"By keeping a studied silence, India has lost all its relevance to influence the situation. It is a pity because it has underlined to the people of Myanmar the relative importance of the two big powers on their border in influencing the decision makers in Myanmar. "
(Col R Hariharan, a retired MI specialist on South Asia, is an intelligence analyst. He is associated with the Chennai Centre for China Studies. E-mail: email@example.com) http://www.saag.org/papers24/paper2393.html
"As the satyagraha succeeds in Myanmar----as it is bound to one day--- and democracy is restored, India and its leaders would not be in their mind because they consistently avoided supporting them. India may have to pay a price for its moral cowardice, called Realpolitik. "
(The writer is Additional Secretary (retired), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
SILENCE OF SONIA
NEW YORK: A protest and fast is being planned at United Nations in New York on October 2 to protest against Sonia Gandhi coming as representative for Non-Violence Day at UN on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
The Forum for Saving Gandhi Heritage, which is organizing the protest, says it will take place in front of UN from 12-2 pm. In a press release, the Forum says, "The recent UN declaration of Mahatma Gandhi birthday as International Non-Violence day at India’s request is commendable.
However instead of true Gandhians who lived there life based on Gandhi Ji’s ideals representing this day at UN, politicians like Sonia Gandhi are using his name for political mileage and international legitimacy. The alarming threat Sonia poses to democracy of India, corruption and fraud since entering India, dividing India for purpose of dynasty rule, crusade to wipe out Hinduism is opposite to all what Mahatma Gandhi stood for."
The protest program is also endorsed by Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation, Indo Caribbean Council, Kashmiri Pandits Association, and Foundation of Nepalis in America.
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They say “Sonia’s actions and policies are in gross violation of principles and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. She is unrelated to the Mahatma by blood, thoughts, words and deeds.”