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Kanishk Tharoor

Kanishk Tharoor is a writer and broadcaster. He is the author of Swimmer Among the Stars, a collection of short fiction, and the presenter of the BBC radio series Museum of Lost Objects. He tweets as @kanishktharoor.

Articles by Kanishk Tharoor

Some voters are more equal than others

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Published on Oct 18, 2016 09:52 AM IST

Thanks to the electoral college system some voters are more equal than others

Since presidential elections are decided by the electoral college system and not a popular vote, candidates do not have any real incentive to focus on “safe” states

People watch the second presidential debate between US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside a restaurant near Times Square in New York on October 9, 2016(AFP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2016 01:23 AM IST

His enabler is his adversary

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Published on Oct 11, 2016 07:06 AM IST

Donald Trump: His enabler, the media, is his adversary

Despite being given more free publicity by the media than any candidate, Donald Trump portrays the press as his enemy

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9(AFP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2016 07:21 AM IST

TINA factor for feminists

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Published on Oct 04, 2016 08:00 AM IST

Feminists are divided about Hillary becoming the first female US president

The choice between Clinton and Trump is so stark that feminists won’t trouble her in the coming months. But whether she wins or loses, her feminist legacy will be questioned. Younger feminists are less taken with the “politics of female excellence” than older generations

The choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is so stark that feminists won’t trouble her in the coming months. But whether she wins or loses, her feminist legacy will be questioned.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 09:49 PM IST

Beyond racial prejudice

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Published on Sep 27, 2016 08:17 AM IST

After North Carolina: Reopening the black question

The deaths of the Blacks at the hands of the police have become symbolic indictments not just of the police, but of the broader society

Police in riot gear detain a demonstrator outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina(AFP)
Updated on Sep 30, 2016 03:20 PM IST

Why 2016 could end up as the year when the elections lied

Just like Brexit upset predictions, a Trump victory could topple the edifice of mathematical improbability that has been built against his campaign

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Tim Kaine, holds Crippled America, a book by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at a rally at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 13(AP)
Updated on Sep 30, 2016 03:19 PM IST

A climate of fuzzy thinking

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Updated on Sep 30, 2016 03:23 PM IST

Culturally and politically, Americans are yet to process the events of 9/11

The 9/11 attacks might have propelled America into the world, but it is damning how shallow mainstream conversation of international affairs remains.

People run through the Empty Sky memorial at daybreak over lower Manhattan on the morning of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in New Jersey.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2016 08:59 PM IST

Immigration is a useful tool for Trump, a member of elite class

As non-Americans may know, it requires a wilful insularity and ignorance to imagine that the US border is “open.” Americans take for granted their freedom to cross borders everywhere without realising how closed and impenetrable theirs is to everybody else

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event focused on immigration policy, at the Phoenix Convention Centre in Phoenix.(AFP Photo)
Published on Sep 05, 2016 09:31 PM IST

Capitalising on misplaced fears

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Published on Aug 30, 2016 12:12 PM IST

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are symptoms of the return of white nationalism

Trump and Farage have fanned racist, anti-immigrant passions for their own short-term gain. The hateful currents coursing through their politics are part of the wider rise of white nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) watches as Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage speaks at a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi, US, August 24, 2016(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 29, 2016 11:38 PM IST

Breaking the secret spell

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Published on Aug 23, 2016 09:07 AM IST

When Games become a perfect volley to strike back at the empire

Some sporting duels are not just tests of athletic brilliance. They encapsulate something much larger, freighted with history and its great inequalities

Puerto Rican fans in the stadium in Rio de Janeiro chanted “Si se puede” — “Yes you can.” Monica Puig (in pic) repeated their words to herself in a quiet, personal mantra. Si se puede, si se puede, si se puede(AFP file photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2016 11:11 PM IST

Of free floating football clubs

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Updated on Aug 16, 2016 10:54 AM IST

The withering of EPL teams’ connection to a local place is unfortunate

The EPL’s administrators continue to gustily muscle into markets in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Local sentiments may not have the strength to restrain the league’s global aspirations.

Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako (centre) scores a goal during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2016 10:26 PM IST

It’s nativism all over again

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Published on Aug 09, 2016 07:07 AM IST

With talks on religion, colour and borders, nativism resurfaces in US elections

It is damning that the language of the 19th century has resurfaced in this electoral season. No matter whether Trump or Clinton win in November, this snarling energy, this forceful fear of the other will remain a threat to the open and embracing ethos of the United States

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has fomented and courted nativism, making it the central animating force of his campaign.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2016 10:46 PM IST

Bernie’s out but his ideas are in

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Published on Aug 02, 2016 11:26 AM IST

A lot ‘Left’ to be done in American politics

Clinton realises that the Democratic party has changed from the party that twice elected her husband to the White House. Sanders’ campaign made visible a significant shift in political beliefs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders at rally in Portsmouth, July 12.(AP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2016 11:05 PM IST

White male grievance is shaping the US presidential election this time

There are three strands in the welter of angry emotions pushing Trump closer to the White House

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump(AP)
Updated on Jul 25, 2016 09:10 AM IST

Cheerleaders shame Indian cricket

The IPL’s reliance on foreign cheerleaders reinforces unsavoury Indian stereotypes about sex and women.

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Updated on Apr 04, 2010 04:47 PM IST
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