July 2016

At the outset, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Barkha Dutt. It was because of her shoddy journalism while interviewing the HRD Minister of the country, I got inspired to write my own questionnaire addressed to the minister, through MyIndMakers.

A micro-slicing of the lives of the Leadership of the bygone era brings out the fact that their lives, efforts and interests lay amidst a myriad of activities in cross-sectoral profiles.  The successful ones, such as Gandhi and Churchill, were great integrators of lessons they learnt during their hands-on experience on Cross-Disciplinary Ventures.

Raghuram Rajan has challenged his critics of high interest rates. He has asked them to prove that inflation has fallen. He has quoted consumer price index (CPI) data to argue his case. There are arguments about whether CPI should be used for setting interest rates or WPI (wholesale Price Index) should be used.

I have written a lot about belief in God and what change it brought to my life. I will go one step further and attempt to write my thoughts about believers. I will refrain from writing about the non-believers or atheists as they call themselves, because I never understood why someone should make so much noise about something, which they believe doesn’t even exist.

Until a few days back, Qandeel Baloch was seen as the 'Kim Kardashian' of Pakistan, a popular face both loved and hated in Pakistan in equal proportions. Suddenly, the woman, who was unarguably the most searched woman in our neighbouring country, was killed.

One institution that represents the average Indian society, swinging between bitter sweet descriptions and emotions and sadly is the most mis-represented in popular media culture is the Joint family.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wadding through muddled waters of internal dissidence sought to rake up the issue of killing of Burhan Wani, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Indian commander to avert internal crisis.  After the killing of Burhan Wani, Kashmir Valley witnessed wide spread protests and violence.

The Context

Mohtarma Shazia,

The Kashmir valley is slowly limping to normalcy with curfew partially lifted in four districts. The unrest in the valley following the killing of Burhan Wani, has resulted in the deaths of 43 civilians and over 3400 wounded thus far. Steep escalation of civilian injuries did invite rebuke from various sections of the liberal society who condemned the actions of the security personnel.

I post this after being absolutely disheartened watching a documentary titled Gods in Shackles yesterday at C.P. Ramaswami Foundation, Chennai.

It was my long standing wish to visit this amazing lake and enjoy the breathtaking view of this Deep Blue Lake. My wish finally came true when my wife and I took a trip to the lake during the 4th of July weekend. I am talking about the world famous Crater Lake.

KARGIL wouldn’t have been that famous a name but for the WAR that was fought between two nuclear armed neighbours. History’s judgement will go that way but the truth lies in the fact that Kargil and the War in 1999 will forever be associated.

In 1990’s when terrorism had engulfed Kashmir valley, there was no social media, no private news, no way to know what was happening in Kashmir and elsewhere other than government approved news bulletins once or twice a day. We would huddle in the dark to listen to BBC to give us news about Kashmir. Power cuts were rampant, winters were harsh, nights were long and fear was overwhelming.

A very simple Formula can solve the American puzzle and help clear their minds about Pakistan and whether Pakistan is their friend or enemy.

It is my belief that rarely do seemingly individual issues ever occur in isolation or by sheer coincidence. Especially in geo politics and in countries that have “institutional” memory. Without a playbook it becomes harder to decipher these individual issues correctly and, eventually to connect them.

The people and government of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh have been demanding a special category status for their state since the last 2 years. The then Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh had promised the status on the floor of Rajya Sabha.

An IAF An-32 with 29 personnel (6 air crew and 23 passengers) on board went missing on July 22, 2016 while flying from Chennai to Port Blair. The aircraft belonging to 33 Squadron took off from Air Force Station Tambaram, near Chennai at 8.30 on a 3-hour flight to Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.