Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MMS wins Don Quixote award for world leaders

There are many types of world leaders from Zardari who claims there's no bad LeT, to Ahmedinajad who claims holocaust was a fraud. Add Manmohan Singh to the list.
MMS is one of those cerebral comedians, more in the line of P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie.
rime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for quickening the pace of developing scientific knowledge and application relevant to the needs of developing countries, while cautioning against the development path followed by the industrialised nations.

Perhaps some credit goes to the writer of cHindu but this sort of writing went out with the 60s when Nehru created his "Non-aligned" movement.
He goes on to imagine,
We have seen how the path of development followed by the industrialised countries has the potential to threaten our existence and way of life. I have, therefore, wondered whether there is an alternative and more sustainable way of developing our societies and economies without injuring and destroying the bounty of Mother Earth.

Really, here are a few thoughts, how about family planning, planned mining, preventing illegal immigrants, focus on agriculture.....
But then again these are simple solutions which MMS would we wise to heed or for the cHindu writers to analyze.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anglican Chief evades caste issues within his community!

During the past few days Chindu has been unduly excited about the visit of the Archbishop from England.

Todays edition carries a long, centre-page interview with the visitor.

The following exchange is interesting for what was left unanswered.

Q): While in India during the past few days, you have come across several issues of justice, marginalisation, even oppression within the Church being raised in different fora. The voices that have highlighted the so-called high caste-low caste issues, the Dalit question, have been quite striking. Are you going to continue to engage with these questions?

A): Oppression and justice

I hope so, yes – the questions that have already been presented in the U.K. from time to time. I suppose my main concern here is that India constitutionally does not recognise caste, except by its provision for scheduled communities. It certainly doesn't recognise any discrimination based on caste or any privilege based on caste. It's part of the great Indian political project, in a sense, of equal access to the law for everyone. And I would hope that the pursuit of that project ought not to be offensive to people's religious convictions. However, I know it is not as simple as that and I think the situation of some communities is a matter of real concern. I have heard a little bit, not only on this visit but from previous contacts, about the condition of manual scavengers, for example, in this part of India as well as elsewhere. That gives me great concern and I shall want to pursue some of these issues.

Instead of directly answering the problems of caste discrimination within the church in India, the Anglican archbishop is evidently evasive and sidetracking to issues such as manual scavenging "in this part of India as well as elsewhere"!