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'Mission 44' sinks talks
By K P Nayar
The decision to call off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan has more to do with the BJP's domestic agenda and less to do with the Narendra Modi government's foreign policy. At the BJP headquarters on Ashoka Road in New Delhi, Amit Shah, the new party president, is fine-tuning "Mission 44+", which cannot realistically co-exist with any breakthroughs in relations with Islamabad. "Mission 44+" is the codename for Shah's strategy to repeat the BJP's good showing in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir when Assembly elections are held later this year. The BJP hopes to capture power in the state and, in tandem with its majority government at the Centre, make a daring effort to achieve the party's long-cherished dream of abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution. The...
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Rejoice at Death..!
By Robert Clements
Something I do every morning before I write is to go into the net and peek at newspapers in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that carry my column. This helps me get a ringside view of what's happening in different parts of the world and what to focus my thoughts and my writing on. This morning I was gripped by an article just above mine in the Nagaland Post; written by a mother, who talks about her only son, Peratanthu: "It was on 16th November, 1980 that my beautiful son was laid in my arms. As a mother, I cannot point out a single incident wherein he made me worried and cry. For him my happiness was all he could ever wish for, his happiness lay in mine. For every mother their child is the best, and so it was for me. My only son was my life. My world just revolved around him. He was all ...
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Modi forges a commitment trap
By Firdaus Ahmed
Party manifestos are useful but not the best start point for looking for a government's strategic perspective. Manifestos are somewhat tarred by the likelihood of being populist, intended as they are to garner votes. They understandably end up being 'all things to all people'. In India's case, as its strategic doctrine has not been articulated, it can instead be better gleaned instead by following national security related speeches. In the case of the previous government, in which the prime minister was famously silent, the government's strategic perspective was visible in the speeches of this National Security Adviser, Mr. Shivshankar Menon. His successor being silent so far, in case of the current government, the prime minister's speeches can be a useful start point. The last speech a...
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Set Yourself Free..!
By Robert Clements
I looked at the blind man with pity, "Isn't your stick a reminder to you that you are blind?" I asked. "This stick has set me free!" He said, "I can go wherever I want, without any help, because of this stick!" I had a conversation with another woman about physical limitations. She could no longer walk and spent her waking hours in a wheelchair. "I'm not 'confined' to the wheelchair," she insisted one day. "It doesn't confine me. It sets me free. Before I got my wheelchair, I had trouble getting around," she explained. "Now I can go places. But when people look at my wheel chair with pity, I tell them the chair has set me free! People speak of being 'shut in,' People who have difficulty leaving a room or a house or a bed are not 'shut in.' They're 'shut out' -- shut out of activiti...
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Appointment of judges: A closer look necessary
By Rajindar Sachar
Judiciary is very much in the news - some praise it for its role in exposing high level corruption in the political field. To counter this, some point out that the bad name judiciary is getting amongst others for its defective system of selection of judges by its collegiums system. In order to prevent further easy public slapping of the judiciary I feel that we must now finalize the method of appointments. The suggested pattern of a Judicial 'Appointment Commission Bill 2013' broadly fills the void. It is headed by Chief Justice of India and includes the next two senior judges, the Union Law Minister, two eminent persons (emphasis added) to be selected by Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. Some feel rightly that "eminent Jurist" be substituted ins...
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Nothin' to be proud off..!
By Robert Clements
Sadly, Indian patriotism wakes up twice a year, one being the 15th of August and the other the 26th of Jan. Maybe it's the psychological affect of the flag being unfurled, national anthem being sung, patriotic speeches being said! But after these two days have passed, we go back to the business of deriding and pulling down our country. Our political leaders have learned by now how to stir up that patriotism, it is not by being proud of our country, it is by reacting and over reacting to anything said against our nation. I believe we are acting like people who have been driven against the wall, we shout and react because of our insecurity. We are not proud of our country, and without any facts to make us proud of any of her achievements, we scream when anyone points out that we have not...
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Lifting the curse of child malnutrition from Bidar
By Pushpa Achanta
In 2000, countries around the world pledged to fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets to eradicate poverty and hunger and uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity. India, which is ranked 63 out of 81 countries on the Global Hunger Index, has been working towards finding workable solutions to a problem that especially affects children between 0 to 5 years. In the parched and poor northern Karnataka district of Bidar, a community-led initiative to address child malnutrition in Aurad taluk is creating a roadmap for change. Through a slew of interventions, ranging from awareness drives to developing kitchen gardens and involving local government institutions, a marked change has been achieved in the health indicators. The loc...
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Freedom and liberty: Are we true to its creed?
By George Abraham
Dwight Eisenhower, the former President of the United Sates once said 'only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free'. The question to ponder on this August 15, as we celebrate the Independence of India from British colonialism is whether we are losing faith in that hard fought victory of freedom with the blood, toil and sweat of our founding fathers. Some may argue that my skepticism is rather unfounded as democracy has taken deep root in India, and freedom and liberty are ingrained in the psyche of the nation's conscience. While that assertion may ring true in a larger sense, one needs to be concerned with eroding civil liberties and increasing threats to the basic rights of all citizens. The preamble to the Indian constitution reads as follows: "WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, havi...
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India after Independence
Govt, not for the people
By Chanchal Chauhan
15 August, 1947 to 15 August 2014 has been a long arduous journey for India. The masses struggle against British imperialism was guided by the spirit of patriotism and they looked forward to a free India where there would be no poverty. They adopted a Constitution that laid down a set of Directive Principles to be followed by the new republic. However, today none of these have been realised in practice. The Directive Principles include: adequate means of livelihood for every citizen and the right to work; an economic system which would not result in the concentration of wealth; right to education and provision of free and compulsory education for children; living wage for workers and equal pay for equal work for men and women… The root cause of the glaring gap between the Constitution...
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India after Independence
Govt, not for the people
By Chanchal Chauhan
15 August, 1947 to 15 August 2014 has been a long arduous journey for India. The masses struggle against British imperialism was guided by the spirit of patriotism and they looked forward to a free India where there would be no poverty. They adopted a Constitution that laid down a set of Directive Principles to be followed by the new republic. However, today none of these have been realised in practice. The Directive Principles include: adequate means of livelihood for every citizen and the right to work; an economic system which would not result in the concentration of wealth; right to education and provision of free and compulsory education for children; living wage for workers and equal pay for equal work for men and women… The root cause of the glaring gap between the Constitution...
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We all need hope..!
By Robert Clements
Hearing about the death of Robin Williams, the funny actor, one wonders why he gave up hope and committed suicide. What can sustain us is hope. Cling on to hope and soon those clouds will pass and the sun will shine again. Jean Kerr said, "Hope is the feeling you have, that the feeling you have, isn't permanent." It is what we have when we know that we will eventually survive the night and bask in sunshine once again. It does not deny the present darkness, but it reminds us that dawn is coming. Here's a story, I've used before, but under the present circumstances and with your permission I'd like to use again: Brigadier General Robinson Risner ("Robbie") spent seven years as a POW at the "Hanoi Hilton," as prisoners of war called their North Viet Nam compound. There he discovered the...
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Running out of options
By Zahid Hussain
The battle lines are more or less defined now with the approach of Aug 14. Unsurprisingly, Tahirul Qadri has joined hands with Imran Khan for the 'azadi march'. His fanatically motivated supporters, drawn mainly from the lower middle classes across the Punjab heartland, may add spine to Imran Khan's middle-class youth brigade with no experience of street agitation. Besides, Qadri has set a more strident tenor for D-Day. Now there is no going back on the 'revolution', he has warned his allies. It is certainly the politics of expediency that has brought together Qadri and Khan on the same platform. But the radical rhetoric of the Canada-based cleric and his incitement to violence could turn him into a liability for the PTI and prove to be the undoing of the 'azadi march' even before it ha...
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Sit business, fly economy..!
By Robert Clements
It's not everyday one flies business class and when it happens I enjoy the experience: the air-hostess who otherwise wears plastic smile for all passengers who board the aircraft, on seeing you gives a grin and knows your name. She leaves the entrance and takes you to your seat and literally tucks you in, then asks rather provocatively, "Is there anything else I can do for you sir?" "Yes," I tell her silently, "If I fly economy, will you be nice to me like this?" And in her eyes I see the answer: No way will I get such special treatment flying cattle class! The special treatment continues all the length of the fifteen hour flight to New York, Mr Glorified Butler, the flight steward brings me my morning papers on a tray: Previously on economy even if my columns appeared in some of them ...
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