Blind Old Men of Hindustan
The strategic world has received a big shock from the recent utterances and
writings of India’s ‘super hawk’ realist scholar and practitioner, Bharat Karnad.
Karnad, who was involved in putting together India’s Draft Nuclear Doctrine, had
been advocating India as a potent nuclear weapon state for decades before the
1999 Pokhran II tests.....more...
A Failure of Democracy - In America
Dr. Subodh Atal
57% of the American public still believes the Saddam-Al Qaeda yarn, and very likely a miniscule minority know anything
about the extent of Al Qaeda penetration of the Pakistani military,
intelligence, nuclear and political establishments......more...
The Hurriyat has shown its true colours --- yet again. Its call to the
people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott the coming Lok Sabha polls
because 'the election process is no solution to the Kashmir problem' is
one in a long series of deeds which reveal its disdain for democracy and
all else that India stands for......more...
Revisiting India’s North-Western
Implications of partition of India in a manner that
allowed Pakistan the control of northern and north-western Kashmir were
not seriously taken into account. Historical record dealing with Nehru’s
handling of partition and later on the Kashmir issue gives only a faint
indication of his concern on this count. He had other serious and
crucial matters to attend. In the process he could not concentrate on
Indian dominion’s new northwestern frontier.......more...
Riding the Jehadi Tiger
Terror, like chickens, comes home to roost. Arrests made earlier this
month near Baghdad have blown the lid off links between the
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
and Islamist groups fighting the United States military in Iraq:
evidence that ought to cause at least some embarrassment to USA's South
Asia establishment, currently in the throes of a grand détente with
The Politics of a Retreat
Ever since President Musharraf announced a turn-around on his country's
support to the
and Al Qaeda
on September 19, 2001, Pakistan has been treading a thin line between
placating the domestic Islamist extremist constituency and maintaining
the alliance with the United States......more...
Shukoh an apostate?
his decapitation, such was the hatred of Aurangzeb towards his brother
that after his capture, Dara Shukoh and his son were paraded through the
streets of Delhi dressed in tattered clothes and seated on a
miserable-looking female elephant. Dara
Shukoh was executed not only on the charge of heresy and infidelity, but
also for the crime of calling Hinduism and Islam 'twin brothers'.......more...
is sincere in peace talks?
K. N. Pandita
Contrary to all expectations, interface between India and
Pakistan at the 60th session of the UN Human Rights
Commission at Geneva was bizarre and loaded with more gunpowder. The six
– week long session came to an end on 23 April 2004 leaving both India
and Pakistan badly mauled and bruised on Kashmir issue.......more...