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Volume 4, No. 2 - August 2004

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Kashmir in the Crosshairs

An interesting development that sums up the previous Vajpayee governmentís foreign legacy occurred soon after the NDA lost the elections to the Congress-led UPA. Mr. Natwar Singh, the new Foreign Minister, stated that the border problem with Pakistan would have to be solved in the same manner as the Chinese border. He also suggested trilateral nuclear non-proliferation initiatives involving India, Pakistan and China......more...

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. - Samuel Adams

The US Code of Silence on Pakistan

The Saudi connection, touched upon by John Kerry in his acceptance speech in Boston, is not the only potentially unsavory mystery of the Bush administration. Since 9/11, top administration officials appear to have observed a "code of silence" on Pakistan, despite countless reports on its links to terror, Taliban and nuclear prolifertion. While invading and occupying Iraq for what has now turned out to be no WMDs and possibly no links to Al Qaeda at all, the United States has gone in the other direction with Pakistan, declaring it a "non-NATO ally", and supplying it liberally with money and arms.....more...

J&K: Decapitated Nightingale
"Spring will return to the beautiful Valley soon", the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had promised in Srinagar last April, quoting a somewhat trite passage from the poet Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor, "the flowers will bloom again and the nightingales will return, singing." Just over a year on, the nightingales have been decapitated: the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on whose 'moderates' the peace process was built, is in disarray; political dialogue with New Delhi is stalled, and the substantial reductions in terrorist violence Vajpayee had hoped for have yet to materialise......more...

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. - Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.

Driving down the Boulevard, the strong influx of tourists is commonly visible. The hoards of shikaras in Dal, the crowded Nehru Park (this writer failed to notice if it continues to be known by that name), the traffic jams on the Boulevard, the pavement eateries, the crowded shops and a large number of tourists in local sensitivity hurting attires would normally indicate a society in peace with itself. But, the reality is discernable only to.......more...

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you.
Then you win. -
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Qayyum on Kashmir: Pragmatism not Rhetoric

Recently the print media in India reproduced the substance of a statement of the former Prime Minister of Pok, Sardar Qayyum Khan, on the solution of Kashmir issue. Sardar Qayyum, a historic figure from the old guard, is the most respected leader of PoK whose views and comments on Kashmir issue have always carried weight with the....more...

The citizen who sees his society's democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor. - Mark Twain

An Ongoing 'Failure of Imagination'?
A "failure of imagination", the Panel investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US stated, was what kept US officials from understanding the Al Qaeda threat before the catastrophic events in New York and Washington. There is, however, a manifest and abiding danger today, that a future investigation into terrorist plots that are yet to be accomplished would......more...

A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him. - Rosellen Brown

A Response to Muslim Legacy in India -- Do Muslims deserve Hatred of Hindus?
Do Muslims deserve hatred of the Hindus? Well, the answer to this is quite simple. No one deserves hatred of anyone. And there is no reason to think or assume that the Hindus hate the Muslims. There is no evidence whatsoever to support this. To the contrary the Hindus will contend that they have gone out of their way to.....more...

I never got any complaints. - Assistant Commandant at Aushwitz (11/01/1964)

Extraditions: Flight to Freedom?
Post September 11, there has been a virtual deluge of wanted criminals, including many who have linkages with terrorist groups and operations, deported from foreign shores into Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, bringing joy to the police apparatus in the country, and especially the city cops of Mumbai. A majority of these criminals have been deported from Dubai, a favourite haunt for the crime-syndicates....more...


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