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Donald Trump's victory: Some implications!
Hardly had Indians recovered from the shock of finding that at the stroke of midnight their 500 and 1000 rupee notes had become trash, when an even more shocking event unfolded far away in America.

Donald Trump had won the presidential elections! Despite the close race nobody actually expected Trump to win. Nobody in their right senses could have imagined that a man like Trump with a penchant for grabbing women by the crotch would occupy the chair that once illustrious men like Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy occupied (though Kennedy did have a weakness for women).

The 2016 US presidential election has been one of the most divisive in the history of America. Coming on the heels of Brexit, Trump's victory suggests that the western world is retreating into insularity unable to cope with the fallout of its political interventions elsewhere.

The Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Latin America, Africa... all these regions are still grappling with problems caused by colonisation. International terrorism and the refugee crisis can be traced back to the disastrous political interventions of the west in the affairs of other countries.

Now that the chickens have come home to roost the west wants out and leave the rest of the world to its own devices. Trump with his rhetoric of building walls and keeping Muslims, Mexicans, etc out of America, seems to have struck a chord with many American voters.

But what this election verdict reveals, apart from the temporary insanity of certain American voters, is the deep-rooted misogyny that was determined to prevent a woman from occupying the White House. Of course, Hillary did not help her own cause. The troublesome emails considerably dented her image and made her look foolish and irresponsible. Obamacare also threw a spanner in the works when health insurance premiums were hiked. But the degree of hostility to a potential female American president is still startling. With a woman at the helm, American power might have been softened and feminized and the world might have become a more peaceful place. But that was not to be.

Ezra Klein, a liberal American blogger and former columnist at the Washington Post, argues that Trump's success exposes a 'frightening weakness' in American democracy. According to him the American political system was engineered to prevent the rise of demagogues. He quotes political scientist Julia Azari's statement to explain Trump's rise: 'The defining characteristic of our moment is that parties are weak while partisanship is strong.' In other words, it is the Republican voter's lack of faith in the GOP establishment that helped Trump. 'Voters' dislike of their own party has broken the primary process, but fear of the opposition has guaranteed unified party support to the nominee.' The entire election to him is a 'flawed competition dominated by the angriest, most terrified partisans.' Another writer blames the media for not informing the American people of the consequences of a Trump presidency which might have led to some serious soul-searching and swung the polls in Clinton's favour.

Trump's victory has proved the truth of Klein's fears that America too has become vulnerable to demagogues and 'catastrophic political failure'.. In fact, demagogues seem to be the flavour of the season - Modi in India, Duterte in the Philippines, Putin in Russia.

With so much testosterone charging the political atmosphere, peace in the world seems to have receded even farther in the horizon. For as long as men rule, there will always be wars and bloodshed. And the women and children suffer silently.

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