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Issue:June' 2019


Time for political introspection

I am in complete agreement with your observation that there was no wave for any particular party or leader in the just concluded parliamentary elections and hence nothing could be forecast as to the formation of a new government. I think this scenario was partly due to the image most of our top politicians have acquired over the recent years. There has hardly been any consistency in their statements. They say one thing when in Opposition and something entirely different when in Government. Besides, they often indulge in the divisive politics of casteism and communalism. This has caused a lot of disenchantment in the electorate with our current leaders. I hope our politicians would take to selfintrsopection, ponder over the people’s lack of trust in them and mend their ways.
In his article, Hari Jaisingh has rightly advocated the urgent need for transparency in political funding . Most of our political parties, especially those in power, have of late acquired a lot of unaccounted funds. They misuse them to manipulate elections. In return, the parties seem to favour the rich class in the decision-making . The growing influence of the rich in our politics and governance must be stopped. Our democracy is meant to foster all inclusive development. The majority of the people in the country are poor. Their interests are different from those of the rich.

Bharatendu Kulshrestha

Banning the terror outfit

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is committed to dismantling the Muslim Brotherhood . During his April 9, 2019 visit to Washington, he asked U.S. President Donald Trump to proscribe the Brotherhood. The Trump administration must be sincere about siding with Sisi on this front. American National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must work hard to designate the Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. Washington must impose wide-ranging economic and travel sanctions on entities who do business with the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is a dangerous organization with more than a million members across the Middle East.

Donald Trump Washington must be cautious. The Brothehood claims to be "steadfast in our work in accordance with our moderate and peaceful thinking and what we believe to be right, for honest and constructive cooperation to serve the communities in which we live, and humanity as a whole.” The real nature of the Muslim Brotherhood is different. In 1928 Muslim cleric Hassan El Banna founded it in Egypt. The global Islamist movement advocates a move away from secularism. The Brotherhood is not a non-violent movement. It is the parent organization of the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas, which supports violent jihad . Arab states, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have already designated the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas terrorist organizations.

Rahimtullah Khan

Need for caution

Xi Jinping Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is dangerous for India . In his recent speech to 37 heads of government and the UN Secretary General and the IMF Managing Director, Xi talked of his commitment to “transparency and sustainability” of BRI projects. But this must be genuine. India must be cautious .China must make it clear how it has negotiated the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. This corridor runs through parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir which belongs to India.

Kishan Kaul

A new dilemma

Mike Pompeo American Secretary of State Mike P o m p e o announced on April 22 that the Washington would cease to grant importers of Iranian oil exemptions. This creates a new dilemma for India . The United States today is India’s largest trading partner and a leading source of foreign investment. There is a convergence of interests between the two on the possible need of containing China in the Indo-Pacific region. Civil nuclear cooperation with the U.S. is very important for India. New Delhi needs American support for its bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
On the other hand, India is one of the main importers of Iranian oil. India is involved in building the Chabahar port in southern Iran. India needs it to reach out to Iran and also Afghanistan and Central Asia . Both India and Iran are opposed to the Pakistan-supported Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan.

Besides, if Iran is unable to export oil in sufficient quantities, it may withdraw from the nuclear accord and resume full-scale nuclear enrichment close to weapon grade-level. This could lead to American strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Ramesh Krishnan