Bottom line (extract):
If we have to fight this out as a nation, I think we’ll have to do with our spirit. The spirit will infuse our minds with a force that we once carried. It will dust off the ennui our bodies have been steeped in for decades now and perhaps open new doors to freedom.
Earlier this month, I was tailing the Dalai Lama as his shadow for the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Among the many things he said, I pick up one here. Buddha was a great soul, he said, and Buddhists have a great religion. But the Buddha could not protect Tibet from China, he said. Action was needed, we need to act.
In the deep silence of his presence, I found his words hugely inspiring. Could the spiritual destiny that once belonged to us, be the vehicle for India’s redemption?
On the same shelf:
REUTERS - India has been rocked this year by a series of corruption scandals that have embarrassed the ruling Congress party, rattled markets and delayed reform bills as the opposition stalls parliament.
The country, 87th in Transparency International's rankings based on perceived levels of corruption, is no stranger to scandals.
Here are some of the biggest in the last two decades:
1. 2010 -- LOAN BRIBERY CASE
2. 2010 - TELECOMS LICENCE ROW
3. 2010 - COMMONWEALTH GAMES
4. 2010 - HOUSING SCAM
5. 2009 - SATYAM
6. 1992 - SECURITIES SCAM
7. 1986 - BOFORS GUN DEAL [also @ Deccanchronicle.com ]