1.Watched with interest Barkha's debate on Anil Verma, the alleged wife-beating Indian diplomat in London.
2. His wife is the victim & complainant.She should decide whether she will get justice in UK or India.
3.If she feels UK, his diplomatic immunity shd be lifted & British Police should be allowed to investigate & prosecute him.
4.If she feels India, UK police shd be told about it & he shd be moved back to India to face the law.
5.Also saw Barkha's debate last week on J&K where she talked of truth-telling.
6.In J&K a seeming abyss often leads to a turning point. A seeming turning-point often leads to an abyss.
7.Time not for an orgy of truth-telling, but for wise gestures.
8.Govt. shd remove all demeaning foreign travel curbs on separatist leaders.
9.They shd be issued normal long duration passports & allowed to travel wherever they want to go, like other Indians.
10.Pandits should get out of the past and renew their bridges with the Muslims. Shd stop hounding separatist leaders, Arundati Roy etc
11.Very unwise of BJP to politicise the flag-hoisting on Republic Day.Let Kashmiris do it as they will.
12.Govt.shd discreetly strengthen security for Abdul Gani Bhatt and the Lone brothers.
13.Some thoughts on Pakistan. We shd not over-assess its faultlines.
14.Pakistan is a State without a vision, but with a huge will to survive.It will most probably survive despite all its difficulties.
15.Kayani is a soldier's and not a General's General as tricky Mush was.
16.Other Gens staged a coup & handed Pak on a platter to Mush as he landed from Colombo. May not do it for Kayani.
17. Nawaz is like a Hindu. A stranger to the art of dissimulation.
18.Zardari may not be a Muslims' Muslim, but is a dissimulator par excellence. So is PM Gilani
19.The three may somehow manage to pull along with support of US & China.
20.Pak will bleed & bleed & bleed, but may not break up or collapse.