Shades of Sanghvi – Vir Sanghvi is one of the highlights of the New Sunday Express. His writings have led to a new-found respect for this veteran editor who makes realistic sense in an age where news features are relegated to pompous high-pitched, rabble rousing ‘insights’. Today’s feature from Sanghvi brings into clear picture a country whose only worthiness comes in the form of news.
I have just completed reading Vir Sanghvi’s feature in the Indian Express on Pakistan losing it’s sheen in the world’s eyes. No doubt, Pakistan was the darling of the West during the Cold War years and bent over backwards to accomodate every whim of the west, thus endearing them. The elite of Pakistan did create a pretty picture when it came to photo ops at the UN and were convincing enough to place their case when it came to facing off with India on the numerous border issues and skirmishes. Our dull and dour bureaucrats were no match for the sophisticated chic politics practised by the Pakistani’s.
However, the slickness with which Pakistan went about its diplomacy is now wearing thin or has almost worn itself out. Vir Sanghvi hits the nail on the head when he says, and I quote, “The world just moved on. Flash can only get you so far. In the end it is substance that counts. And plodding, boring India came up with the substance.” Once regarded as a third world boring bureaucracy that would not get anywhere through its socialistic policies, India is now sitting pretty with the West bending over backwards to woo Indians and respecting the pace and growth we have achieved.