. Since WW2, the United States has been involved in several wars, but none were necessary for our survival. Most foreign policy issues involve trade-offs among values, and that require choices, not applications of a rigid formula of “raison d’état.” says Joseph S. Nye, Jr. in his book, Do morals Matter?[1]

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The sound of explosions and ambulances is a familiar reverberation in Yemen. The ongoing war has already taken the lives of 130000 Yemenis, and it is estimated to push another 400000 of them further to…

Sakshi Kharbanda, Ph.D.

Learner| Researcher| Writer. Writes on Democracy, Capitalism and Inclusion. Fascinated by Mathematics and Mathematicians.

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