Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and his wife Rupika are known to be close to the Gandhi family. Under fire from Chief Election Commissioner Gopalaswami for having acted “on his bias towards the Congress,” Chawla’s name is once again in the news for having sought land at throwaway prices from the Congress government in Rajasthan to set up two trusts. Nine years on there are still no signs of any activity by the trusts.
While best known for its pyramids and ancient civilisations, Egypt has played a central role in Middle East politics in modern times. Its three wars with Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973, then its eventual peace with its adversary in 1979, have seen Egypt move from being a warring nation to become a key representative in the peace process. But the historic step taken by President Anwar Sadat in the Camp David agreement with Israel saw the expulsion of Egypt from the Arab League until 1989, and in 1981 Sadat was assassinated by Islamic extremists angry at his moves to clamp down on their activities. Since then, President Hosni Mubarak has taken a more moderate line. Asif Syed & Renu Malhotra speak with Egypt’s Ambassador in New Delhi, HE Mohamed Ahmed Higazy, on Israel’s brutal attack against Palestinians in Gaza and Egypt’s role in the Middle East. Excerpts:
Its election time again. And political parties have started to boil and toil the cauldron of coalitions. The Congress has declared no pre-poll national alliances, leaving the option of choosing its bed-fellows once the numbers come in after election results. Maybe we are looking at a new Congress avatar.
Violence is bereft of religion. And so is terrorism, be it of any kind. What Mangalore witnessed recently is hooliganism at its worst. It’s important the State act quick and decisively against such wanton elements who want to impose a strange code of conduct upon the country. We surely don’t need it and won’t tolerate it. India is a vibrant democracy and there never will be any room for such madness.