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Fiddling while Rome burns

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THE rupee seems to have fallen into a bottomless pit and is losing its value dramatically against all major currencies such as the US dollar, the pound sterling and euro, while all major power players in the country continue playing their games as if it was business as usual.

There is not one from among the tight band seen as the major power players in the country such as political leaders, the security and intelligence set-up, the judiciary and the media which reports on these players, that is not being seen as utterly callous.

There is no better way to describe them as they go hoarse shouting ‘national interest’ and yet, with the country so critically poised, their actions come across as being motivated by narrow self-interest.

What started as a difference of opinion between the then elected prime minister and the military leadership over the issue of abandoning the use of militant groups as a tool of national security policy, spiralled into a get-Nawaz Sharif operation.

Surely, ‘theft’ is a lesser crime than mass murder where even small children are not spared.

If you look dispassionately at the period from 2016 to the day these lines were being written you will agree that it has been downhill all the way. Politics, economy, and worse still, the entire value system and rules of engagement in society, especially where disagreement happens, represent a mess.

As a journalist who has worked now for 38 years, it was always........

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