There is a link between leadership and power because all leaders have, and exercise, power. One can be in a leadership position because of an appointment, or rank, or elected office or authority assigned or delegated-- but being in a position to exercise power does not make one a leader nor does the power that comes with the position make one an expert in the use of power. Leadership skills whether God given or acquired give one the ability to accumulate and carefully calibrate the use of power.
Driven by political ambitions and inspired by a civilizational notion of leadership India under the RSS-BJP-Modi Combine has launched itself on a path that is already having dangerous consequences and that if unchecked, can lead to a catastrophe for the region and the world
The Prime Minister faced the camera without a row of flunkies beside him or behind him. He was alone. He did not have media persons asking him planted questions. He spoke simply and sincerely and effectively reached out to his targeted audience. He never strayed from the topic to drag in politics or ongoing events or his own or his governments achievements.
The problem now is that the health sector needs massive resources to cope with the virus and ramp up its capacity for the future and the unemployed and poor need sustained support. The government is mustering resources but the Prime Minister is right when he says that there has to be a ‘nuanced lockdown’ to permit a bare minimum level of economic activity so that some people start working for their living to reduce the enormous burden on the state
Though it took time to gel into specifics, the response has been comprehensive and robust. The various measures are being constantly reviewed and fine-tuned based on solicited feedback and close monitoring of the situation. There is criticism—too little too late, skepticism over implementation capacity
The fact is that the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) continues to witness nothing short of a bloodbath as the KSE-100 continues to decline and the Market is being halted on a daily basis as the triggers are being tripped. Close to Rs.400 Billion has been wiped off in value - the biggest decline in 10 years. The Rupee continues to fall against the USD and has lost close to Rs.4.00 and fallen to Rs.159 in the interbank market. Gold continues to rise. The Growth rate has been revised by Moody’s to around 2.5 per cent, which is also starting to appear optimistic. Utter mayhem. Yet, this is not an isolated event for Pakistan, but something that is being witnessed on a global scale. Other economies have been more proactive and put in place measures to try and reduce the fallout from the current situation
Pakistan actively supported with multiple initiatives to bring about the agreement and has the most to gain from a stable political arrangement in Afghanistan and an end to violence. Pakistan would then like to see the IS-K and TTP marginalized because unlike the Taliban these have agendas outside Afghanistan and can be manipulated by those who have been using them to undermine Pakistan. Pakistan would therefore want a good relationship with President Ashraf Ghani and his government and has already said so. Reciprocation from President Ghani would be vastly helpful for progress.
Now is the time for Pakistan to put all facets of its diplomacy especially economic diplomacy to work. We need to regain the Afghan market and move our banking, trade and financial institutions into Afghanistan and extend all our facilities to the future political dispensation in Afghanistan. In due course Pakistan may host talks with the Taliban and reach out for discussions with the Afghan government. We may also consider hosting talks between Iran, the Central Asian States bordering Afghanistan, Russia and China---in a carry-over of previous dialogue formats
North East Delhi burnt as crazed Hindu mobs rampaged and any delusions based on government denials were dispelled by actual videos of the ongoing violence. A judge of the Delhi High Court ruled to save some injured Muslims and he has since been transferred. And all this during President Trumps’ visit to India
India dolls itself up to welcome President Trump it will ingratiate itself deeper into the US-Israel nexus and no doubt move further into the US embrace. China’s economic downturn in the wake of the virus attack will spark discussion on future containment policies. Nothing can, however, hide the fact that India is getting increasingly isolated and facing an economic decline. The present Indian obsession with Pakistan and its refusal to have bilateral talks belittles it.