07/02/2017 The 45th POTUS In normal times, the average citizen is not bothered about politicians & their politics. But this is certainly not the case with Donald Trump - the 45th President Of The United States (POTUS). Nonetheless, the average citizen (especially the American voter) does not know what to hope for from Mr Trump. So expectations range from the over-optimistic: huge shake-up in Washington DC. To the doomsayers who predict chaos on an epic scale. Why, some even doubt whether the new regime will continue the outgoing Obama administration's tech friendly approach. And they all have one thing in common: they're based on guesswork! Most Singular President Surprisingly, there is considerable information available about Mr Trump's likely plans. Most of this is based on data gathered from his election campaign. Other data is from his rather public role of a mega property developer, hotelier & businessman. And all this is "corroborated" by his choice of team members - a mix of businessmen, ex-army hawks & radicals. Clearly, Mr Trump promises to be the most unique character to occupy the US President's seat - to date. A flamboyant personality, Mr Trump has often backtracked on his brash statements - swinging for example, from speaking against climate change to wanting to reopen coal mines. At the same time, he has managed to stoke unmistakable optimism among American business. A sentiment that does not gel with the fears about his policies re US trade protection & realpolitik. The Age of Kali On one hand, the S&P500 index is up. US business confidence has soared. And corporate tax cuts are (people say) only a pen-stroke away! All of which is expected to be followed by increase in domestic consumption. In stark contrast, the 45th US President has already taken a "big brother" posture vis a vis trade with countries like EU champion Germany, rising superpower China & neighbouring Mexico. Curiously, this contradiction is a sign of our times. Hindus know this as "Kali Yug" or the age of Kali, where light & dark, good & evil exist side by side - promising a king-sized mash-up which will ensure utmost confusion in human beings! On a modern note, disputes are often planned as part of a trade strategy, with the intention of settling for a consideration. But how far this strategy will work with nations (which are not run strictly for profit) remains to be seen. The Don will realise sooner or later, that dealings between sovereign nations may not be as predictable as "price discovery" is in commerce. And with no global body empowered to impose order between countries, the simplest dispute can take unexpected twists, resulting in with long drawn conflicts. Welcome to the Age of Kali.