Since most of our contributors haven’t been enabled yet it’s pretty much me manning the fort. Two always riveting pieces from Centre India (lest I deviate from a “Brown” Topic) . The below is from Harsh Gupta who I follow on twitter and it touches on Indian identity, which is an apparently inexhaustible topic (like Israeli identity) since they have to at least nominally some measure of inclusion (purport to be liberal democracies) yet also chauvinism (such is the way of nationalism).
Kashmiri Pandit Neel Kashkari is planning to run for Governor of California; it seems that Indian-Americans (FCs at that) are just gravitating towards the civil service & politics.
Of course even more interesting is his background as a Goldman banker, who really do seem to be Masters of the Universe.
Just a short sample of the very familiar household names of these GS Alums (via Wikipedia):
- Mark Carney – Governor of the Bank of Canada (now BoE)
- Chetan Bhagat – Author
- Fischer Black – Co–author of the Black–Scholes equation and the Black-Derman-Toy model
- Jon Corzine – Former CEO of MF Global, Inc., former Democratic Governor (2006–2010) and U.S. Senator (2001–2006), New Jersey
- Jim Cramer – Founder of TheStreet.com, best selling author, and host of Mad Money on CNBC
- Rahm Emanuel – Mayor of Chicago (2011–)
- Arthur Levitt – Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1993–2001)
- Dambisa Moyo – Zambian economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa
- Henry Paulson – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury (2006–2009)
- Romano Prodi – Prime Minister of Italy (1996–1998, 2006–2008) and President of the European Commission (1999–2004)
- Robert Rubin – Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, ex–Chairman of Citigroup
- Gene Sperling – Director of the National Economic Council (2011–)
- Lawrence Summers – Secretary of the Treasury of the United States (1999–2001)
- John Thain – Former Chairman and CEO, Merrill Lynch, and former chairman of the NYSE
- Robert Zoellick – United States Trade Representative (2001–2005), Deputy Secretary of State (2005–2006), World Bank President (2007–2012)
So it seems that we are exiled from our old home where more than 3yrs of memories (and arguments, discussions, opinions) reside.
I of course have always been more comfortable with blogger than Word after all my first blog has always managed to eke out a home here.
I’ve never known whether BP still has a space despite an exploding twitter conversation on the Sub-continent. Are we marked out for extinction or does there exist a hazy middle ground between snap 140 character opinions and prestige journalism.
I guess it’s up to us to find out. Welcome back world..
We’ll be back.