A New Year’s resolution from Paris 2015

[A shorter version of this appeared in The Hindu’s op-ed pages on Jan 4, 2016]   The lesson from Paris 2015 is this: until world powers don’t stop digging black gold out of the bellies of Iraq, Africa and Saudi Arabia, the convoluted webs of violence, terror and climate change, will continue to keep usContinue reading “A New Year’s resolution from Paris 2015”

Shooting the messenger

First published in The Hindu Though there is a law in place to “protect” people coming forward to expose corruption, the safety of whistle-blowers cannot be guaranteed in India “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell The Supreme Court’s insistence that the identity of the secretContinue reading “Shooting the messenger”

Commonwealth must honour its own commitments

[First published in Groundviews] The choice of Sri Lanka as a venue for CHOGM 2013 has always remained controversial.  Two weeks from now, the Heads of Government of 53 Commonwealth countries will congregate in Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall to discuss, among other things, the Commonwealth’s commitment towards the promotion of human rights, democracyContinue reading “Commonwealth must honour its own commitments”