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The Indian government’s stance on the Rohingya refugees from Rakhine state in Myanmar is from a security point of view, imprudent; from a historical point of view, myopic; and from a moral point of view, untenable.

 

The adoption of India’s report to the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last evening, by consensus, hid more than it revealed to the public eye. India blunted the criticism of member states by stating it had accepted 152 out of the 250 recommendations made to it in May, when India’s third periodic report was reviewed. As for the remaining 98 recommendations, India merely took “note” of them.

 

The scientific imagination that put big dams at the centre of a national development paradigm belongs to a century long gone. The prevalent ideology around the world at the time when dams such as the Sardar Sarovar were envisioned have undergone a sea change in the decades it has taken to bring it to conclusion.

 

They can be found everywhere but somehow the Indian State fails to notice them. They are the homeless people of India.

 

It isn’t fashionable or politically correct these days to see political virtue in Rahul Gandhi. Much of it is of the making of his work style widely seen as lacking in constituency, the pluck and the fire people want in their leader.

 

One thing that stood out during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Ahmedabad is the personal bonhomie between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Do Indians have a sense of history? In ancient India, records were kept and references made to the past. The Mughals too did the same, with many of the emperors writing autobiographies, replete with details about the empire and themselves.

 

Minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar recently summed up the country’s state of literacy, and made a prediction: “There was a literacy rate of 18% in the post-Independence era. Today it has gone up to 80% and I guarantee that within next five years, it will be 100%.”

 

The steady rise of the ugly Indian since 2014 has gained traction. The organs of the body politic have begun to atrophy.

 


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