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...And you've just written another book, Magnificent Delusions.Thank you very much.I expect most of your questions to be about Pakistan-India relations and US-Pakistan relations, but I would like to draw you all out.I'm not as concerned about the foreign policy aspects of Pakistan as the direction Pakistan is taking or might take as a nation...If you're adding new young people to the market and don't have enough jobs, it's a problem.In fact, our median age is one year less than yours.In terms of growth, our economy is not growing.Jehadism is not enough for a nation to move forward in the 21st century; nor is a culture of grievance.Pakistanis need to worry about doing something other than having young people burn the flag of some country or the other.Magnificent Delusions is mainly about US-Pakistan relations.I write about delusions on both sides, and how the US-Pakistan relationship in some ways has undermined Pakistan's ability to think inward. ...Indian Express on Oct. 20, 2013, 4:20 a.m.
...PHOTOS: Arun Jaitley at Idea Exchange I see the next election moving broadly in two directions.I think this will be a huge anti-incumbency election and anti-incumbency will be because of the state of the economy.The Prime Minister's USP as an economist who could manage this has been affected.Corruption has also soured the credibility, along with indecisiveness and the inability to inspire, also inability to overrule others and take decisions.There is a vacuum of effective leadership.Therefore, unlike in earlier elections, this could also become an election with a leadership referendum.So the BJP had to take a decision, and there was an alleged criticism that we were not able to put our house in order. ...Indian Express on Sept. 22, 2013, 3:53 a.m.
...Also about your country, which is having its elections and is the one bright spot in Europe currently.At times, it feels that a lot of responsibilities have been thrust on Germany, more than what Germany wants to take on at times.This concert was of course a huge logistical undertaking for an embassy.I was under pressure for whether I could guarantee security.I was pretty sure we would have the security, but that was the priority.The world was in a position to see it, because it was shown everywhere.The only critique I have is that you didn't see what really happened at Shalimar Bagh. ...Indian Express on Sept. 15, 2013, 3:04 a.m.
...Not really.Indeed, multiplexes have given good cinema a chance.A while back, only commercial movies did good business.There was also good cinema with strong themes, good structure and an audience that was ready to experiment, but such films were fewer.For an audience who liked only entertainment, a lot of song, dance routines and action scenes would be packed in the film.Many a time distributors would decide the format of the film.Punjabi distributors would want action scenes whereas Tamil ones would want lots of song and dance routines.It became a challenge for the writer/director to work around this format and make something different.Then multiplexes arrived.It was a dramatic turn for cinema.Multiplexes changed the economic equation.For an audience that had a different taste in cinema, different theatres opened.Then, corporates started producing films.Through these efforts, some good cinema was seen.Girish Kulkarni's Vihir, Vicky Donor were films that were made outside the set formula. ...Indian Express on Sept. 8, 2013, 2:21 a.m.
...Building a consensus is the responsibility of both the government and the principal opposition party.I wish the conduct of the principal opposition party was consistent with letting the ruling party govern while the opposition performs its task of opposing and criticising wherever it is necessary.But, if the record of the last nine years is looked at, the principal opposition party has never reconciled itself that it was voted out of power in 2004 as well as in 2009.The leader of the opposition has talked about investors having lost confidence in our country.I don't think that is correct.But I would be the last person to deny that there are certain events and happenings in our country which are a source of concern to investors, both domestic and foreign.I do recognise that there is a problem, that this problem can be resolved only if the opposition party does recognise its responsibility for the conduct of Parliament. ...Indian Express on Sept. 4, 2013, 12:22 a.m.