S R Nathan In Conversation

S R Nathan In Conversation

by Timothy Auger


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Few people have watched the development of today's Singapore as closely as President S.R. Nathan, who celebrated his 90th birthday on 3 July 2014. In this engaging book, based on a series of informal interviews, Mr Nathan reflects on a wide range of historical and contemporary issues. The conversations range over topics as diverse as: Singapore's place in the world • the future of China and India • the importance of conciliation • complacency • the importance of total defence • religion, tolerance and harmony • the value of education • the role of language • productive retirement • the lessons of history • impressions of pioneers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814610032
Publisher: Didier Millet,Csi
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and preface 6

Political awareness 8

The road to Independence 11

Some early nation builders 19

MFA at Independence 30

Malaysia 33

Singapore's international standing 43

The communist threat 47

Today's lessons from the Occupation 51

India and China, the new superpowers 54

Sri Lanka 71

S. Rajaratnam 74

E.W. ('Eddie') Barker 80

Defending Singapore 85

Goh Keng Swee 93

Religion 101

Language 109

Traditional media 130

New media 137

Foreign criticism of Singapore 140

Why history matters 150

A sense of community 153

The Indians in Singapore 165

The political challenge today 171

Working life and retirement 180

Goh Chok Tong 190

Lee Kuan Yew 197

Being president 202

A chat with Mrs Nathan 209

The future 214

People 216

Timeline: S R Nathan's life 223

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