Open House

Open House

Right Wing Leaders Are Hiding Failure Behind Global Slowdown

Extremist leaders taking reins from the liberals have frozen ice in global diplomacy leading to social and economic losses which is wrongly hid in the name of slowdown. They believe in hyper-nationalism, prefer protectionism to free trade, are not very well disposed towards immigrants and take pride in deriding the erstwhile ruling elite. They are the strong leaders the world is faced with, right wing when it comes to cultural ideas but left-of-centre, according to conventional classification, in their economic views. Such callousness of these leaders has put diplomatic ties on hold leading to lack of trade and commerce engagement. In actual, its frozen diplomatic global relations, which is hitting global economy and these leaders are hiding their failure behind global melt down.

Nasimuddin Ahmed, Lucknow

Kumar Vishwas Failed to Transform In Electoral Politics

That Kumar Vishwas is one the founders of AAP, that he gave the party his all in the first couple of years, that he tried to play peacemaker during the schism with the Bhushans and Yogendra Yadav, that he was an effective spokesperson for the party’s cause when he chose to be, all these assertions are perfectly true and can never be taken away from him. However, like the Bhushans and Yogendra Yadav, he was never able to make peace with the reality that every party can only have one leader at a time. The transition to electoral politics is neither easy, nor for everyone. Actually, this is the reason that cost Kumar Vishwas Rajya Sabha seat in AAP.

Subrahmanyam Bharti, New Delhi

Congress Failed to Seize Opportunity in Gujarat

Gujarat offered the Congress a unique opportunity to win this election. It was the first Gujarat state election in 22 years that did not project Modi as the chief minister or show any credible face in his place. The anti-incumbency factor coupled with BJP’s complacency and arrogance had put the ruling party on its back foot. Farmers suffering from an aggravated agrarian crisis, youth facing rising unemployment, and traders and petty businesspersons (BJP’s core constituency) agitated by demonetization and the goods and services tax (GST) were also voicing their dissent. What more could the opposition have wished for? If, against all these odds, the BJP still won a comfortable majority in the assembly with an increased percentage of votes, one wonders what shock Gandhi was speaking of.

Vageesh Saxena, Ahmedabad

Saudi Arabia Should Learn From South Korea on Corruption

The story of close cooperation between entrepreneurs and government officials is not unique to Saudi Arabia. The stunning fall of President Park Geun-hye last year exposed a similar system in South Korea. As the Korean War ended, her father and former President Park Chun-hee enticed businessmen and capitalists with cheap credit and exclusive privileges to rebuild the nation, and in return, shared in the company profits. This strategy led to the emergence of giant family-owned businesses (Chaebols), many of which have become household names such as Samsung and Hyundai. These businesses rebuilt South Korea and made it an industrial giant on the world stage.

Hasim Zaidi, Hyderabad