War on Terrorism:
Detour Through Bechtels and Halliburtons
week, President George W. Bush triumphantly landed on a US aircraft
carrier, and declared victory in two of the battles against terrorism.
Iraq was conquered, and Afghanistan was undergoing rigorous
nation-building. We should all feel safe, because the President has just
led the nation, and the world, to security a year and a half after
Surrender to Jehad
Subodh Atal, Ph. D.
The recent Srinagar climbdown by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is
one of the most ignonimous defeats for kafirs (infidels) around the world at the
hands of the Islamic ummah. While Pakistan continues to send murderers and
barbarians to kill Indians every day in Jammu and Kashmir, Vajpayee has suddenly
turned Indian policy on its head, contradicted his own senior ministers, and
ignored the advice of his intelligence agencies which don't see any letup in
Pakistani terror in the foreseeable future....More...
UN Relevance and US Unilateralism
Three years ago, I heard a brilliant lecture by senior United Nations official
Shashi Tharoor on the intricacies of US-UN relations. Tharoor was speaking in
the historic Old Library of All Souls College, Oxford, bringing alive the
somnolence of glass-painted classical architecture with a dazzling mixture of
history and vision, foreboding and hope. The two intertwined hot topics of the
time were outstanding dues owed by the US government to the UN (arrears then
topping US$1 billion) and the blistering attack against the UN by right-wingers
in the US Congress, led by Republican hawk Jesse Helms........More...
SADDAM HUSSEIN & PERVEZ MUSHARRAF
An Open Letter To American Friends
The US has successfully overthrown
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Before and during the war, President George
Bush repeatedly emphasised that this was not a war against Iraq and the Iraqi
people, but against the dictatorial regime of Saddam for harbouring
international terrorists, for acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and
for destroying democracy and suppressing his people.......More...
J&K - Stumbling out of the
There has been an enormous burst of activity and accompanying euphoria since
India's Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, visited Srinagar on April 18 and
made an offer of renewed talks with Pakistan over the vexed Kashmir issue. The
move has been greeted with a crescendo of international approval, and has drawn
enthusiastic responses from the US as well, with Secretary of State Colin Powell
declaring: "All this is very, very promising at a time when we were beginning to
wonder whether or not we were not going back to the potential of conflict.".....More...
Did Babar love India?
There is an extremely disturbing and alarming trend amongst the Indian
intelligentsia to glean from history what suits their bias. Rather than accept
the historical fact that the Muslim invasion of India has, by almost all
accounts (including the historical writings of the invaders themselves), been
the bloodiest in the history of the World, these "scholars" try to project a
more "respectable" account of the Islamic invasion of India. Anyone who rejects
this rosy picture of history is immediately dismissed as being a Hindutva freak.
Thus, when even a respected journalist like Naipaul, dares to speak the truth,
he is accused of succumbing to the Hindutva propaganda......More...
A Prime Minister with an Olive Branch
Prime Minster Vajpayee’s recent visit to Kashmir has
brought about a euphoric mixture of stale rhetoric, patent political claptrap,
far-fetched poetic interpolations and contradiction of sorts. Little, it seems,
did the PM know that the Kashmiri verses of Mahjoor that he quoted were the
battle cry of Kashmiri nationalists in their fight against autocratic rule in
the 1930s and 40s. To an ordinary Kashmiri these verses carry the same import
today, although in a play staging different actors.....More...