The Epitaph

The Ripple Effect: Hatred vs. an oath of office

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 20, 2019


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

Last Friday, attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s recent history. Now, there are a variety of ways world leaders can respond and have responded to such a situation in their own countries. The most common reaction is a litany of empty pro...

The Ripple Effect: No confidence, and the crushing irony of promise-keeping

The Ripple Effect: No confidence, and the crushing irony of promise-keeping

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 16, 2019


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

"T hat this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s government.” The words are mysterious. They sound like they belong in a James Bond movie. And they’re weirdly, eloquently pithy. But they’re not as cryptic as they seem. No, they're just the wording of a no-confidence motion in U...

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

The Ripple Effect: Another human achievement, but not the good kind

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 14, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

Sixty percent of Americans can't change a flat tire. Sixty percent of traditional college students in America graduate within six years. Sixty percent of the world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970. One of these things is unlike the others — and no, it’s not the fact that millennials ...

The Ripple Effect: Vote to keep protesting, keep protesting to vote

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 10, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

A presidential candidate accumulates enough loathing that he gets stabbed during a campaign rally. A presidential candidate racks up enough popularity that he leaves the opposition trailing behind him by 15 percent in the first round of voting. The two candidates are the same man. Jair Bolsonaro, a...

The Ripple Effect: Immigrants are facing ever-growing barriers

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 26, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

Immigrants who make use of public benefits may now be denied green cards, according to new rules drawn up by Trump administration officials. Those who continue doing so could be labeled a “public charge,” disqualifying them from contention for a green card. In the past, only people who make a majority of their income from government cash assistance has been considered a public charge by the U.S. government,...

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 12, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

We like to think of rights as a footrace. Imagine it: a cohort of runners, representing countries from around the world, standing at the ready in a stadium filled with wide-eyed watchers. The starter pistol goes off. Some runners immediately give up. Others end up inches from the finish lin...

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

May 23, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

I f you’ve ever found yourself smiling vacantly at relatives during family reunions because they’re speaking too fast for you, despite the fact that they’re also speaking in a language you’ve technically known since birth, then congratulations! Cultural assimilation, or integration into a cultur...

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

April 25, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

Cuba’s new president was named last Thursday. The plot twist? His name isn’t Castro. Yes, for the first time in decades, someone unrelated to Fidel Castro holds that office: Miguel Diaz-Canel. It’s no surprise, seeing as he was selected to be the first vice president in 2013. But apart from ...

The Ripple Effect: You’re only elected twice (or thrice, or four times)

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 28, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

"The shocking results of the Russian presidential election last week caught the world off-guard!” Or, at least, that would be the first sentence of an article written in an alternate universe. Rather, the least surprising outcome resulted from the election: Vladimir Putin is, for a fourth term, pr...

The Ripple Effect: The political facades of cuddling lambs and shaking hands

The Ripple Effect: The political facades of cuddling lambs and shaking hands

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 7, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

So, here we go again. In the vein of Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Frauke Petry in Germany, the Italian general elections on Sunday skewed hard towards populists, the far-right and skepticism aimed at the European Union. Over half of the votes cast, according ...

The Ripple Effect: Where the triple Salchow meets foreign relations

The Ripple Effect: Where the triple Salchow meets foreign relations

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

February 7, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

If you tune in at the right moment to the right channel this Friday, you’ll be just in time to watch athletes in matching outfits meander along a path. Crowds will roar. National pride will sizzle. International amity will simmer. Now, I’m talking about the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongCha...

The Ripple Effect: Being frank about our lingua franca

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 10, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, OPINION, The Ripple Effect

What language do you speak? I like to say that at most, I’m bilingual-and-a-half, although it depends on whether my third grade language arts class, my Spanish teacher or my mother is passing the judgment. One of the languages I count in my comprehension is, obviously, English, which is the most widely studi...