Volatile Democracy

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Rishita Pramanik, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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I fail to understand the world these days! At least the democracies. Few months back there was a quote “flaring” the online space. It said, “Countries are in a race to prove themselves idiots. Currently Britain has the lead but America has a  Trump card.” And by all means, it seems that people of USA have played this card.

I do not judge anyone, especially if it’s neither in my right, nor my interest to do so. It was in the right and interest of USA citizens and they gave a judgement which I totally respect. However why is it that these same people who gave their chosen one a marginal victory are now upset if he has disbarred certain people to enter USA albeit having valid VISAs. Surprisingly its similar to what the British did after the Brexit vote!

As per a report, poll found that 41% of American voters disagreed with the recent Muslim ban policy while another 10% were in a dilemma. Four US states are planning to sue the POTUS and there are already talks of his impeachment in the media. I do not intend to argue if this decision is for the good of America or otherwise. What I’m trying to say is that Mr. President had made his intentions crystal clear while he was the president elect nominee then why is the country shocked and surprised at what he has done. He has merely taken his first step towards fulfilling the promises which have made him sit where he currently sits.

And if the people really are feeling resent towards him now, then it’s a question mark on the face of democracy as a system. Election is the base on which democracy stands and if the people send their wit away to graze as they cast their vote, then, well…the Muslim ban seems like the least of all worries!

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The Ripple Effects of Arab Spring (Part III)

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Piyush Sharma, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Part III: “Arab Spring Aftermath”

Arab Spring would be the most prominent example to study the power of Social Media in this Information Age. How one Facebook post triggered a series of uprisings and changed the course of politics and international relations forever. Arab Spring started from Tunisia and spread across North Africa and Middle East within few months. Till now, it has created 3 failed states and several more autocratic states. This struggle has further weakened the established institutions in these countries. The States now presume more control over the government than ever. Only Exception is Tunisia itself which has gone on the path of Democracy.

Arab Spring spread with the hope of increase in basic fundamental rights, inclusive decision making, an accountable government, less corruption, more jobs and development. But after 5 years, it has turned out to be a different picture painted with the blood of thousands of innocent citizens. Yemen, Syria and Libya have become the victim of international power struggle and going into darkness with each passing day. Many militant groups have emerged, fighting for their so called independence. Some like IS spreading the radical thinking across the world and want to establish a Caliphate. On the other hand organizations like Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram trying to establish themselves into new territories. With the help of internet, these organizations have targeted the youth and presented a deformed interpretation of their ancient scripts as per their benefit. Gorilla suicide attacks in developed nations have increased drastically because now the enemy does not lie just beyond the border.

Arab Spring started as the beacon of hope of better future but what it became is a messy game of dominance where vested interests and ultimate win guides the next move. Countries are being treated as pawn in this power struggle. The suffering of common people has been side-lined as collateral damage and price for greater dominance. Arab Spring is not the sole example of establishing dominance. History is filled with such struggles since the known. World Wars and Colonization are most prominent examples of human greediness for dominance which ended with millions of lives. Sometimes this left me pondering that ‘Is there any limit to men greed?

Greece Crysis: A war between democracy and Economy

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Amit Kumar Mishra, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

On 20th March, 2015, The BBC Europe  published a news about EU’s Juncker pledges 2 billions euros for Greek humanitarian crisis.

The EU has pledged €2bn (£1.45bn; $2.15bn) to ease what it calls Greece’s “humanitarian crisis” – echoing a term used by Greece to describe the results of its financial crisis.To persuade the EU of its credit-worthiness, Greece has announced a series of reforms. But it also wants the EU to agree new terms for the long-term repayment of its debts.

It seems unfair to portray this as a wrestle between democracy and economy. This can be far more sort of a parent attempting to show its head-in-the-clouds kid a way to manage its finance, whereas the kid continues to haggle over his spending money. Democracy doesn’t accommodates a one means commitment of individuals bringing to light to vote then expecting services from a benevolent government for consecutive four or five years. Democracy conjointly involves a responsibility on the a part of voters, and a part of this can be the money responsibility or caretaker and therefore the basic act of paying taxes. The money mess that Greece is in at once will very not be involved on the Eroupean Union by any stretch of the imagination. Now, the question of whether or not or not the EU ought to have soften its heart for the plight of the individuals of Greece on strictly humanitarian reasons (because candidly, the economic basis is weak) is extremely problematic as a result of this could essentially quantity to giving a freebee to nourish the dangerous (economic) behavior in other democratic countries.