Saturday, June 8, 2013

Let us go slow with Pakistan

The second democratically elected in Pakistan has been welcomed by all democratic countries of the world particularly India. Since we had been facing extreme hostility from our neighbouring country under various Governments , the election of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan has raised many positive hopes in India. Nawaz Sharif is known to be an ardent supporter of peaceful normalisation of relations with India which he has publicly pronounced many times.

We are an emotional nation and are swayed by the words on its face value. Just a day after Nawaz Shrif took the oath of Office as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Pak army resorted to heavy shelling across the LOC and our one Jawan was martyred in this unprovoked firing. It is perhaps a clear signal to India that Nawaz Shrif cannot act alone and Army still controls the country. We should,therefore, give breathing time to the Pak Prime Minister to evaluate his standing in the country vis-a-vis Army,ISI and the Mullahs. We have always extended hand of friendship to Pakistan which has been responded by firing on the border, infiltrations and terror attacks. So let us follow a go slow policy.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Octogenarians should seek Sanyas from politics

It is an unfortunate fact that politics in India is dominated by octogenarians whose insatiable greed for power knows no end. This category of elders dominate the helms of all political parties with the result the dynamic views of the youth for policy correction does not move further. L.K. Advani is no exception despite his age and despite the fact that he has tastedpower as Deputy Prime Minister of the country. He is still nurturing the ambition for the Office of Prime Minister and is intentionally or un-intentionally making controversial statements about leaders of his own party.

His recent statement in Madhya Pradesh comparing M.P. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Gujrat Chief Minister, Narender Modi smacks of malice and frustration for not being projected as PM candidate. Both Shivraj Singh and Narender Modi are outstanding leaders who have achieved the commendable levels of governance, development and public service in their respective states. Every human being has his own style of functioning and no comparison is relevant particularly in the case of these two leaders.

The BJP President, Shri Rajnath Singh has declared more than once that the question of PM candidate will be decided at the appropriate time and that party leaders should refrain from proposing names. L.K. Advani seems to exempt himself from the dictats of the party and is thus creating unnecessary confusion and dissension. He needs rest and sanyas from active politics and act like Bhisham Pitamah.