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Article on Nehru from ‘The Hindu’

He was simultaneously nation builder, liberal democrat and strategic visionary

It is fashionable these days to denigrate Jawaharlal Nehru. Although he had his weaknesses, those who followed him, regardless of party or ideology, have been intellectual and political pygmies by comparison.

Nehru had a vision of India as a modern, secular state that would be inclusive and liberal. When advised to outlaw communal parties as they flouted the spirit of the Constitution, he declared that communalism had to be defeated politically, not by the use of legal instruments. When asked why he was so strident in attacking Hindu communalism while he soft-peddled on Muslim communalism, he replied that it was because majority communalism was far more dangerous since it could easily pass off as Indian nationalism. A prescient comment indeed!
Unlike Gandhi who believed in the idea of an India constituted of autonomous village communities with all the caste and economic inequities they harboured, Nehru was committed to the establishment of a strong Indian state where the concept of equal rights of citizens would override all societal divisions. It was he who established the robust tradition of civilian supremacy over the military that prevented India from becoming another junta-ruled Third World autocracy. Nehru laid the foundations of a dual-track nuclear programme without which India would never have achieved nuclear capable status. His economic policies of investing in heavy industries and protecting the nascent manufacturing sector saved India from becoming a mere cash crop economy dependent on the vagaries of the global market for its economic survival.

India gained independence at a very difficult juncture in international politics. Global alliance groups were all the rage. Nehru’s response was to advocate a policy of non-alignment to maintain India’s strategic autonomy in the face of pressure, especially from the U.S., to choose sides. Non-alignment may not have been the answer to all of India’s foreign policy problems, but it helped insulate the country from the worst effects of superpower rivalry. Unlike Pakistan’s subservient relationship with the U.S., non-alignment set the stage for a fruitful arms supply relationship with the Soviet Union without compromising India’s strategic goals.

The 1962 India-China war, forced upon Nehru by an ill-informed and jingoistic opposition and public opinion, posed a major challenge to his foreign policy. Nonetheless, coinciding as it did with the Sino-Soviet rift, it helped cement New Delhi’s relations with the Soviet Union. This relationship stood India in good stead during the Bangladesh war when Moscow provided cover for the Indian military intervention in the UN Security Council and the Indo-Soviet Treaty neutralised U.S. and Chinese support for Pakistan.Nehru was simultaneously nation builder, liberal democrat, and strategic visionary, qualities in short supply today.(Article by Mohd Ayoob)

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Quotes

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C.S. LEWIS

And in the end, we can blame the stars or tell ourselves that it was not meant to be, that it was not destined to happen. but deep down we know that the stars were not at fault and it was not ‘meant to be’. The fault was in ourselves.

‘When life knocks you down try to land on your back, becoause if you can look up, you can get up’

‘Every next level of your life will demand a different you’- Get ready

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Poetic justice

Whatever goes up comes down. Can’t remember why I wrote this when I wrote. but it appeals much more today.

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Photo moment with DG ILO Mr. Guy Ryder, July 2016

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Homecoming

I am so glad to be back. I lost access to my home on the web- don’t know how. Thanks @hubby for ‘retrieving’ my home.

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Part-1- I am learning

– i dont know where i get the energy from, I complete all work related to my baby, no matter how tired I am.

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Welcome 2014

The new year arrived without any fanfare. My resolution this year is to be regular in writing and updating my website.
I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead in 2014…

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Name a problem- google will find a solution

My almost two year old bumped her head against a table. After attending to her, I immediately got on to the all knowing Google almighty, typed in my concern “my two year old bumped her head…” before I could complete the sentence there was a long list of “bumps and bruises” to kids of various age groups to choose from. I selected the one I was interested in and BINGO! on my computer screen there were so many links to choose from…. I immersed myself into the on-screen gyan and almost forgot to call up and consult my sister- my usual helpline in such instances. There are umpteen inspirational sites, blogs, books all around. You google a problem and the solution surfaces in just seconds. It’s you who has to skim, dive or surf through to find the most suitable solution. More often than not, the problems are unique, defying the law of probability.
I think there are two sets of people, the ones that complexify and the other that simplify. For the earlier category every problem is so big that no amount of discussion can lead to a satisfactory solution. Guess the search engines thrive on them.

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today

Do not expect too much from people and you will be always happy.

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New Year 2013

When you move from one year to another (begin to age, that is!) you realize- all through out you had two choices. You chose the one that came to you accidentally, incidentally, naturally, forcefully, practically or sometimes mindlessly. Not all the choices were thought through. Sometimes, wonder how life would have been if the ‘second’ option was taken in every situation…………
Contemplating- this is the mood in which my new year has begun!
happy new year to all who stop by this page!

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