Jagmohan is a former governor of J&K and a former Union minister

Checks & balances

The attempt to establish the institution of Lokpal commenced long ago on the recommendation of the Administrative Reform Commission. The Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 1968, was introduced in the fourth Lok Sabha and since then there have been eight attempts to secure Parliament’s approval. At the initial stage, the main objective of bill was to deal with the “problem of redress of citizens’ grievances”.

Benazir’s promise, murder and legacy

Three years ago, on December 27, 2007, Benazir was tragically assassinated when she was attempting to turn a new leaf in her life and in the politics of Pakistan. The bloody deed was done at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Park, a park named after Pakistan’s first Prime Minister who was shot dead at the same venue in 1951 in circumstances that have so far remained unclear.

Let there not be another 26/11

The terrorist attacks on Mumbai on November 26, 2008, must be reckoned as one of the most momentous, most tragic and most instructive event in the annals of the Indian Republic.

Don’t turn back the clock in J&K

One of the tragic pointers of Indian history is that more often than not Indians have themselves proved to be their worst enemies. This stands reinforced by what the negative forces in our country did in early 1990.

Anatomy of turmoil

If we continue to look at the current turmoil in Kashmir without the “spectacles of history”, we would not be able to clearly see the multiple infections that have, over the years, invaded the body-politics of the state and the Union. Unless the nature of those infections is understood, the correct line of treatment cannot evolve or be pursued.
A dispassionate survey of the last 63 years of the Kashmir scene would show how, at every crucial moment, decision-makers were carried away by short-term and s

Did India awake?

At the dawn of India’s Independence, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had, with resolute intensity, declared: “We would create a mighty India — mighty in thought, mighty in deeds, mighty in culture and mighty in service to humanity”. But have we done so? Have we not instead created an India which is superficial in thought, deficient in deeds, shallow in culture and poor in service to humanity?

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