Events post Hague International Tribunal ruling on South China Sea in July of this year have been a paradox for the enigmatic ASEAN way. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a regional body has stressed on using informality, organization minimalism, inclusiveness, and intensive consultations to generate consensus and pursuit of peaceful resolution of disputes1. With an aversion to the rigid institutionalization of a security community, ASEAN has effectively relied on US military presence in the region to shape its security framework.
So finally Gen Raheel Sharif did decide to go home. An extension would have given him two or three years more in uniform. Outside the uniform he can aspire for much more, perhaps even a political career. Seldom has a Pakistan Army Chief worked so assiduously on his personal image and used all elements of state to project that. His achievements were plastered all over the media and the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) pulled out the stops; it led to Gen Raheel’s posters being pasted even behind Karachi’s rickshaws in a city he helped partially clean up off its criminal and terror mess.
While India remains obsessed with counting or changing its notes and coins, Pakistan appears to be moving quietly towards changing its Army Chief. That is a big event in that country considering the kind of power the Chief wields. Yet, the announcement seems to be withheld for the moment. The incumbent, Gen Raheel Sharif, is reportedly on rounds of important headquarters to address officers and troops as part of his farewell. The D Day for change is likely to be 29 Nov 2016.
The campaign launched by the radical Muslim clergy and phony liberals against the Law Commission of India’s well-intentioned and long overdue exercise to undertake a revision and reform of family laws in line with the constitutional mandate in Article 44 to bring in a uniform civil code, is yet another example of the maladjustment of some sections of the citizenry to the core values in our Constitution.
Through my years as a senior commander in the Indian Army there was an annual feature which never escaped my attention. The yearly war game of my formation would invariably begin with a presentation by a new team each time on the psyche and mindset of the Pakistan Army. I considered it mandatory for all to know as much about the mind as about weaponry or tactics of our western adversary.
More than hoarders of black money, the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s announcement on November 8 to demonetize high value currency to strike at the root of illicit wealth appears to have stunned his political opponents. Coming within weeks of the surgical strike against Pakistan, through which he signaled his ability to take decisive action, the blow that he struck against hoarders of black money a fortnight ago has put him way ahead of the competition.
पाक आतंकियों के उरी हमले के बाद एक बार फिर भारत-पाकिस्तान के रिश्ते तनावपूर्ण हो गये हैं तथा पिछले करीब दो महीने से भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच सीमा पर युद्ध जैसे हालात बने हुए हैं। इन हालातों में भी भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने केरल के कोजीकोड़ में अपने भाषण में पाक हुक्मरानों को उनके आंतरिक हालातों को बेहतर बनाने के लिए कहा है। उन्होंने कहा कि यदि पाक युद्ध ही लड़ना चाहता है तो उसे अपने देश में फैली गरीबी, भुखमरी, अशिक्षा तथा फैले आतंकवाद से युद्ध लड़कर इनको मिटाकर अपने देश को अमन एवं विकास के मार्ग पर ले जाये और यही कमोवेश पूरा विश्व पाक में चाह रहा है। परन्तु ऐसा होता नहीं दिख रहा
After Demonetization a Good Governance from Babudom is Urgently Required for Transformation of India
The decision of the Prime Minister to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is a historic step lauded in general by people. The government hopes to win a decisive war against menace of corruption, black money and terrorism in near future. The Prime Minister has earlier also launched many initiatives and schemes like the ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Beti Bachao–Beti Padhao’ and ‘Make in India’ for fast pace development of India. However their progress and outcome has to be closely monitored to realise the desired benefits.
The politico-economic impact of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government’s de-monetisation decision is being played out since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, announced the illegal tendering of the then Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes, and added that these denomination notes would be just scraps of paper by that midnight, barely hours after he took the people into confidence. That the Prime Minister chose to make the announcement himself instead of leaving it to the Finance Ministry, added to the dramatic effect.