The Finance Minister of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee have reffered India as one of the largest and among the most dynamic emerging economies that continues to be a key driver of global growth. After a GDP growth rate of over 9% in the three years leading to the crisis, a slowdown to 6.8% in the crisis year of 2008-09, followed by strong recovery of over 8% in the two years following the slowdown. He added, India has demonstrated its resilience and the capacity to overcome adversities in its development path.
Despite the spiral of distrust embittering current Pak-US ties, the dividends from building on convergences is considered instrumental in any endgame calibration of mutually desired outcomes. This can be accomplished with much less pain if there is an appreciation in American policy circles that Pakistan’s actions in the region may be motivated by fear rather than ambition.
Sunday this week marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 – what in the American lexicon has now become embedded as 9/11 and it is useful to review the impact this decade has had on the USA as a nation and as a symbol of the world’s oldest and most energetic ‘melting-pot’ democracy. Uday Bhaskar
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599
Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.