From Alexander to
Changez Khan to George W Bush, the exercise of absolute power has begotten
senseless violence and destruction. Lord Acton, the British noble, has
rightly remarked, “all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
absolutely.” Power, be it political, economic or social, is intimately
associated with concepts like domination, control, subjugation,
authority and status.....more...
The A. Q. Khan Network and Justice
Dr. Subodh Atal
The only two entities in the world who claim that the
Pakistani regime was blissfully unaware of the network are: a) the Pakistani
regime itself, and b) the Bush administration. Both blame AQ Khan as a greedy
nuclear scientist who did it for riches......more...
Summitry in New York
What were the
prevailing domestic and international factors influencing Musharraf when he met
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 24? Domestically, he was finding a
lack of adequate support for his plans to continue as Army Chief beyond
December 31. While he could quite easily stage another bogus
'referendum' and announce that he had secured public support for his
plans, this route could further expose his lack of democratic and
The Forgotten Ones
They still exist
because they are part of their families. They still exist because they
are in the hearts and minds of their loved ones. They still exist
because they never left the ones they cherished. Their bodies left but
their souls, their memories, their messages, their convictions, their
beliefs, their values, their commitments are still with their friends
Sense and Political Will
of Pakistan with East Punjab as its mainland threw up the Punjabi
feudal-cum-military segment of her civil society as the prospective monopolist
of political and economic power. The segment provided handle to the imperialists
and capitalists to manipulate their policy in the subcontinent.....more...
An Open Letter to Syed Ali
Now that Yasin Mallik has
openly accused you of exploiting Islam, I feel vindicated. I along with lakhs of
my fellow Kashmiri Pandits have always held that view. All the displaced
Kashmiri Pandits hold the exploiters of Islam responsible for the loss of their
moorings. I believe no religion including Islam will permit the barbaric
persecution of a minority......more...
Why ‘Homeland’ for KPs?
Is there any
possibility of reversing the longest exodus of KP’s? ‘ Homeland’,
broadly encompassing a single but viable and secure zone of
resettlement, is the only feasible option on account of a variety of
compelling realities. This opportunity too may be lost if the ‘homeland’
option does not become a reality within next five years or so....more...
Islam in Central Asia
The difference between political Islam and secular Islam is that while
the former may or may not be secular the latter is always non-secular in
content. Political Islam has short term as well as long term agenda. Its
short term agenda is non-confrontational and non-provocative. Its long
term agenda is the logical outcome of sustained projection of Islamic
values and political system....more...
Indian Census and Muslim population
The Muslim population growth in India at
one and half times the rate of Hindu population growth rate is no
"revelation" and given the Hindu mindset and priorities neither is the
decline in the rate of growth of Hindu population. The broad outlines
have been there for centuries for anyone to see, if only one was willing
to face the reality....more...