After the presidential election contest of 2016, we posted a blog titled “Thanksgiving Thoughts on Our Divided Nation.” That blog began as follows: We wrote our first Thanksgiving blog for the Huffington Post in 2012 shortly after the presidential election of that year. Near the end of that blog, we observed, “One other thing we see as we look at our country is a citizenry that is more divided in values and perspective than it has been in the past.” If that was true in 2012, it is … [Read more...]
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2020 was a long and contentious year politically which ended with a win for Biden, America, and India. That is good news. The better news is that the best is yet to come. Nearly three weeks after the historic presidential election, United States (US) President Donald Trump is yet to concede, clinging on to hope that he can somehow miraculously hold on to power despite losing by a huge margin. However, with even his Republican allies at state and local levels refusing to help him, … [Read more...]
Under Joe Biden, US-India relations in areas like trade and commerce, as well as defence and strategic ties, are likely to be strengthened. New Delhi will be a large part of the Biden administration’s Asia Pacific strategy. Now that the all-consuming debate on who will be better for New Delhi -- Donald Trump or Joe Biden -- is settled, India-watchers here have moved on to the next set of questions. They are: what will the Biden White House look like? Who will lead the two key … [Read more...]
After months of trench warfare and 84 seemingly endless hours of counting votes, the verdict is finally in: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is the president-elect of the United States. He will take office as the 46thPresident on January 20,2021. The quadrennial dance of democracy ended exactly the way many had feared: in a deeply divided country and a closer contest than some would have liked. Those who were hoping for a landslide Biden win, as several opinion polls had predicted, were … [Read more...]
They’ve all come to look for America. -Simon & Garfunkel O, let America be America again The land that never has been yet — – Langston Hughes America is a land of being and becoming. A democratic republic that has been in existence for 244 years. And a nation still in search of itself. The nature and results of this year’s presidential election prove this search will take years, and possibly decades, to reach the “more perfect union” envisioned by the founding fathers. Joe … [Read more...]
Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in a tightly contested American election held in the backdrop of the biggest health crisis in more than one hundred years. The election was followed closely in India for three reasons: the presence of a candidate of Indian origin on the Democratic ticket; the rising prominence of the Indian American community in US politics; and the foreign policy implications that every new administration presents. Let me address … [Read more...]
The 2020 United States (US) election has seen the four-million-strong Indian-American community come of age politically and put them on the US’s political map. What will a great night for the community on November 3 look like? For Democrats all over the country, a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris victory, which would catapult one of their own to the second-most powerful position in the land, will make it truly historic. Victory for Senate-hopeful Sara Gideon in Maine, and two congressional … [Read more...]
Donald Trump has gotten a lot of media coverage with his preposterous claims that the American presidential election system is rigged. What Trump really means is that unless he can manipulate that system to win or to his own advantage, then it must be rigged. Don’t take our word for it. Take Donald’s. During the Republican primaries, Trump referred to the primary process as a “rigged, disgusting dirty system.” In his first appearance at a rally in West Virginia after he won … [Read more...]
From folk musicians in the Manganiar and Langa communities in Rajasthan to the storytellers of Telangana's Kakipadagollu community, who have been practising their art forms since the 12th century, many are unable to put food on the table. Even in the best of times, a vast majority of India's artists have struggled to earn decent wages as they are largely in unorganized sectors of the economy. Their predicament is exacerbated by the fact that many of them don't have regular jobs and … [Read more...]
On October 26, in the dark of the night, Republicans in the Senate confirmed the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett in order to pack the Supreme Court. In common terminology, “packing the Supreme Court” is used to refer to adding more seats to the Court. That is not our use of the phrase. For us, packing is not the number of judges on the Supreme Court. Packing is the nature of those judges and how they were appointed. Barrett was pushed through, in an aggressive and accelerated manner, … [Read more...]