Way forward in India-Pakistan relations
Seven steps towards achieving an uninterrupted
Fifteen years ago, in a book called Pakistan
Papers, largely comprising a long despatch I wrote in my last days
as Consul-General of India in Karachi, which I was surprisingly
permitted by the government to publish as representing my “personal
views”, I had first suggested a process of “uninterrupted and
uninterruptible dialogue” as the only way forward for our two
countries. My suggestion had no takers then. It has no takers now.
Yet, I see no alternative to structuring such a dialogue if we
really are to effect a systemic transformation of the relationship.
Time for sit-back, deep breath-take and self-assessment
The Morning Inspection - Malinda
I made the following observation on the state of
the nation recently: ‘I don’t believe, as some do, that things are
bad. I think, on the contrary, that things are pretty good, all
things considered. We haven’t had to sell our national assets. The
space has been cleared for development, investment and innovation.
Income-earning opportunities have expanded. The cost of living has
come down. People are not starving. Times are not easy, but they are
not so tough as to warrant food riots.’
Convincing mandate quashed regime change bid
PARALLEL Perspectives - Phillip Fernando
Spotlight falls back on the election of 2010 and
the convincing mandate won by President Mahinda Rajapaksa with over
a 1.5 million vote margin. The challenger Sarath Fonseka failed far
short of securing a majority to cause the promised regime change.
The reasons are discernible loud and clear now than during the
raucous campaign stretch.