Category: News and Politics

  • Let Motherhood Not Be Forced

    Let Motherhood Not Be Forced

    [Background information for non-US readers for whom Roe and Wade just mean a pair of names, and “Choice” and “Life” are not obvious antonyms: US Supreme Court is very likely to come out with a decision in June 2022 that paves way for abortion becoming illegal in a large part of the United States. Read…

  • The Kashmir Files – Truths, Lies, Lessons

    The Kashmir Files – Truths, Lies, Lessons

    Around the time The Kashmir Files was released, I was binge watching the 9-part series Inventing Anna on Netflix. This series was released on Netflix a month before The Kashmir Files was released in theaters. Inventing Anna is about a twenty-something New York City socialite Anna Delvey who dupes multiple people and organizations of hundreds…

  • The Rooster has one Leg

    The Rooster has one Leg

    This post can be related to the current Trump saga, but is an age old story that can apply anywhere. Kokras chhai kuni zang (the rooster has one leg) is a common saying in Kashmiri language, my mother tongue. This fallacious statement is symbolic of someone making a wrong claim and sticking with it, no…

  • Election Day Evening Worksheet

    Election Day Evening Worksheet

    This is my prediction worksheet. According to this, Trump can take all toss ups, and Pennsylvania, and Biden will still have 270. You don’t like it? Here, take this spreadsheet and create your own.

  • How Bigly Did Trump Win in 2016

    How Bigly Did Trump Win in 2016

    Trump’s victory in 2016 was almost a fluke. If 40,000 voters in a country of 325 million people had changed their mind, he would have lost the election.

  • US Midterm Elections – A Primer for foreigners

    US Midterm Elections – A Primer for foreigners

    US Midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and these are very important elections for the country. Many of the readers of this blog may wonder what this election is about. What/who is/are being elected? What is the impact of this on Donald Trump? Why are these called midterms? If you have these questions,…

  • Arguments for Gun Control, Part 2

    Arguments for Gun Control, Part 2

    This is a continuation from my yesterday’s article, in which I countered “Virtual President” Bill Whittle’s arguments against gun control. Here are my counter arguments against some more common anti-regulation arguments. 1. People kill people, guns don’t. Let us together examine the logical validity of this very common argument that come from gun advocates. Yes,…

  • We Call BS – Arguments for Gun Control, Part 1

    The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week has left 17 students and faculty dead, 15 injured, and the whole country arguing on social media about gun control. I spent a lot of time myself this weekend arguing with people on Facebook, pushing the same arguments over and over. Now I decided to compile my…

  • Ramjas and Freedom of Expression

    Umar Khalid should have been listened to at Ramjas College. He has a right to freedom of expression. The seminar should not have been canceled. Shazia Ilmi should not have been dropped from the speaker’s list at Jamia. Lipstick Under My Burkha should not have been banned by the Censor Board. In fact, there should…