Archive for July, 2010

PAKISTAN POLICY IN A SHAMBLES : WHAT A CONTRAST IT WAS UNDER VAJPAYEE !

July 25, 2010
No

India’s independence was accompanied by the creation of Pakistan. Partition had traumatic consequences: the killing of lakhs of innocent men, women and children, and the uprooting of crores. Since independence, therefore, a vital touchstone for judging Government of India’s handling of external affairs has been its Pakistan Policy. And presently, New Delhi’s Pakistan Policy is really in a shambles. Starting with the Prime Minister’s blunder at Sharm-el-Sheikh when he announced delinking the issue of Indo-Pak dialogue from the issue of Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism, to the External Affairs Minister’s recent performance in Pakistan, never before has India’s Pakistan policy been so completely alienated from public opinion as it is today. Even within the Government, Ministers have serious reservations about the policy. I have personally known Home Secretary G.K. Pillai as a very responsible and competent official and so when at the joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan’s External Affairs Minister Qureshi … Continue reading PAKISTAN POLICY IN A SHAMBLES : WHAT A CONTRAST IT WAS UNDER VAJPAYEE !

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पाकिस्तान नीति : अस्त-व्यस्त, वाजपेयी सरकार की नीति से उलट

July 25, 2010
No

भारत की स्वतंत्रता के साथ ही पाकिस्तान का जन्म हुआ। विभाजन के अनेक त्रासद परिणाम हुए :लाखों निर्दोष पुरुष, महिलाएं और बच्चे मारे गए तथा करोड़ों बेघर हुए। इसलिए,स्वतंत्रता प्राप्ति के बाद से ही भारत सरकार की विदेश सम्बन्धी मामलों के संचलन को परखने की महत्वपूर्ण कसौटी इसकी पाकिस्तान नीति बनी हुई है। और वर्तमान में, नई दिल्ली की पाकिस्तान नीति वास्तव में अस्त-व्यस्त बनी हुई है। शर्म-अल-शेख में प्रधानमंत्री की भयंकर भूल जिसमें उन्होंने भारत-पाक वार्ता को सीमापार के पाकिस्तानी आतंकवाद से अलग करने की घोषणा की थी, से शुरु होकर हाल ही में पाकिस्तान में विदेश मंत्री की भूमिका तक-भारत की पाकिस्तानी नीति आज तक कभी भी जनमत के इतनी विपरीत नहीं रही जितनी की आज है। यहां तक की सरकार के मंत्रियों में भी इस नीति को लेकर मतभेद हैं। मैं व्यक्तिगत रुप से गृह सचिव जी. आर. पिल्लई को जानता हूं, वे एक जिम्मेदार और योग्य … Continue reading पाकिस्तान नीति : अस्त-व्यस्त, वाजपेयी सरकार की नीति से उलट

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Hindu influence in Indonesia

July 17, 2010
No

Some years back, a friend who had gone to Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, on his return met me at Adipur in Kutch (Gujarat) and showed me a high-denomination (20,000 rupiah) currency note of that country with Lord Ganesh imprinted on it. I was as surprised, as I was impressed. When last month a group of eminent Sindhi gentlemen came to Delhi from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and invited me for a World Sindhi Conference scheduled to be held at Jakarta on July 9, 10 and 11, 2010, I readily agreed. One reason was that I had never before been to that country, though I had often heard reports about the impact of Indian civilization and more particularly, the impact of epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata on that country. The Ganesh inscribed currency note was only an example. Accompanied by my wife Kamla, daughter Pratibha, … Continue reading Hindu influence in Indonesia

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