Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran, Head of Department of Liberal Arts, has contributed an article titled " When hope is lost" for the recent edition of The News on Sunday.
"De Gaulle had three rendezvous with history in the old-fashioned sense he loved: in 1940, in 1958 and in 1968. On all three occasions, he saved the French state by sheer theatricality and élan. First, by embodying the French republic in retreat from the Germans; then by seizing power in a republican mode to end the Algerian crisis; and, finally, when he ended the potential chaos of the May 1968 revolt by massing almost a million people on the Champs-Élysées in a counter-demonstration.
When Sartre was to be arrested for civil disobedience, General de Gaulle vetoed the move with the comment that “you don’t arrest Voltaire."
When hope is lost