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If Sharif Comes Back
For Musharraf, the Supreme Court decision allowing the return of the exiled Nawaz Sharif could mean a disaster. It turns upside down the delicately nuanced American-backed rescue plan to bail out Musharraf in the face of nationwide protests for end of army rule and restoration of democracy.
Needed: War on Error
Hyderabad blasts were waiting to happen; why they weren’t prevented is a longer story of deliberate diversion. For nations, it matters what happens to them; but the course of their history is often determined less by what happened and more by how they reacted. What is happening to India on the terrorist front is bad, but what is worse is the way we are reacting to it.
Growth of Maoists Fuelled by Politicians
In November 2004 when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Left Wing extremism constituted “an even greater threat to India than militancy in Jammu & Kashmir and the North East”, the country took it seriously. They expected that the government would respond with appropriate urgency. Three years down the line, it is clear that that hasn’t happened and the situation has actually worsened.
Changing Paradigms of National Security – Need to Transform and not Reform Intelligence Apparatus
Ever since the Chinese debacle of 1962, whenever the nation suffered any serious security setback there has been a clamoring for intelligence reforms. As if following a well rehearsed drill, Government assures urgent reforms, committees are formed, some changes are brought about and we wait till the next episode again triggers the cycle.
Impending Storm
THE ENEMIES, both within and without, use bullets and bombs, not to kill people. They are collateral damages. The real objective is to subdue the enemy by breaking its will and dictating its terms of peace. So far as emigrants go, according to the governor of Assam, 6,000 enter the state everyday. ULFA did start in 1979 as a violent movement to drive away foreigners who threatened their lands, jobs, culture, language and political voice. But that ULFA has died. In its new incarnation it is a handmaid of those who it had vowed to fight to the finish.
Op Moshtarak: Post Surge Operations in Afghanistan
Courtesy the Iraq diversion, the critical Counter- Terrorist campaign in Afghanistan had been deliberately underfunded and under-resourced for nearly a decade. The situation began to deteriorate steadily from 2005 onwards and the Taliban steadily increased its area of influence. The first five months of 2009 were characterised by a major spurt in Taliban activities: In 2009, there were 7228 IED attacks in Afghanistan, a 120 % increase over 2008 There were 519 foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Of these, 316 were US troops.
Significance of Putin’s Visit to India by Kanwal Sibal
Vladimir Putin deserves our esteem. On assuming power in 2000 he reversed the Yeltsin era drift in India-Russia relations and established a strategic partnership with India. His current visit is his fifth to India in 10 years, testifying to the personal commitment of this pragmatic and practical-minded man to Russia’s India relationship.
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