When I joined the United Nations (UN) as a human rights specialist, decades ago, I was elated that I might contribute to the ideals of the UN Charter; a global agreement designed to improve human dignity through peace and equality. Now, as I consider the UN’s new Secretary-General António Guterres, my thoughts are occupied by all the broken promises and people silenced trying to report abuse.
Heir-apparent to the throne in Tamil Nadu politics, “Chinnamma” V.K. Sasikala, may be behind bars. But her handpicked nominee Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who was sworn in as Chief Minister on Thursday, has won a trust vote on the floor of the state Assembly reminiscent of the drama enacted 29 years ago post the death of M.G. Ramachandran, the founder of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. It was on 27 January 1988, the group led by MGR’s widow Janaki won the trust vote after the Speaker evicted the rival camp of J.
The United States, India, and the world are waiting to see what President Donald Trump’s words “only America first”, “buy American, hire American” and “protection” to “make America great again” mean in practice.
What Trump means for the world’s energy policy and US-India cooperation on energy is particularly important. Energy is deeply entwined with the fundamental issues of international security, economic development, human health, climate change, and a whole host of subsidiary issues.