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NAM remains relevant today also

Like the West, the developing world is also struggling to update global institutions to the realities of the 21st century. Critics say the Non-Aligned Movement has lost its relevance because of the changing global scenario, especially with the end of the Cold War rivalry and is only significant as a separate identity.

But the advocates of the movement firmly brush aside this contention and strongly believe that the very principles that had inspired the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in 1961 remain fundamentally unaltered and consequently, NAM remains vibrant and active as ever before, despite the myriad changes in the international scene.

The member states have not abandoned the NAM; instead, they are seeking to make it relevant with a new approach, even though certain characteristics that propelled world nations to form a new block have now disappeared. In fact, the founder-members of the NAM have not slackened their interest in the movement in the face of criticism. The Tehran summit held this year is a clear indication that the NAM is still a force for maintaining world peace and tranquility.

NAM still holds high symbolic significance, though it is facing challenges. NAM has its own strengths and their importance should not be downplayed. The movement lays emphasis on the principle of cooperation among nations and continues its support to maintain world peace.

It encourages disarmament, insists on nations’ rights to self-determination and emphasises on the need for structural changes in the United Nations, especially the Security Council. It tries to encourage optimum participation of member nations at international fora, insists on the adoption and implementation of multilateral policies as well as focuses strongly on unanimity on issues such as human rights and cultural pluralism.

Prof TARUN GHAI, Ludhiana

Gujarat CEO

The people who have hounded Narendra Modi and tried to excommunicate him politically since 2002 stand vanquished (editorial ‘Gujarat stays with Modi’, December 21).

He had to fight not only the Congress but the onslaught of RSS, VHP and Keshubhai ‘s GPP together. With his sheer managerial skills he emerged victorious. The CEO of Gujarat has a pan India following. With a weak and confused leadership, Congress stands no chance, as the bar for the 2014 general elections has been raised.

BJP’s win can only be attributed to the relentless work done by Narendra Modi in the state in the past decade. His investment in developing infrastructure like good roads, uninterrupted electric supply, highest agricultural growth in the country, huge industrial investment and above all good governance paid him rich dividends.

His slogan ‘Vikas,Vishwas and Vijay’ has finally been proved right. Now he has to face the real challenge from within the party to reach Delhi.



Though Modi achieved a landslide victory, his profile goes up when he met GPP leader (earlier a senior BJP leader) Keshubhai Patel and took his blessings. It may be a political gimmick, yet he put down his self-esteem at his feet. He also apologised to the public for the wrongs that might have happened in his last term.

US legislators might not allow him a US visa, the day is not far when the US President will visit Gujarat and Modi in person to learn about his growth mantra. Modi extricates the best out of everything and turns a disaster into an opportunity. He is a selfless, devoted public servant who encourages innovation and not corruption.

KV RAMAN, Mumbai


Narendra Modi’s spectacular achievement has not only demolished the myth of anti-incumbency but it has also proved that a corruption-free and an efficient governance is by and large appreciated by the people (editorial ‘Gujarat stays with Modi’, December 21). While the Congress seemed directionless and even agenda-less, Modi avoided the divisive issues of caste and religion and focused on his investor-friendly and growth-oriented strategy. He put development at the forefront and the electorate knew that the issue of development was not just election propaganda.


Seeking alms

Till date, not even a single case can be quoted from within any community, society or country around the globe which has progressed by riding on the crutches of vote bank which sustains itself on divisive issues like quota. On the other hand, name any developed community, society or country and find that they have achieved progress through merit and hard work.

In a vast and vibrant society like India, people who might have been forced to live life of deprivation over the centuries, require enlightenment and motivation. The teachings of the likes of Swami Vivekananda are relevant today, which say, ‘All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak. Stand up and express the divinity within you.’

Er KK SOOD, Nangal

Police need to work harder 

Where our daughters, sisters and wives are vulnerable to ghastly crimes, the whole talk of women empowerment is a sham (editorial ‘Handling attack on women’, December 20). As long as conviction rate remains low, rapes will keep happening.

The police force, from top to bottom, needs to be upright, honest and energetic. The grit, determination, perseverance, innovation and stamina of the investigating agencies are abysmally low and smack of apathy and neglect in investigation and registration of rape cases.

Deterrent laws and better quality of investigation and prosecution are required to take rape or other criminal cases to their logical end in courts.

Judges have legal compulsions, they cannot go by emotions and sentiments but by evidence and facts presented by the Prosecution Department. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill dealing with sexual offences should be made deterrent by incorporating exemplary punishment to rapists.




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