With Arun Jaitley's passing, the nation has lost a fine public servant, a minister of rare distinction and a man whose interventions—whether in speeches or blogs—made significant contributions to the national discourse, writes Shashi Tharoor.
Our choice is clear: we must be globally active if we are to create and maintain the society we want at home. And our success at home is the best guarantee that we will be respected and effective abroad.
The Iraq crisis has created a large number of casualties, and some suggest that the United Nations should be added to the list. But despite international skepticism, the UN will play an important role in rebuilding the war-torn country.