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Dinkar received his Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2006 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he received the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the Roger Jones Poetry Award, and served the College as the vice president of the student government. Dinkar also hosted a comedy TV show on WOLV TV, University of Michigan's TV station.

Dinkar holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He served as president of Harvard's non-profit consulting initiative, and as a director on the board of Harbus, a student-published weekly.

His views expressed in these articles are entirely personal. He can be reached at dinkar.blog at gmail dotcom.

Entries by Dinkar Jain

Lannisters in Foggy Bottom

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 10:14 PM

The people of Syria, Ukraine, and Pakistan must ponder the worth of America's word. Foggy Bottom and the White House have fast been developing a track record of overpromising and under-delivering. Their mishandlings have left in their wake dead protesters, gassed children, failed states, and a rearrangement of international borders.

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Crime and Punishment: Abu Ghraib Torturers vs. Chelsea Manning

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Why has no one involved in the horrific Abu Ghraib prison scandal "harmed" the United States as much as Bradley Manning has, according to U.S. prosecutors? The worst punishment meted out in the Abu Ghraib scandal was 10 years in prison, while Manning has been sentenced to 35 years.

This...

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America's Tiananmen Square

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 2:48 PM

We live in an America where dissidents of China (like Chen Guangcheng) get special visas from the U.S. State Department and special posts at universities such as New York University. However, dissidents such as Edward Snowden get their passports revoked.

Our government can lie to the...

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How Immigration Reform Helps Undocumented Immigrants Jump the Queue

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:42 AM

Under the proposed bill, an undocumented immigrant who entered the U.S. in December 2011 will have more economic rights than an MIT engineer who entered the country in 2000, graduated in 2004, has been working at IBM since 2004 and had filed for a green card as early as 2003-4...

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Senator Schumer: Why Pork Up the Immigration Bill?

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:37 PM

It is disillusioning when senators of the stature of Mr. Charles Schumer (D-NY) resort to wrongheaded, discriminatory, and questionable policy for the sake of narrow political interests even in safe Senate seats (in this case the senator is proposing a special Ireland E-3 VISA to appease the Irish lobby in...

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Poultry Scientists Get Green Cards, MBAs Get the Boot

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Do you think someone with an MS in Poultry Science from Kansas State University should be ahead in line to get a U.S. green card compared to a Stanford or Harvard MBA?

That is what Congress is likely to propose next month judging by the trends in immigration reform proposals...

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The Case for a Tax Hike on 100 Percent of Americans

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 11:42 AM

A clarification before we get started: I do not advocate big government. In my view, the U.S. government should strive to lower tax collections and substantially lower spending.

However, in the context of Americans having voted to enlarge government, I advocate firmly for across-the-board tax hikes on 100 percent...

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Just Leaked: UK's Cable to Ecuador

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Dear Ecuador,

We would like to admonish you for showing courage that is expected (only in principle) of a permanent member of the UN Security Council. We remain extremely concerned by your display of moral rectitude as it shows your poor understanding of modern-day statecraft and makes us look really...

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Survival of the Insurable: Universal Access to Health Care & Natural Selection

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 9:36 AM

A lot has been said about the legal future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court may be supreme, but a few laws, namely those of nature and evolution, are outside its jurisdiction. Nature's own precedents hint at how universal access to health care...

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Scott Brown's Pork Barrel Visa

(52) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 2:43 PM

America's national politicians are usually above blatant vote-bank focused identity politics. That might not apply to Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).

Mr. Brown is facing a tough election this fall. Many voters in Massachusetts are of Irish descent. So, Mr. Brown is eager to pass a bill...

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Challenges of Juvenile Diabetes in India

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 11:51 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. 5-10% of these are expected to be juvenile (or Type 1) diabetics. In 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high blood sugar and 80% of the deaths came from low- and middle-income...

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Gutenberg 2.0: Kindling the Reading Habit

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Few events in history, if any, are simultaneously as innocuous and revolutionary as the invention of the printing press. As a fundamental enabler of the Reformation and Renaissance, it helped lay the intellectual foundation for the modern world. Cheaper, mechanically printed books meant access...

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Cracks on the Debt Ceiling

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Aug 2, Washington DC. The saints of Mount Rushmore have perhaps never been rushed more. Yesterday, the US narrowly averted default in a highly unanticipated resolution that raised the debt ceiling. So was this a "One signature by Obama, a giant relief for mankind" moment? Not really. It turns out...

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To the Mahatma, From a Stateless Indian

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 3:02 PM

2nd April, 2011

Dear Mahatma

Today I witnessed the Indian team lift the cricket world cup for the first time in my life. I have never felt so proud.

The country you fathered for us has known many exceptionally joyous moments since we emerged from colonial rule. Today...

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Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

(8) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 12:08 PM

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnostic woman professional who wants lower government spending but advocates abortion rights.

Here's the good news about these three: All three have jobs.

Here's the really bad...

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Flight Brisk

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 6:35 PM

After having traversed a significant distance by terrestrial standards you are standing on the curb of a large airport waiting for a rickety van from your car-rental company that is expected to saunter in at a jovial pace. When, after the stipulated seven minutes, too short to get through an...

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To India and China, With Love: America to Send Back Her Job-Creating Graduates

(49) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM

These lines, etched in bronze, embellish the Statue of Liberty and also articulate the sentiment of this great American emblem:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
...
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my...

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Show Them the Money: Why Restructuring US Investing Mechanisms Is a Necessity for Clean Technology Innovation

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 2:07 PM

Two things all entrepreneurs will agree with: Capital is good and more capital is better. Healthy levels of capital have been critical for enabling the biotech and digital revolutions in the US. The clean technology (cleantech) innovation system is different. It also consumes capital differently. The US significantly risks missing...

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