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Volume 2, No. 11 - April 2003

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Hunting Terrorists In Our Ally's Backyard: Pakistan
Dr. Subodh Atal
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the No. 3 leader in Al Qaeda, was captured in a joint US-Pakistani operation in the eastern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. While Mohammed's arrest fulfills an important objective of the anti-terrorism war, there is little reason to become complacent. Even as American guns turn towards Iraq, and U.S. attention is likely to be diverted towards that country for the near future, it would be a folly to overlook three points pertinent to Mohammed's capture and the circumstances preceding it....More...

Wahi: The Supernatural Basis of Islam
Part VII  -
Dealing with a mistaken religion
Dr. Koenraad ELST

The first thing to do is to cultivate a correct understanding of Islam among ourselves. Whenever something critical is said about Islam, non-Muslims are always the first to come to its defence and to lambast the critics as “prejudiced hate-mongers” or some such unthinking hate-filled smear. Just as the so-called “anti-anti-Communists” provided the first line of defence to Communism by countering or ridiculing every serious anti-Communist argument, we are now faced with anti-anti-Islamism as the first major roadblock on the way to a candid analysis of the Islam problem......More...

Return of Internally Displaced Persons
Prof. K.N. Pandita
The Government of India has stubbornly refused to recognize the three hundred thousand Kashmiri Pandits as 'Internally Displaced Persons' (IDPs).
National Human Rights commission, to which the displaced Pandits had approached for advising the State Government to replace their nomenclature of "migrants" to IDPs, rejected the plea because the Government of India did not want it.....More...

Communalising history?
Vinod Kumar
Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party led government came to power in Delhi the "rewriting" of history has become a contentious, at times acrimonious, issue.  Marxist historians who had dominated writing history books under the Congress patronage for decades have suddenly started accusing the BJP government (and the Sangh Parivar) of "communalising" or "saffronizing" history. Those who contest Marxists' version of history were labeled  as "communal" while they call their own version as "secular".....More...

The Day I Ceased To Exist
Hema Kalsi
It has taken me twelve long years to figure out that I do not exist, my family does not exist, and my people do not exist. Since I do not exist my opinion of course does not count, nor the endless troubles my family must go through, nor the suffering of my people, for why should it when I do not exist!! .....More...

J&K: Jehadis Strike as Kashmir Recedes from Global Focus
Kanchan Lakshman
Even as global attention remains focused on the war on Iraq, the trajectory of Jehadi terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is beginning to soar. Two dramatic incidents in the space of 12 hours on Sunday, March 23, 2003, demonstrate the strengthening trends to escalation of terrorism in the State.......More...


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