Water remains the most precious commodity that arouses competing needs among various stakeholders such as consumers, agriculture, industry, energy-producers, urban developers and environmental conservationists.
The softness and compassion of the heart, the warmth of love, the benevolence and tranquillity of the inner self, all constitute an immense wealth. If your heart is at peace, your attitude too will be serene, the words will be gentle and the tone kindly, and there will be an all-encompassing tenderness in your interaction with others. "Adopt tenderness." [Muslim] "Whoever is deprived of tenderness is deprived of all good." [Muslim]
The true challenge of the day is to choose the right battle - to mobilize the creative energy of the peoples in the attempt to find real solutions to real problems. The march toward democracy in the Global South entails a thorough reconsideration of the three "fundamentals": economic (and agricultural) policy, educational policy, and cultural and media policy (in the general sense). The secularist elite would be well advised to acknowledge that it truly has nothing new to offer in these three vital policy categories. There can be no true political democracy without a profound restructuring of the economic priorities of each country, which in turn can only come about by combating corruption, limiting the prerogatives of the military, and, above all, reconsidering economic ties with other countries as well as the modalities of domestic wealth distribution.
“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery” Harold Wilson.
The economic crisis which we are currently experiencing is redefining the world order. Disruptive forces are affecting all spheres of our life: political, social, organizational and personal. The tides of change are so powerful and pervasive that nobody can afford to wait for the storm to settle downand then react. The uncertainty and complexity of the global situation warrant that we have a shared picture of what the future is likely to look like, what is expected to change, which rules have to be re-written and how we should be prepared to respond to these changes. There are some key drivers that will change and re-shape the world in the next decade. Already the centre of geopolitical gravity is shifting from the West to the East. The dramatic increase in our ability to create and use technology is witnessing the emergence of a new generation of young people who have a completely different outlook. The “people power” is asserting itself worldwide and is causing institutional upheaval.