Arun Nehru


Arun Nehru
Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd

Some pointed questions to pinch Pak

U.S. President Barack Obama helped America reach closure with regard to the dastardly events of 9/11 when, after a decade, justice caught up with Osama bin Laden on the outskirts of Islamabad. There will be new reports by the hour as details of the commando operation are disclosed, yet there is no doubt that this operation was a huge success.

Poll pourri: Leaders stoop to conquer

On the political front, this week was dominated by issues associated with the Lokpal Bill. Daily sermons on morality and integrity continued.
The public accounts committee’s (PAC) report on the 2G spectrum allocation scam was rejected by a majority of the members. The 22-member PAC is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

Secrets no more secret

There is a great deal of confusion over the Jan Lokpal Bill. But even as accusations and allegations are being traded, the people of this country need to think deeply about the future as the last thing we need is anarchy and chaos. We neither have a perfect government nor do we have a perfect civil society.

The voter knows best

The “timing” of Anna Hazare’s fast unto death was well planned — it did not clash with the World Cup but came after a jubilant victory.

The voter knows best

Arun NehruThe “timing” of Anna Hazare’s fast unto death was well planned — it did not clash with the World Cup but came after a jubilant victory. The country’s mood was upbeat and people, perhaps, needed to establish their own credentials as concerned and involved citizens of the country. They needed something to do.

Stories with morals

India has won the World Cup after 28 years.

A test of nerves

THE NATION is celebrating the Indian cricket team’s victory over Pakistan after a hard-fought battle in Mohali. This semi-final clash between India and Pakistan led to many “winners”. In a replay of cricket diplomacy that could help resume their stalled peace process, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to watch the match.

Political etiquette

THE SITUATION at the nuclear power plants in Japan is uncertain and contradictory scientific reports are further muddying the waters. While we have witnessed and reacted to the disastrous earthquake and tsunami, the larger issue of nuclear radiation and contamination cannot be neglected. A tsunami might strike once in a few decades, but it has left a million questions in its wake.

Nuclear liabilities

A devastating earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, followed by 30-foot-high waves of a tsunami, and then a series of nuclear accidents due to the overheating of reactors. Human casualties are still not fully accounted for, damage from exposure to radiation is not yet known, and now, climatic conditions are creating further complications. Japan is truly living its worst nightmare.

Two different games

Our nation is always excited about some issue or the other. At the moment, the most important event is the cricket World Cup. While we have had two consecutive wins, against Ireland and the Netherlands, we faced a stiff challenge on March 12 against South Africa. As things stand, the top five teams appear to be India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia and England. Chris Gayle of West Indies can single-handedly upset other teams by playing good cricket.

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