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How geopolitics casts its long shadow over the Olympics

ENTERTAINMENT

How geopolitics casts its long shadow over the Olympics

Over the past decades, the Olympic Games have been, in addition to sporting events, become avenues for geopolitical messaging as well

Israel’s critique of weak Palestinian leadership is a self-fulfilling prophecy

POLITICS

Israel’s critique of weak Palestinian leadership is a self-fulfilling prophecy

If the Palestinians — who have been under occupation for three generations now — are deprived in every walk in life, how will they be able to produce the sagacious stalwarts, intellectual thinkers and nation builders?

India-US Ties | Before sending aid, India got to hear Joe Biden’s rendition of America First

POLITICS

India-US Ties | Before sending aid, India got to hear Joe Biden’s rendition of America First

It was the collective outrage of the Indian diaspora that pushed the US administration to come forth and assist with aid on oxygen supplies, raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines, critical life-saving drugs and the like

US-China Ties | India’s strategic autonomy ensures it's not a geopolitical pawn

BUSINESS

US-China Ties | India’s strategic autonomy ensures it's not a geopolitical pawn

India values its strategic autonomy, in some ways a metamorphosis of its traditional non-aligned stance from the Cold War 

What Joe Biden’s phone calls tell us about his foreign policy

BUSINESS

What Joe Biden’s phone calls tell us about his foreign policy

Washington’s current priorities lie in repairing relations with neighbours and European allies that Trump had jettisoned, particularly given the vitriol towards NATO 

US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws

BUSINESS

US will be more concerned about soybeans and agri-exports to China than India’s farm laws

Washington does not have the political currency to make grandiose statements. Instead, regular concerns will be laced with prosaic and benign verses

Joe Biden’s 100-day marathon is a sprint

BUSINESS

Joe Biden’s 100-day marathon is a sprint

The first 100 days are seen both as a harbinger of the next four years as well as an ambition scorecard

Election After The Election: One senate, two seats, four candidates

BUSINESS

Election After The Election: One senate, two seats, four candidates

Currently, the Republicans have 50 seats in the US Senate, while the Democrats have 46: the two independent Senators tend to vote with the Democrats on most issues. One of the two seats is all the GOP needs to retain control of the Senate 

US Politics | A return to status quo of establishment politics

BUSINESS

US Politics | A return to status quo of establishment politics

Biden is said to put together the most diverse Cabinet including women, LGBTQ representatives, and people of colour — all this from a septuagenarian White male. But this was par for the course 

Not that they loved Joe Biden, but that they loathed Donald Trump

BUSINESS

Not that they loved Joe Biden, but that they loathed Donald Trump

Many saw Joe Biden's platform in 2020 as that he didn’t really have one, but was merely running on an Obama 3.0. But for many, it will be his likely push for more global engagements that will mark the biggest change from the Trump era

US Elections | Joe Biden within striking distance, but Donald Trump unlikely to concede

POLITICS

US Elections | Joe Biden within striking distance, but Donald Trump unlikely to concede

Donald Trump on 214 electoral votes, with slender but prominent leads in key swing states of Pennsylvania (20 votes), North Carolina (15 votes) and Georgia (16 votes), could get to 265 votes. Alaska was pending, but that’s only three votes. Trump needs a Hail Mary to cross 270

How Donald Trump became so important for the Republican Party

BUSINESS

How Donald Trump became so important for the Republican Party

The Republican Party has changed over the years. In fact, one could say that it has gone so far to the Right that Republican messiah Ronald Reagan wouldn’t win a GOP primary now

India-US ties: How it became an aid-to-trade story

BUSINESS

India-US ties: How it became an aid-to-trade story

Today the robust partnership between New Delhi and Washington rests on pillars of strategic partnership of defence and coalescing on foreign policy goals such as The Quad and mitigating a belligerent Chinese threat

Why mail-in-ballots are important in US Presidential Elections

BUSINESS

Why mail-in-ballots are important in US Presidential Elections

There is a political maelstrom brewing in the United States around mail-in-ballots for the Presidential elections in November, and that could complicate matters as hanging chads did two decades ago

Visa woes | Trump or Biden, Indian immigration to US won’t drastically improve

BUSINESS

Visa woes | Trump or Biden, Indian immigration to US won’t drastically improve

The notion that a Democratic administration under a Joe Biden presidency, with Kamala Harris as Vice-President by his side, will mitigate immigration woes for the Indian white-collar diaspora is myopic at best

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