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As bullets took precedence over ballots in Washington, President-elect Biden said this was not ‘dissent, but disorder’. Trump, perhaps out of compulsion and in a faux sense of lachrymose grandstanding, urged peace and calm. The damage had been done; Trump was trying to lock the barn door after the horse had bolted.

Political irony once again, where social media behemoths (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube), long espoused to perpetuating free speech had to suddenly take down the video, with Twitter even temporarily suspending the account of the ‘leader of the free world’; the head of a country that’s based its geopolitical reputation on the proliferation of rule of law and order. …

On November 3, election night, it’s hard to pinpoint any one state as Ground Zero for the United States presidential elections, because several states were cliff-hangers. I was in the political hotbed state of Georgia on November 6. The next day Georgia, along with Pennsylvania, flipped blue, and handed Democratic candidate Joe Biden 16 and 20 electoral votes respectfully. With this the septuagenarian challenger crossed the 270 landmark.

The last time Georgia went Blue was during Arkansas native Bill Clinton’s maiden run in 1992. …

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I am as lost for words as you are, so I will try and borrow a thousand odd ones for this article.

Find Positives, Drop Prithvi Shaw-Sunil Gavaskar’s Advice for Team India

I get it, I too am shell-shocked, baffled, bamboozled, flummoxed and flabbergasted at this capitulation (there I borrowed a few of the best adjectives — thank you Navjot Singh Siddhu). I am not one to not excoriate the team for waving the white flag and folding like a pack of cards, especially when they had their noses ahead. …

United States President Donald Trump is standing still, crying afoul about the presidential elections, but President-Elect Joe Biden is moving forward. As the big C word — Concession — is yet to come from the Trump campaign, Biden is more concerned with another C — Cabinet.

As Biden continues to name personnel for key positions, The Washington Post journalist Emily Rauhala captured the sentiment perfectly with a tweet, stating how politics is ephemeral and epitomised perfectly in Washington, where the Trump administration could be seen as an aberration with unconventional picks, and Biden is a return to the status quo of establishment politics. …

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I clearly remember that English summer of 2002.

I am dating myself now, but I was a teenager back then, but apropos of age that’s when I saw a cherubic young lad with a Peter Pan boyish face, barely older to me by a few years taking center-stage at Trent Bridge. Think Nottingham, think Robin Hood, and why he looked as young as any of his Merrie Men. But like Robin Hood facing an onslaught from the Sheriff of Nottingham, Parthiv Patel, faced an onslaught of bouncers at 145 KMPH from the likes of gargantuan lads like Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison, all aimed at a diminutive lad, not legally adult in most parts of the world. He was only 17 years and 153 days. This was the first realization of age for me. I was 15, I was a schoolboy and saw myself as one, and cricketers in my teenage eyes were “adults” elder than in me in age and size. Sure, I was well versed of Sachin playing at the age of 16, but his debut was “before my time”. But that someone close to my age, who had the same innocent boyish looks and just as pocket-size as me, was standing tall to bowlers older and bigger than him, was unfathomable. …

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Naturally, I was both bewildered and bemused as to how she could think that one of the largest macroeconomic events of the year, the world’s most-watched election, a geopolitical event of epic consequences, one that by itself would immediately impact a micro-entity such as one individual with one job and one immigration status.

To the extent that I earlier penned this op-ed, on why a Biden presidency is unlikely to affect the current immigration conundrum.

The Immigration Quandary: A Bureaucratic Labryinth

If I were to analogise the current imbroglio to puppet talking heads, I would say it’s important to understand that puppets don’t work in isolation; there is a puppeteer and puppet strings that operate behind the scenes. …

There will definitely be a push towards multilateralism and more global engagements that was derelict these past four years.

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The years of 1944–1945 were seminal. The world both crumbled and began to rejig itself as new pacts and agreements were inked. Since then, the Bretton Woods agreement has seen Washington play a key role in shaping multilateralism through organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Key alliances such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), which at that time was a US-Western Europe synergy against the USSR and its client states in Eastern Europe, were sacrosanct to US foreign policy. There was a consensus that Washington would continue to play a part in key issues pertaining to human rights, democracy, rule of law, climate change and having a say, if not directly, in maintaining regional peace and stability. …

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In 44 BC Rome was the seat of global political power. Standing on the pulpit to address the multitude, Senator Brutus, who had been the last to slay his friend, Julius Caesar, gave his individual testimony of why he acted the way he acted, and said: “it’s not that I loved Caesar less, but it’s that I loved Rome more”.

More than two millennia later, it is the turn for a former Senator in today’s political superpower, in the United States, to rise to the pinnacle of political office. …

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Hollywood knows a good thriller. Halloween is over, but yet the thriller chills for both the Donald Trump and Joe Biden campaign hit a crescendo on the night of November 3.

America went to bed on a cliffhanger, rather a state of political purgatory, with the election in the balance, and left it into the hands of the electoral college. No one likes the electoral college. Even the winning candidates will tell you that they don’t like the system. Never mind the world’s most powerful country still swears by it.

Though Biden has a slender lead over Trump, 253 to 214, Trump is leading in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. …

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United States President Donald Trump has had many avatars — from real estate tycoon, to reality TV host, author, guest appearances in the world of cinema and the wrestling ring, and, yes, as US President.

One anomaly is that he has never held public office before his unconventional run in 2016, and against all odds, defeating not one, but two American political dynasties (Bush in the primaries and Clinton in the general) to ascend to the pulpit of power.

As Trump hangs on trying to secure a second term, he could very well join George HW Bush as one-term Republican President. A number of key GOP figureheads have expressed their disenchantment at his eccentricities, mismanagement of the office, poor governance and failure at handling the COVID-19 crisis. …

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Akshobh Giridharadas

A journalist by profession. He writes about business & finance, geopolitics, sports & tech news. He is a TEDx & Toastmasters speaker. Follow him @Akshobh

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