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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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The capital city of our country rocked again not from the crackers of the Ganesh festival but from the serial bomb blasts. When the news start filtering in of blasts many of us think " Oh God !!! it happened again!!!" and within seconds hundreds of lives change forever and within minutes our politicians start politicising the issue.
We had just recovered from all the violence that happened in Jammu and Kashmir and then this happened. There is no shortage of solutions offered by people and experts on how to tackle this issue. We should have tougher laws for terror, a federal agency which will look into such issues, we have to look into the root cause of such terror acts, are some of the solutions offered. But if these are the solutions, then why these solutions are not implemented? If we have tough laws for terror, can we trust our politicians with such laws and hope that they will not misuse it for their own gain. We have seen this happen with Ms.Indira Gandhi using MISA to arrest opposition leaders during the emergency and other leaders (mis)using laws as TADA and POTA. I think the real solution is a combination of all these suggestions, we should look real hard into issues and not just have some committee appointed and give them infinite extensions (Liberhan Commission) or when such a committee submits its report , reject it arbitrarily (Sri Krishna Committee) we should also have a federal agency on the lines of the Election Commission of India which is not answerable to any government (state or central) and also a tough anti-terror law with enough safeguards against misuse against an individual or a community. But I sincerely hope by the time we come up with these solutions or any solution for that matter we will not lose any more innocent lives.
There are a lot more such incidents that have in the last few months that have affected thousands of lives... we will talk about more such issues later....

Aftab Ahmed

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Singh is King

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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I am writing here after a little more than a year. Lots of things happened in India since then. The stock market has its greatest bull run and also its biggest crash, terror attacks on our cities have become the order of the day, the government was on the verge of collapsing so on and so forth....

Speaking of the government collapse one wonders what the big deal (pun intended) is all about. I am not an expert on the N-deal between India and U.S nor do I understand its nitty gritty but if it is giving us the technology to generate energy for our needs and if it brings business to Indian companies then whats wrong in that?

Some people argue that after signing this deal we will not be able to conduct nuclear tests.... well, as far as I understand ( I may be wrong here) that nuclear tests are conducted solely for the purpose of weaponisation. We already are a nuclear weapon state and if we have to drop an atom bomb on someone will it matter if we drop a N-bomb which is not the latest one, it will still kill millions of people, so whats the fuss about conducting nuclear tests?

This has been the brainchild of our PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is the architect of modern Indian economy and he is the one who put India on the world map after his liberilization of economy and at that time , it was the same set of politicians who has opposed it and now the whole nation is reaping its rewards. If we get all the advantages from this N-deal as we have told then Mr.Singh would be the person who would be hailed as the leader who solved the problem of India's energy needs.

I dont' think any other PM has that distinction of going down in history to have taken two such decisions which changed India for the better.

Aftab Ahmed