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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Blinded By Politics

When the whole world is envious of the pace of economic progress India is making under Manmohan Singh's administration, BJP seems to find it politically beneficial to be blind to India's economic growth by leaps and bounds. The current food crisis is a global condition but for BJP leaders it is confined to India for which Manmohan Singh government's economic policies are to be blamed. No one would be more amused by this accusation than the US President George Bush, who too has accused India along with China for the global food crisis, though for an entirely different reason – the unbelievably fast progress the two countries have made. The statements of Bush and the BJP leaders on the food crisis, though contrary to each other, show one thing common between them – they are both blinded by politics to see the the real reason behind the global food crises. The root cause of world wide rocketing food prices and shortage is clearly visible to the rest of the world leadership as bluntly brought out by the U.N. Special Reporter on the right to food - “The U.S. and the European Union have taken a 'criminal path' by encouraging use of food crops to produce bio-fuels and thus contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices”.


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