Bouquets and brickbats are the treasures of a newspaper

Venkat Raman
Auckland, September 16, 2022

In the latest (September 15, 2022) Digital Edition of Indian Newslink, we pay a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who died on September 8, 2022. Her long reign was marked by her strong sense of duty and her determination to dedicate her life to her throne and her people.

She became for many the one constant point in a rapidly changing world as British influence declined society changed beyond recognition and the role of the monarchy itself came into question. Her success in maintaining the monarchy through such turbulent times was even more remarkable given that, at the time of her birth, no one could have foreseen that the throne would be her destiny. Please read our tributes.

King Charles III faces the challenge of preserving unity

The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II marked the beginning of the reign of King Charles III. The transition period has already seen questions raised about whether we can expect the new King to be ‘interventionist.’

These concerns are based on several incidents over the years. As the Prince of Wales, Charles was outspoken on political issues and was found to have been lobbying ministers on issues of his own personal interest. More recently, concerns were raised about a cash donation the former prime minister of Qatar made to the Prince’s charities.

However, the reality of the new King’s reign is set to be very different and a lot less controversial. Please read the article by Stephen Clear, Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law and Public Procurement at Bangor University based in Wales.

Solutions come out of private discussions, not public battles: Dr Pushpa Bhardwaj Wood, a former Harassment Prevention and Training Officer had provided an intellectually stimulating dimension to the ongoing Rebel MP Dr Gaurav Sharma’s saga.

She has outlined that there are multiple sides to every story- that of the victim, the accused, and the media sides. “So, when I managed to sift through most of the above sides of the latest Dr Gaurav Sharma incident or story, one thing popped into my mind – what a mess! Both sides could have handled it better. This whole incident has raised more questions than provided answers,” she says.

“A good GP but not a good enough MP,” say Hamiltonians:  Our report on former Labour and current Independent MP Dr Gaurav Sharma (Indian Newslink, September 1, 2022) received passionate responses from readers, prompting us to present the details of our interactions with members of the community. Some of them have known him well as a General Practitioner in Hamilton West. The opinions expressed were varied and as a media platform, we submit them for your consideration, contemplation and comment.

Our second report, carrying the names of respondents has been receiving reader-response, especially on Facebook. One or two of them are in total defence of Dr Sharma accusing us of biased reporting. Some of them have asked to interview the man and publish his views. We hope that Dr Sharma has something new to say; otherwise, it would be pointless.

We also have an Onam Special in this issue along with our regulars including current affairs, politics, local government elections special, education, business, open-eds, community, entertainment and sports.

Please read the issue here or at www.indiannewslink.co.nz and share it with your associates, colleagues, family and friends.

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