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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.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Open Letter To Prime Minister-in-waiting

Dear Advaniji,

Writing to you on the eve of special Parliament session to discuss and vote on Indo-US Nuclear Treaty can only have one motivation – either to support you on your decision to oppose the treaty or convince you to support the treaty. In either way, I am not qualified and powerful enough to influence your decision. But as a common man of our country, I have the right to know why the Prime Minister -in-waiting would want to deprive me and my next generations of the nuclear energy which is so essential for our economic progress. I can understand the Left parties opposing the deal tooth and nail because of being blinded by their anti-US obsession, but you and your party has no such disability. As a matter of fact, BJP has always been more pro-US than even the Congress party. It is, therefor, all the more mystifying what makes you deadly against the deal, and why would you be following the blind so blindly. If you oppose the deal knowing well that the deal is in the nation's interest, you are definitely doing it to take political advantage of the situation to defeat the UPA government by siding with the Left. Please Advaniji, before you go to sleep today, put your hand on your heart and try to listen to what your conscience conveys. I am certain it will stop you from ditching the nation to defeat the government only to hasten your chance of becoming the next Prime Minister. If you still go ahead and side with the Left in opposing the nuclear deal, you will only be doing it at the risk of damaging the country's interests for which the nation will not forgive you. This is your last chance, tonight before you go to bed, to decide whether you want to rise above politics and take the Right decision for country's progress, or want to blindly follow the Left ignoring the national interest. You are wise enough to know how the nation will react to your response to the voice of your conscience. Any wrong move now, you may have to remain Prime Minister-in-waiting for all your life. The Left will not come to your help then. They will only have the last laugh.


Tilak Rishi


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