Commentaries & Articles
President Zardari’s India Visit: A Precursor To PM’S PAK Visit

President Zardari’s upcoming visit to India on April 8th shares some commonalities with Zia’s visit in February 1987 and Gilani’s visit in March 2011. In all three cases the visits were arranged at short notice and their ostensible purpose--....

Asif Zardari’s Visit: India Should Avoid The Old Mistakes

Quite clearly, between two countries which share an adversarial relationship, there is nothing that can ever be called a ‘personal’ visit by one head of state to the other country. And between India and Pakistan, this is quite simply impossibl....

Don’t Put Too Much in Store of US Bounty for Hafiz Saeed

Want to earn an easy $ 10 million? Just log on to the Rewards for Justice website of the US State Department, type in the submit a tip space on the website ‘116E, Johar Town, Lahore’ ... – the address of India’s and now also one of America....

Worrisome Trends For National Parties

The two main national parties – the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - are going to take a long time to digest the bitter medicine that has been administered to them by the electorate in the recent assembly elections held in five state....

Voting against Sri Lanka

Fighting an insurgency is dirty business. We in India know that. In the west, this is understood with the cold-blooded acceptance that is typical of them. And they have never hesitated to draw blood when their interests required it. It is only whe....

Hard Choices

ARMS PRCHASES ARE POLITICAL IN NATURE AND NOT SIMPLE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS The decision on the MMRCA contract has provoked a discussion on the degree of strategic thinking that goes into arms purchases by the Indian government. India is one of t....

Do We Ever Think Before We Act, Or Is It Ad-hocism Zindabad?

Britain has a coalition government in power, with David Cameron as Prime Minister, the Conservatives as the lead party and the Liberals as the junior partner. The Deputy Prime Minister is a Liberal. The common ground between the partners was iden....

The Arc of the India-US Partnership

US-India Geo-political Convergence? Is there a geo-political coherence in the India-US partnership that can be delineated on the ground by tracing a curving line across the globe or a sizable part of it that connects points of convergence? Where w....

Sea Dragon or Manatee- Red China Aircraft Carrier

The sailing of the former Varyag to be christened Shi Lang, a Qing Dynasty admiral who in 1681 conquered the Kingdom of Tungning — a territory better known today as Taiwan; reminds the author of the Gunter Grass poem “THE SEA BATTLE” An A....

Analysing India’s budget for 2012-13

India’s budget deficit is hardcoded into its left-liberal intellectual discourse. Most intelligent Indians comfortably straddle the views that government is corrupt, venal and inefficient and that more government spending is the answer to all devel....

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