The Decline of Global Powers
Interesting article by in the NYTimes.
Today power is dispersed. There is no permanent bipartisan governing class in Washington. Globally, power has gone multipolar, with the rise of China, India, Brazil and the rest.
I loved the article but its arguable whether the solution lies in consolidation of countries with similar values and governments. It perpetuates the “us vs. them” mindset promoted by President George W.
The BJP Goofed on the Trust vote
Convincing article in the Indian Express about Advani’s failure of leadership in picking the wrong battle and failure to prevent defections among his MPs.
His political managers completely failed to keep his numbers together, or to even explain his nuanced opposition on the nuclear deal. You talk to the BJP workers, sympathisers as you travel along the country, and they all want to know why their party is opposing the nuclear deal. In any case, what is it doing in cahoots with the Left? Why is it in such a hurry for an election…
In the long run this defeat might actually help/force the BJP to clean up shop and get its act together in time for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.