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Health is not valued till sickness comes.
                             -  Dr Thomas Fuller


 

Way forward in India-Pakistan relations

Seven steps towards achieving an uninterrupted dialogue:

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.

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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.’

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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.

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