Donald Trump’s election as US President was a glimpse of the accumulated insecurities of the white American men. The Republican candidate successfully tapped into the deep distress and resentment among millions of white working and middle-class Americans, writes Simi Mehta writing for South Asia Monitor.
When you see a street magician waving a red handkerchief in his right hand, you can be sure he is doing something more significant with his left. If Donald J. Trump has one true talent, it is as ringmaster of the media circus, knowing that by being outrageous he can focus the limelight back on himself, his TV show, his businesses or, more recently, his political future. In Kanye West’s admiring words, speaking of the presidential election result: “His approach was f***ing genius, because it worked.”
As US President Barack Obama exits the White House after an 8-year tenure, he leaves behind a mixed legacy. Overall, the Obama presidency remained very difficult and witnessed many significant changes around the globe. The US will continue to struggle with the issues of terrorism, inflation and domestic turbulence in the near future, writes Md. Afroz for South Asia Monitor.
The US President-elect announced this week that he will introduce legislation to get every Muslim in the country to register their name and address on a “list”.
On November 8, the populist insurrection sweeping across Europe and the United Kingdom hit the shores of America as an embittered uprising of the middle and lower class handed their candidate, Donald Trump, a resounding victory over Hillary Clinton.
The lines by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on The Statue of Liberty, which stands tall and majestic on Liberty Island in New York Harbour off New York City, read, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: / I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
A spectre is haunting Eurasia — the spectre of Donald Trump, who has threatened to overturn the core principles of American strategy towards Europe and Asia since the end of the Second World War. Chancelleries across Eurasia, from Paris to Tokyo, Brussels to Singapore and Berlin to Seoul, are scrambling to come to terms with the entirely unexpected victory of Trump.
Two things fascinated me most about the American election. The first was that, as with India in 2014, media pundits, pollsters and the educated class in general proved that they were completely disconnected from ordinary voters.
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.