Arun Nehru


Arun Nehru
Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd

Courage under fire

The suspected sabotage by Maoist guerrillas that derailed a passenger train that was subsequently hit by a goods train, killing at least 81 people, should be condemned. Public opinion and sentiment cannot be taken for granted. The assumption that the TINA (there is no other alternative) factor will last forever is a fallacy. The “dual” talk

Insecure security

I am not tired of repeating week after week that our primary objective in 2010 and in the future should be to resolve various issues that pose a threat to our internal security.

Leaks and sparks

Sometimes coalition governments can provide a great deal of entertainment. Instead of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Opposition sparring on issues, we have many ministers and members of Parliament

The sport of politics

May 02 : The political reality  in the country often gets reflected on the floor of the House, and so does the single-most important concern of all political parties: stability. Hence it is not surprising that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supported the United

The cricket crisis

April 25 : The volcanic eruptions in Iceland are very disturbing, but our attention has been focused on the high-profile controversies taking place in the country. While cricket fever continues to grip the country as we go through the semi-final stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL), we also have

Operation Fix-it

April 18 : The Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district and the liquidation of “A” Company of the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 62nd Battalion is a national tragedy. It brings home the reality of internal security threats to the state. We could continue debating the issue and blame everything on the “inaction” of the past, but the reality is that we live in the present and must  for the future.

The big poll picture

April.04 : Political temperatures are rising as the Assembly elections in Bihar come closer. All political parties, big and small, have started playing games for political longevity. But all this activity is not always positive though few, if any, understand that any form of excess can prove costly at the ballot. 

The traditional votebank based on caste and religion persists and whilst price rise and inflation are always electoral issues, there is greater awareness about the global economy and the challenges of the future. 

A political audit

March 21 : The Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) silver jubilee celebrations were attended by tens of thousands of BSP supporters who had congregated in Lucknow to attend a mass rally where BSP chief Mayawati was presented with a mammoth garland of currency notes worth Rs 5

A balance of power

March.14 : The Congress Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left, along with several regional parties, have shown their support for the Women’s Reservation Bill. The bill has cleared the first hurdle with the Rajya Sabha giving it a green signal, and I have little doubt that despite dissension it will be passed in the Lok Sabha, too, though with a few amendments.

Pricey politics

March 07 : Even as the reaction to Union Budget 2010 continues, it seems that several issues have combined to create a volatile political atmosphere. The hike in the prices of petrol and diesel is fuelling more than just a debate on inflation. This is a public issue that will extract a political cost.

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