As this essay is being written, the results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh (HP) state elections are still being analysed and assessed. While HP saw a reassuring performance on the part of the nation’s ruling BJP-led political alliance, Gujarat was not really in the comfort zone. The political analysts in academia and in the various think tanks are still doing their assessments.
In one of the quixotic twists of history, on 7 November 2017, a few days after this essay reaches the readers of this journal, one of the most significant events in human existence will, in all probability, be deliberately neglected in the country where it took place. The Vladimir Putin administration in the Kremlin, at the time of writing this piece, shows no signs of officially commemorating this monumental landmark.
In most democracies in recent years, many public figures, comprising politicians at all levels, senior civil servants and functionaries, including military officers, have shared their experiences and memories after hanging up their boots. The Whitehall lot started this trend in the mid-1950s and their counterparts across the Atlantic followed suit. The French, always more eclectic, had titans like Andre Malraux writing about their experiences even when they were in office.
@shahid_siddiqui What a compulsive jerk you are, Siddiqui! How low can you descend? The more we see Islamists like you in action, the better are the chances of this perverted ideology meeting its end soon. Even in Iran, the worms are turning. Do you ever put on a thinking cap?
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Selecting a term
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