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even under military rule,Shantaram by Gregory Roberts, Not one or two.

kept trade unions and farmers happy and frittered away national resources. luck and love. The distortion of history. When the series gets underway at Lord’s today, from where the army had announced it had taken control of Zimbabwe. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/FilesMugabe, The meeting marked the start of an extraordinary five-day standoff between Mugabe and Zimbabwe’s supreme law on one side, his party and Zimbabwe’s people on the other. according to multiple military and political sources. To many.

Reuters has pieced together the events leading up to Mugabe’s removal, to succeed Mugabe when the time came. The report detailed how Mnangagwa, In early October, Mnangagwa said he had been airlifted to hospital in South Africa after a poisoning attempt in August. Mugabe became increasingly paranoid about the loyalty of army chief Chiwenga, who permeated every institution and section of society in Zimbabwe, were warning him the military would not accept Grace as president. before the coup took place. The documents come from within the CIO.

but Reuters could not determine for whom they were written. Mugabe summoned Chiwenga to a showdown, dated Oct.” the report said. George Charamba. Goodnight. A day later, he had nearly been executed. Mugabe had gone too far. he managed to escape over the border into neighbouring Mozambique.

according to one source familiar with his movements. Reuters could not confirm the account; but an intelligence report from Nov. Mugabe’s spies suspected old allies had turned against the ageing president. dated Oct.” “The two countries are even ready to clandestinely supply arms of war to Mnangagwa to fight Mugabe.” Neither China’s Defence Ministry nor Foreign Ministry responded to a request for comment. China has long taken an interest in Zimbabwe, having supported Mugabe’s forces during the liberation struggle. addresses supporters in Harare, Reuters could not establish whether Mnangagwa met Chang.

Augustine Chihuri, and his deputy, to detain Chiwenga on his return to Harare, The pair assembled a squad of 100 police and intelligence agents. Some were disguised as baggage handlers, their military fatigues and weapons hidden beneath high-visibility jackets and overalls,” Mugabe demanded of the soldiers as he sat slumped in an armchair. The generals asked him to give assurances that they too would not be purged. the military will not hesitate to step in, Reuters reported six armoured personnel carriers heading towards the headquarters of Mugabe’s Presidential Guard on the outskirts of Harare.

a heavily fortified compound in the capital’s leafy northern suburb of Borrowdale. Meanwhile, social media buzzed with pictures of armoured vehicles driving along roads to Harare, Increasingly concerned, The minister, which means Mother, Two hours later, according to ZBC sources. State-owned ZBC, nearly all of them G40 loyalists.

Sekeramayi said no, but tried to check with military chief Chiwenga. Chiwenga told Sekeramayi he would get back to him. According to a source briefed on the situation, was driving home around 9. after visiting Mugabe. He met an armoured car on Borrowdale Brooke, Ngulube was later released, the source added. Spokesmen for Chiwenga and Mnangagwa declined to comment.

Finance minister Ignatius Chombo was found hiding in a toilet at his house and beaten before being detained at an undisclosed location for more than a week. legs and back,” Soldiers used explosives to blow the front door off the house of Jonathan Moyo, another key Grace supporter. Both men managed to escape to Mugabe’s residence. But as parliament began impeachment proceedings on Nov. during which much of his country fell into poverty, Abish Mathew and others will be performing at a complete new entertainer festival for fans of all ages titled ‘U/A’ in Delhi. U/A festival features diverse mix of experiences – music and comedy performances, and specially crafted immersive experiences.

one that we hope will resonate with fans even after the festival is over.” For all the latest Entertainment News, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Inder Malhotra | Published: November 14,s conduct of the 1962 border war with China was appalling,to say the least ? it may seem unfair to pick on any single mistake of civilian and military decision-makers from an unending series.North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and Ladakh, But the exclusion of the air force from combat was inexcusable. Some strategists have done good work on this egregious error and its ramifications, In all fairness.

both political and military leaders are almost equally to blame for the huge bungle. There was hardly any coordination,whether at the level of the chief of air staff or at the operational level, Curiously,even the army was not enthusiastic about the air force getting involved in combat. But it had to be given up because of the heavily forested mountains and hills in the area. The temptation to laugh at this kind of thinking should be resisted.during the 1965 India-Pakistan War,the two countries were bombarding largely military targets in each other, To cap it all.

the most powerful constraint on the use of air power against the Chinese came from the United States through its ambassador, Desai and others that the use of air power would needlessly escalate the war and the situation might get completely out of hand.along with their crews,no one thought of consulting IAF HQ. When the latter protested that some air marshals should be consulted,he was told that there was no time.It would have made a significant difference to the war? Here is a full list of all the transfer deals done by clubs this summer. loan) Dan Crowley (Willem II, loan) Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End.

loan) Ismael Bennacer (Empoli,3 million) Kieran Gibbs (West Brom,10 million) Jermain Defoe (Sunderland, loan) Sam Matthews (Eastleigh, loan) Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town,5 million) Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven, loan) Christian Walton (Wigan Athletic, loan) Kazenga LuaLua (QPR,3 million) Jack Cork (Swansea City,8 million) Phil Bardsley (Stoke City.

undisclosed) Chris Wood (Leeds United,25 million) Ntumba Massanka (Wrexham, loan) Bradley Jackson (Southport,5 million) Luke Hendrie (Bradford City, loan) Chelsea Danny Drinkwater reunites with N’Golo Kante at Chelsea. free agent) Antonio Rudiger (AS Roma,7 million) Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid, undisclosed) Davide Zappacosta (Torino,8 million) Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth, loan) Ola Aina (Hull City.

loan) Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford, loan) Kurt Zouma (Stoke City, loan) Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem, loan) Victorien Angban (Waasland-Beveren, loan) Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City, loan) Crystal Palace IN Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea, loan) Jairo Reidewald (Ajax,9 million) Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United,26 million) OUT Luke Croll (Released) Zeki Fryers (Released) Steve Mandanda (Marseille, undisclosed) Josh Bowler (QPR.

undisclosed) Cuco Martina (Southampton, loan) Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United,75 million) Aiden McGeady (Released) Courtney Duffus (Oldham Athletic, loan) Joe Williams (Barnsley, loan) Leandro Rodriguez (Released) Gareth Barry (West Brom, loan) Huddersfield Town IN Laurent Depoitre (Porto, loan) Danny Williams (Reading,5 million) Scott Malone (Fulham, loan) Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale,5 million) Leicester City IN Sam Hughes (Chester City.

17 million) Vicente Iborra (Sevilla,2 million) Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, loan) Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic, loan) Harvey Barnes (Barnsley,9 million) Andrew Robertson (Hull City,35 million) OUT Alex Manninger (Released) Madger Gomes (Released) Andre Wisdom (Derby County,5 million) Ryan Fulton (Hamilton, loan) Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian, loan) Adam Phillips (Released) Taiwo Awoniyi (Mouscron, loan) Shamal George (Carlisle United.

loan) Sheyi Ojo (Fulham, loan) Divock Origi (Wolfsburg, loan) Ryan Kent (Freiburg, loan) Jordan Williams (Rochdale,26 million) Manchester City IN Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco, loan) Angus Gunn (Norwich City,9 million) Joe Hart (West Ham United, loan) Brandon Barker (Hibernian, loan) Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor,12 million) Manchester United IN Victor Lindelof (Benfica.

40 million) OUT Josh Harrop (Released) Regan Poole (Northampton Town, loan) Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace,6 million) Florian Lejeune (Eibar,12 million) Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid,5 million) OUT Florian Thauvin (Marseille,000) Matz Sels (Anderlecht, loan) Tim Krul (Brighton, free agent) Wesley Hoedt (Lazio, loan) Paulo Gazzaniga (Tottenham Hotspur, free) Josh Tymon (Hull City.

7 million) Jese Rodriguez (Paris Saint-Germain,3 million) Glen Whelan (Aston Villa,3 million) Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United, free agent) Tammy Abraham (Chelsea, loan) Roque Mesa (Las Palmas, loan) Jack Cork (Burnley,42 million) Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton,23 million) Fernando Llorente (Swansea City,8 million) Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham,8 million) Clinton N’Jie (Marseille.

1 million) Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners, loan) Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United,18 million) Will Miller (Burton Albion,8 million) Will Hughes (Derby County,5 million Richarlison (Fluminense, undisclosed) Orestis Karnezis (Udinese,7 million) Dennon Lewis (Crawley United, loan) West Bromwich Albion IN Jay Rodriguez (Southampton,1 million) Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig,15 million) Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal.

free) Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege, free) Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen, loan) Kane Wilson (Exeter City,3 million) OUT Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado,8 million) Reece Oxford (Borussia M? loan) Raphael Spiegel (Released) Stephen Hendrie (Released) Enner Valencia (Tigres,loco drivers and other employees were being deliberately appointed to run the trains on long route.many other employees too are facing problems, said a loco driver on condition of anonymity M L ParasharAssistant Divisional Secreatry of Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Unionsaid? 2014 6:07 am Related News The Janata Dal (Secular) of former PM H D Deve Gowda following a meeting of its parliamentary board on Monday released a shortlist of candidates for 12 Lok Sabha constituencies, will fight in his stronghold Hassan which he has been winning with ease in the recent years.

download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: December 15, 2016 12:32 am The exhibition offers insights into pastorialism and its crafts Praveen Khanna Top News With his sand-coloured bags made of camel wool, sits on a charpai in the lawns of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). he walks nearly 10 km every day, we were 110 herdsmen but such cases have made many people,” he says. She says, spirituality, wool,” he says.

Bangalore-based Kalyan Varma unveils his experiences of spending time with the Dhangars in Maharashtra, one of the last migrating communities in the country. “It’s a hard life, But now their grazing tracks are finding many barriers due to urbanisation and setting up of factories.There hasn’t been adequate research on their contribution to the national economy. Through the visits of policy makers, the body of?an 80-year-old woman was briefly abandoned at a burial?with the latter using fire torches to drive the insects away. they said.

A couple of persons sustained injuries in the incident?and were treated at a local hospital, police added.were no beehives but it was suspected that the bees could have?been possibly hiding in holes in tree trunks, Written by Neha Nigam | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, she chooses to be silent. Abhi gets rigid, he says he feels bad for Pragya and it is very necessary for him to speak to her once. Aalia says to Tanu’s mother that she also wants her brother to marry Tanu.

Pragya is standing clueless, Nikhil sees her and thinks what Tanu is doing alone upstairs. He comes towards her and finds out that she is not Tanu, it is Pragya who is wearing Tanu’s dress. she fears that Nikhil will now reveal their secret. For all the latest Entertainment News, The few international restaurants in Erbil cost approximately $90 per person for a meal with a beer.” In nascent Kurdistan, run by the Kurdistan Regional Government, Even the worst mess has its winners.

Qaeda affiliates have already done their grabbing. Saddam Hussein. Iraq did not have any weapons of mass destruction. so advancing the interests of Shiite Iran, upsetting the Sunni-Shiite balance in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia. a Sunni-Shiite regional conflict has been escalating over the past decade. There was no al-Qaeda in Saddam’s Iraq. It then beat al-Qaeda down, and beating back the barbarians of ISIS.

as ripe for dismemberment as the Ottoman Empire a century ago, If the jihadis cement their hold, or the region’s.no president can swing foreign policy in any particular direction.the think tanks, Many factors contributed to the auspicious moment when Obama picked up the phone to call Rouhani. Such a call could not have been made to the mercurial former president, Rouhani?that it would continue to enrich uranium without restraint.promised not to enrich uranium beyond 5 per cent and decided to close down the plutonium facility.

The West has agreed to a limited withdrawal of sanctions. It is believed that Tehran was within six weeks of acquiring enough highly enriched uranium to make the first nuclear weapon. The direct threat that Israel perceives in Iranian nuclear capability cannot be brushed aside by a temporary, The ? That must stop?say Greg Jones and Henry Sokolski The USs compulsions to seek a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear adventure go beyond a love for peace As in the case of Syriathe US is no longer capable of unilateral action on matters of global consequence The end of the unipolar world is already visiblewith other powers beginning to flex their muscles A war-weary people still facing an economic crisis will not allow their government to risk lives and property in another war Whether the nuclear ceasefire turns into a viable agreement or notit has already created the atmospherics to end the impasse Indiafor instanceis largely relieved of the pressure of having to demonstrate its attachment to the sanctionswhile maintaining friendly ties with Iran The earnestness that the two sidesparticularly Iranhave shown in the negotiations and the reaction on both sides point to forwardrather than backwardmovement President Obamas finest moment may be yet to come The writera former ambassador and governor for India of the IAEAis executive vice-chairmanKerala State Higher Education Council [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AFP | Sochi | Updated: June 26 2017 5:45 pm Joachim Loew maintained his impressive record of reaching the semi-finals of every tournament over the last decade Top News Germany’s Joachim Loew said he is looking forward to facing Mexico on Thursday in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after the world champions pipped Chile to top spot in Group B The Germans play Mexico in Sochi for a place in next Sunday’s final in Saint Petersburg while Chile meet Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the other last-four clash on Wednesday in Kazan “Mexico is going to be a tough game they are a very flexible team with very good players” said Loew who became the first head coach to achieve 100 international wins “We don’t often play central American sides so that will be interesting for us but we need to be on our guard” Germany’s Timo Werner 21 netted twice in Sunday’s win over 10-man Cameroon which saw them finish two points clear of Chile who rallied for a 1-1 draw with Australia in Moscow After Kerem Demirbay opened the scoring in Sochi Werner struck either side of Vincent Aboubakar’s consolation effort on 78 minutes Cameroon had Ernest Mabouka sent off in controversial fashion on 64 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Liverpool’s Emre Can Referee Wilmar Roldan initially dismissed Sebastien Siani before the video assistant referee rectified his error Loew in his 150th match in charge of Germany maintained his impressive record of reaching the semi-finals of every tournament over the last decade Loew praised his inexperienced side for overcoming Cameroon but the Africans’ coach Hugo Broos lashed out at tournament organisers in Russia with just a year to go before they stage the World Cup The Belgian praised the “excellent” standard of thestadiums but said heavy traffic hampered training sessionswhen they played in Moscow and Saint Petersburg? even though we had a police escort from the hotel, “It’s not that you start an hour late, After James Troisi put the Asian champions ahead on 42? such was the level of this game, so we are disappointed.

2013 1:28 am Related News What?s an award ceremony without some drama? The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) at Taj Mahal hotel,on Saturday began to twist the script quite early. Claudio Clavija for After the Silence,a play that conflates powerful music with physical actions and dream sequences.wearing headphones around his neck, Center for Creative Practice from Thrissur),it was time for the Best Lightning Director award. Four plays had been nominated in this category and After the Silence was not among these.

Shaji Surendranath from After The Silence. Ironically,Surendranath wasn? Another winner who was missing was Bhavna Pani of So Many Socks.she was declared winner.Her phone? said Satyabrata Rout,it was clear that the jury had looked beyond the nominations to declare winners.The selection committee makes its recommendations based on DVDs and sometimes the live performance is more zabardast.I had left Delhi because I felt politically demoralised.

she said. 2012 4:05 am Related News Two days after the explosive situation that erupted at Azad Maidan near the civic administration headquarters,city mayor Sunil Prabhu estimated the cost for reconstruction of the damaged 1857 memorial located directly opposite CST at Rs 2 lakh.a stone wall,Prabhu said some restoration work should be completed in time for Independence day celebrations. download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) Director General Navin Agarwal on Wednesday?was able to get their testing done later on. "All Rio-bound athletes have been tested. Some athletes could not be tested on the second occasion because they were training abroad and in their case they have been tested at least once, who joined last month.

we have hired some agencies to collect samples there (abroad) and we have tested the samples of all these athletes," he said. We also hope there will be no doping violation from other countries. AFP The Indian contingent at the 2004 Olympics was rocked by doping as two weightlifters — Sanamacha Chanu and Pratima Kumari — tested positive for banned substances while another lifter Monika Devi was barred from leaving for 2008 Olympics just a day before she was to board the Beijing flight. however, Agarwal answered in the affirmative. though I cannot disclose them. In such cases we issue notices and three such whereabouts failure is treated as a doping violation. "There have been instances of one or two whereabouts failures regarding a few Rio-bound sportspersons but till now there is no instance of three whereabouts failures and so there is no doping violation so far," he said.

Sportspersons included in the reserve testing pool need to provide their ‘whereabouts’ and they will have to be available for dope testing at specified times. Seema had recently cancelled a press conference citing an impending dope test. I don’t want to say further on this but a dope test was conducted on her." said the Nada chief who had been Director General Youth Services and Sports in Jammu and Kashmir. India was recently named as the third most doped country in the world in a report published by Wada for cases related to 2014 and Agarwal said it was not a happy situation and he would work to get the country rid of that tag.is still in its infancy and some of our procedures have been copied from WADA. As a national agency, As a national policy, Agarwal laid out some of the targets he would want to achieve during his tenure for which he said the government would need to increase the budgetary allocation drastically. "First.

It is harmful to their health as well to their career. We want to educate the athletes regarding this on a massive scale and bring awareness so that we can prevent doping, "Secondly, sportspersons from the eastern and southern region of the country faced inconvenience while coming to appear before the disciplinary and appeal panels of the Nada in New Delhi. "Thirdly, Currently also samples come to Nada from neighbouring countries for testing." Agarwal was candid in admitting that to realise these aims a drastic increase in budgetary allocation will be required. "The organisation needs a lot of expansion and budgetary allocation is very meagre. the NADA was testing 2000 samples a year and now the target is 5000 samples a year.Because when we analyse these people caught for doping.

"Many players are not aware and even coaches prescribe certain supplements to their wards to enhance their performance not realising that in the long run it’s harmful to the health of the athlete. doping will eventually ruin any sportsperson’s health as well as career." Agarwal also wants to check the easy availability of contaminated nutritional supplements in the open market and for this he said Nada will take help from other government bodies like Medical Council of India or Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. We will approach the AICS to coordinate with these organisations on this aspect," he said. "There has to be a mechanism to prevent the availability of these substances unless they are needed genuinely and therapeutic use exemption is sought. These substances should not be available in the market. "Nutrition supplement per se is not harmful if it contains proteins, minerals and vitamins. an athlete needs nutritional supplement.

But it should not contain the doping substances and willy-nilly an athlete may take it thinking that it may strengthen his muscles but actually he is getting these dope substances artificially. "If he gets tested he will test positive but he will say he has never used banned substances and that the test may be wrong. The culprit is the contaminated supplement which has not been declared in the label which substance it contains. 2016 12:42 am Ashwani Rathore Top News What had started as a traditional business venture soon provided Ashwani Rathore and Harshal Ingle with the seed for starting their own startup. Called SpiderG, SpiderG at present serves as many as 1,000 in a year’s time. Rathore had cut his teeth in the corporate world before taking the big plunge. An engineer from the National Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, “Before starting SpiderG.

000 women entrepreneur programme. a food aggregator and delivery venture. I worked with IndiaCo Ventures, a venture capital/PE firm as technology evangelist,” he said. they became aware of the lacunae in the system. “After researching deeply for six months, SpiderG was formed in early 2015 to solve the problems faced by SMEs on working capital mismanagement and crunch,” he said. “The company is targeting revenues of Rs 1.

Next year, our target is Rs 20 crore because we will have a whole bunch of revenue streams, SpiderG, creates a network for companies. The concept attracted investors in the business with angel investor Sandeep Ghat becoming the first investor of the company. The present initiatives of the government, are a step in the right direction.” he said. For all the latest Pune News, 2015 5:42 am Related News The Union Cabinet.

on Tuesday approved the construction of the first phase of the Metro Rail project in Lucknow. To be built at an estimated cost of Rs 6,928 crore,878 km between Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport and Munshi Pulia with 22 stations. the Centre will fund Rs 1, Share This Article Related Article Out of the total route length of 22.438 km, the underground route length will be 3. Due to delay in getting clearances from the Centre, the state government had started work on the project from its own funds.

download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Published: August 19, 2011 1:11 pm Top News Mumbye The Supreme Quote Our Singapore fantasy The Summer Freeze The out,their rage The Great Indian Hijack Delhi Disconnect Jantar,2014 Thank God for politics The Ides of February Mumbye July 16,and the old one for the other, There was a time when Calcutta was the globally celebrated metaphor for all that was wrong with India. From Oh! Calcutta to Dominique Lapierre?s City of Joy,number one?

not only has Mumbai become the new Kolkata,a sense of pride and a possible Nobel. Four of the most prominent books centred on Mumbai (Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra,Suketu Mehta?s Maximum City and,most recently,s clichéd city of dreams where streets were allegedly paved with gold. Two of the most celebrated India-themed foreign films,Slumdog Millionaire and Salaam Bombay,as the success of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (with a sequel in the works) shows.

In fact,today,Anuja Chauhan?s Zoya Factor and Advaita Kala?s Almost Single.s decline. The boast of developing it into Asia?s new financial centre,a new Shanghai,is now an insult to India?

s fastest diminishing city.the underworld is making a comeback (that is also the message from J.irrespective of whose story you believe). And the answer to the question,Why Mumbai?may lie in the fact that heremore than anywhere elsedo terror modules find refuge and protection from the underworld It is also silly to go on and on insinuating that Mumbai is vulnerable because of its mixed population or communal divide It is a horrible insinuation on its Muslims A flourishing underworld and a sprawling slum provide Mumbai a unique sanctuary for terror And what do we have to fight them A most politicised and faction-ridden police leadership And a police rank and file whichif it is fortunatefinds shelter in one of the citys rotting chawls I invite you to visit any of these How can a man living such a poor quality of life with his family have a sense of pride in his cityor his uniform It is still a marvel it manages to produce great heroes like Tukaram Ombale (who died clutching Kasabs AK-47) This is further compounded by the fact that the police reports to RR Patilwhose first holy objective is to fix Mumbais rotting morality So he would shut down the dance bars while the larger underworld and terror modules flourish and his police force gets more divided and demoralised Such is the paralysis that most of the purchases planned after 26/11 have not been made And while the chief minister blames complex scrutiny of acquisitions by the many three-letter monsters of New Delhi CVCCAGCBI the fact is the Central government belongs to the same coalition So these are thin excuses A Rs 500-crore plan to cover the crucial parts of Mumbai with CCTV cameras has been pending since 26/11and if it gets approved by the cabinet later next weekit will be a collateral benefit of this weeks bombings You cannot build a global financial centre in a city whose law and order is so uncertain Nor can you do so in a city which is adding no new and modern schooling and higher education facilities Deepak Parekhone of the most respected residents of Mumbaispeaks with great pain that he has so few seats in the reputed Bombay Scottishwhich he presides overthat he has to deny admissions to the children of professors in its Powai branch from the neighbouring IIT There are too few college seatstoo few engineering and medical colleges of quality and repute No surprise then that some of the most important figures in the financial and corporate world are now relocating to Delhi Just over the past yeartwo of the shiniest stars of global banking have relocated to Delhiharassed by the nightmare of trafficinfrastructureand possibly also a sense of insecurity Most of Bombays infrastructure decisions are lost in some kind of a dreaded politico-bureaucratic orbitwhere these keep circling without getting anywhere The city took nearly a decade to build a tiny sea-link at a time when the Chinese build one 14 times its size in four years and make no song-and-dance about it What kind of a commercial capital can it be if it does not even offer its residents even one air-conditioned train seat for their daily commute (Delhi now has 25 millionand Kolkata six lakh) Can a city with just one north-south artery be Asias financial centre Not when just one strategically parkedand booby-trappedtruck can slice it neatly into twosnapping all contact between its only airport and the downtown For a long time every decision taken by the Maharashtra government was presumed to carry the stink of corruption Now we have a chief minister whose personal honesty nobody questionsbut who does not take any major decisions Preventing corruption by not taking any decisions is a bit like banishing AIDS by banning sex There ishoweveran essential difference between the declining Calcutta of the old and Mumbai of now Unlike Calcuttawhose residents always maintained their love and loyalty to the city and resented any criticism of itMumbais residents are now the angriest Indians You see this anger spill over to the mediaTV discussionssocial networking sites and so on A desperate sullenness has replaced what used to be eternal optimismonce upon a time in Mumbai That is why the very idea of the spirit of Bombay,which so fired their imagination once, These bombings will surely hasten some decisions. But that will not be a solution if Mumbai has to survive as a self-respecting modern city and not degenerate into a third-world equivalent of how New York was before Mayor Rudy Giuliani cleaned it up. The new Shanghai is a dream that never will be. It can,Kolkata).

That would require autonomous city governance,and the shifting of state capitals,and then monetises it in the big bad city),s heartland. Take the American example,where the capital of almost no state is its biggest city (New York?California? But that,is too radical a change to expect. Can we.

merely get the two-dozen-odd infrastructure-building decisions fast-forwarded in Mumbai,and the police force cleaned up? Or could it be that these latest blasts haven?t quite claimed enough lives for us to be shaken up even that much as yet?2011 The ideological bent of the higher judiciary has never been a significant aspect of the glorious (and sometimes not quite so) uncertainties of democratic politics in India,unlike,in America.Supreme Court judges are chosen by presidents on ideological grounds. To put it very simply,therefore.

you know that the court will tilt to the religious right,or the ?and if the Democrats are able to appoint theirs, Not a single hand came up.I turned the knife. Or how many of you have even shaken hands with a tribal or a Dalit? Not a single hand came up again Thats because the Dalits or tribals our class of PLU interacts withare not equalsI said They are only our domestic servantsdriverspeople who wipe our windscreens at gas stationsiron our clothespolish our shoes Even when one of them drives you for a weekends break at a hill stationhe sits on a different tableor more likely in another dhabarather than eat with you Thats why you need legalconstitutional andhowsoever you may hate itpolitical intermediation to bridge that divideI said Or they will invade our gated communitiesburn our carspoison our pugs There was silence for a momentbut then protest Why was I bringing dirty politics into what wasafter alla simple question of merit After all it was just our politicsand the corruption it brought in its wakethat was responsible for these inequalitiesno This weeks argumenthoweveris not about merit or caste It is about this growing upper crust disenchantment with the soft management and messy execution that democracy brings There shouldthereforebe a quickmanagerialand by implication extra-parliamentarysolution And there should be preventiveeven prophylacticsafeguards so things cant go too wrong Read once again the statements that some of our latest TV starsmembers of Team Annahave been making to support the argument that the prime minister be brought under their Lokpal Shanti Bhushan said it first: What if Madhu Koda or A Raja becomes prime minister?because it was quite possible given ?jahil-ganwars?but a more controlled,less noisy.

This is the new Indian elite?s Singapore fixation. The government will be elected,there should be a senior minister,a minister-mentor or whatever you call him,a Lee Kuan Yew of our own to keep them in check. The Indian elite?answerable to none and ?but PLUs.well-educated people: predominantly IAS officers (former CECs and CAGs).

Supreme Court judges, This Lokpal institution will be untouched and unsullied by politics.should a really bad-sounding guy get to the top, This is never going to fly, This is not anodyne,because if it was,half of this government would have been locked up in jail already for chewing gum,and particularly for sticking it under the finance minister?s desk. This impatience with the noise of democracy.

the tendency to blame everything on politics and the search for managerial,short-cut,is an even greater irony given that this year marks the 20th year of reform. Today,every chief minister,every political party talks investments,infrastructure,there are problems with our politics and governance and both need reform. That reform is challenging and messy, It needs better education for the voter.

outside? The Summer Freeze June 18,2011 Finally,described by late Vithal Gadgil in his immortal phrase,ten-day wonders. It passes the buck to GoMs and EGoMs,which in turn only make news in single-columns on inside pages for postponing their meetings.treating the three-figure Nymex and Brent quotes with suspension of disbelief,indecision over coal mining is blighting power generation,and waffling over the Cairn-Vedanta and Reliance-BP deals is being watched with such dismay by foreign investors. Appointments of heads of the most important PSU giants like ONGC and UTI.

even the CVC, Our higher defence organisation is a mess, Such is the state of paralysis that even members of this cabinet,party? and definitely its furious coalition partners all acknowledge it with a shrug of helplessness. We have seen how devastating a government which is non-functional despite a majority can be in West Bengal in the two years under Buddhadeb since May 2009.taking a bulk of their new investments overseas. The markets are usually the first to sense policy paralysis. The markets,languishing in the third position among the world?

Given the mood of dismay in Dalal Street,some real,some exaggerated and some (as a most eminent and honest scientist-entrepreneur,Kiran Karnik,explained in an interview with me, You can blame the formidable whispering machine of the RSS for it,and maybe you are right,but the clamour over ? The more brazen,nervous that now their time is up.

Over the past three weeks I have been stopped by ordinary people at airports,in shopping malls,in a spiritual ashram,at the national athletic games in Bangalore and so on with a question that seems to have become a clamour: why are you in the media so scared of the Gandhis? Why is no one exposing their humongous stash overseas?or sounding as if the RSS is the new ISI. People of India are not stupid. They know who to trust and who to laugh at. travels as some kind of a national secret.mysterious.

aloof royalty. Ditto for the Gandhi family. The strategy of controlling the politics and government from a distance without directly speaking to the people has become counter-productive and has contributed to the current paralysis. The Congress is not the Communist Party of China,aspirational India of 2011,leaders have to talk not just to their partymen but also to their people. Because if they don? To take this space back,the Gandhis have to not only totally reboot their politics, There are two areas where we Indians believe we can teach the world a thing or two: politics and cricket.

So if you see this peculiar party-government arrangement,it is a bit like you send out a nightwatchman to play out the difficult half hour at the end of the day,some Sachin Tendulkar,can come and shine the next morning. He has to step out and speak up. So must Sonia.with the prime minister and the seniormost ministers being totally out of the picture. Just as the Congress has outsourced its fight to Digvijaya Singh,the government has left it to Kapil Sibal.but the government doesn?

The prime minister may be reticent about speaking in public,but he has to now step on the podium to explain to us one simple point: that while he may personally have no problem with being under the Lokpal, He is still trusted and respected as one of our most selfless,where three seniormost leaders of the establishment have not been speaking to us, It is not working. They have to reinvent both their politics and their style,and start conversing with India. Since it is primarily because of their silence that the whisperers are now winning. The victory they had taken for granted in 2014 is now most certainly a fantasy. The out.

2011 Here are the two questions you are most likely to be asked these days: One,when was the last time India looked so rudderless and angry? Hasn?t it just been a way of life for ever?in what should be one of the most important years in our political history.mainly because of the Bofors stink which raised an almighty popular outrage that devastated the Congress in the north.soon enough,the victor himself,with his rude implementation of the Mandal Commission report unleashing an even angrier storm.India looked even more anarchic and furious than it does now.

So that should answer the first question. It was more like,would Indian voters understand Bofors? Would they care? Surely, Singh was himself asked this question all the time.on motorcycles in 48-degree heat in the 1988 by-election in Allahabad,what followed was a fascinating tutorial in political communication. Singh would get down from his motorcycle,and speak to small groups of people.

new Indian will not be resigned to her fate just because she is ?and incapable of paying her way through it either. There is an old Punjabi truism.Unseen,unheard?) where our reporters have spoken to a wide range of people attending the various protests,sacrificing a day? Each one has a story to tell. A story of having been made to pay a bribe for a petty service,a property registration.

a passport and,a simple income tax refund,a school admission.just because he did not have the money or contacts. In today?he will not take this with that old stoicism. If your child does not make it to the IITs/ IIMs through a competitive exam,because that exam is a fair,but your neighbour can,just because his distant cousin is an MP with a quota slip.

Singh to explain to people what corruption and scams mean for them. They actually neither understand nor bother about 2G,or CWG, People of India are not looking for revenge. That is what widespread corruption,nepotism and ?particularly 2G and CWG, Singh played in 1989, Singh, Those coming out on the street in Delhi?

or that Baba Ramdev?s campaign will bring ?400 lakh crore? They are coming in,because they are angry, So they just want to kick butt.nor just locking up people in jail. It is not even the most draconian anti-corruption law and ombudsman ever in human history. Has that ended corruption? India needs to launch a massive reform in every area where a citizen comes in contact with the sarkar.

from getting ration cards to driving licences and passports,birth certificates, Availability of quality schools and colleges,hospital beds, Land records, It is more complex than reforming the economy in 1991,but the gains will be enormously greater. More important,this is the only way to bring back some of the constructive,if competitive.

calm we were just getting used to in our society.or what is better described in a wonderful Urdu word that defies fair translation,s constitutional history,an elected government has been hijacked by intellectual charlatans,former babu busybodies,even some assorted nutcases and loonies. Its ministers issue a panicky,precedent-setting notification to placate a man in white and cede Parliament? A month later the same ministers go crawling to the airport to prostrate themselves before a man in saffron, of Indian black money from overseas.

s current GDP is just Rs 59 lakh crore. But nobody is to question any of this. Or the fact that the same ? in saffron promises that if his prescription is followed,all black money will return and the exchange rate will be fifty dollars to a rupee. You can snigger,smirk,turn your face and laugh.because you ultimately surrender? Just as you had done when threatened by another maverick in white who believes drunks should be caned.

You can choose who you want to surrender to and how in the belief that it buys you a reprieve for now, But that is a vain, Surely we have seen past governments losing authority faster than this.s Janata in its very first year (with Charan Singh?s and the RSS? But never in India?s history has a government with a genuine majority and a strong political core surrendered the state? What is even more dangerous,in shades of white to saffron, They all claim to have no political ambition.

fighting a lonely battle in a lost cause,modern-day Jhansi ki Rani. These new ? leaders in fancy dress fight and compete bitterly amongst themselves,but have unanimity only on one thing: they must not first prove their popularity at any election. Elections,even in the world?are only for us mortals.hello, A new pantheon consisting of a self-styled Mahatma Gandhi.

if our society ever produced another neo-Maoist who draped himself in saffron, Even God cannot save a country where such powers of blackmail have been ceded to sundry godmen. Time has also come now to junk all pretences and face the truth. The original blunder of outsourcing law-making and governance is the UPA? It invented a totally subversive and extra-constitutional idea of the NAC consisting of ?civil society? activists and functioning as a super cabinet. Just like the Anna Hazare group,this consists of people never elected,and incapable of ever being elected.

s civil society dudes are also as contemptuous of elections as Anna?tainted? You need the NAC to make sure power does not go even to his head, This is not a team of modern-day Ambedkars,but mostly of IAS drop-outs and retirees who approach law-making with the ?wisdom? It is totally violative of the states? rights,is subversive of the Constitution,and will never pass parliamentary or judicial scrutiny.

This could indeed become Sonia Gandhi?s Shah Bano moment. Laws apart,the idea of putting a non-governmental watch over your own government undermines the very idea of elected, Surrender in fright is more infectious than chicken flu and the first to display fatal symptoms is Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Sheila Dikshit,one of the two re-electable Congress chief ministers in the country (Gogoi being the other),but that won?t change the fact that UPA 2 is now going rapidly downhill.front and behind.

establishment activists will fill that space. The logic is simple: if your chosen activists can draft key laws without getting elected or any accountability,s options are now clear. If she doesn?it can change its leadership. But if her objective is to win power again in 2014,she cannot carry on with a diminished,polarised,paralysed and demoralised government for three more years. She should.

either dismantle the NAC or expand it into a much larger,purely advisory,the BJP will move into her political space.t got until 2014 to decide. Because if her government continues to go downhill,s car, with the warning: ?Objects in this mirror are closer than they seem. Put simplyif the drift continues2014 could arrive in 2012 Similarlythe prime minister has to choose from limitedbut simpleoptions as well He can take a leaf out of Vajpayees book Faced with relentless attacks from the RSSVajpayee made it clear that he would have no more of itand tested the belief that they needed him more than he needed them He was able to save his governmenthis own beliefs and principles Now the prime minister has to step out of the trenches and underline the fact that a country like India can never survive with a weakened prime minister Most likelyhe will have his way But if he doesntit may be time for him to think of doing what he may have so far thought unthinkable Delhi Disconnect May 212011 The rise of regional parties and leaders is no longer news Last weeks results have brought in two phenomenally strong single-state leadersMamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa A third has risen tooJaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradeshthough that has passed under the radar a bitthanks to the overwhelming noise of the bigger upheavals elsewhere Sowhats the newsif the rise and rise of regional leaders is an old story This election provides further evidence that the days of the very centralisedhigh command-led parties are now over The Congress has been paying for a decade now for this inabilityand unless it makes a correction nowit will face a disaster in 2014 Today it has much fewer regional leaders capable of winning their states for it than even the BJP New evidence that this distantDelhi-centric management of national politics no longer works also comes from the plight of the CPM Its leadership has shown itself to be as far removed from realityand as alienated from its state-level leaders and issuesas the Congress And the results are with us The Lefts pulling out of support to the UPApresenting a cynicalunprincipled and opportunistic third front alternative under Mayawatileft its voters in West Bengal and Kerala totally confused But the bigger damage was strategic: it helped the Congress and the Trinamool discover each other as natural allies in West Bengal That one blunder led to the Lefts total loss of clout in the 2009 Parliament electionsand now power in its most important state This argument is not so much about strategic errors as about the growing impossibility of managing national politics through centralised decision-making structures This is a fundamental shift in our politics Delhi-based leaders of the CPMfor examplecould argue that their decision to pull out support to the UPA was principled and dictated by ideology But anybody who travelled in West Bengal in this electionas this columnist didrarely heard the two words that were used to justify that decision: Americaand Imperialism In factthe only time I heard that was when Dipak Sarkarthe CPMs suave tyrant of Jungle Mahalsuggested that the uprising in Lalgarh may have been an imperialist conspiracy So the high command was driven by issues that were of no concern to the voters in the one state that mattered to it the most As a consequenceit also exposed its government in the state to the combined assault of the Trinamool and the Congress The Congress is celebrating its victories in Kerala and Assam and its successful joint venture in Bengal But looking ahead to 2014it should now be a deeply worried party In the last Lok Sabha electionTamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh gave it 41 MPsone-fifth of its tally of 206 Tamil Nadu now looks hopelessunless it can change partners But more significant is the near-certain destruction of its base in Andhra Pradeshthe one large state it could call its pocket borough and without sweeping which it cannot come to power The victory of rebel Jaganmohan Reddy by more than five lakh votes is the real takeaway from this election for the Congressway more significant than retaining power in Assam and the return of Kerala A quarter centurys political history tells you now that it isfor some reasonAndhra Pradesh where the Congress makes its most suicidal strategic blunders And in each casethese stem from its high commands inability to show even basic courtesies and political respect to the local leadership in a state it needs to be so grateful to for ensuring its hold on Delhi If the earlier insults to its Andhra leaders led to the rise of NT Rama Raoenabling him to build a campaign of Telugu self-respectthe insensitive and unwiseif not contemptuousway in which it treated Jagan after his fathers death is now a case of history repeating itself His demand of immediate succession as chief minister was juvenile But heand his motherhad to be handled with greater care and respect His father was the Congress partys only stalwart capable of delivering a large state (Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda being the remaining twobut togethertheir states have just over one-third of the seats of Andhra) Yetthe high command and its core decision-makers had no time for Jagans insolence The partyof courseis greater than any individualbut it is many individualsspread all over the countrythat make a party and bring it votesnot a dozen or less people in New Delhifar removed from realities of ground-level politics In factwhile most of the Congress leadership has refrained from commenting on AndhraDigvijaya Singh demonstrated rare political maturity and wisdom in underlining this as a most worrying developmentone that should make our party put its house in order in Andhra The BJP has some of these problems too It allowed the egos and ambitions of some members of the high command to destroy Vasundhara Rajes prospects of re-election in 2008 Now it has made a correction and put her back in charge in Jaipurand she has already made an impact Probably because its high command itself has so many divisions and rivalriesit is not able to squash its regional leaders as the Congress and the CPM do That is why the BJP has Narendra ModiRaman SinghShivraj Singh Chauhan who have all won their second terms and are still capable of delivering their states to the party Or even Prem Kumar Dhumal and BS Yeddyurappa who both look unassailable in their states Add to this the rise of Naveen PatnaikNitish KumarJayalalithaaMamata Banerjee If the Congress looks at the likely national political map in 2014 honestlyit will be staring at a real problem Can it fix it A good beginning would be to give no more than one Rajya Sabha term for each individual At least that will force the high command dadas to go back and smell the earthconnect with peopleinstead of making a living sitting backpulling strings and cutting their own regional leadersand ultimately their partyto size JantarChhu Mantar May 142011 The rise of regional parties and leaders is no longer news Last weeks results have brought in two phenomenally strong single-state leadersMamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa A third has risen tooJaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradeshthough that has passed under the radar a bitthanks to the overwhelming noise of the bigger upheavals elsewhere Sowhats the newsif the rise and rise of regional leaders is an old story This election provides further evidence that the days of the very centralisedhigh command-led parties are now over The Congress has been paying for a decade now for this inabilityand unless it makes a correction nowit will face a disaster in 2014 Today it has much fewer regional leaders capable of winning their states for it than even the BJP New evidence that this distantDelhi-centric management of national politics no longer works also comes from the plight of the CPM Its leadership has shown itself to be as far removed from realityand as alienated from its state-level leaders and issuesas the Congress And the results are with us The Lefts pulling out of support to the UPApresenting a cynicalunprincipled and opportunistic third front alternative under Mayawatileft its voters in West Bengal and Kerala totally confused But the bigger damage was strategic: it helped the Congress and the Trinamool discover each other as natural allies in West Bengal That one blunder led to the Lefts total loss of clout in the 2009 Parliament electionsand now power in its most important state This argument is not so much about strategic errors as about the growing impossibility of managing national politics through centralised decision-making structures This is a fundamental shift in our politics Delhi-based leaders of the CPMfor examplecould argue that their decision to pull out support to the UPA was principled and dictated by ideology But anybody who travelled in West Bengal in this electionas this columnist didrarely heard the two words that were used to justify that decision: Americaand Imperialism In factthe only time I heard that was when Dipak Sarkarthe CPMs suave tyrant of Jungle Mahalsuggested that the uprising in Lalgarh may have been an imperialist conspiracy So the high command was driven by issues that were of no concern to the voters in the one state that mattered to it the most As a consequenceit also exposed its government in the state to the combined assault of the Trinamool and the Congress The Congress is celebrating its victories in Kerala and Assam and its successful joint venture in Bengal But looking ahead to 2014it should now be a deeply worried party In the last Lok Sabha electionTamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh gave it 41 MPsone-fifth of its tally of 206 Tamil Nadu now looks hopelessunless it can change partners But more significant is the near-certain destruction of its base in Andhra Pradeshthe one large state it could call its pocket borough and without sweeping which it cannot come to power The victory of rebel Jaganmohan Reddy by more than five lakh votes is the real takeaway from this election for the Congressway more significant than retaining power in Assam and the return of Kerala A quarter centurys political history tells you now that it isfor some reasonAndhra Pradesh where the Congress makes its most suicidal strategic blunders And in each casethese stem from its high commands inability to show even basic courtesies and political respect to the local leadership in a state it needs to be so grateful to for ensuring its hold on Delhi If the earlier insults to its Andhra leaders led to the rise of NT Rama Raoenabling him to build a campaign of Telugu self-respectthe insensitive and unwiseif not contemptuousway in which it treated Jagan after his fathers death is now a case of history repeating itself His demand of immediate succession as chief minister was juvenile But heand his motherhad to be handled with greater care and respect His father was the Congress partys only stalwart capable of delivering a large state (Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda being the remaining twobut togethertheir states have just over one-third of the seats of Andhra) Yetthe high command and its core decision-makers had no time for Jagans insolence The partyof courseis greater than any individualbut it is many individualsspread all over the countrythat make a party and bring it votesnot a dozen or less people in New Delhifar removed from realities of ground-level politics In factwhile most of the Congress leadership has refrained from commenting on AndhraDigvijaya Singh demonstrated rare political maturity and wisdom in underlining this as a most worrying developmentone that should make our party put its house in order in Andhra The BJP has some of these problems too It allowed the egos and ambitions of some members of the high command to destroy Vasundhara Rajes prospects of re-election in 2008 Now it has made a correction and put her back in charge in Jaipurand she has already made an impact Probably because its high command itself has so many divisions and rivalriesit is not able to squash its regional leaders as the Congress and the CPM do That is why the BJP has Narendra ModiRaman SinghShivraj Singh Chauhan who have all won their second terms and are still capable of delivering their states to the party Or even Prem Kumar Dhumal and BS Yeddyurappa who both look unassailable in their states Add to this the rise of Naveen PatnaikNitish KumarJayalalithaaMamata Banerjee If the Congress looks at the likely national political map in 2014 honestlyit will be staring at a real problem Can it fix it A good beginning would be to give no more than one Rajya Sabha term for each individual At least that will force the high command dadas to go back and smell the earthconnect with peopleinstead of making a living sitting backpulling strings and cutting their own regional leadersand ultimately their partyto size The great letdown April 302011 There are parallels in the mandates that Rajiv Gandhis Congress won in December 1984and Sonia Gandhis UPA in May 2009 In both cases an aspirational electorate brought back an incumbent to power on a promise of optimistic change A fortnight from the second anniversary of UPA 2 you can also begin to see parallels in the pace with which the Congress of 1984 squandered its mandateand the UPA now Rajiv Gandhi was undone by his partys old guardwho he had taken on frontally a bit too early in the day He had not yet prepared his partyor public opinionfor the break from the past that he articulated so bravely in his speech at the Bombay AICC session (in 1985) When the formidable immune system of entrenched old interests struck backhe did not have the timesupport base or firepower to fight back The move downhill began just as his government entered its third yearand gathered momentum on way to the 1989 elections UPA 2 began its decline even before it was two For oneit had brought along its Bofors from UPA 1the telecom scam But to call the telecom scam primarily responsible for UPA 2s predicament would be to oversimplify the case Because in politicsa scandal or an event can spin so out of control as to destroy a strongelected government and a popularcredible leader only if the political ground for that has been prepared bywhat elsepoor politics and leadership Rajiv Gandhis politics started going downhill with his pandering to the Muslim Right on the Shah Bano judgment that alienated moderate Muslims within his own partyliberals among his votersand gave the Hindu Right a cause From then to Boforsand the shilanyas at Ayodhya to please the devout Hindus insteadit was one long series of political blunders with no redemption or recovery UPA 2s blunders are of a different natureand a direct result of fundamentally flawed politics This government was voted back to power by a resurgent India making a bold and widely hailed move from the politics of grievance to the politics of aspirationsomething this newspaper also underlined on the day after the results in a front-page editorial (Hands down,May 17,once elected.

povertarian,everything-is-wrong-where-are-we-headed discourse.if anything some were reversed as so many Central ministers,now full of the arrogance of re-election,were back to the old Congress instinct of extortion and rent-seeking. The return of this depredatory governance fed directly into the alienation sparked by the government?s inability to take the telecom scam head-on. The others that followed, From day one,UPA 2 seemed like it was embarrassed by the very factors that had given its voters such an aspirational belief.

It was shy of talking growth, It was shy of even sending a thank-you card of some kind to those who had voted it back to power.the UPA won almost every single city in a rapidly urbanising India.rather than reform urban governance,it sat silently as one urban agency after the other became more corrupt,more whimsical and more cruelly authoritarian,and most in cities under its own governments. Ask anybody in Delhi who has to take an MCD permit to build something or get a certificate from the DDA. Can you even get a birth certificate,a passport in time without paying somebody?

In Mumbai,and a child is doomed unless her uncle is a big shot who can swing her into a decent school. Dr Singh?s government and Sonia?but angry and humiliated, No question. No argument.s pose some more questions: have you read the text of the proposed bill? So here are some follow-up questions: in that fight against corruption are you willing to reshuffle the great constitutional arrangement of checks and balances,separation of powers and responsibilities within our institutions.

executive and the judiciary? Will you create an institution that?s a cop-cum-prosecutor-cum-inquisitor-cum-judge at the same time, (the expression made famous during the Emergency) kind of arrangement?have the magisterial powers of search and seizure and,indiaagainstcorruption.org) as we go on. The Musharraf reference is brought in with great care. He tried to create a perfect system with a ? that was ?

guided?and his corps commanders,obviously men with ?unimpeachable integrity? It worked well for nine years,until he willy nilly got caught in putting his control over his judiciary to the test of public opinion and a Pakistan,would ever accept so dictatorial an arrangement. The Musharraf reference is also tempting because the standard answer from this group of civil society leaders to the question if their bill violates the basic spirit of the Constitution is,so what,the Constitution can be amended as it has been so many times.

and number of Constitutional amendments this draft will require,will need a Musharraf. Remember how he unveiled his new constitution at a press conference,I presume,fitted his definition of members of civil society. Read along this draft with me. First of all,the composition of the 10-member Lokpal and its chief. Where will the rest come from? and also ?

of course,they will write to the president who ?so many of the rest, The bill,for example,entitles the Lokpal to collect 10 per cent of all the fines collected,stolen wealth recovered,or even national wealth saved from being stolen, Read on further. If you report on another citizen and he is caught and convicted.

therefore,sneaking on neighbours and family for pecuniary gain.we will need some convincing.this may see so many Indians in jail that real estate companies,may find it profitable to diversify into building new prisons all over the country. Further,from selection committee meetings to trials,will be videorecorded and copies will be available for a fee. The bill plays nicely on the current sab chor hain mood. So if a company is found to benefit from a corrupt practice.

five times the loss it is supposed to have caused the public (it could have been 5 x 1.but also the personal assets of its directors.have the powers of seizure and search without going to a magistrate ? precisely the question with Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act) ? have protection of contempt of court law,will function as civil courts,be investigators and prosecutors,checks and balances (Clauses 8-19,there is no doubt that all Indians are now desperately angry with corruption. But is the way to fight it to totally subvert our constitutional arrangement and create an institution with absolute.

is designed to match the dictum of ? His stint in Chandigarh,though,was longer and patchier than he would have wished.separatists assassinated Sant Longowal,Arjun Singh did not lose his cool.to get the pending applications of five of the senior-most journalists in Chandigarh for upgrading their government houses. His first executive act within minutes of that assassination was to upgrade them all,s stories talked not so much of his failure to protect his most valuable ward,but of how anguished he was that Longowal never listened to his entreaties to take his personal security more seriously.

But one of the more interesting aspects of his personality was how seriously he took the media. Friend or foe,he was never shy of raising that dreaded question: are you my friend or my enemy?this newspaper,and this editor, While we generally support the idea of caste-based reservations (though with some important qualifications),where it would be politically unwise for him to oppose that policy and impossible to implement in a hurry.I do not want to engage you in any long conversation, he saidsort of deadpanin clipped English I only called to tell you one thing?And what is it Arjun Singhji? I asked It is just that had the man in whose name your paper is published (referring to our redoubtable founder Ramnath Goenka)had he been alive todayyou would not have lasted in your job for even one more week I had that kind of relationship with him?and that our freedoms were actually very secure with them.

But he had no patience.I told you I do not want to enter into an argument with you, he said and gently put the phone down Gentlyhe did not bang it It was a tribute to our old-fashioned political tradition that in spite of so many differenceshe was always willing to give me time My last long conversation with him was when he was recovering from a sudden attack of painful herpes on his face He talked to me in half-reclinehis face unshaven for days because of the herpes lesions Of course he told me in detail where I had got my reading of politicsparticularly politics of caste and povertyall wrong But thenmaybe because he was distracted by painor just generous with me because I had come to look him up in this awfully distracting sicknesshe began to speak expansively about himselfalmost letting his guard down Whichthose who knew him better would tell youwas extremely rare Why did I return to politics? he said.accompanied Rajiv deep into the countryside,where we lay on cots in small inspection bungalows under star-filled skies and exchanged our ideas for the future of India? Through exactly 25 years of knowing him,and both disagreeing and arguing with him intellectually, But that is what also made him so angry,by Narasimha Rao and then Manmohan Singh, Then,he tried to run circles around them.

favourite issues, In both cases he was out-manoeuvred. And that too by politicians he did not consider half as sharp as himself. This,more than his many chronic health problems,angered him in his last years. But his political mind remained razor-sharp to his last day. So will we journalists for whom he was a fine example of the traditional Congress politician so accessible,even if you mostly disagreed with him. Also.

while the first week of the World Cup has still not changed any equations in terms of the eventual favourites, In a debate that must rank among the classics of our recent parliamentary history,and then gave us one of those moments you cherish in parliamentary politics, The BJP? At this time last year, Across the ideological fence,their Congress counterparts were sharpening the knives as well, to stab their own in the back as they jockeyed for the spoils of an election already ? in 2014.brutally undermining their own government much like a body afflicted with autoimmune disease that begins attacking itself.

Not that the tables have turned but the next election has been thrown open as nobody would have anticipated. Five things have made it happen,three of which are rooted in our major states,Bihar and Tamil Nadu,and do not need too much explaining. For the NDA,on the other hand,negative agendas. Bihar has,therefore.

so early in the life of a Lok Sabha.disruptive noises that began emerging from within the Congress,conflicting ambitions and political impatience. To understand this shift, These nine ? are our large states where electoral fortunes can change: Uttar Pradesh,Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu,Kerala and Karnataka. Together.

so whichever coalition wins five of these is likely to cross the 200-mark anyway.as you would presume that the same coalition would collect some more seats out of the remaining 192,and if it is still short, If you were a Congress strategist,that equation would look far from reassuring today,that this will be a much closer election than you had expected it to be. And how does the BJP pass this ? test?s euphoria to victory in Lok Sabha,because it does not exist in Kerala.

The lesson for each is somewhat similar.outdated and politically suicidal basic instinct or not. Take the Congress first. Its entire politics is built around loyalty to one family.by itself,particularly regional chieftains who will conquer their states for it,particularly in these nine key states?s voters would have been born after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. So the Congress will have to build a new set of genuinely empowered state leaders,an idea Indira Gandhi junked in 1969.

The BJP,should know from its Bihar experience that its original,Muslim-hating,narrow Hindutva is now outdated and there are rewards to be had in discarding it.the BJP has won 91 of the 102 seats it contested,possibly the highest strike rate (90 per cent) for any party ever in our history.Mandir, Only if it takes that logical lesson forward,does a mea culpa with Chandrababu Naidu,particularly if the election does turn out to be that best-of-nine-sets match.

The challenge for both parties is,insecurity, The first week of this budget session has confirmed to us that the election of 2014 is now open.final and convincing move from its outdated politics of grievance to India?s wonderful new politics of aspiration. And of course,he was getting too much into minutiae, How does it measure up to a quick reality check?if you remember that the key to understanding Dr Manmohan Singh,is the man you get.

never one to make broad-brush statements. His style is like that of a professor caught in the complex detail of a problem rather than that of an expansive Atal Bihari Vajpayee. And his method and moods? I have often said that even at the best of times Dr Singh seems to come across as Rahul Dravid batting at 39 for 3. He is not given to flourishes of any kind whatsoever.almost melancholy,the (Harshad Mehta) stock market scam,hit him, as his ?depends on what is your starting point?

famously or infamously,that he ?t going to lose any sleep over it. Of course it got the richold and newby far the greatest immediate beneficiaries of his policies thenfurious: we are losing moneyand he is so nonchalant Nobody remembered that it was that one budget from him that had multiplied their wealth many times in the first place Lack of gratitude is the hallmark of the upper crust the world over But in our countrylatelyit has also got wrapped in a fascinating elite contempt for the political class For the well-heeled Indian nowour politician (neta is the preferred expressionused as a pejorative) represents all that is wrong with our society Some of itprobablyis driven by some evangelical dont confuse me with facts sections of news TV where anchors with clenched teeth and bared fangs hold forthcalling every scam massiveunprecedentedbigger than ever before and thensafelyblame it on the political class Safely becausewhether we choose to acknowledge it or notultimately it is only our politicians who end up facing accountabilityand they are also least likely to go after you Take the telecom scam A cabinet minister of the ruling coalitionwho also happens to be the leading Dalit face of a key ally in a state going to the polls this yearhas been locked up in jail If he and his alleged co-conspirators were bribedit was done by some corporates Have any of these intrepid TV anchors dared to call one of themor even his spokesman or CEOto his studio for a debateor called for their arrest if not hanging Would any of themin factever dare to call one of these corporates a congenital scamster? But how do you know his forefathers were scamsters? Would you ever dare talk like that about anybody but a politician? Exactly the classes who wanted to hire private commandos in Mumbai after 26/11,and keep routinely calling for election boycotts.netas?and Mayawati,so with it.

what swagger,crotch-scratching politicians who mostly do not know how to dress or speak English. And while the charmed circle mourns the end of the idea of India because of political corruption,and cynicism, The politics we curse has given us a truly federal polity where over half of the states are governed by non-UPA parties and where,while power to make big money (from land, When was the last time you saw that in India?the most efficient and effective among our chief ministers ? Nitish Kumar,Naveen Patnaik.

Sheila Dikshit,Narendra Modi,Raman Singh,Shivraj Singh Chouhan ? have all defied anti-incumbency.they also celebrate and value their democracy and politicians that make it possible,rather than curse them for all of their problems.overwhelming reality behind this sullen,yet logical in its happy evolution. Even the Congress has been forced to send to Maharashtra.

a chief minister in Prithviraj Chavan whom his worst enemies would never accuse of taking a paisa in bribes or cuts.can you deny that Dr Manmohan Singh is honest, But one thing you can be sure of. Whatever his countenance and style,he is at his best at 39 for 3,and you can also be sure his party will now cut all the clutter and confusion and work with him rather than at cross-purposes. Even in the gossip-filled opium den that is Lutyens Delhi,administrative and political changes and,hopefully,a changing of the headlines.

for it in our political history.s in its third year,and Janata probably from the moment it was sworn in). But those were different situations,and has lately lost its way. Just a year back,the debate was about how to cleanse the judiciary of increasing corruption. But now,the Supreme Court has risen in stature with the rise of a tough,indianexpress.

com/ news/the-most-powerful-indians-in-2011-no.-110/745646/). It was also an acknowledgement of the changed balance of power,where the executive and the political class had lost so much credibility,s admonitions to the government that make the headlines ? and even if this news-paper has most respectfully cautioned the higher judiciary against ruling by obiter dicta rather than judgments,it is finding popular applause.under whose pressure some cleansing has begun. Hopeless, Thomas wins or loses.

cynical and,either way,s first instinct,fighting fire with fire, Its ? of the telecom scam under a new,so let?s all watch this space.even at the cost of losing one Parliament session and thre-atening another,has only increased its own difficulties.

Just what do you expect to gain by so upping the ante so early in the tenure of a Lok Sabha? Do you want an election already?and it is its basic instinct to play spoiler.but you have to choose your moment. Also,if you think to be seen in constant combat with the BJP is the only way to get back the Muslim vote,the UPA 2 has been cursed by its own inbuilt contradictions and conflicting ambitions,and for once the allies take no blame for this. The essential contradiction,of the centre of gravity of UPA 2 sitting not in the government but in the Congress party.

has begun celebrating its ?victory? of 2014 too soon,strengthening the impression that it is not exactly their government,but has been outsourced to loyal mandarins. But there are still more than three years to go. The prime minister says often enough that a public office is like holding public trust. You can?t-do-anything/ do-nothing/ what-can-I-do mode. You cannot do this particularly now.

when our messy politics is threatening to damage the India story that the entire world has been celebrating and that you began to script exactly 20 years ago.the India story is now under threat. It may have been the second India-theme year at Davos within five years,but under the hoopla,the mood was sober. There were more questions about India than excitement. About corruption,inability of the government to fulfil even old reform commitments made in Parliament,about shifting,inconsistent government policies.

the likelihood of a change of leadership and,most tellingly, their balance sheets overseas.because these doubts are all rooted in facts, That is what our stock markets have been telling us,bucking the rising global trend.and thereby the legacy of two decades of reform? You could argue that it is still possible. But then it has to try changing the headlines from tonight.no fighting with institutions.

It is a good thing that the prime minister has begun to speak out on some key issues lately. And nobody knows that better than the prime minister, For all the latest Opinion News, download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by New York Times | Published: August 1,Jewish state? In his speech before the US Congress in MayNetanyahu even made this demand the linchpin of any future peace deal Regrettablythe Obama administration has bought into Netanyahus idea and is currently working behind the scenes tofor the first timespell out international expectations that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state Much has been said about why the Palestinians refuse to extend Israel such recognition certainly at this stage of the negotiations But ironicallyIsraelis may well be the first to demur at such a definition of their stateor at least to be confused by it For it is far from clear to anyonenot least Israels own Jewish citizenswhat Netanyahus demand actually means Historicallythe modern Zionist movement has sought to transform the term Jewish into a distinctly national category But it has not fully succeeded If it had? in the manner,Polish? And yet, today remains a fuzzy term whose precise meaning depends on context.an ethical or spiritual one.

Jewish? Indeed,even as Israel proclaims to be the nation-state of the Jewish people, other than a religious one: It is rabbis who determine for the Israeli state who is a Jew.Jewish? Since in order to forge the Jewish people into a nation it was necessary to bind them to a single territory and decide upon a collective language,Zionism grappled with various choices for both.while German was the language of preference of Theodor Herzl, And yet,the territory ultimately chosen was the biblical Land of Israel and the language that of the Bible.

Thus the emergence of the Zionist movement could not help heightening rather than attenuating the religious underpinnings of the Jewish nation. These are among the fundamental reasons why the character of the Israeli state remains a highly contested issue within Israel itself.) Does Israel?Jewishness? preclude it from being the state of all its citizens, The debate inside Israel over these issues is passionate and ongoing. It prevents Israel from articulating a coherent definition of its own identity, And while it is tempting to pass on the burden to others,it remains Israel?and to make sure that such a definition be accepted.

and recognised,by its own citizens. Once it does so, or more likely,feel secure enough in its own identity to move on. Touval is a foreign policy analyst based in Tel Aviv For all the latest Opinion News, Shewale convicted Ramdas Baban Marne (38),a resident of of Marnewadi, Shedge attacked him with a knife while Ramdas held him so that he could not retaliate. He was fatally injured on the head and neck.

While giving the judgement,independent witnesses were not coming forward. Two independent witnesses Balu Marne and Noor Mohammad had not supported prosecution? download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: August 6, 2012 3:58 am Related News Till the end of this month,Priyasri Art Gallery,Mumbai,will showcase a collection of works that highlight various techniques of printmaking. Put together by Priyasri Patodia,the gallery?

s owner,the exhibition titled ? is an attempt to familiarise new buyers and art collectors with the different techniques this genre involves.People tend to think that printmaking is just serigraph printing, So the exhibition is at a very core level,to introduce this format to people, says Patodia The works of 40 artists 20 graduates eachfrom JJ School of ArtMumbaiand MS UniversityBaroda have been divided on the basis of technique They will be displayed and sold in portfolioseach of which contain six works The artists were chosen on the basis of their works as well as techniques? she says.including etching,woodcut,serigraphy.

lithography,viscosity,digital,the techniques employed to create them and the history of printmaking will be on display alongside the portfolios to give viewers a better understanding of these mediums. For all the latest Pune News, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 13,the group protested opposite Balgandharva Ranga Mandir on JM Road.representatives of Aam Admi Party (AAP) ?politicians were trying to save themselves from accountability. Nihar Thatte.

an IT professional,RTI has allowed me to know how the tax payers money is spent. While breaking the handi is the most talked about part of the event,You can tell how good the Govindas are if they lower the pyramid one tier at a time.Being one of the only-women Govinda mandals in the city,the girls practise with enthusiasm. Sachin Kharkar, Training Govindas has more than one incentive,feels Sandeep Bhole,the coach of the Jai Jawan Mitra Mandal.

Starting the mandal in the year 2000, Their slum in Jogeshwari was until recently a blacklisted area.the whole equation changed. We started encouraging them to channelise their energy. Bhole says the intense three to four hour practice sessions resulted in lesser distractions in the community Our locality became safer? he says.Bhole dismisses the Govindas for the day.The aim is not really to win money for the mandal,but to keep these boys on track. said the report. The report points out that supply was also constrained by developers who have been holding on to their rates by deliberately refraining from launching new projects in order to cash in on their existing ones.

In 2011-12,000 units launched the year before. The highest number of unsold houses are those at the two ends of the price spectrum.the highest vacancy has been witnessed in the ultra-premium markets of South and Central Mumbai followed by the far flung areas of Navi Mumbai,the sudden spurt of new launches in the peripheral areas has resulted in higher vacancy rates there.Developers are looking to tap in to the largest chunk of buyers looking for apartments priced up to Rs 7.5 million. said GTA Executive Member and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri. Chatterjee said the state government was ready to set up an IT hub in Darjeeling hills. added Chatterjee.

The GTA has agreed to identify the land for setting up the IT hub soon. According to a senior government official,the estimated arrear of the tea labouers is around Rs 1 crore. We have taken several steps for the tea workers. We have passed a proposal of forming a standing committee on tea workers.the GTA delegation met Governor M K Narayanan at Raj Bhavan,which they termed it as a courtesy visit. download Indian Express App More Related NewsLondon:? Kyrgios needed lengthy treatment on his left hip after taking a nasty tumble behind the baseline while stretching to make a shot in the ninth game of the first set on Monday. Reuters The World No 20 decided to keep playing.

but he was clearly affected by the injury and, after Young won the first-set tie-break 7-3, Kyrgios trudged to the net to withdraw from the Wimbledon warm-up event. The 22-year-old admitted his fall on the slick court had aggravated the same hip injury that troubled him during his French Open second-round exit to Kevin Anderson. who has also been bothered by shoulder problems in recent months, is still determined to compete at Wimbledon, which gets underway on July 3. I’m here. I don’t really have time to go home or anything. Yeah.

for sure," Kyrgios said. "Obviously my main goal is to play well at Wimbledon, "I felt a sharp pain, pretty much everything I was feeling a month ago. It’s not great at the moment," he said." Asked what he’d do while he waits for the pain to subside, Painful Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got back on track after his French Open nightmare as the World No 10 eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Adrian Mannarino.

"For me it was really important to have a victory. Grigor Dimitrov, 6-1 win against Ryan Harrison of the United States. faces French qualifier Julien Benneteau or British wild card James Ward in the last 16.