* This refers to the editorial Spirit of inquiry (IE,December 27). The UPA government is on the backfoot after an Ahmedabad court rejected Zakia Jafris appeal and accepted the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Teams closure report. The government has opened up another front in the war against Narendra Modi by setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged surveillance of a young woman. The BJP has taken umbrage at this and decried the abrogation of our federal structure. In order to look less motivated,the commission has been asked to investigate other instances of the violation of privacy for good measure. It is becoming increasingly evident that the UPAs efforts to nail Modi are coming undone. He is turning out to be the proverbial cat with nine lives.
* This refers to Kejriwal calling all honest govt staff: get in touch on text,mail (IE,December 27). Arvind Kejriwal seems keen to take his pro-people and transparent image to new levels. In another first,Kejriwal has asked honest Delhi government officers to contact him through SMS or email so that they can work together. Either Kejriwal is naïve or ill-advised about how bureaucracy in India works. Kejriwal needs to identify and reach out to honest and talented civil servants himself,not the other way around. Besides,his move is even more unorthodox given that,at the time,he hadnt been sworn in as chief minister. The unwritten code of conduct for civil servants is that an officer should not meet ministers to make a case for being given a particular posting.
* This refers to Despair in Juba (IE,December 27). The hostility in South Sudan is another example of the tribal/ ethnic strife that characterises much of the African continent. The latest eruption of hostilities bodes ill for the poor population of the resource-rich South Sudan. The new-born country had only a brief respite from the violence that it has grown accustomed to. One hopes that the international community can effectively leverage its influence to put an end to
* This refers to The march to nowhere (IE,December 27). The ruling Awami league must be applauded for keeping the democratic secular ideal alive in Bangladesh in spite of the BNPs violence and obstructionism. India must help Bangladesh by approving the land boundary agreement and providing concrete support to democratic forces in Dhaka. India cant afford another troubled neighbour and must be proactive in helping Bangladesh.