Month: December 2013

What India could teach the world

This show was really quite good. I was not expecting much out of it since most shows about India in the past, like the ones from PBS etc follow largely predictable lines and are not interesting to people who already know something about the country. Also, this was not a totally politically correct show, and took clearly defined points of view on political topics. Well done Fareed Zakaria… If a regular viewer can offer ‘advice’ to a foreign policy pundit, one thing that can help arrive at a better analysis on a country as confusing as India is to follow this simple advice: Think of India in a similar manner as Europe but with a Union that is much further along. In other words, treat each state as a separate country, and you will get answers to all the confusing questions about contradictions. India can have right wing, left wing, corrupt, clean, large and small states running things in very different ways from one other. Fareed has already touched upon this by talking about Gujarat, and very briefly about Bihar etc. But the best way to analyze India’s progress or lack thereof is to see what lessons one state can offer to another and to the center and vice...

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Does the MEA really work for Indian citizens?

India is somewhere between China and Brazil/South Africa in terms of influence but chooses to maintain the capacity levels of New Zealand and Singapore in most fora for engagement with the world, whether you are talking about the diplomatic community, trade negotiators or lawyers.

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How to retire from cricket

Jacques Kallis, take a bow. Retiring when your team is still number one, your country wants to select you for every big series, and you look in awesome touch seems to be a generally good plan. He leaves as arguably cricket’s greatest ever allrounder, tied with Sobers. With batting stats better than Sachin’s and bowling stats identical to Zaheer’s this is one amazing performer. As opposed to how some others managed this retirement thing. Looking at you, SRT. Admittedly, hindsight is 20 20, but what if the Cape town classic had been the last SRT test innings…. was the 200th test cap really worth the pain of repeated failures he went through in the past three years? That ton three years back happened to be his last one, India was #1 in both tests and ODIs, and SRT could do no wrong. Still Sachin certainly clearly has one up on Swann on this particular contest. When your team is being painfully manhandled by the boys down under, team mates are running back home due to the stress would NOT be the right time to retire either. At least the Indian legends had the ability to grit it out and pass on the baton ¬†with some kind of a plan in...

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The Devyani Khobragade case

The Devyani Khobragade case will do absolutely nothing for advancing the cause of stopping human trafficking. On the other hand, it will simply serve to hurt US image in India, in addition to subjecting their own citizens to further scrutiny globally.

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