Tag Archives: Liberalism

“It is better to do a little than to do nothing”
May 05, 2018 , , ,

  Interview published in Business 360, a leading business magazine in Nepal on the sidelines of the recent SAARC Business Leaders Summit in Kathmandu. What are the FNF’s current projects in South Asia? What do you plan to achieve in the region? The Foundation has been in operation in South Asia for many years. It started back in the 60s in Sri Lanka. Today the Foundation has office...

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The Renaissance of German Liberalism
January 12, 2018 , , , ,

Historically, political liberalism and the political forces struggling to promote freedom in their societies have seen ups and downs. Germany’s more recent history is a case in point. The liberal Free Democratic Party – or FDP – was represented in Parliament without interruption for 64 years. It played an important role in coalition governments for no less than 45 years. ...

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The Liberal Hope in Germany
October 09, 2017 , , ,

  Hardly two weeks after the voting, it’s too early for a definite appraisal of Germany’s general elections. In a democracy, determining the composition of the government is the most important function of the electoral exercise. It seems clear that Germany will have a new government. The so-called Grand Coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), her Bavaria-only partner...

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Pakistan’s Shrinking Liberal Minority
June 06, 2016 , , , , , ,

I just got back to New Delhi from a week-long visit to Pakistan. Going from India to Pakistan, for me, is always an adventure. In this commentary, however, I will not talk about the intricacies of Indo-Pakistan relations. This is about my encounters with Pakistani liberals and those professing to be liberals – and my perspectives on liberalism in the strategically located (and predomina...

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Liberalism in a Changing World: A Globalist Perspective
March 08, 2016 , , , , ,

  I am pleased to be back at the University. My interaction with you brings back fond memories of academic freedom and political activism when I was a liberal student leader at Hamburg University in the late seventies of last century. It was a very different time. Germany and the world were divided and the threat of a nuclear holocaust helped preserve the status quo. I may talk about those ye...

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Why India Needs More Freedom
December 06, 2015 , , , ,

The hot-button word of Indian politics these days is tolerance. For weeks, the controversy about the state of tolerance in the nation has dominated public debates. There is a clash between two narratives, with few moderating voices. The dispute is highly ideological and also partisan. One camp, call them the apologists, downplays the acts of violence against members of minorities. They are typi...

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The Malaise of Greek Liberalism
August 16, 2015 , , , ,

These are dramatic times not only for Greece’s economy, but also for the political system. At the center of the drama stands Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA, the “Alliance of Radical Left.” The group swept to power in January, pledging an end to highly unpopular austerity policies imposed by the creditors. Following a spectacular U-Turn, Tsipras is now fighting to find a majority i...

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Liberalism in the Arab World?
February 28, 2014 , , , ,

The trials and tribulations behind raising support for liberal policies in Egypt and beyond. Egypt’s selection of a new strong man, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who will take over the presidency after a strained effort to mobilize unenthusiastic voters and who — if one looks at his rhetoric — seems to be even less inclined to exercise “liberalism” than even Hosni Mubarak did, certainly d...

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