by any other name
biggest dividend of the Iraq war is claimed to be the roadmap being laid
out for the Israelis and Palestinians. Roadmaps are suddenly in vogue,
with one being rumored for another flashpoint - Kashmir. The question is
how are these roadmaps any different from the numerous attempts at
resolving these two seemingly intractable issues.......More...
The New Peace Plan
Dr. Subodh Atal
Given the current realities, the best outcome may indeed consist of Advani
taking over the party and the government after the elections, assuming BJP comes
back to power at the center, and seeing Vajpayee off to a comfortable retirement
where he can spend more time on what he seems to be best at: writing poetry.........More...
PAKISTAN: A Political
A little more than two weeks before his scheduled departure for the USA for
high-profile talks with President Bush at Camp David, Pakistan's President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf finds himself confronted with an embarrassing political
deadlock, which does not bode well for his self-projected image as the designer
of democracy in Pakistani colours.....More...
J&K: Operation Sarp Vinash - The Army
Most afternoons, there is plenty of work at
the Foreigners' Graveyard in Surankote, digging graves for the bodies of
terrorists killed in the mountains. The small green field behind the Surankote
police station used to be the size of a suburban bungalow lawn. It now sprawls
over an area of an outsize football field, and threatens to overrun adjoining
Did Babar love India?
He did not like the heat of India, he found its towns and country "greatly
wanting in charm", "its people have no good looks, no manners, no genius, in
work no symmetry or quality, no good horses, no good dogs, no grapes, no musk
melons or no first rate fruits, no good bread". Two things Babur liked very
much: Hindustan as stated by him has "masses of gold and silver" and yields
Return of Internally displaced Persons
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...
Déjà vu: Armitage Comes Calling
In a recent speech at the
Foreign Policy Association covering the imperatives of the global war
against terrorism, US Secretary of State Colin Powell noted: "The issues
are too important and the stakes are too high to posture for effect." ....More...