These are early days but Morsi’s powers are going to be severely resticted by the military on the one hand and the need to garner enough grass root level support to form a unity government on the other. Both these predicaments dictate that Egypt’s march to democracy would be slow and possibly violent in days ahead.
Hasnain proved to be a man with burning fire for humanity and justice. For decades we have not seen such a man in Indian uniform, with a human heart. Every one may or may not have been moved by Hasnain’s work or sincerity but the fact is he lived up to what he said and believed in Awam, understood the local psyche and more importantly trusted in public and never stood for public atrocities but for public comfort, convenience, empathy and worked for the much needed calm and peace tirelessly even beyond his capacity.
At a time when the government in Islamabad is headed by a party that has traditionally been led by Sindhis, this resurgence of violent Sindhi nationalism only shows that, in the eyes of the average person, President Asif Ali Zardari and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government are not perceived to be meeting regional aspirations or wielding effective power.
It therefore emerges that Indian initiatives in Afghanistan would be undermined by Pakistan and its proxies till Pakistan understands that a peaceful Afghanistan has greater scope for progress being the vital land bridge between Central Asia and South Asia. Strategically the recent thaw in relations between India and Pakistan on the economic and security fronts may suggest both may converge on Afghanistan. But this is a tough ask given the current political and military condition in Pakistan.
By any stretch of imagination it is naïve to expect that a General of Indian Army would announce “Azadi” for Kashmir but he admits that Kashmir is not a military but political problem but which the political establishment has to find a solution.
India and Myanmar have turned a new leaf with Dr Man Mohan Singh’s visit to Myanmar. As Myanmar begins its journey towards democratisation and opening up to the world, there is a growing interest by China and the West too in investing in the geo strategic, political and economic potential of Myanmar. The US has [...]