The power of prediction is given to fools, counsels the Old Testament of the Jews. But India, the land of gods and of mystics, professes the contrary. However, nobody has so far overtly predicted who shall become the next elected monarch emanating from the forthcoming elections of 2014.
In some civilizations, when the royal Prince or Princess weds a commoner, it is called a fairy tale. There is jubilation at large in the society. So is the case with Sweden's Princess Madeleine wedding New York banker Christopher O'Neill, a commoner but filthy rich.
Is Pakistan steadily moving towards democracy in search of greater prosperity for the welfare and advancement of the nation at large? The media has been loud about the completion of the full term mandate at last by a democratically elected government since the state was carved out of India in 1947 for a dedicated Islamic state, with the army stationed in the barracks and the judiciary less interventionist in politics all despite the sectarian assaults, killings abductions, and bombs that have characterized the population still attempting to thread the nation as one entity.
A month ago a flash flood in the capital of Port Louis in Mauritius had taken the lives of eleven people in broad day light, and the water coming down from the slopes of the mountains caused havoc to the dwellings of hundreds of citizens with debris blocking the evacuation drains made under the French era to channel water into the sea in front of the government house overlooking the one and only sea port. The authorities blamed the fury of mother nature concealing the shortcomings and overzealousness of the policy makers and civil contractors.