There are many reasons for Congress leaders being more daring in displaying religiosity in the course this round of polls. Back in 1991, long after Rajiv Gandhi’s mortal remains were immersed in holy rivers and some time after the ballot boxes were sealed in the parliamentary election that was hyphenated by his assassination, a few journalists sat in a sparse room in the BJP office which doubled as dwelling and office for K.N. Govindacharya. The scribes had just begun indulging in “data-data” games with friendly politicians adept with numbers. Mr Govindacharya’s figures were on his fingertips, albeit exaggerated, and he projeced the seats the BJP would win from which state and why. “At this rate, you will replace the Congress,” one of us said incredulously. He paused, and said with a typical guffaw: “Why replace, we will be the next Congress.” Cut to October 2015, to the launch of a book on the Indian economy with a former Union … [Read more...] about Amid changing politics, new dawn on horizon?
New dawn fades
The Freedom Charter – which declares unequivocally in its preamble that South Africa belongs to all who live in it and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people – has been the policy lodestar of the direction South Africa has been taking since its adoption in 1955.These were the sentiments expressed by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, as he addressed the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom Charter at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia on Tuesday. “For us it’s a beautiful day as we commemorate the essence of the freedom charter itself and as we reflect on the road South Africa has traversed in the past 63 years since its adoption. “The Freedom Charter was a turning point in South African body politics, for the first time South Africans were stating what they were for and not just what they were against. They were laying bare the kind of future they wanted to see,” said Mthethwa.The … [Read more...] about ‘Time for a new leadership willing to act in the interest of the majority’
3 Long gone are the days when Mitsubishi was best known for building roadgoing rally cars, for in recent years the Japanese brand has become an SUV specialist through and through. No surprises, then, to see that its latest car is, yep, another SUV, slotting into its range between the smaller ASX and larger Outlander. At the same time we are told it ushers in a new era of Mitsubishi cars that are boldly designed, dynamic to drive and packed with technology. However, now that the company is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance this Eclipse Cross could in fact just as easily mark Mitsubishi’s first and only attempt to crack the mid-size crossover class with a car designed and built entirely of its own accord. After all, it’s hard to see how Mitsubishi will be allowed to develop another bespoke platform for this class when two of its closest rivals, the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, are also its relatives. So what has it come up with? Certainly a car designed with … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross manual review: new dawn or end of an era for the Japanese company?
With the post-transition bliss from the Zuma era now fading, opinion appears to be divided on whether President Cyril Ramaphosa is a strong or weak leader. The rollercoaster of public opinion appears to be based on anecdotal evidence – for example, Ramaphosa acted decisively on South African Revenue Services commissioner Tom Moyane but is dithering on action against abusive ANC MP Mduduzi Manana. Ramaphosa’s approach to the crisis in North West is perceived in different ways. Some believe his early return from London when protests turned violent in Mahikeng showed he is a hands-on president. Others believe he should not be personally involved in fighting every fire in the ANC, and the fact that he has to shows he does not have strong surrogates to act on his behalf. With regard to the position of the premier, Supra Mahumapelo, Ramaphosa appears to have hemmed him in with simultaneous interventions from government and the ANC, but was caught off guard by the fight-back … [Read more...] about ANC a drag on Cyril’s swag as New Dawn heads towards 100 days
The last ten years Taha Al Shazli wanted two things: a job and a sense of dignity. He received neither when he was unceremoniously dismissed from possible entry to the Cairo police academy because of his father’s “lowly” station as a security guard. When he lamented his fate to his friend Busayna, a weary-beyond-her-years teenager who was a victim of numerous assaults, she gave him some advice: use your good grades to go to university, then “go off to an Arab country and earn some money, then come back here and live like a king”. She went on: “This country doesn’t belong to us, Taha. It belongs to the people who have money. If you’d had 20,000 pounds and used them to bribe someone, do you think anyone would have asked about your father’s job? Make money and you’ll get everything, but if you stay poor, they’ll walk all over you.” That exchange, from Ala’a Al Aswany’s emotionally searing and celebrated … [Read more...] about Opinion: Youth search for new dawn as Great Shift turns to Great Drift