I strongly feel that United Nations owes him more than just a half-mast. My experience with Oman and visits during my UN days revealed Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s new world of quiet diplomacy, a monarchy committed to the people and that skilfully engages in preventing conflicts even at the risk of jeopardising the relations with neighbours. A monarch who risked the Arab coterie to develop global camaraderie.
Bollywood has very often turned a blind eye to political turmoil in the country.The same was the story with the month-long protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. However, over the last few days, several leading ladies of the industry have been at the forefront of the ongoing nationwide protests against the country be it for JNU attacks or the anti-CAA protests. Will the male heroes of Bollywood now show some real-life courage?
Even though the government of India has launched various healthcare schemes it has failed to spend adequately on healthcare. India needs to follow the examples of its neighbours and boost its health budget and build a system that can actually offer healthcare to all.
The US killing Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s airport last Friday and Iran retaliating by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are stationed is not just bad news for both these countries and the Middle East, but for India as well. India’s economic and strategic interests will take a hit if the current tensions lead to a war.