Pakistan’s Proliferation Regime
Conscience and science
must go hand in hand to prevent the destruction of humankind. Pakistan’s
scientists, if the government’s mea culpas are to be
accepted, seem to have imbibed no values except fanaticism and jihad mentality.
Knowledge in the hands of Islamist bigots with government connivance can be a
very very dangerous thing. George W Bush’s repeated attempts to give clearance
chits that Pakistan’s nukes are “secure” and linking it to India’s nuclear
safety are making matters worse for the global nonproliferation regime.....more...
Neocons and the Indian Subcontinent: Flunking The History Course
Subodh Atal, Ph. D.
administration has turned logic on its head, deceived itself, the entire
nation and significant parts of the world, in sending billions in aid to
Pakistan even though it created the Taliban (and still supports it),
harbored many more Al Qaeda than it gave up, and proliferated nuclear
weapons technology to all the worst declared enemies of the US. This at
the same time that the haggard Saddam, who was hated by Bin Laden, and
whose military might was already decimated, was attacked and forced to
What is Jihad?
Jihad has been going on in the world ever
since Islam was born in the seventh century but its latest manifestation
has been, among other places, most notably in Palestine, Chechnya, and
Kashmir. Even, in February 1998, when World Islamic Front issued a fatwa
and a call for Jihad to “every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes
to be rewarded to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and
plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it”, it did not
arouse much interest in the general public. It took direct assault on
9/11 on the fundamental symbols of what America stands for that it
created some curiosity. Today, Jihad is, no doubt, one of the most
discussed terms in America, if not the world....more...
SAARC, Sub-Continent and the US
summit is in progress. There are loud voices of Islamabad summit being a
great success. Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan, after their
meeting prior to the summit have labeled it a great success. But the
atmosphere that prevails in Islamabad is one focusing on Indo-Pak
relations overshadowing the presence and the role of the rest of SAARC
Another Peace Gambit
K. P. S. Gill
It is not history that 'shackles' India and Pakistan to
violence in Kashmir, but ideology: the unrelenting ideology of extremist
Islam that underlies the creation and existence of Pakistan - expressed
in the two-nation theory that holds that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot
coexist within the same political order - and that fuels the jehad
factories that continue to feed the supply lines of terror across much
of the world. This ideology, and no other legal or historical
entitlement, is the basis of Pakistan's 'claim' on Kashmir; this again,
is why the violence does not end.....More...
Kashmir: Pakistan Explores a
For years, Pakistan
hasn't needed a political end-game on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Its
state-run jihad, most military and intelligence analysts in
Pakistan assumed, would eventually wear India down and force it to make
significant territorial concessions. Now, however, Pakistan has been
pushed into reining back the jihad on which its entire strategy
in J&K was founded......more...
Walking the Knife-Edge
Speaking on national television after the second assassination attempt,
Musharraf spoke harshly about the "cowardly people who attack while
hiding", and declared that "terrorists and extremists" opposed to the
global war against terrorism might have plotted the attacks, adding
further that he would not be cowed down by such actions. It would appear
that the lines between the Pakistani state and the Islamist extremist
forces that have long been its protégés would finally harden into a
Hindus need to understand Islam
Today, there are basically two religious thoughts in the world. Two
basic religious ideologies, traditions or whatever one might like to
call them -- Indic and Semitic.
Indic is evident from its very name. Semitic means originating in what
is today known as Middle East.
There have been other traditions in the past but since most of them are
today extinct for all practical purposes, for whatever reason, they no
longer are of any interest in the modern politico-religious discussion
or scenario. And specially to India and Hindus.
Starting from the Vedic philosophy, Sanatan dharma, Buddhism, Jainism,
Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Sikhism and myriad of others are expressions of
the Indic traditions.....More...