Rise of autocracy in the name of democracy

  How a popularly elected leader and tea boy has steered the world’s largest democracy toward authoritarianism and intolerance. Narendra Modi, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of national populism that has ensured its success at the polls, first in the western state of Gujarat and then in India at large- Modi managed…

Out of Afghanistan

On Sunday as the Taliban took over Kabul, the capital, the US state department announced that all US embassy staff had been evacuated to Hamid Karzal International Airport which was under US military control. People are scared and think things could go wrong at any moment. The face-covering was mandatory for all women under Taliban…

Afghans living under Taliban rule

The Taliban swept into Kabul unopposed on Sunday and have seized the presidential palace with reports that Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has fled the country to Uzbekistan. More than 60 countries have issued a joint statement calling on the Taliban to allow people to leave. The US embassy says all it embassy staff have been…

Vital thinking of what Democracy is

Jan-Werner Muller, political philosopher and a German teaching  history and political philosophy for Princeton University,  in his latest Democracy Rules, gives a brisk account about the state of liberal democracy. As the cold war ended the hopes for democracy’s rapid spread to non-democracies dwindled. Concern  for its health grew amid backsliding in existing democracies notably …

Netanyahu out as New Israeli as new coalition government comes in

Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his 12-year-old hold on power as prime minister of Israel after the country’s parliament voted  60-59, to a new coalition government led by right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett of the Yamina party who will leading an unprecedented coalition of parties. The incoming prime minister will be in office until September 2023 as…

Joe Biden flies in for G7 Summit in Cornwall

  Joe Biden is in the UK for the Global leaders’ summit in Cornwall which officially starts on Friday. US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill met the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie for the first  time and admired the view overlooking St Ives Bay, with Mr Biden saying “ It’s gorgeous I…

How the Falcons fooled the Isis

President Donald Trump declared “ The United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice”. After a 2018 raid by US special forces which resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, the leader of Isis. Abu Ali al-Basri’s mole within Isis who had provided information that lead to the attack. Margaret…

Mamata Banerjee wins West Bengal Assembly elections

West Bengal home to 90 million people and the city of Kolkata Trinamool Congress Party ( TMC)  returned to power with 200 seats out of 294 as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party failed to win a key state in  the assembly elections held amid record Covid-19 deaths and cases. Despite the defeat, West Bengal…

Geography of Inequality from Seattle to Baltimore – Winner and loser cities

Alec MacGillis’s Fulfillment: Winning and losing in one-click America, highlights with empathy and breadth, what drives economic populism and the division between a sliver of the professional-managerial elite in winner-takes-all cities and everyone else, also the hidden human costs of other inequality not the growing gap between the rich and poor, but the gap between…