Election 2016 might shake our faith in data science


First off – I am about as independent and undecided as one can get in this country. In general I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I am not a big fan of Clinton, Sanders or Trump – and can’t even decide who I dislike the least. But – as the primaries wind down, IContinue reading “Election 2016 might shake our faith in data science”

Win or lose , AAP has changed elections in India for good


If there is an award for political immaturity, I will nominate AAP for that . But that said, I have to give them a standing ovation for changing the fundamentals of election politics in India . Gutsy all the way AAP won in Delhi . Then they left in 49 days – which irked manyContinue reading “Win or lose , AAP has changed elections in India for good”

When will we reach that “Ek Din” , India ?


There might not be a lot of Indians who have not hummed these lines a few times in their lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizrBxg1wvQ  But I seriously doubt India has the political maturity yet to see that dream come true.  Many Indians have rather  romantic notions along the lines of “politicians must wear khadi like Mahatma Gandhi did”,Continue reading “When will we reach that “Ek Din” , India ?”

Strategy Based On Data – Will What Worked For The Campaign Work For Governance Too?


So President Obama won a second term. Congratulations to POTUS and all my friends who supported him.  And I do feel bad for several friends who genuinely feel bad that Romney did not win . I didn’t think either candidate had it in them to help this country prosper.  The ideal candidate in my mindContinue reading “Strategy Based On Data – Will What Worked For The Campaign Work For Governance Too?”

I Get It – Middle Of The Road Is Boring, And Won’t Win Elections


It is always election season – there is an election campaign going on somewhere in USA almost at any random point in time. Consequently we have been bombarded with messages on all media. I am a fan of social media, and if there is one reason I will get out of it – it willContinue reading “I Get It – Middle Of The Road Is Boring, And Won’t Win Elections”

India in Olympics – Will The Plot Ever Change ?


In a (sick/sad) way, I am glad NBC has a delay telecasting Olympics here in the USA. As an Indian living here, I cheer happily for both countries. But the contrast between the two is way too much to ignore. Lets start with Athletics. Every year, India sends a bunch of athletes to Olympics. ThereContinue reading “India in Olympics – Will The Plot Ever Change ?”

Indian Political Economy – a crazy balancing act


When Pranab Mukherjee was selected as the presidential candidate by Congress, the first thought that crossed my mind was that Manmohan Singh can now do something right about the economy.  But given elections are just 2 years away – I seriously worry if populist measures will overtake good economic decisions. India is a diverse country,Continue reading “Indian Political Economy – a crazy balancing act”