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Distinguished Fellow @CarnegieMellon 1990-present | Adviser, International Relations | Columnist | Award-winning Choreographer | Poet | followed by @BarackObama
Feb 6 8 tweets 2 min read
There's only so much the police can do. There are massive burglaries, drunken hooliganism, a profusion of garbage, and unfettered #NoisePollution. Citizens deserve better. I spent a fortnight in 8 big Southern cities, and we heard no noise. None! Bhubaneswar is a nightmare. 3/n

The major difference between the #BijuPatnaik tenure and this one is that Bijupisa was an excellent administrator, and governance was at his fingertips. He administered the state himself. Dozens of Dad's IAS students worked with him. That capability made all the difference.
Dec 9, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read

@nsitharaman is India's Finance Minister. @Meenakshilekhi_ , @smritiirani — @BJP always had/has #womenleaders in prominent positions.

The @BJP recently nominated a woman and a tribal: #PresidentDraupadiMurmu!

via @manjiri_chitre… @pmoindia @HardeepSPuri @AmitShah @nsitharaman @MEAIndia @ianuragthakur @BJP4India

While Ms Moitra has a right to protest in her chosen way, she ought to be respectful of fact. And the fact is that the #BJP has consistently appointed women to apex leadership positions.
Aug 16, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
A chalk and cheese argument.
#ashokkkantha: Just because the Taj Mahal & Lal Qila were built, these somehow absolve the Mughals of the centuries of brutalities against the #Hindus? This is recorded by their own historians.
Do read up on that bloody period of India's history. 1/n 2/n
Now, certain Western historians have taken it upon themselves to portray Aurangzeb as a benevolent monarch. But read this, in Mughal historians' own words:

The building of monuments doesn't justify or erase…
Oct 8, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
I can name quite a few; but #GopinathMohanty, whom my parents and I have translated, is just as great, and, in many senses, greater. We need to be cautious before passing carte blanche judgement against #Indianwriters. I've read &/or taught all the novelists below save Lovecraft. ImageImageImage #CSLewis and #JRRTolkien taught my father at Christ Church, Oxford. Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne certainly don't bat in the same league as Chekov. And to put Jonathan Swift in here? How's that? #GopinathMohanty is in the league of #Tolstoy, #Dostoevsky, #Dickens & #Hardy.
May 20, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
Modiji's forefathers have not built a single monument worth showcasing to the world? Hindu temple srchitecture, with its 1000s of ancient temples & forts, is world renowned for its extraordinary beauty.

I wonder which planet this bigoted person inhabits.

And it's: no calls for. Architecture.