Presidential peccadilloes: Obama’s macaca and the UPA’s chutzpah – 1
There was a mild flap when Senator Barack Obama, candidate for the US Presidency, exhibited his own “Macaca Moment”. Obama’s team displayed the ugly edge of racism behind the blow-dried billing-and-cooing of a campaign, even that of a supposedly liberal black man. It also demonstrated yet again that it is safe for anyone to bait and malign Indians: there are no consequences; indeed, Obama’s people are out there flashing million-dollar smiles at $500-a-plate Indian-American fund-raisers for their candidate.
July 10, 2007
Posted at rediff today. I wrote it before the Lal Masjid was attacked by troops.
Actually, the copy editor messed up the structure and introduced a few errors. Here’s the original as I sent it to rediff:
Musharraf’s Theater of the Absurd: In which he sings for supper and lives to fight another day
Rajeev Srinivasan on the make-believe that is Pakistani politics
After years of observing the deft General Musharraf, I must admit a sneaking feeling of admiration for the way he has navigated the minefields of, to mix metaphors wildly, dancing with three elephants: Saudi Arabia, the United States, and China. He is simply peerless in his ability to put on diplomatic theater, and he has an unerring instinct for how to induce the willing suspension of disbelief that is the centerpiece of all theater.