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A case for Quadrification of Jammu and Kashmir- Only Way forward
LALIT KOUL

Last few weeks, we have witnessed the gory exposure of bigotry practiced by Mufti Sayeed led government, National Conference, Congress, terrorists, anti-national secessionists and their local supporters in the Kashmir valley. It all started with the brouh......more...

Demystifying Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits
VARAD VARENYA

Kashmiri Pandits have been denied justice from past 21 years. The human rights violation of Kashmiri Pandits ought to be addressed now. Kashmiri Pandits haven’t suffered physically only but culturally and psychologically also. Kashmiri Pandits have been s......more...

Thread of My Dreams
TAMANNA KUKRETI

Don’t let the Kashmiri Pandits be a Refugee in his own country. The threads of the life and dreams of Kashmiri Pandit for his homeland has been turned into a intrigued web, this web needs to be sorted out at the earliest so that each thread can go in its ......more...

Hurriyat stumbles on fourth stakeholder
K. N. PANDITA

During six-plus decades of Kashmir issue, China generally maintained silence and let stakeholders guess what her line of thinking about this festering South Asian sore would be. Despite her close and rather clandestine relationship with Pakistan, China di......more...

Balochistan: Unrelenting Insurgency
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The strategic and resource-rich Balochistan province continues to remain on the periphery of Pakistan's projects and perceptions. With both the "dialogue with those who are up in the mountains" and the counter-insurgency (CI) operations failing, the Baloc......more...

South Waziristan: Blind Fury
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The Pakistan Army is reported to have wound up the first phase of Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) this past weekend, having captured all major towns and villages in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stronghold of South Waziristan...........more...

Speeding into the Void
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

After much vacillation and hype, and stung by targeted attacks at its very core, the military launched its long-awaited Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path of Salvation) late on October 16, 2009, against the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ......more...

Assassins from the Epicentre
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The dangers of anarchy within Afghanistan and across areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border are predominantly sourced in Pakistan, to a far greater extent than in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Taliban–al Qaeda combine and transnational jihadi groups b......more...

Waziristan: A Stygian Dark
AJAI SAHNI

After months of ‘preparation’ – massive and often indiscriminate bombings in the region, as well as the massing of Forces, blockades and endless curfews – there are now credible reports that the Pakistan Army is poised to ‘storm’ the principal strongholds......more...

Krishna-Qureshi Meeting
SARLA HANDOO

Their body language was quite reassuring. They smiled and shook hands. In fact while shaking S.M.Krishna’s hand Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the media “I am shaking the hand and I am shaking it very firmly.” Equally optimistic were ......more...

Dialog of the Unwilling
ALLABAKSH

It is a relief that after their 100-minute ‘dialogue’ on the sidelines of the UN general assembly meeting in New York, the Indian external affairs minister and his Pakistani counterpart adjourned without committing a date for their next meeting...........more...

Manmohan Singh's Faulty Pakistan Policy
J. N. RAINA

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while delivering the panic button, stunned the nation recently that based on certain intelligence inputs from across the border, ‘terrorist groups’ –Pakistan calls them non-state actors—were planning fresh attacks in India........more...

The Soft State Syndrome
ATUL COWSHISH

Do Indian policy makers think that any hint of ‘aggression’ will compromise on the pursuit of dated ‘idealistic’ policies? Why does India fail to tell the world that any dialogue with a nation that adopts terrorism as its state policy will serve no purpos......more...

Obama's New Nightmare - Contradictions in AfPak Policy
M. RAMA RAO

Unless the inherent contradiction is corrected, the one-eyed Afghan Lord of Terrorism, Mullah Omar, has every reason to celebrate smug with the thought that the ‘colonial troops’ are once again heading for ‘unequivocal defeat’ in Afghanistan..........more...

Gilgit-Baltistan rightly belongs to India
J. N. RAINA

Pakistan has played another fraud and hoodwinked the people of Kashmir, by granting ‘political autonomy’ to Northern Areas, the erstwhile Gilgit Agency that formed an integral part of the undivided princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which in too belongs......more...

Package for a Price - Time for Action
SUSHIL VAKIL

This is the right time for all Kashmiri Pandit organizations to work in unison and coerce upon the centre and state government that the economic package be given to the displaced Pandits at present place and treat the return as a separate issue...........more...

An Education in Failure
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Seven years after its inception, the Madrassa Reform Project has been an unambiguous failure. While there is certainly resistance and even confrontation at the ground level, ambivalence and a reluctance to implement the reforms dominate the state’s agenci......more...

Pakistan Can't Dictate Terms
ALLABAKSH

The Pakistanis will only get ‘bolder’ as they find that their roguish behaviour, be it in regard to nuclear proliferation or terror, goes unpunished or un-reprimanded...........more...

Omar Faces PDP Bouncers
J. N. RAINA

It was bedlam after bedlam, in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. Ostensibly, it was a well-orchestrated ‘jihad’, imbued with political motives, to destabilize the National Conference-Congress government, led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah...........more...

Not Audible Enough
ALLABAKSH

The new rulers in America have said repeatedly that relations with China are going to be of utmost concern to them and that certainly makes it clear that for Washington relations with India are of secondary importance.............more...

TTP: Momentary Decapitation
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Quoting intelligence reports on August 7, 2009, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack which targeted his father-in-law Maulana Ikramuddin’s house in ......more...

Politics Plunging into the Abyss
ALLABAKSH

Democracy in India is being reduced to enacting cheap thrills. The concept of debate and discussion being the core of democracy is in danger of being thrown out of the window by the very people who swear by democracy..........more...

Afflicted Power
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The battle between the Security Forces (SFs) and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has intensified and is clearly widening across Pakistan. According to official data, 1,400 ‘militants’ have been killed so far in a military offensive.............more...

Hallucinations of a Different Kind
ALLABAKSH

In its insatiable and eternal quest to harm India in every possible manner, Pakistani relies on two quirky tools heavily: presenting absurd concoctions about India’s villainy, repeating them to make them look like the truth, and endless denials about Paki......more...

Despite Zardari’s mea culpa, ‘Jihad’ continues unabated
J. N. RAINA

Once again, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has resorted to self-flogging, hurling another bombshell; this time making a more candid confession that militants were “wilfully created” by the past governments in Islamabad, to achieve “tactical objective......more...

Obama should know Kashmir’s accession is irrevocable
J. N. RAINA

A lot of fuss has been created about Kashmir. It is a deliberate attempt to confuse the international opinion about the ‘ownership’ of Kashmir.............more...

The Upshot of Hillary's Visit
SARLA HANDOO

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to India has been meaningful in many ways but it has left behind a trail of some debates as well. From day one Hillary Clinton consistently spoke about “broadening and deepening” of good relationsh......more...

Hillary Clinton Leaves Questions Unanswered
ATUL COWSHISH

There were probably divergent expectations in India and the US when the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, paid her first official visit to India. The Americans wanted India to agree on their formulation on capping the greenhouse gas emission............more...

Complicity Uninterrupted
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

There is little evidence of coherent action against the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan, and state agencies remain deeply embroiled with a number of terrorist proxies................more...

Kashmiri Saag - A Panacea to Curb Malnutrition
J. N. RAINA

A Pune-based farmer has provided an appropriate answer to India’s centuries-old malnutrition problem. I have no intention to over-egg the pudding. I am not exaggerating the truth..............more...

Heartland Trauma
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

While the progressive collapse in NWFP and FATA is well documented, the situation in Pakistan’s heartland, Punjab, and its emergence as a jihadi hub, has largely escaped attention.............more...

Jihad and Dialog - Can't Run Parallel
J. N. RAINA

To talk or not to talk; that is the problem, facing India. In the first instance, what led New Delhi to soften its stand and show extra anxiety to begin a dialogue with Pakistan, which is unwilling and persistently resisting the demand to destroy its terr......more...

Chidambarma's Mission Kashmir
SARLA HANDOO

If the Home Minster P. Chidambaram’s Srinagar visit has raised hopes among the people that the State and the Central Governments would take all necessary steps to ensure that the Security Forces would be more disciplined hereafter and no Human Rights viol......more...

Long Road to the Dialogue of the Deaf
CHANDRAHASAN A

The hype over the ‘meeting’ between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, even though in a distant Russian city, is understandable...............more...

Will Pakistan Mend its Ways?
SARLA HANDOO

There could not have been a more blunt and straightforward way for Dr. Manmohan Singh to bring home the point to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on how serious and painful India is about the lackadaisical attitude adopted by it with regard to the terr......more...

After Hafeez Sayeed's Release
TUSHAR CHARAN

Surely, no one, either in India, Pakistan or anywhere else in the world, would have been surprised by the release of the LeT founder, Hafeez Saeed by the Lahore High Court within six months of his detention after the Mumbai terror attacks in November last......more...

At Sea against Terror
ASUTOSHA ACHARYA

26/11 has prompted the Union and State Governments to announce a series of policy measures intended to modernise and improve the coastal security apparatus. Most of these are still to be implemented................more...

Taliban's Nexus with Militant Outfits in Kashmir
SARLA HANDOO

The latest report by a US Think Tank has warned Pakistan that if it fails to take action against the terrorist outfits operating from its soil in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India, New Delhi might consider the option of propping separatist outfits in bo......more...

Darkness Visible
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The ongoing military operations targeting the Taliban in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have invited a predictable backlash from the militant network in Pakistan’s cities................more...

Pak Crisis - Do's and Don'ts for India
CHANDRAMOHAN

Those who are busy asking India to do or not do certain things to ‘help’ Pakistan should really ponder if Pakistan is really in need of any ‘help’ when there are so many doubts about its intentions to eliminate the terror network on its soil................more...

The Af-Pak Illusion
ALLABAKSH

The Americans are either optimists to unrealistic levels or believe too much in illusions. This thought has been prompted by the way the Obama administration has hawked the so-called Af-Pak policy as the panacea for the ‘migraine’ the US has been getting ......more...

Disastrous Peace, Ruinous War
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The latest ‘peace deal’ in the NWFP will, most likely, be no more effective than previous misadventures of this kind. The ‘settlement’ with the TNSM will produce not more than a brief lull before a rising storm.........more...

Jaziya on Pakistani Sikhs
CHANDRAHASAN A

The two-nation theory, the basis for the creation of Pakistan, was buried way back in 1971 when the majority of Muslims living in that country decided to carve out a separate nation, Bangladesh...........more...

Taliban knocks at next door
ALLABAKSH

The danger from the Pak nukes falling into the hands of the Taliban will increase, but for India this danger has existed from the time Pakistan embarked on the nuclear path with blessings from the US and China...........more...

Rollback time for Pak Militancy in Kashmir
J. N. RAINA

It is an opportune time for strife-torn Pakistan to roll-back its proxy war, intended to inflict a “thousand cuts” on India, and say ‘peccavi’ (we have sinned)..............more...

The Afghan Scapegoat
CHANDRAHASAN

Twitters can be heard in the conference room of the diabolic Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate of Pakistan Army. After agonising long over the ‘Indian conspiracy’ to ‘defame’ Pakistan for its terrorist proclivities, the top dogs of the shadowy agenc......more...

Pakistan in Sharia Quagmire
SARLA HANDOO

Within a day of the National Assembly of Pakistan passing the Nizami-Adl regulation and the president Asif Ali Zardari giving his assent to it, the worst fears have begun coming true..............more...

Pakistan's Do or Die Battle Begins
J. N. RAINA

Equipped with the ‘tools’ of Stone Age, Taliban are inching forward and zeroing in on Islamabad ferociously. It is a hard news for the international community to assimilate. Time is not far off when their writ will run large all over Pakistan...............more...

Uncomprehending in ‘AfPak’
VIKRAM SOOD

Of the last thirty turbulent years, Afghanistan has seen active Soviet (Russian) involvement for about ten, US for about 18 years (in two spells), India for about ten (in two spells up to 1992 and presently) and the Pakistanis for all three decades............more...

From Blackmail to Defiance
M. RAMA RAO

Even as its ‘liberal’ society in ‘cosmopolitan’ cities gets ready to embrace Talibanisation, Pakistan has graduated from blackmailing its biggest benefactor, the United States of America, to showing ‘defiance’ towards the sole superpower.............more...

Pakistan Continues to see a Foreign Hand behind Terror Attacks
TUSHAR CHARAN

Within a day of the attack on Lahore police academy Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the Pakistani Taleban, had claimed responsibility for the audacious act. While it was a tragic incident, it must have also caused some ‘disappointment’ to the Pakistani off......more...

Sectarian Implosion
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The relative increase in sectarian violence within the first three months of 2009 needs to be seen in the wider context of state collapse across Pakistan, and the increase in operational spaces for sectarian and extremist groups................more...

Living with Taliban Next Door
CHANDRAMOHAN

Most experts on Pakistan as well those who deal with India’s western neighbour have in recent days made the gloomy prediction that the Land of the Pure is now being sucked into the Taliban vortex. Ironically, it was a monster that Pakistan had happily cre......more...

Irretrievable Failure?
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The collapse of the Pakistani state and the dangerous ramifications of a Talibanesque extremist regime in control of the nuclear button are no longer figments of an overactive imagination.................more...

Creating New Terror
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Rewarding militancy and supping with the enemy has become an entrenched Pakistani habit. In its most recent manifestation, the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Government hammered out a deal – widely described as a "surrender" by Pakistani commentators......more...

J&K: Dying Embers of Terror
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Pakistan’s intentions, notwithstanding a change in regime and international pressure, remain unchanged as far as the Kashmir jihad is concerned. The only noticeable shift is in strategy and tactics...............more...

Skirting Failure
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Pakistan’s descent towards state failure gathered momentum in year 2008. Conflict data and broad governance indicators, today, reflect a nation at war with itself............more...

Escalation on the Cards
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Meeting on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of the SAARC, Dr. Manmohan Singh reportedly conveyed the country’s concerns over the increasing involvement of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in anti-India activities..............more...

Holy Amarnath – Political Chessboard for Kashmiri Muslim Politicians
LALIT KOUL

This ugly episode in the history of Jammu & Kashmir has clearly exposed the nexus between all the terrorist outfits, separatists’ outfits and three major parties operating in the valley...........more...

Prevent villains from turning into heroes
RAMESH MANVATI

The way some of the political parties and their MPs - supposed to be our 'law makers', behaved during the recent 'Trust Motion' and the manner in which currency notes were brandished............more...

An Imperfect Storm: The Summer 2008 Uprising in Kashmir
VIJAY SAZAWAL

Unlike the sustained uprising in Kashmir in 1990 which was mostly orchestrated by Pakistani trained operatives, the uprising in the summer of 2008 was mostly indigenous, spontaneous and massive............more...

Kashmir’s Politics of Hate
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Last month’s violence and demonstrations in J&K — a wave of Islamist-initiated protests against the grant of land to the Shrine Board to build temporary prefabricated housing and restrooms for pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra............more...

Fundamentalists derail pilgrims' progress in Kashmir
J. N. RAINA

The divisive politics in Jammu and Kashmir have taken a turn for the worst. The communal outrage, as never so before, is outpouring on the streets in the Kashmir valley, on a mere pretext of the diversion of.................more...

Inescapable Entanglements
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

There are clear signs that the celebratory period of the coalition Government in Pakistan is over and the regime under Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is facing immense pressure from multiple sources....................more...

J&K: Financing the Terror
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN & AJAAT JAMWAL

With the financial system for sustaining militancy in Jammu and Kashmir intact, it is easy for Pakistan and the jihadi groups to maintain a threshold level of violence in the conflict wracked State or to calibrate it to transient perceptions of Pakistan’s......more...

The Cat’s Paw Again
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

It is evident that the Taliban – al Qaeda combine and the transnational jihadi groups based within Pakistan remain the principal instrumentalities of Islamabad’s response to India’s deepening co-operation with Afghanistan.................more...

J&K’s Party of Exiles
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Both the aggressive polemic and the hostilities along the LoC seem likely to escalate as the elections near. Whether the India-Pakistan peace process can survive the multiple strains it is now subject to remains to be seen...........more...

The Futility of ‘Peace Deals’
G. PARTHASARATHY

Ever since the American-led ouster of the Taliban regime from Kabul in 2001, pro-Taliban tribals in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have been stirred up to join their Pashtun brethren in Afghanistan, waging jihad against the Americans and t......more...

Negotiating War
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

While the militants seek to reverse President Musharraf’s "reluctant rupture with his one-time jihadist allies," J&K and the Indian hinterland could witness a significant resurgence of terrorist violence in the foreseeable future.............more...

Terrorism threat and internal dynamics of Pakistan
J. N. RAINA

While seeking economic cooperation, Pakistan shall have to give utmost priority to the banishment of terrorism. Incidents like Jaipur and violation of the ceasefire agreement cannot go on endlessly, side-by-side with the peace dialogue................more...

The Pak Circus
M. RAMA RAO

A strange political circus is on in Pakistan. It is witnessing the equivalent of Sangh Parivar Rath Yatra spectacle in the ‘caravan’ of the ousted supreme court chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary, that is taking him to different parts...................more...

Will Coalition Survive in Pakistan?
J. N. RAINA

Pakistan is faced with a catch-22 situation. President Pervez Musharraf is having his bad days ahead. His ‘wings’ are likely to be ‘clipped’ by the new government. Either he will be impeached and forced to step down, or he will be.............more...

Mufti & Mufti: Secessionist-in-Disguise
LALIT KOUL

General masses need to see through Mufti duo's separatist designs that are harming the soul of the nation. It is imperative upon the voting public that they show the exit door...........more...

Distress Deals Again
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

A 15-point Draft Agreement, to be signed between the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan and the local political administration, envisages an end to militancy, exchange of prisoners, withdrawal of the military and resolution of issues............more...

The Cat’s Paw in Nimroz
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Since 2002, the Taliban has demanded the departure of all Indian personnel working on various projects with the Afghan people and Government for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country...........more...

Kashmir’s Waning Jihad
PRAVEEN SWAMI

The jihad in Jammu and Kashmir is clinging to the edge of the abyss by its fingernails. Whether it is any position to grab the rope Pakistan’s military establishment has thrown it ............more...

Will Kashmiri Hindus ever return to their Homeland
J. N. RAINA

The fundamentals in the valley have no locus standi to decide about people residing in the other two regions of the Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region and the Hindu-dominated Jammu............more...

Hail Zardari's KashmirSpeak
SARLA HANDOO

Mr. Zardari has said that the Kashmir issue should be set aside to focus on other issues for improving relations with India. It shows that there is a growing realization in Pakistan that by making Indo- Pak relations hostage to the resolution of Kashmir i......more...

SIMI: A Bend in the Road
PRAVEEN SWAMI

"Islam is our nation," thundered Mohammad Amir Shakeel Ahmad at the Students Islamic Movement of India’s (SIMI’s) 1999 convention in Aurangabad, "not India."..........more...

Kashmir We Do Not Know
RAMESH MANVATI

Their only fault - they were protesting peacefully against lending a platform to the perpetrator of hatred and crime at the cost of ignoring the plight of nearly half a million of minority Kashmiri Pandits, now in 19th year of their forced exile..........more...

A Lol-Ros Nalamot - An Embrace Without Love
RASHNEEK KHER

If the separatists and the government is really serious about the return of Pandits to the valley, it is time they heed to the calls of the Pandits living in the valley..........more...

The More Things Change...
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

While Pakistan celebrates the outcome of a surprisingly free election, the new coalition Government that will bring together two hitherto bitter rivals will have its task cut out............more...

Call from Deoband
ALLABAKSH

Whether the censure of terrorism at the conclave should be interpreted as a fatwa or a decree is not as important as the reaction of the community and the reach of the message............more...

Independence for Kosovo
ALLABAKSH

The people of Balochistan have been fighting for ‘independence’ from the time of creation of Pakistan in 1947. Will UK and US be as considerate towards Balochis as they are of Kosovars?.........more...

Is Kashmir poised for a policy reversal?
SUNITA VAKIL

What remains to be seen is whether the new government is able to usher in a liberal, terror free and stable Pakistan. Since the fate of peace process as well as the future of J&K is inextricably linked............more...

Kashmir: The Autumn of the Jihad?
PRAVEEN SWAMI

BELOW the ice carpet in the Kashmir Valley, the first stirrings of the political life that will blossom this summer have begun...................more...

Opportunity of Heaven – Lost in Exile
KAMAL HAK

My exile has made me to lose the warmth of comforting relationship. Exile has made me serious and deprived me of enjoying life’s little eccentricities........... ......more...

The Expanding Jihad
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The operational spaces for Islamist militancy in States outside Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) demonstrate indications of brisk expansion, even as terrorist violence declines in that State.............more...

Respite from a Proxy War
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

In the long war against Islamist terrorism, the partial relief in J&K could well prove the calm before a rising storm.............more...

Iconoclasm in Kashmir: Pre-Islamic Iconoclasm - References from Rajatarangani
RASHNEEK KHER

Let us now move to the third part of Our Marxist friend’s observations where he has written in detail about the kings who burnt temples, destroyed Viharas etc etc...........more...

Iconoclasm in Kashmir: Harsha - The Iconoclast
RASHNEEK KHER

Harsha (1089-1111) ruled Kashmir and is probably one king who Kalhana has painted despicably. Why I wish to discuss this king is because he has been pulled out of the historical wilderness time and again by the Marxist historians.............more...

Iconoclasm in Kashmir - Motives and Magnitude
RASHNEEK KHER

Iconoclasm and religious persecution of faiths alien to the king’s faith has been a norm said one of my Marxist friends. He didn’t stop there. He went on to name..............more...

Chronic Failure
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Pakistan’s slide towards state failure accelerated dramatically in year 2007, and the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on December 27 was a sharp reminder that the country’s progressive collapse was much more rapid.............more...

Bilawal and Zardari
ATUL COWSHISH

It may have been a trifle disappointing for Asif Ali Zardari, widower of the slain Benazir Bhutto, to find that no one in his country or abroad had noted the ‘sacrifice’ he had made...........more...

Yard Sleuths for Bhutto Assassination
ALLABAKSH

Just how will the association of a small team of detectives from the Scotland Yard lend credibility to the findings of investigations into the assassination of the Pakistani leader, Benazir Bhutto, is not clear..........more...

Overtaken by Darkness
AJAI SAHNI

The little credibility that President Pervez Musharraf’s regime had, both domestically and internationally, appears to be rapidly fading in the wake of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Conspiracy theories now abound in Pakistan,............more...

Chinkara Gazelle or Kashmiri Hindu?
LALIT KOUL

While the pseudo-secular human rights activists are continuing to scream about Gujarat riots and clamor for face time on Indian “progressive” media outlets, they have their lips sealed and pens dry about the horrendous ethnic cleansing of 400,000+ Kashmir......more...

Bangladesh's Guilty Men
ALLABAKSH

While pursuing its ‘minus two’ policy that seeks to exclude the two eternally quarrelling ‘Begums’, Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League and Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh National Party, from the country’s politics,.............more...

The Sledgehammer in Swat
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The social sphere has for long been the focus of radical Islam in Pakistan. The Taliban was a state of mind even before it became a regime in Afghanistan. In a mirrored evolution, moral policing and social edicts are now an accepted reality in...........more...

Emergency Here and There
ALLABAKSH

Many people all across the world believe that Emergency in Pakistan, now slated to be lifted by the will of ‘Mr’ Pervez Musharraf by the middle of December, was clamped mainly for the purpose of getting rid of unfriendly judges in the country’s Supreme Co......more...

Godhra carnage vs. Pandits exodus
J. N. RAINA

The so-called ‘Tehelka expose’ has, in fact, exposed the hollowness of pseudo-secularists, who flourish on such ‘gossip’. Such loose discussions, brought to the fore repeatedly, should be put to an end once for all...........more...

What Democracy?
ATUL COWSHISH

The Americans are by now known for pursuing foreign policy on the basis of self-made myths and beliefs and in a manner that generates deep distrust and hatred towards them even as they become shockingly indifferent to reading certain ominous writings on t......more...

OIC, Kurdistan and Kashmir
TUSHAR CHARAN

The problem of ‘Kurdistan’ is in many ways not very different from our own Kashmir problem. One dimension of the Kashmir problem is that whenever it raises temperatures in Islamabad and Delhi it leads to anxieties in the world...........more...

Augmenting Threat, Sclerotic Responses
AJAI SAHNI

The serial blasts in Court compounds in Uttar Pradesh are best seen as the latest link in a long chain of comparable terrorist attacks by Islamist groupings that have long received safe haven, sustenance and support from Pakistan...........more...

Politics of Apology
KAMAL HAK

The apologies from the very people who are the perpetrators of worst crimes against the humanity will only be symbolic and dictated by sheer political expediency. The apologies carry no weight or conviction............more...

The Jihad in Paradise
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Why did Islamism flourish in paradise – in islands apparently free from the deep social and political strains that drove its growth in Pakistan or India? Two sets of processes – cultural and political, need be examined............more...

US unfolds 'Democracy' plan for Pakistan
ALLABAKSH

Washington is more eager than Islamabad to certify before the world that ‘democracy’ has returned to Pakistan. It matters little whether the uneasy and unnatural duo – Musharraf and Benazir..............more...

Benazir: Gasping for power
SANDHYA JAIN

Benazir Bhutto merely underlined Pakistan's client status by calling upon America, Britain and other Western nations to give Musharraf an ultimatum regarding "democracy or dictatorship with isolation.".........more...

The NWFP Meltdown
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

With Musharraf progressively enmeshed in the management of the political fallout of his misconceived ‘coup’, the widening trajectory of violence in NWFP demonstrates a graver failure............more...

Mush-Bush-Benazir rope trick
M. RAMA RAO

Pervez Musharraf has begun to talk about holding elections in Pakistan. US President George Bush Junior is happy. The poll talk, from the US point, is the first sign of a slow return to normalcy............more...

Elections Musharraf Style
M. RAMA RAO

Generals prefer half truths when they preside over the destiny of their nations. Like Gen Pervez Musharraf, for instance...... ......more...

‘Martial’ Musharraf Law
ALLABAKSH

Just as Pakistan is focused only on Kashmir when it deals with India, the US has only one objective in mind in its relations with Pakistan: the so-called war on terror...........more...

Musharraf Must Go To Save Pakistan
J. N. RAINA

President Pervez Musharraf, who must be flogging himself for engineering proxy war in Kashmir, has delivered the last arrow from his quiver, to eliminate Al Qaeda-Taliban combine..........more...

The Mangled Jackboot
AJAI SAHNI

Pakistan is little more than a thuggery, where the Supreme Court can simply be overrun by troops and its Chief Justice dismissed with less ceremony than would attend the sacking of a peon in a civilized country............more...

Perpetual Crisis
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

There is a method in the madness of Islamist extremism and political violence in Pakistan, and this is constantly being reinforced, augmenting the already intolerable uncertainties for Pakistan as a nation..........more...

Khalistan Redux
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

There are more reasons to believe, rather than disbelieve, that there is a Khalistani-ISI angle to the recent Ludhiana bomb blast............more...

Violent end to Bhutto's exile
ALLABAKSH

It was tragic, it was dastardly and it was uncalled for. But it was not surprising—the bomb attacks obviously aimed at Benazir Bhutto, ‘the daughter of the east’, when she returned home to Karachi...........more...

Hail Musharraf !!
ALLABAKSH

By concentrating his ire on Sharif Musharraf may be strengthening the former. But the irony is that he is appealing for national ‘reconciliation’ without willing to give up his efforts to destroy an important political party..........more...

Pervez Musharraf: The Second Coming
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Any sense of general optimism is absent on the threshold of Musharraf’s second innings because the framework of Opposition that militates against him, both in person..............more...

Questions before Indian Leadership
J. N. RAINA

Catch them young. India needs dedicated leadership in various fields of activity; be it political activity or economic activity. Rather ‘raise’ them young; like plant species in greenhouse nurseries,..........more...

Uncertain Respite for Musharraf
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The state of play across Pakistan continues to remain critical, and a ‘civilian presidency’ or an ‘elected’ civilian Government in the immediate future will not only continue to face problems ensuing from...........more...

Perversity as secularism
K. P. S. GILL

It is, indeed, amazing how polarising the political discourse has become in this country, and how entirely unnecessary and extraneous controversies are being generated by an intellectually bankrupt..........more...

PoK: Asia’s last Colony
MAHMOOD BAIG

Incipient protests, such as the Long March of August 2007, at best bring the harsh conditions under which the people of PoK live, to the attention of the global community.......more...

Bin Laden's Fatwa Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army
B. RAMAN

On September 20, 2007, As-Sahab, the propaganda and PSYWAR unit of Al Qaeda, disseminated an audio message of Osama bin Laden accompanied by visuals taken from past messages...........more...

Al Qaeda Steps up Psywar Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army
B. RAMAN

Taking advantage of the current wave of Pashtun anger against Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani Army in the wake of the commando action in the Lal Masjid...........more...

Tipping Point
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

President Musharraf’s options are manifestly diminishing, and there is much evidence currently indicating the stratagems of a cornered man...........more...

Musharraf's Confessions at Kabul Jirga
ALLABAKSH

There is no reason to believe that Pakistan is about to jettison the policy of using terrorism to unsettle neighbours even when it talks of becoming a victim of terrorists, mostly holed up in the border region.........more...

Pakistan - Three-way race for democracy trophy
M. RAMA RAO & ATUL COWSHISH

Having gained just a month ago a unique sense of independence that should have been its own from the inception, the Pakistan Supreme Court has surprised no one..........more...

Pakistan's Garrison State Legacy
ISHTIAQ AHMED

Tan Tai Yong, a prominent historian advances the thesis that Pakistan, not India, is the heir to the garrison state legacy of British colonial rule...........more...

A Contagion of Disorders
AJAI SAHNI

For long, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has appeared weak, feckless, and lacking in purpose and control; Pakistan’s President, on the other hand, had successfully projected himself as............more...

The Pakistani Conundrum
VINOD VEDI

In the event of Musharraf being persuaded to resign from his army chief’s post there is every possibility that his cronies among the top brass will stand by him at crunch moment rather than back a civilian.........more...

Indian Muslims - 'A big disappointment' to Al Qaeda
M. RAMA RAO

American intelligence experts too have now given a certificate to Indian Muslims. They (Indian Muslims) are a 'big disappointment' to Al Qaeda, these experts said in a signed terrorism intelligence report..........more...

Musharraf and Benazir - A three-legged race to save Pakistan
B. RAMAN

What Pakistan needs today is a sincere ruler genuinely committed to the task of ridding Pakistan of the evil of religious extremism and jihadi terrorism...........more...

Waziristan: Surging Violence
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Despite an expanding ensemble of internal problems, there does not appear to be a sufficient determination at Islamabad, to make the necessary changes in policy and strategic objectives.........more...

Hyderabad - Déjà, Déjà, Déjà Vu
AJAI SAHNI

Islamist terrorist attacks on soft targets have been occurring with a sickening regularity across India [outside (J&K) and the Northeast], at intervals of roughly 2 to 3 months over the past years..........more...

Will Musharraf return to anti-India rhetoric?
ATUL COWSHISH

It is significant that though the group of seven religious parties led by Mullahs and Maulanas has reportedly broken away from Musharraf, there are divisions within that group..........more...

Pakistan warns US and then blinks
ALLABAKSH

The US has raised hopes that India too can expect relief from ‘war on terror’. To reinforce that point it has asked Musharraf to rein in the ‘terrorist’ army’ his regime and its predecessors had trained..........more...

The Knife-edge of Failure
AJAI SAHNI

Musharraf’s brinkmanship and manipulations have brought Pakistan’s inherent contradictions to a knife edge, and the long-projected prospects of a failed or disintegrating state are now..........more...

Pakistan braces for 'Islamic Revolution'
ALLABAKSH

The apparent falling out between Musharraf and the religious caucus of Pakistan need not be taken as a decisive shift by Musharraf against religious extremists who have been so handy...........more...

Beyond the Lal Masjid showdown
ISHTIAQ AHMED

Some people think that time is out now for General Musharraf. That remains to be seen, but whosoever has the responsibility to lead Pakistan after him will have to decide................more...

LAL MASJID Operation: The Aftermath
B. RAMAN

The reactions to the raid of the Pakistani security forces into the Lal Masjid complex in Islamabad have been violent in the Pashtun belt in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP)..........more...

Terrorist Common Enemy for Indians and Pakistanis
SARLA HANDOO

Was it a mere coincidence that the failed suicide bomb attacks in London and Glasgow took place close to July 7, the 2nd anniversary of the London train blasts two years ago, which claimed 56 lives...........more...

A Progression of Crises
AJAI SAHNI

The Lal Masjid – Jamia Hafsa crisis, which has been six slow months in the making, finally came to a boil on June 3, 2007, when militant students tried to grab a property near the mosque...........more...

‘Doctors’ of Terrorism
ALLABAKSH

The involvement of educated persons from middle class or even rich homes in terrorism or religious-inspired violence is not an unexpected development..........more...

Action against Lal Masjid - A new beginning for Pakistan
SARLA HANDOO

It is somewhat reassuring that the internal situation in Pakistan has not derailed the Indo-Pak dialogue process so far, though it has slowed the momentum down...........more...

Washington's magnificent delusion
ALLABAKSH

If there is any hard talk against Musharraf in the US it comes from think tanks and editorials, not administration officials.......more...

Lal Masjid ushers Pak Talibanization
VAZEERUDDIN

Lal Masjid, the oldest mosque in Pakistan’s made-to-order capital, Islamabad, may well have opened the country’s route to Talibanisation...........more...

Security review in Kashmir
SARLA HANDOO

Security reviews will be a part of the drill for the administration and the security forces until Pakistan stands firmly by its commitment in letter and spirit to fight out terror...........more...

Erased From Memory : Kashmir's Forgotten
ADITI BHADURI

The world may forget us for a season, but someday we will prove that the pen is mightier than the sword.......more...

Mushaaraf for US - A life-belt or a millstone?
B. RAMAN

Has Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, whom the US looked upon as its life-belt in its war against the Al Qaeda brand of terrorism, turned into a millstone round its neck..........more...

Balochistan: The State’s Conceit
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

"We have been Baloch for more than 7000 years. We became Muslim some 1400 years ago, and have been Pakistanis for just 60 years."......more...

Pakistan - One Way Street to Talibanization
ALLABAKSH

Many Pak commentators fear that under Musharraf, Pakistan may have entered the one-way street to Talibanisation. Is this what Bush wanted from his ‘buddy’ Musharraf?......more...

NWFP: Extremist Encroachment
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The NWFP is swiftly crystallizing at the core of the Islamist militant mobilisation in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region even as radical Islamists rapidly expand their presence across Pakistan’s other provinces.......more...

Hyderabad: Gratuitous Murders
AJAI SAHNI

Another bomb attack on a place of worship – this time at Hyderabad’s largest and historic Mecca Masjid – falls precisely in pattern and linkages, into the succession of such incidents over the past years. ......more...

Things Fall Apart
AJAI SAHNI

General Pervez Musharraf casually dismissed the Chief Justice of an often supine Supreme Court, expecting little more than a concealed ripple of resentment. Instead, he appears to have provoked a full-blown national crisis.........more...

More Muscle to the Madrassa
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The collapse of the seminary reform project is a clear indication that Islamabad is either apathetic or clearly does not have the capacity to dismantle the extremist infrastructure across the country.......more...

CRT 2006: Loss of Confidence
AJAI SAHNI

Modern governments are vast bureaucracies engaged in an infinity of complex tasks, most of which are routinized to ensure continuity, standards and a necessary modicum of efficiency. ......more...

The Diffusion of Turmoil
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

While the military regime’s capacity to maintain the writ of the state is gradually and clearly depleting, Gen. Musharraf’s problems are expected to multiply in an election year. ......more...

Karakorum – the region of insurgencies
K. N. PANDITA

We may be tempted to make a short but pointed comparative study of the rise and handling of armed Islamist insurgency in two contiguous regions of Karakorum, namely Kashmir and Uighur dominated Xinjiang, the Eastern province of China.......more...

Musharraf losing teeth
ALLABAKSH

So unflinching is the Western faith in Musharraf and so strong the belief in his indispensability that Washington is working on a ‘deal’ between him and Benazir Bhutto so that the good General can stay in power for at least another five years.......more...

Not only a sectarian divide
K. N. PANDITA

it is not only a Shia-Sunni conflict but also a strife of the indigenous Kurramis against foreign non-ethnic monopolists enjoying the largesse of Pakistan’s radical groups, intelligence agencies and the military-bureaucratic combine.........more...

Will US's Pak plan endanger Asia?
J. N. RAINA

Unstable Pakistan or even troubled Pakistan is never in India’s interest. There can be no two opinions.......more...

US ready to kick out Musharraf
ALLABAKSH

Sensitive ‘leaks’ to the media are often designed to serve a purpose that the government may not be willing to express explicitly. ......more...

Musharraf exposes feet of clay
M. RAMA RAO

This much can be said with certainty with no fear of contradiction - Musharraf has begun his tryst with destiny.......more...

Pakistan exports Jehad to UK
ALLABAKSH

If countries like Britain continue to be so indulgent towards Pakistan, they should be ready for many more fertiliser bomb plots hatched by British Pakistanis with active cooperation of Pak ‘agencies’.......more...

Bangladesh mirrors Pakistan
M. RAMA RAO

The growing similarity in developments in Bangladesh and Pakistan does not inspire confidence that the Caretaker Government in Dhaka would be in any hurry to execute its Constitutional responsibility.......more...

Democracy in exile
ALLABAKSH

Democracy in India may be flawed on many accounts but it survives despite being sandwiched by two countries, Bangladesh to its east and Pakistan to its left.......more...

Withdrawl of troops from Kashmir feasible
J. N. RAINA

The Muftis should have the courage to tell Pakistan to close down terrorist camps on its soil. Former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah would bombast Pakistan for engineering trouble in Kashmir.......more...

Enlightened and moderate Pakistan
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

Successive regimes in Pakistan, military or civilian, have only encouraged their countrymen to harbour nothing but ill-will against India, a country of ‘infidels’.......more...

"Trust Deficit" to "Vision Deficit"
SARLA HANDOO

Unless the two countries start trusting each other and demonstrate a clear vision for the future, peace efforts may go down the drain.......more...

On the Sidelines of Kashmir History
K. N. PANDITA

It is a big fallacy to think that Kashmir had a tolerant Islam. It was never so. Muslim historians, pseudo-secular Hindus and some self-styled visionaries manipulated it. ......more...

A buffer by mutual agreement
K. N. PANDITA

While the dissident leadership led by the APHC has been enthusiastically seeking conferences with Pakistan leadership, it has stubbornly refused to enter into a dialogue with the Indian leadership.......more...

Kashmir's new danger
JAGMOHAN

Mufti’s idea of securing demilitarisation without creation of conditions that make the presence of army unnecessary is risky. It may result in spilling of more innocent blood.......more...

Madrassa Reforms - The Great Myth
AMIR MIR

The mushroom growth of extremists in madrassas like Jamia Fareedia and Jamia Hafsa will continue unabated until and unless the Mullah-Military alliance is effectively put an end to.........more...

SAARC paves a smooth passage for itself
SARLA HANDOO

SAARC should become a springboard for economic development of the region. With 2008 declared as the ‘Year of Good Governance’, the goal seems to be within reach.........more...

How serious is Baluch insurgency?
G. S. BHARGAVA

If the human rights activists expected the U.S. Government to be outraged by the ‘excesses’ of the Pakistan army against Baluch insurgents they should have been disappointed..........more...

Waziristan: Taliban’s War Within
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Four years after Pakistani soldiers first entered FATA, there is very little to cheer about for Islamabad. The state has little effective presence in the area........more...

SAARC Summit under terrorism shadow
M. RAMA RAO & SARLA HANDOO

The SAARC summit is taking place literally under the shadow of terrorism not only of Al Qaeda – Taliban variety but also of LeT, LTTE, Hizbut Tahrir,.........more...

Great Oil Game: A New Phase
K. N. PANDITA

Once oil and gas from Central Asia and the Middle East begin to flow into the huge refineries of Gawadar, it will have consequential impact on oil-related regional strategy.......more...

Blame game for SAARC failure
M. RAMA RAO

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the SAARC summit, connectivity – physical, economic and of the mind will enable the region to fully tap its potential.........more...

US indifferent to anti-Musharraf struggle
CHANDRAMOHAN

If the people of Pakistan want to see Musharraf go, they will have to wait till the US has found another trusted and tried general.........more...

Between Worlds
RADHIKA KAUL

"Those sunny morns, in the world of Kashmir I was, yet in that Kashmir , I was not. Today, in this world of Delhi I am, yet, I am not...." says a young Kashmiri Hindu refugee.......more...

Kashmir: Demilitarization Dilemmas
PRAVEEN SWAMI

J&K – which continues to witness over 1,000 conflict-related fatalities a year, despite the recent de-escalation in violence – is still the site of a war.........more...

Mufti's demilitarization politics
SARLA HANDOO

There is a mismatch in perception. What PDP thinks will increase a sense of security among the people, the Congress says will further endanger them. ......more...

Pak falls from US grace
ALLABAKSH

After all the problems that he faces in Iraq, Bush is not likely to be in a mood to let Pakistan-based insurgents convert Afghanistan also into a quagmire for his forces...........more...

Will peace talks fructify despite attack on Samjhauta?
J. N. RAINA

Pakistan is today virtually sitting on a volcano, which might erupt any time, to bring devastation not only in that country, but also in its vicinity..........more...

Self-rule in Kashmir
SARLA HANDOO

It does not lie in Pakistan’s mouth to talk about democracy, democratic institutions and self-rule. ......more...

Don't play blind to Mush's K-game
PAWAN DURANI

Sly Musharraf is playing smart on Kashmir chessboard. India needs to be wary of his four-point formula.........more...

The ‘Peace Process’ and the Epicentre of Terrorism
G. PARTHASARATHY

It is now evident that even as talks on issues like Jammu and Kashmir continue, General Musharraf has no intention of abiding by the commitment he made to Vajpayee.......more...

Who should deal with terrorism?
K. N. PANDITA

Washington think-tanks must be trying to use the lever of moderate Islamic states a la Pakistan for reducing tension in the Middle East and dissuading Iran from going nuclear. ......more...

Terror War strengthens Taliban
ALLABAKSH

It is one war that more than five years after it was declared by the US has actually seen the enemy become stronger, span out further and find itself firmly entrenched. ......more...

Pakistan's knee-jerk reaction to EU report
SARLA HANDOO

Politicising a ground reality will only complicate the issue and put a spoke in the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan. ......more...

Baghliar after arbitration
ALLABAKSH

What Pakistan refuses to see is that despite some severe downs in relations with India, New Delhi never deprived Pakistan of its rights over the river waters...........more...

Flip side of Baghliar verdict
ARABINDA GHOSE

Baglihar Verdict may please both countries. But don’t forget the sacrifice India had made for ten years under the Indus Water Treaty..........more...

Hurriyat reads the writing on the wall
SARLA HANDOO

It appears that for Hurriyat Conference the writing on the wall is becoming more visible. The statements of its Chief make one to believe so. ......more...

Is 'Out-of-Box' solution feasible for Kashmir?
J. N. RAINA

Musharraf should understand we have a strong democracy and a vibrant Parliament. Nothing can move without the consent of this august institution.......more...

Darkness and Light
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

2,765 people died in terrorism-related violence in India during year 2006. A review of the data indicates that nearly 41 per cent of all such fatalities occurred in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) alone.........more...

Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits: A Big Joke
K. N. PANDITA

The Pandits are no political party’s vote bank as they are numerically insignificant and widely dispersed a group with no political weight or economic clout. ......more...

No Withdrawl from Siachen
SARLA HANDOO

While attempts to normalise relations with Pakistan are welcome, India needs to be wary about Pakistan President’s moves..........more...

Musharraf's Kashmir concessions
ALLABAKSH

Musharraf's latest four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir issue has evoked a fair degree of scepticism in India but a loud condemnation from the Jihadis..........more...

Sachar Committee Report - Barking up the wrong tree
G. S. Bhargava

Successive governments since Independence, instead of striving to improve the socio-economic condition of Muslims, have been sedulously wooing them as a source of bulk votes.......more...

Mufti Sayed - Out of Ideas on Kashmir
J. N. RAINA

Former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed has created a flutter by making an unusual statement about ‘self-rule’ formulae, which smacks of ‘secessionism’. ......more...

Back to Roots: Kashmiri Pandit youth fight back
LALIT KOUL

The Kashmiri Hindu community is the one community that has lost its own identity because it stood for India's identity in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. ......more...

Musharraf's yet another desperate move
SARLA HANDOO

Despite Musharraf’s clear pronouncement, Pakistani militants are still active in not only Jammu and Kashmir but elsewhere in India as well. ......more...

Pakistan's new doublespeak on Kashmir
J. N. RAINA

Now that Pakistan has admitted that it has no locus standi in Kashmir, it should withdraw its ‘mujahideen’ force and pull out from occupied-Kashmir............more...

Balochistan: An Insurgency Falters
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The ‘terrorism’ in Balochistan, President Pervez Musharraf informs us, has been ‘wiped out’. ......more...

Kashmir: The monster of ‘Status Quo’
K. N. PANDITA

What then is the fate of Kashmir? A nuclear war between the two countries is discounted. In a conventional war no side is gong to win or lose decisively...........more...

Either with us or with our enemy
K. N. PANDITA

“Our boys in Southern Afghanistan are hurting because of what is coming out of Quetta", says a NATO Commander in Afghanistan........more...

NATO faces defeat in Afghanistan
ALLABAKSH

The US probably finds it embarrassing to recall that Afghanistan was the maiden launching pad of the so-called war on terror..........more...

The Stupidity in Afghanistan
AJAI SAHNI

The US-led coalition is unambiguously losing the war in Afghanistan and it is important, at this stage, to reiterate the obvious...........more...

Bajaur: Dubious Killings
MOHAMMAD SHEHZAD

The Musharraf regime has completed seven years of its dictatorial rule in Pakistan after overthrowing a democratically elected Government on October 12, 1999, and is losing credibility...........more...

Clemency for Afzal Guru - I am not Concerned
KAMAL HAK

I find myself in a state of confusion and unable to prioritize my concerns about negotiating the chaotic traffic and politics of appeasement behind ‘Pardon Afzal’ campaign.......more...

The Clemency Uproar
SARLA HANDOO

Despite the possible deferment of the execution of Mohammad Afzal, convicted in the Parliament attack case, the din by supporters and the opponents of the death sentence is getting louder..........more...

Lashkar Unleashed
TUSHAR CHARAN

Among the many deceptive ways in which Pakistan is ‘contributing’ to the so-called war on terror is to loudly announce to the world that it has arrested............more...

Saddam and the History of Islam
K. N. PANDITA

Will there be a realization in the ummah of what has befallen it with death sentence for Saddam given by a court whose judges are appointed not by............more...

Does the valley’s fate hang in balance?
K. N. PANDITA

As Chinese troops crossed and routed Indian border post in North East in 1962 war, President Kennedy began responding to Nehru’s startling request for military equipment. ......more...

To Veil or Unveil
SARLA HANDOO

The world is heading towards liberalization and cooperative functioning. Assimilation and not separation is the watch word for different communities for progress.......more...

When will the US give up double standards in the War on Terrorism?
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

It was in October 2001 that the US had launched its famous ‘war on terror’ after sending its forces to rid Afghanistan of the savage Taliban regime.......more...

Pakistan's Russian Roulette of Terrorism
SUBODH ATAL

Even as the Taliban regain strength in Afghanistan and wage an insurgency nearly as fierce as in Iraq, the hub of terrorism in the subcontinent has shifted to Pakistan. ......more...

Rooting for Afzal
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

In Afzal’s native Kashmir some ‘moderate’ voices have lent their support to the militant and separatist leaders demand for clemency for the man. ......more...

Musharraf's annual pilgrimage to the west
ALLABAKSH

Musharraf must have left many speechless when hurt by the criticism of ISI by the unnamed British defence analyst he boasted that ‘the ISI won the cold war for the world.’......more...

Afzal Guru will never be hanged
K. N. PANDITA

No power one earth can hang Afzal Guru. He is running the errand of both the Indians and the militants. He has patronage from both.........more...

Will Musharraf relent now?
SARLA HANDOO

Of the 15 persons arrested in 7/11 Mumbai blasts case, 11 have been found to be Pakistanis, not just nationals but the ones who got training in Pakistan.........more...

Seek and hide Diplomacy: US-Pak New Game
K. N. PANDITA

Washington is convinced that it cannot push Pakistan any further either to scale down the surrogate support of her radical originations to the Taliban or..........more...

Will it or Will it not?
SARLA HANDOO

Finally the Center has come out with a clarification about the proposed ‘Joint Mechanism’ with Pakistan to deal with terrorism....Will it work or will it not?......more...

Kashmir's Vedic past preserved in Hari Parbat rocks
J. N. RAINA

The abode of Goddess Durga, Hariparbat, over which a fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1592, is a saga of the ancient history.........more...

In Line of LIES
ALLABAKSH

A more apt name for the book ghost written for the Pakistani dictator would have been ‘A Pack of Lies’ or ‘In Line of Lies’.......more...

Military imbalance with Pakistan
CHANDRA MOHAN

The lone voices that warned that nuclear parity would shift the equation back to conventional weaponry were ignored in the aftermath of Pokharan II.........more...

The ISI Exposed
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Pakistan and its leaders have, mastered the art of intimidation and blackmail, and have extracted a generous price, through threats and cajoling.........more...

A Prime Minister Surrenders
G. PARTHASARATHY

Dr. Singh has acquired the strange distinction of being the first Indian PM to equate India, a victim of terrorism, with Pakistan, a perpetrator of terrorism.......more...

Tajikistan: Search for Roots and Rewards
K. N. PANDITA

In the neighboring friendly Central Asian State of Tajikistan something is happening, which though significant in essence, is still less known to he world outside.......more...

Trusting Musharraf for the Second Time
VINOD VEDI

A nation that does not learn from its experiences, especially such traumas as terror entails, is condemned to be revisited by them. ......more...

Is it really a new dawn for Indo-Pak relations?
SARLA HANDOO

Yes, Gen Musharraf did say at the NAM Meet that “finger pointing at each other will not serve anyone”.......more...

Kashmir issue: A Pragmatic not Idealistic Approach
K. N. PANDITA

One needs to focus attention on the statement of the Foreign Secretary-designate Mr. Shiv Shankar recently given in a semi-official function in Islamabad.......more...

Loyalty to Royalty
ALLABAKSH

A British blogger may have got it right when he wrote that it should not come as a surprise if one day it was ‘suddenly’ found that Musharraf was ‘misinformed’........more...

Waziristan: Deal with the Devil
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Pakistani military spokesperson Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan tells ABC News that OBL would not be taken into custody as long as he lives like a peaceful citizen.......more...

9/11 Anniversary
ALLABAKSH

The 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America has brought the grim reminder that we are in the midst of a new war...........more...

Musharraf surrenders before Taliban
ALLABAKSH

Pakistan president, Gen Pervez Musharraf, has ‘reaffirmed’ his ‘commitment’ to fight terrorism---by signing a ‘peace’ agreement with the Taliban!......more...

Dhaka follows Islamabad in Terror Campaign
SARLA HANDOO

Half of the problems, which New Delhi faces today, are a result of consistent steps taken by successive governments sending a signal of India being a soft state.......more...

Long Talks to Nowhere
WASBIR HUSSAIN

The shrill anti-India campaign in Bangladesh, conforms to domestic political pressures.......more...

Balochistan: The Army Blunders On
AMIR MIR

The assassination of Nawab Akbar Shehbaz Khan Bugti, the legendary leader of the Baloch freedom struggle, in a brutal military operation will have serious long-term repercussions..........more...

Long War in Waziristan
AMIR MIR

It appears that the Taliban resistance movement in both Pakistan and Afghanistan will continue to gain strength until and unless Islamabad abandons its current policy.......more...

Balochistan: Musharraf’s Pyrrhic Victory
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

In the immediate aftermath of Nawab Bugti’s death, described by some Pakistani analysts as an assassination, three streams of reaction are crystallizing.......more...

Revisiting Indo-Pak Negotiations on Kashmir 1962-63
K. N. PANDITA

Current theo-fascism has made things much more complicated for India, for the US and for the world.......more...

Who Is Right About Nuclear Deal?
ALLABAKSH

The debate, or the controversy, over the nuclear deal may still be kept alive, at least till the motions of the last legislative act in the US are completed.......more...

Terror and Islam
SARLA HANDOO

Unlike Christianity, Islam has not kept pace with modernity. In India, despite a non-discriminative and congenial atmosphere, Muslims are 5 percent behind the national average in education.......more...

"Chalta Hai" Security
VINOD VEDI

Screening of security personnel particularly from areas amenable to penetration by terrorists should become the norm since what is at work is a covert warfare.......more...

It is Islam, Dummy.
AMIL IMANI

All the excuses, grievances and reasons given for savagery of the jihadists and Islamofascists are side issues. It is Islam, Dummy. It is Islam itself.......more...

A shameful land of two PMs & 100 nations!
V. SUNDARAM

What is the attitude of the UPA?? U (Utterly!) P (Paralysed!!) A (Atrocious!!!)?......more...

Mian Musharraf gets rid of Nawab Bugti
ATUL COWSHISH

Islamabad may have downed one ‘Indian agent’, but Bugti’s murder will give rise to many more ‘agents’ as Baloch nationalism becomes more fearsome.........more...

Is Bangladesh another "Headache" for India?
J. N. RAINA

The ‘war’ tactics of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan are fast changing. The days of Kalashnikov rifles are gone.......more...

Self-Governance and Trans-Nationalism in Kashmir
VIJAY SAZAWAL

Stability and peace in the Kashmir region is not only feasible but also possible. It involves cessation of all terrorist acts, better governance, and increased trade across the LOC border.......more...

Threatening to Pandits: Conflict Within
K. N. PANDITA

The “war for freedom” in Kashmir is actually the war of Kashmiri Muslims against “Hindu India”.......more...

Politicians will fight terrorism only if it gets them votes
K. P. S. GILL

I know only of the limitless ambition and corruption of politicians who sought to harness religion and religious identity to grab power through mass murder.......more...

The Agency that runs Pakistan
VIKRAM SOOD

A Pakistan rapidly being guided into a vortex of extremist beliefs is the result of unbridled control by its intelligence agencies.......more...

Plane bombing plot hatched in Pakistan
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

Certain things are absolutely clear, one of which is that Pakistan, as India has often said, is the fountain-head of global terrorism.......more...

Beware of the invisible hand
SARLA HANDOO

For the first time since the peace process between India and Pakistan took off, the CBM’s are under terrible strain.......more...

Tit for tat expulsion
ATUL COWSHISH & M. RAMARAO

The expulsion of the Indian Visa Counsellor in Islamabad, Deepak Kaul, by Pakistan after blindfolding him and detaining him is a reminder of the manner in which Pakistanis treat the diplomats.......more...

Stop Looking For Western Sanction To Fight Terror
SANDHYA JAIN

Mumbai has shattered the government’s false complacency that Indian Muslims are not part of Al Qaeda’s global terrorist empire.......more...

It's War against Islamism
TONY BLAIR

What are the values that govern the future of the world? Are they those of tolerance, freedom, respect for difference and diversity or those of reaction, division and hatred?......more...

Contradictions galore
SARLA HANDOO

The Center seems to be scoring one self–goal after another. It seems to have lost the track in resolving the issues at home. The situation is getting grim by the day.......more...

Will Pakistan ever stop its terror tap?
J. N. RAINA

Pakistan stands fully exposed by flaunting its insidious role of sponsoring genocide of common people in India.......more...

Is terror in India becoming home grown?
SARLA HANDOO

Till now, India has been proudly claiming that not a single Muslim of the country is involved in terrorist activities. But that image is slowly disappearing.......more...

Ceding Kashmir
ARUN SHOURIE

As is well said, you cannot have a first class response to terrorism in a third class system of governance. Why should anyone be deterred from executing another round of blasts in Mumbai trains?......more...

National security through redefinition
ARUN SHOURIE

There is a mechanism. There is committee upon committee. There are meetings after meetings. All concerned are talking. The result is before you.........more...

HUJI: Lengthening Shadow of Terror
BIBHU PRASAD ROUTRAY

Security planners appear to be failing to take adequate note of the emerging threat from Bangladesh, and to frame strategies for its effective neutralization.......more...

Terrorists and their Fellow Travellers
AJAI SAHNI

The footprint of almost every act of international terrorism since 9/11 (and before) passes inexorably through Pakistan.......more...

Northeast: Long Shadows of Subversion
BIBHU PRASAD ROUTRAY

The hunt for the terrorists involved in the Mumbai serial blasts of July 11 reverberated across the northeast with the arrest of a number of Islamist militants.......more...

Elections Farce in Occupied Territories
SAJI CHERIAN

The catastrophic terrorist attacks in Mumbai and a series of grenade attacks on tourists in Srinagar have pushed to the background another round of farcical elections in the area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK)........more...

Mumbai: Terror Tuesday
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The latest Mumbai serial blasts confirm "the strategic continuity of Pakistan's broad orientation towards India, and its sustained enterprise of encirclement, penetration and subversion........more...

Elections in POK - A farce
SARLA HANDOO

The world is aware of the history of Pakistan as a country of governed by its army, sometimes from the barracks and more of than not from the Presidential Palace.......more...

Musharraf’s sham cooperation offer
ALLABAKSH

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a narcissist. He cannot live without hearing his voice and seeing his frame on TV screens on a daily basis.......more...

Proof for "Coalition Against Terror"
RAMA - VINOD

Richard Boucher taunt to India to show proof of Pak involvement in Mumbai blasts shows sophistry of a very high order.......more...

Cry for Evidence - Only a cover up
SARLA HANDOO

The world is sick of Pakistan’s ‘root cause’ theory by linking settlement of disputes to terrorism and thereby justifying killing of innocent people. Its patience is wearing thin.......more...

Smoke around nuclear deal
ALLABAKSH

The American and Indian interests cannot be identical, nor their assessments of various issues. If the US likes to choose its friends—and foes—on the basis of its own interests, so does India.......more...

War – The Only Option
LALIT KOUL

How many more innocent lives we need to cremate on a mass cremation ground before the spirit of nationalism emerges in our souls?......more...

A Tragedy Foretold
PRAVEEN SWAMI

What the Mumbai strikes have made clear, though, is that India must prepare itself for a long and brutal war ahead. ......more...

SIMI: Steady Subversion
BIBHU PRASAD ROUTRAY

While the Centre has continued with the annual renewal of the ban on SIMI, there are indications that there is a rethink on this in certain political quarters.......more...

Patriot or Nationalist: What are you?
M. S. N. MENON

Do we Hindus know the difference between patriotism and nationalism? More often, we do not. We ask in surprise: “What is the difference?”......more...

Retracing the ancient Silk Route
K. N. PANDITA

Though Sino-Indian détente could be traced to 1975, yet the visit of the former Prime Minster A.B. Vajpayee to Beijing in 2003 remains a definite landmark in a bid to straighten relations between the two countries.......more...

Why not a Fatwa against Osama?
J. N. RAINA

Terrorism, which has engulfed the entire world, can be tackled unitedly by civilized countries. Terrorists should be treated as ‘war criminals’ and not as ‘freedom fighters’.......more...

Aftermath of Mumbai Blasts
ALLABAKSH

The patience of ordinary Indians has begun to wear thin in the face of continuous killings of the innocents in different parts of the country by Pakistan-backed and trained terrorists.......more...

Is Pakistan really changing?
J. N. RAINA

Musharraf has failed to address the issue of terrorism—his own baby—in Kashmir. Pakistan’s internal problems are growing day by day. Naturally, Americans are not happy with him.......more...

Reversing the Peace Process
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

Though the ‘match referee’, the US state department, has held that the India-Pakistan ‘peace dialogue’ is on course and moving forward, some recent actions taken by Islamabad would indicate otherwise.......more...

Indo-Pak Peace Process: Run up to the breaking point
SARLA HANDOO

Where exactly is the peace process, which is aimed at moving from confrontation to cooperation?......more...

Murder in Mumbai
VINOD VEDI

The serial bombings in Jammu and Kashmir and Mumbai have shown that there is need for a well-networked security apparatus at the national level.......more...

Where is the Shivaji Of modern India?
FRANCOIS GAUTIER

Who will redeem India's long battered honor ? Who will stand-up to Islamic terrorism ? Where is the Shivaji of modern India?......more...

J&K: Experiments with Terror
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Late in June, the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) top commander for north Kashmir emerged from the forests above the small mountain hamlet of Sumlar, and ordered its residents to gather in the local mosque.......more...

Shanghai - 6 and Regional strategies
K. N. PANDITA

15 June 2006 summit meet of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is variously interpreted in political circles. In Washington inquisitive circles would want to know if it is the Chinese version of......more...

Visa Denied: Javed Akhtar - A Dangerous Indian?
ALLABAKSH

Pakistan establishment seems to take a sadistic pleasure in humiliating or harassing Indians associated with Mumbai films (Bollywood) or the world of arts and culture when they apply for visas to visit the land of the ‘pure’.......more...

Rice Pulls Up Pakistan
TUSHAR CHARAN

With a three-piece all-weather suit his trademark and an affected speech, foreign minister Khursheed Kasuri was at his theatrical best when he challenged Afghanistan to provide him the address of terrorist hideouts in Pakistan......more...

General Saheb, Will you mind the contradictions?
SARLA HANDOO

Pakistan has washed its hands off the controversy that has arisen on account of rejection of the nomination papers of over 100 candidates in Occupied Kashmir elections due to be held on 11th of next month.......more...

Taliban Redux
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Though the combined operational effectiveness of Afghan-US Forces has been relatively good, it is the competing foreign policy agendas that are the biggest obstacle in dealing with the Taliban......more...

Where is My Bus?
LALIT KOUL

Indian government is flagging off another bus service between India and Pakistan while there is no bus service for more than 400,000 refugees who are within India longing to go back to their homeland......more...

Kashmir: Towards a Logical Conclusion
K. N. PANDITA

For more than half a century after accepting the partition of India on the basis of two nations theory in practice, Indian political managers contrived to find solace in brandishing Kashmir as its secular model.......more...

Was there an Islamic "Genocide" of Hindus?
KOENRAAD ELST

"The Partition Holocaust": the term is frequently used in Hindu pamphlets concerning Islam and the birth of its modern political embodiment in the Subcontinent, the state of Pakistan.......more...

Will Musharraf respond?
J. N. RAINA

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is dreaming a dream about Kashmir. He has a vision and a roadmap for the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.......more...

Infamous Khan Investigation
TUSHAR CHARAN

Pakistan’s claim that it has completed investigation into the underground nuclear network of A.Q. Khan, the so-called father of its nuclear bomb, came just when the US had started to mount fresh pressure......more...

Change the attitude to make peace efforts successful
SARLA HANDOO

On the one hand Pakistan is swearing by the peace process initiated by India about three years ago and on the other hand, it is not only inciting terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir but......more...

Indo-Pak Talks - Another Inconclusive Round
ALLABAKSH

It is not that only Indians or the Indian army lacks trust in Musharraf. The West does not trust him either.......more...

Musharraf's quiet strategy for his reelection
M. RAMARAO

While two former prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are busy cementing their new found alliance to take on President Musharraf, he is quietly consolidating his position......more...

Who represents the people of Jammu & Kashmir?
SARLA HANDOO

It is an irony that India is pursuing a policy of making borders soft with Pakistan, when Islamabad is busy pushing as many armed militants into Jammu and Kashmir as possible.......more...

Hate Lessons in Saudi, Pakistan textbooks
ALLABAKSH

Even as the so-called war on terror continues with little success and the fool hardy attempts by the US to transport ‘democracy’ to reluctant shores make the Americans even less liked in the Muslim world......more...

Iraq after Zarqawi
ATUL COWSHISH

The end of the so-called head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was indeed a blow to the ‘foreign’ insurgents operating in Iraq.......more...

Pakistan taking US for a ride
SARLA HANDOO

Does Pakistan continue to be a key ally of the US in its war against terrorism? On paper, Yes. Practically, No.......more...

Guns and Bombs from China
TUKOJI PANDIT

It is hardly surprising that the London-based Amnesty International has reported that China has become the ‘most secretive and irresponsible’ exporter of arms which help fuel conflicts in many parts of the world.......more...

J&K: Settlements and Principled Settlements
AJAI SAHNI

The high-profile Round Table at Srinagar has given credence, authority and legitimacy to elements of an agenda and perspective that has long been dictated by terrorist groups.......more...

Combined Arms Warfare Vs. Terrorism
VINOD VEDI

The recent terrorist attacks in Doda and the Kashmir Valley only tend to underscore how unreliable would be any assurances by Pakistan on the Siachen Glacier once the Indian Army is withdrawn.......more...

Siachen - Strategically more important than Kashmir
J. N. RAINA

India will be deluding itself if it feels sanguine that Siachen conflict will be negotiated with Pakistan amicably. The concerns of the Indian Army are huge and genuine.......more...

One step forward, two steps backward
SARLA HANDOO

Even as India and Pakistan strive to come closer, the impression they leave behind is clearly of one step forward and two steps backward movement.......more...

Kashmir: No more evasive tactics
K. N. PANDITA

Friends the Indian State is not going to allow separation or secession, come what may. Therefore re-think your position and come back to us with your proposals.......more...

J&K: Means and Ends - The Politics and Practice of Massacres
PRAVEEN SWAMI

For the most part, the war in the high mountains of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) remains invisible: it is war that seems to have neither perpetrators nor victims.......more...

PM enters third year in office
ATUL COWSHISH

Manmohan Singh has entered his third year in office as prime minister of India amidst an ominous sign of student unrest all over the country......more...

Charter to Topple Musharraf
ALLABAKSH

Timing chosen by Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to strike at Pervez Musharraf with their ‘charter of democracy’ might appear to be right......more...

Pakistan's Demilitarization Demand
VINOD VEDI

Every so often these days one hears Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf or such like-minded Kashmiri leaders as Mirwaiz Omar Farooq urging India to demilitarize Jammu and Kashmir......more...

Visiting Pakistan to defreeze Siachen
ATUL COWSHISH

The manning of Siachen heights, where apparently ‘not a blade of grass’ grows, has been a very costly affair for the nation, both in terms of men and money.......more...

Victims of a Surrogate War
TUSHAR CHARAN

It will not be too late for India to either talk directly to Pakistan or draw the attention of Pakistan’s powerful friends to a hitherto lesser-known surrogate war that Islamabad has launched against India on the Afghan soil.......more...

Talking with the Satan
TUKOJI PANDIT

At last some influential Americans have started to question the Bush administration’s aggressive posture against Iran.......more...

Failed Pakistan
TUSHAR CHARAN

A strict veil of secrecy remains over Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation activities, suggesting that either it has (or at least had) no control over its nuclear weapons programme or......more...

Will India avoid being called a ‘Failed State’?
J. N. RAINA

About 800 people have been gunned down by the militants for exercising franchise during the past few years, but still the electorate is determined to vote for democracy.......more...

Indo-US Strategic Partnership
VINOD VEDI

The sound of the words “Indo-US Strategic Partnership” is being sought to be imparted a resonance as that in a cathedral......more...

What will it take, Mr. Prime Minister?
LALIT KOUL

Targeted killings of Hindus in J&K continue unabated but nothing moves our state and central government. Instead of any concrete and decisive response, we hear oft-repeated sound-bytes......more...

Another carnage in Kashmir
K. N. PANDITA

In our country we have a large number of sympathizers of the militants and terrorists whose human rights they vow to protect or on whose wounds they vow to place ointment.......more...

Visiting Pakistan to thaw Siachen
ATUL COWSHISH

The manning of Siachen heights, where apparently ‘not a blade of grass’ grows, has been a very costly affair for the nation, both in terms of men and money. Many more soldiers are said to have died on Siachen......more...

The Hurriyat and its antics
K. N. PANDITA

The time has come when the masses of people in Kashmir need to put questions to Hurriyat. The people have a right to know the destiny of their future generations.......more...

Pakistan's Demilitarization Demand
VINOD VEDI

Every so often these days one hears Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf or such like-minded Kashmiri leaders as Mirwaiz Omar Farooq urging India to demilitarize Jammu and Kashmir......more...

Rhetoric and Reality
G. PARTHASARATHY

Any approach to Indo-Bangladesh relations has to combine the carrot with the stick. Cooperation with Myanmar and other ASEAN countries such as Thailand can be a vital constituent in dealing with Dhaka......more...

Pakistan’s new campaign against India
ALLABAKSH

Islamabad has started to propagate the theory sometimes heard in the US that Washington was propping up New Delhi as a counter to the growing Chinese clout in the world.......more...

The Maoist Script Unfolds
SAJI CHERIAN

The evolving scenario in Nepal is following, in its every detail, a script written by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), with all other characters in the piece enacting their parts to the hilt......more...

Nuclear Deal on Fission Course
ATUL COWSHISH

It would appear that efforts made by the foreign secretary, Shyam Saran, at selling the civilian nuclear cooperation deal between India and the US during his recent visit to Washington have not been very successful in winning over the critics......more...

Terrorist Economy
BIBHU PRASAD ROUTRAY

The central bank in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bank, on April 5, 2006, imposed a paltry fine of Taka One Lakh (US $1447) on the Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL), the largest Shariah-based bank – which has 169 branches......more...

Karachi: Metropolis of Terror
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

There is a method in the madness of Islamist extremism in Pakistan, and this is constantly reaffirmed.......more...

Nuclear Black Market: German on Trial
ALLABAKSH

The first ever trial of an alleged member of the notorious nuclear black market run by the Pakistani metallurgist AQ Khan opened in Mannheim, Germany, on March 17. It is expected to throw some fresh light on the operation of Pak-based racket......more...

Pak political heavyweights to meet in London
K. N. PANDITA

On April 23, 2006 three Pakistani political heavyweights, all in exile at the moment, are scheduled to meet in London to evolve a strategy for future political destiny of their country.......more...

Iran in the eye of storm
K. N. PANDITA

Iranian youth is receptive to democratization and secularization of Iranian society, which is the key to the resolution of Iranian crisis. How this agenda would be accomplished is what the American and European think-tanks should concentrate upon.......more...

Way out from Iran imbroglio
K. N. PANDITA

Teheran has successfully tested fired multi-barrel missile also capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Responsible Iranian official circles show no relent in their defiance of Security Council’s missive.......more...

Serving Communal Political Cocktail
RAMACHARY

One particularly disconcerting aspect of the Bush visit to India was that many of the more ‘visible’ demonstrations against him were led by certain Muslim organisations with almost exclusive Muslim participation......more...

Saving the Himalayas
TUSHAR CHARAN

For the devout Hindus and Buddhists the Himalayas are the abode of gods; others see them as a snow-white mountain range of pristine beauty. The Himalayas also serve as the life line for the people in India, China and other countries......more...

Karzai must not allow Pak dictate his choice of friends
ALLABAKSH

It is understandable why Hamid Karzai has to do a tight rope walking on Indian soil and underplay his apparent disgust with Pakistan’s reluctance to catch the remnants of the Taliban sheltered by the Pakistani tribesmen near the Afghan borders.......more...

Earthquake, State and the militants
K. N. PANDITA

The devastating October earthquake galvanized four leading Pakistani civilian humanitarian organizations into action to arrange massive relief for the victims in remote and inaccessible regions of Hazara and POK.......more...

Is there a definite shift in Musharraf’s stand on Kashmir?
J. N. RAINA

It is a good augury that separatists in Kashmir have renounced their oft-repeated demand for US intervention. Rather they have welcomed President Bush’s remark that Jammu and Kashmir be treated as a ‘bilateral issue’ between India and Pakistan.......more...

Abdullah Gone
ATUL COWSHISH

Any unexpected change of foreign minister in countries that are generally in the headlines evokes a great deal of interest in world capitals and fuels all kinds of speculation.......more...

Queering the Pitch for the Nuclear Deal
ATUL COWSHISH

As the Indo-US ‘deal’ on civilian nuclear cooperation enters choppy waters of the US Congress to clear the last hurdle, efforts to abort it have been intensified expectedly in three quarters.......more...

Time for Pakistan to act on Peace and Security offer
SARLA HANDOO

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s offer of Peace, Security and Friendship Treaty to Pakistan in his Amritsar speech recently has given a new dimension to the India - Pak relationship.......more...

Will current peace process lead to resolution of Kashmir issue?
J. N. RAINA

Ostensibly, silver linings seem to glitter on the Kashmir horizon, amidst dark clouds. There is a flicker of hope for an amicable resolution with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offering a “Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship” to Pakistan.......more...

To Consult Muslims on N-deal?
J. N. RAINA

A variety of questions are being raised about Muslim indignation, their progress (or lack of it), and prosperity, which the opinion makers believe has been impeded during the past 25 years.......more...

Putting an end to alienation
K. N. PANDITA

The recent letter of J&K Chief Minister to the CMs of no fewer than 11 states approaching them to deal with Kashmir traders and students with dignity and consideration is one more step in the direction of wooing the alienated people.......more...

The Withering
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The daily reports of incidents of insurgent and terrorist activities in Pakistan fail to communicate the enormity of the trajectory of violence and instability that is undermining the authority of the state......more...

JEHADI SHENANIGANS IN J&K
VINOD VEDI

Current events in Jammu and Kashmir appear to be in consonance with Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf’s game plan for a regional splintering of the former princely State.......more...

DON’T LOSE HOPE, MR. MUSHARRAF!
SARLA HANDOO

Pakistan President General Musharraf must be a sad man today. He has every reason to be, after the US President George Bush poured cold water on his expectations.......more...

APPEASEMENT POLITICS
J. N. RAINA

Vote-bank politics are not only disastrous, but baneful for the nation. These are a curse on the society. The ‘disease’ is spreading like cancer in the body politic, vitiating communal atmosphere.......more...

SRINAGAR TO VARANASI
JAGMOHAN

It should be clear to all of us that for too long the nation has been bled by terrorists; for too long the Indian state has exposed its soft under-belly to saboteurs; for too long political parties have resorted to petty manipulation......more...

Varanasi: Same Old, Same Old
AJAI SAHNI

The truth is far less startling, though no less distressing. The attack at Varanasi is just the latest incident in a relentless campaign of subversion and terror engineered by Pakistan......more...

Beastly Tales from the Jihadi Zoo
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Fearful of being fed to the tigers in the forest next door, the inhabitants of Pakistani’s jihadi menagerie have started to turn on the zoo-keeper.......more...

Ends and Beginnings
AJAI SAHNI

The inherent conflict of interests and perspectives between the political culture and society that is Pakistan, and those of the US, has also been vividly in evidence over these intervening years.......more...

India-US Nuclear Deal
VINOD VEDI

There is no need to rush into any arrangement that has the effect of capping India’s unique nuclear programme just to meet the deadline of a Bush visit intended to seal deals under the ‘Next Steps in Strategic Partnership’.......more...

Freedom Plugged
ALLABAKSH

After the eruption of violent protests across the Muslim world following the publication of a dozen cartoons in a Danish paper, the much vaunted ‘freedom of press’ seems to have come under attack......more...

Hurriyat runs away from talks
M. RAMA RAO

Hurriyat politics as also the plans and planks of other one-man separatist parties and groups have ceased to surprise for a while.......more...

Is Plutonium the real answer to India's energy crunch?
J. N. RAINA

Will Indo-US nuclear agreement putrefy or fructify? Perhaps it is a million-dollar question. The number of opponents of the so-called ‘landmark’ agreement has swelled considerably.......more...

Pakistan's new power games in Afghanistan
ALLABAKSH

It is no secret that Pakistan is very unhappy to see India helping Afghanistan in any way. Islamabad has not liked India constructing a road in southern part of the country from Zaranj to Delaram......more...

Karzai asks Musharraf not to shield Taliban
ALLABAKSH

According to Karzai, the two neighbours can fight terrorism more effectively by ‘going to the roots ….where they get trained, find their camps, remove them and......more...

A landmark deal between two democracies
K. N. PANDITA

The nuclear deal between the strongest and the largest democracy in the world essentially stems from 9/11. No doubt it has come belatedly, but certainly it reflects mature statesmanship of highest level.......more...

Carrying terror to temples
K. N. PANDITA

The time has come when the Indian Muslims will play an important role in shaping the destiny of the Indian nation and of the world. They have the chance and potential of leading the Muslim opinion......more...

Troubles on the Western Front
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

President Pervez Musharraf said after talks with his visiting Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Islamabad on February 15, 2006, that terrorism was a common enemy and the two countries had to combat it together.......more...

Khan’s Nuclear Black Market is Alive
ALLABAKSH

In March 2004 the then US secretary of state, Colin Powell, had declared in Delhi at the start of his South Asian visit that the Pakistan-led nuclear proliferation network had to be ‘completely rooted out’.......more...

The Inflexible Hurriyat
ATUL COWSHISH & M. RAMARAO

The ‘moderate’ All Party Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has started to make frequent pilgrimage to Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir......more...

Mulford’s Warning
TUSHAR CHARAN

Indians of all shades continue to doubt America’s profession of friendship for India. The US is seen as imperious in its behaviour......more...

The General is here again
SARLA HANDOO & M. RAMARAO

Pakistan President General Musharraf is back at his favourite game of blowing hot and cold against India these days.......more...

Mufti's “live and let live” policy has boomeranged
J. N. RAINA

Ghulam Nabi Azad was initially reluctant to take over the reins of power in his beleaguered state of Jammu and Kashmir, for obvious reasons. But now he is saddled with a firm determination......more...

Hamas Upsets Democracy Card
ATUL COWSHISH & M. RAMARAO

The victory of Hamas, known as an Islamist extremist group that has vowed to wipe out Israel, in Palestinian territories has created a fresh international crisis in Middle East region.......more...

Pak’s Solidarity Day with Terrorists
ALLABAKSH

Pakistan has a poor record in ratifying some of the principal international human rights treaties. Islamabad has not signed, for instance, the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.......more...

Pak-Backed Terrorism Slackens Afghanistan Recovery
TUSHAR CHARAN

The Pakistanis do not make too much of a noise about the US troops in their country because it also gives them an elevated status in the American policy makers’ calculus, not to mention the dollars that it brings.......more...

A MATTER OF GAS
ALLABAKSH

If political pundits of the Left camp in New Delhi are to be believed, Mani Shankar Aiyar was shifted from the ministry of petroleum because he had annoyed the Americans with his vigorous championing of a gas pipeline project......more...

J&K: Veils and Daggers – The Perils of India’s Secret Search for Peace
PRAVEEN SWAMI

Both New Delhi and Washington D.C. will have to abandon their evident conviction that history can be manufactured behind closed doors, and at a tempo laid down by bureaucrats.......more...

Balochistan: Dire Prophecies
AMIR MIR

Who would have believed that Balochistan, once the least populated and poorest province of unified Pakistan, would become independent and the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait?......more...

Bangladesh: The Fraud Continues
BIBHU PRASAD ROUTRAY

A country that is riddled with Islamist extremist activity sees its principal threat – and the primary target of security forces’ activity – in a minuscule Left Wing extremist (LWE) movement......more...

Kashmir Situation – A New Phase
K. N. PANDITA

ISI has changed its strategy of pursuing its covert design of disintegrating Indian state. Fifteen – year old and prolonged terrorism in Kashmir has been adequately resisted and even repulsed.......more...

Iran’s Shadow over India
ALLABAKSH

The Mulford regret and Washington’s decision to distance itself from the envoy’s snarl have put a new spin on the US-India nuclear deal and question marks over President George Bush Junior’s planned visit to the sub-continent.......more...

Pakistan’s Sham Protest
ALLABAKSH

The bombing of a village, Damadola, in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency near the Afghan border on January 13 in which 18 ‘civilians’ were killed has triggered a mock battle between the US and its closest ally in the so-called war on terror.......more...

MUSHARRAF’S BRAINWAVES
VINOD VEDI

Pakistan’s military president has a very fertile mind and churns out ideas to resolve the Kashmir situation at an extremely fast pace and he gets very frustrated when he sees that his pearls of wisdom are not picked up......more...

General, Don’t be impatient
SARLA HANDOO

One fails to understand why Pakistan President General Musharraf has a penchant to come up with serious proposals through the Media. Each time he does so, it ends up in a disaster. But he does not seem to learn any lesson.......more...

General will “hit Balochis hard”
K. N. PANDITA

The proposed pipeline through the Baloch territory will never be safe for India unless the Balochis are made a party to the deal......more...

Balochistan: A Tragedy Unfolds
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

The Baloch insurgency is an indication of the larger malaise that afflicts Pakistan, a crisis which Opposition leader Raza Rabbani aptly called "a crisis of the federation".......more...

The North Korea Riddle
M. RAMA RAO & TUSHAR CHARAN

Western security analysts aver that the biggest test of Washington-Beijing realpolitik in 2006 may be North Korea and Iran. Because, Washington is critically dependent upon China’s help......more...

Many Hindus Are Leaving Pakistan
AMIR MIR

Human rights activists are perturbed by the erosion of minority rights, particularly the alarming frequency with which cases of forcible conversion of Hindu girls are surfacing.......more...

Self-rule for Jammu and Kashmir?
J. N. RAINA

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s proposal of ‘self-governance’ and ‘demilitarization’, to resolve the Kashmir issue, is ill-conceived, unintelligible and intended at balkanization of not only India, but Pakistan as well......more...

‘Intriguing’ Pakistan
ALLABAKSH

There was nothing ‘intriguing’ about the comment of the Pakistani ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, on India’s expression of concern over the ‘spiralling violence’ in Balochistan......more...

Terror Reaches South
TUKOJI R. PANDIT

The dastardly attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore on December 28, 2005 which took the life of a mathematician from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has drawn attention to the fact......more...

The Illusive US Arms Bazaar
ATUL COWSHISH

Two roadblocks await the forward move in the Indo-US bilateral relations early in 2006. First, the issue of nuclear cooperation with India may look more uncertain than before......more...

Patriots be damned, forgotten
LALIT KOUL

A number on an official paper. Like the Jews during the Holocaust, Kashmiri Hindus too have been assigned an official number by governmental agencies.......more...

J&K: The Wrath of the Lashkar
PRAVEEN SWAMI

To most people, the devastation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) this October was a tragedy that demanded compassion. To the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s founder and spiritual mentor, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, it was a divine order to go to war.......more...

Kashmir Politics: Combinations and Permutations
K. N. PANDITA

Kashmir politics has usually been a strange mix of various facets of her social, historical and political life. Like other parts of the country, the urban segment of her society performed the frontline role in the freedom movement.......more...

OIC Bleeds for Kashmir
ALLABAKSH

For a body that has existed for nearly 40 years the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has earned a name for being long on rhetoric and short on substance.......more...

The New Face of Kashmiri Militancy
TUSHAR CHARAN

After the October 29 blasts in Delhi it has now become clear that an increasing number of Indian nationals, especially from Kashmir, are participating in most of the terrorist attacks and terrorists’ suicide missions in the country.......more...

Iran: The Nuclear Pre-occupation
K. N. PANDITA

The CPI (M) has made an issue of India’s vote against Iran in the IAEA’s September meeting. It was not willing to give even fringe credibility to the explanation of MEA spokesman about what India had actually voted for.......more...

Pan-Asian Energy Grid: A Crucial Concept
K. N. PANDITA

For one century in the past the Gulf oil remained the main source of energy supplies to the world. In the process, West Asia, and particularly the littoral states, which incidentally happen to be the Muslim dominated states......more...

AIR DEFENCE PENETRATED
VINOD VEDI

The theft of magnetrons from an Army air defence regiment depot in Bhuj, Gujarat, coming in the wake of, ad nauseum, thefts/losses of computers/laptops, war-room secrets and everything else foreign powers would be interested in......more...

BALOCHISTAN: THE PROVINCE OF FEAR
AJAI SAHNI

For the past months, there has been a continuous stream of reports of massive troop movement and ‘anti-terrorist’ operations in Balochistan, and a parallel flow of denials by Government authorities.......more...

US MUST TARGET AQK, NOT IRAN
J. N. RAINA

Iran has been given a breathing space, before the United States firms up its decision about ‘regime change’ in that country. Iran, believed to be a prototypal of Iraq......more...

EUROPEAN GULAGS TO FIGHT TERROR
ALLABAKSH

Many European countries are said to be fuming with anger over the disclosures that a large number of CIA flights had used their airports to ferry terrorists to ‘unknown’ destinations......more...

Radical Islam & British Muslims
KAVITA SURI

For years, various European and West Asian countries accused Britain of harbouring terrorism and asked the United Kingdom to deport the “terrorists” wanted by them.......more...

INDIA’S STRATEGIC PERIPHERY
VINOD VEDI

Among the many recent events in our part of the world three have potential for grave consequences in the future – the supply of truckloads of weapons by China to Nepal; the stationing of NATO troops in Pak-Occupied Kashmir......more...

Towards an upheaval in Jammu & Kashmir?
PRAVEEN SWAMI

An embarrassingly public feud within the People's Democratic Party has been at the core of political developments in Jammu and Kashmir this winter.......more...

Searching for Order in Waziristan
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN

Despite the deployment of an estimated 80,000 troops along the Afghan border in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the situation is far from stable in the region that is crucial to Islamabad and Washington.......more...

China snubs the US
ATUL COWSHISH

The US President, George Bush has just concluded his third visit to China since coming to office nearly six years ago. That is as good an indication as how important it is for the US to maintain close friendly relations with China......more...

If not ‘Azadi’, Kashmiris got Azad.
J. N. RAINA

The die is cast. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has shown pragmatism and kept the cynics at bay, by giving a green signal for regime-change in Jammu and Kashmir. She has done no disservice, either to the country or to her party, by asking Mufti Mohammad......more...

Who will take the call from Northern Territories of Pakistan?
SARLA HANDOO

It has taken the world more than 58 years to wake up to the atrocities the people of Gilgit and Baltistan, popularly known as the Northern Areas of Pakistan, have been suffering. But, as they say, better late than never.......more...

Demilitarisation of Jammu & Kashmir
VINOD VEDI

In recent times Pakistani officials from General Pervez Musharraf downwards have been harping on the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier and the Line of Control and during the SAARC summit in Dhaka Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz......more...

Separatists know Kashmiris do not support them
J. N. RAINA

Remarkable is what a former ‘Prime Minister’ of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan said recently on Kashmir issue.......more...

Indo-Pak Relations - A bridge too far
SARLA HANDOO

The people of Kashmir have once again realized, as they always have, that Pakistan is interested only in the land of Kashmir and not its people.......more...

Musharraf says sorry for the Delhi blast
ATUL COWSHISH

It is hard not to be disgusted at the sheer opportunism of the Pakistani dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf. Ever so hungry for doing a PR job to salvage the image of a Pakistan thriving with jihadi culture......more...

Reframing ‘Strategic Depth’
Kanchan Lakshman

Ramankutty Maniyappan, a 36-year old from the southern Indian State of Kerala, and an employee of the Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was abducted on November 19, 2005. His beheaded body was found on a road between Zaranj, the capital of the Nimro......more...

Kashmir - Muslim Land?
VINOD KUMAR

While covering the devastating earthquake with its epicenter near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, it was rather disingenuous of The Oregonian (October 11, 2005) to publish articles indulging in the politics of the region.......more...

NO CRUTCHES FOR KASHMIRIS
MANOHAR TRAKRU

Churchill once said: ‘If you are going through hell, keep going.’ The young among the Kashmiri Pandit community seem to have adopted the core of this exhortation as their guiding motto with commendabl......more...

MADRASAS AS TERRORIST TRAINING CAMPS
SARLA HANDOO

Why did President Musharraf have to come to the point of declaring that foreign nationals attending the Madrasas in Pakistan must leave the country?......more...

A. Q. KHAN AND US PERFIDY
ATUL COWSHISH

We have it now on the authority of Ruud Lubbers, a long-serving former prime minister of Holland, that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had put pressure on the Dutch government......more...

WHY NOT CALL KASHMIR CASHMERE TO HERALD NEW TIDINGS?
J. N. RAINA

Kashmir valley--- otherwise the ‘vale of tears’ because of continuing militancy--- is brimming with exotic beauty this summer. Several thousand tourists, like honey bee......more...

Hate-India Campaign By British Muslim Radicals
ALLABAKSH

Britain has suddenly realised that radicalism has made deep inroads among its young Muslims. That would not have come as a surprise to Her Majesty’s government......more...

DON’T TAKE MUSHARRAF’S WORDS SERIOUSLY UNLESS BACKED BY ACTION
Tukoji Pandit

The normally unflappable Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf seems to have been rattled by the continuously unfavourable publicity that his country attracts after every major terrorist strike acro......more...

J&K: The Threshold of Violence
Kanchan Lakshman

Speaking in London on July 7, 2005, two days after the foiled terrorist attack at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, that these incidents, "if they get repeated, have the potential to disrup......more...

The Heavy Hand of Justice
Prof. K. N. Pandita

Supreme Court of India, the highest institution of justice in the country has delivered its judgement in the case of terrorist attack on the parliament. One of the accused has been given death senten......more...

WILL KASHMIRI PANDITS EVER RETURN TO THEIR ABODE?
J. N. RAINA

Tomorrow it would have been too late. Had I delayed my plan by a day, it would have been disastrous and disappointing. Peace of mind would have evaded me for the rest of my life, had the ‘mission’ (Ka......more...

NEED TO TACKLE ISLAMIC TERRORISM ON WAR FOOTING
J. N. RAINA

India will be deluding itself, if it thinks peace with Pakistan is just at its doorstep. It is notional. Chances of obtaining permanent peace are bleak, given the prevailing scenario of mass ‘recruitm......more...

New Commitments, New Betrayals
Amir Mir

That Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf's repeated claims of having taken concrete measures to clip the wings of the jehadi groups and reform their religious seminaries across Pakistan were......more...

TERROR: GET TO THE ROOTS
ALLABAKSH

It appears that it is easier to catch the culprits after a terrorist attack than to really understand the ‘root cause’ of the trouble and then annihilate it. At least that would appear to be the case......more...

London Attacks and Skewed Terror War
ALLABAKSH

The whole world is mourning the tragedy unleashed by the terrorist attack in London—and rightly so. More than 50 people were known to have died as a result of ‘coordinated’ attacks on the metropolitan......more...

PAKISTAN REVIVING MILITANT CAMPS
ATUL COWSHISH

Pakistani media has reported that the militant camps in the country are back in business after a temporary recess which was necessary to float the myth that Islamabad has come down heavily on terroris......more...

The Darkness of 'Enlightened Moderation'
Kanchan Lakshman

President Pervez Musharraf's policy of proclaimed 'enlightened moderation' has come under attack, this past week, both from within and, more ominously, from without. Investigations into the 7/7 London......more...

Iran’s election and the US
Prof. K. N. Pandita

Many western political pundits did not expect the result of the recent Iranian presidential election the way these have came about. The reason is that for quite some time, the American media has been......more...

The Jihad Runs Deep
Ajai Sahni

The reminders are as relentless as our efforts to deny, to forget. So, again, a little over a month after the Delhi cinema hall blasts of May 22, 2005, sought to inflame Sikh passions, a fidayeen (sui......more...

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