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Regime change
By A.G. Noorani
"WE have been busy in alienating the sympathies of free peoples ... the rights of a power, the rights of a nation, ought not to be invaded because it happens to have the misfortune of a despotic government," William Gladstone said in 1880. The systematic violation of these rights by the US is the cause of the turmoil Europe and the Middle East face today. In 2003, analyst William Pfaff wrote: "Choosing to invade two Islamic states, Afghanistan and Iraq, neither of which was responsible for the [9/11] attacks, inflated the crisis, in the eyes of millions of Muslims, into a clash between the United States and Islamic society. The two wars did not destroy Al Qaeda ... The United States is no more secure than it was before. The wars opened killing fields in two countries that no one knows h...
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Trump's Third class Travel..!
By Robert Clements
As I listen to Trump ranting and raving about immigrants, I remember my father telling me about travel in his days in our country. Those were days, he told me, when one hardly reserved seats when travelling but took one's chances, sometimes with family, in crowded, congested, claustrophobic third class compartments. First you arrived, along with seemingly a million others on the platform, waited for yon smoke spouting train and as you looked with dismay at the doorway of each compartment, it seemed warriors, bristling with rage guarded each entrance, preventing entry. You pleaded, pushed, even pinched your first leg in, then the other. Shoved back by combatants on the steps, you thrust more determined, finally as train left the station you were perched precariously maybe, but victoriousl...
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Universal basic income
By Gwynne Dyer
There's a new idea that might be the solution to runaway populism. Well, it's not that new, really - it has been kicking around in left-wing circles for atleast a quarter-century - but it has suddenly gone mainstream. It's called Universal Basic Income (UBI), and pilot programmes to see if it really works in practice are being launched this year in four different countries. It's populism that gave us Brexit in Britain and President Donald Trump in the United States. It could soon give us President Marine Le Pen in France. But the fundamental lie of populism is that it can "bring the jobs back". It doesn't even admit where they really went. Indeed, in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States neither candidate ever mentioned the ghost at the feast. Donald Trump promised to "bri...
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All parties guilty of fielding candidates with criminal background
By Yashwardhan Joshi
The cow is revered in India as a holy animal, but there is no holy cow in Indian elections. All political parties are the same. They harp on clean politics but field candidates with criminal background in large numbers. And the ongoing Assembly elections in five States are no different. The parties have again stuck to the trend of favouring criminality in politics. More than 20 per cent of candidates in the first phase and about 15 per cent in the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh have criminal cases registered against them. In Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa, the figure is the same at about 15 per cent, an analysis of the lists of candidates by the election watchdog Association for Democratic Rights (ADR) has revealed. A close scrutiny of their affidavits filed with the Election ...
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In defence of globalisation
By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Globalisation has become a much despised world today, thanks to the rise of Right in the US and Europe and growing sentiment against immigrants and refugees. Not long ago though, pundits, especially those from the West, prescribed it as the panacea to all the problems of the world. Open borders and free trade were endlessly showcased as the be-all and end-all solution for the struggling economies of the developing world. Capitalism was the ultimate road to salvation and deliverance from poverty and all the attending afflictions. It was largely due to that long and concerted campaign, aided by the persuasive Bretton Woods twins, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, that two of the biggest state-controlled economies, India and China, chucked the ideals of their founding fathers,...
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Maybe there's no problem..!
By Robert Clements
We had all gone for a holiday once many years ago and felt that we had been insulted. My family felt angry as we drove back home. I didn't sleep well that night nor did I feel good the next day, and laughed only when I read this lovely story I am going to reproduce below: One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops - a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, "Big John doesn't pay!" and sat down at the back. Did I mention that the driver was just five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, ...
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The meaning of being Gandhi
By Sandeep Pandey
A controversy erupted recently when Narendra Modi's photo appeared behind the charkha in a calendar of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission where people are used to seeing Mahatma Gandhi. Some Modi supporters are asking why there was no contro-versy when Modi used broom, also a symbol taken from Gandhi, for his Swachch Bharat campaign. After all, Gandhi spectacles appear on all Swachch Bharat publicity material. Gandhi has no monopoly over either broom or charkha. Anybody has a right to get themselves photographed with either of these items. And if Narendra Modi has started considering Mahatma as his ideal what can be better than this? He also travelled in the train from which Gandhi was thrown out in South Africa and the famous Phoenix settlement when he visited South Africa last...
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Hug the monster..!
By Robert Clements
Years ago I spent some of my evenings with a friend who had a kidney problem. He had just got out of dialysis with a new donated kidney which continued to give him problems. One day as we were walking, I asked him whether he was afraid of the disease which had overtaken him. "No Bob," he said, "I've made it my friend!" "But it should be your enemy," I exclaimed. "Well," he said with a smile, "It's decided to live in my body, so I face it every morning not as something to be feared but as a friend to be understood and tolerated." "How can you do that?" I asked, "I would be afraid every day!" "And waste valuable time on fear?" asked my friend, "No, instead I have taught myself to live with it and look at it in the face!" In 1972 David Smith had such an opportunity. Smith, an adventure...
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Defence deals not for sake of Indian interest
US seeks to control India's lucrative arms market
By Arun Srivasatva
While the US President Donald Trump is yet to make a significant move towards giving more strength to the friendly bilateral relations and dispelling apprehensions about his approach towards India, the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been feeling blissful and striving to build upon tremendous progress in bilateral defence cooperation made in recent years with the USA. Least concerned of the criticism India has to face for entering into contract with Westinghouse, the Toshiba-owned US company, Parrikar is steadily is going ahead with his plan. Incidentally, Parrikar and his US counterpart, James Mattis, on Wednesday agreed to expand cooperation, that too at a time when noises in the global nuclear industry have been getting louder in the recent years about the malpractices of...
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Take Courage..!
By Robert Clements
A couple on their honeymoon were about to get into bed at their hotel when a masked burglar broke in. He drew a chalk circle on the floor, beckoned to the husband and said, "Stand there in that circle. If you step out of it, I shall shoot you through the head!" While the husband stood inside the circle bolt upright, the burglar took everything he could lay his hands on, threw it all into a sack and was about to get away when he saw once again the pretty bride covered in nothing more than a sheet. He called out to her, turned on the radio, made her dance with him, hugged her, kissed her and would have gone farther hadn't she valiantly fought him off. When the burglar finally took off, the woman turned to her husband and yelled, "What kind of man are you that you stood in the middle of th...
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The Maniac in Pyongyang
By Gwynne Dyer
"This guy, he's like a maniac, OK? He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him. Because he really does have missiles. And he really does have nukes." So spoke President Donald Trump in Iowa in January. North Korea flight-tested a ballistic missile on Saturday night that landed off Japan's west coast, so what will he do now? What can he do? And is North Korea's 33-year-old dictator, Kim Jong-un, really a maniac? South Korea's foreign ministry certainly thinks so: "North Korea's repeated provocations show the Kim Jong-un regime's nature of irrationality, maniacally obsessed in its nuclear and missile development." The same word was used a great deal after North Korea tested nuclear weapons in January and Se...
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Make everything possible..!
By Robert Clements
Many times I meet people who will tell you why something can't be done. They will give you a list of problems, and tell you it's a good idea, but it's not just possible. But the moment we start looking at a problem as something that has a solution, and that our job is to find that solution, then we are on the way of getting it done. We are all faced with challenges at some point in our life, challenges that we did not create, challenges that happened beyond our control. The difference is how we respond to these challenges. You can adopt the attitude there is nothing you can do, or you can see the challenge as your call to action. As Norman Vincent Peale said, "Become a 'possibilitarian'. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights high and see the possibili...
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Trump and Modi hover over JLF
By L.K. Sharma
The reports of America's decline are exaggerated. The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) proved it. The POTUS-the President of the United States-matters. Donald Trump got mentioned in several sessions. It was yet another victory for Trump. Hovering as a spectre over a literary festival in a distant land is a great achievement, beyond the President of Mongolia and the Supreme Leader of North Korea. If Donald Trump did not tweet about the Jaipur Literature Festival, it was because he was too busy with his inauguration. India got ignored because the good women of this civilisation did not join the international march against the new POTUS. At the JLF, all references to Trump were critical and every scathing remark about him was greeted with a derisive laughter by the audience. But Trump deri...
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Less debates more slogan shouting in Parliament
By Brij Bhardwaj
How the Parliament functions is a critical input which indicates how deeply entrenched is our democracy and is functioning. In this context there is a lot to worry as quality of debates has deteriorated. In place of wit, logic and deep insight one often witnesses a slinging match in which shouting brigade has acquired a place of pride. Gone are the days when the number of members sitting on opposition benches were few, but they were heard with respect by first Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru who took part in all important debates. From opposition benches members like H.V Kamath, Shyama Prasad Mukerjee and others made important contributions. The role of members like Mr Nath Pai, Mr Madhu Limaye, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Mr Feroze Gandhi will always be remembered for the con...
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Hug the monster..!
By Robert Clements
Years ago I spent some of my evenings with a friend who had a kidney problem. He had just got out of dialysis with a new donated kidney which continued to give him problems. One day as we were walking, I asked him whether he was afraid of the disease which had overtaken him. “No Bob,” he said, “I’ve made it my friend!” “But it should be your enemy,” I exclaimed. “Well,” he said with a smile, “It’s decided to live in my body, so I face it every morning not as something to be feared but as a friend to be understood and tolerated.” “How can you do that?” I asked, “I would be afraid every day!” “And waste valuable time on fear?” asked my friend, “No, instead I have taught myself to live with it and look at it in the face!” In 1972 David Smith had such an opportunity. Smith, an adventure...
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