The League of Arab States is a regional organisation of Arab states in Southwest Asia, and North and Northeast Africa. It was formed in Cairo on March 22, 1945, with six members: Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan after 1946), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Yemen joined as a member on May 5, 1945. The Arab League currently has 22 members. H.E. Amre Moussa is the current Secretary-General of the League of Arab States since his election to the position in May 2001. He is a former Foreign Minister of Egypt and a career diplomat. He served as Cairo’s ambassador to India in 1967. Critics of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak allege that Moussa’s appointment to the Office of Secretary-General of the Arab League was motivated by Mubarak's desire to remove him from the public spotlight. In 2004 an online community gathered tens of thousands of signatures petitioning for Moussa to run the 2005 elections. But Moussa did not respond. Renu Malhotra spoke to him during his recent visit to New Delhi.
He is one of the trinity that shaped right-wing politics in India. Along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi was instrumental in founding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the fall of the Janata government. Joshi was a teacher and scientist. An erudite man, he was, however, made to play second fiddle to Vajpayee. He was the president of the party and Union minister of Human Resources in the Vajpayee government. Murli Mahohar Joshi, always speaks his mind. He discusses a range of issues, from the nation’s security to the need for a more responsible media, with Shahid Faridi. Excerpts.
The Indian state is in danger of collapsing. There is no other explanation for the nightmarish fact that a handful of terrorists could hold a whole nation to ransom for 60 hours
The game of political musical chairs is on what with the general elections around the corner. The latest overture has come from the Left with the CPM holding out its hand to Jayalalitha’s AIADMK with the hope of forming a Third Front once again. The Left is also hoping to rope in BSP’s Mayawati. But will the two head-strong women able to survive in the same scabbard. These pre-poll alliances may come to naught because both these women would want to hold their cards close and watch how the elections finally play out.