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London conference on Afghanistan: Implications for India
The London Conference on Afghanistan held recently has evoked differing reactions in the Indian media. At one extreme it has been welcomed as providing an effective solution to the Afghan problem, even though it may entail the return of Mullah Omar to power in Afghanistan, and at the other extreme it has been criticised not only for paving the way for the return of the Taliban but also for enhancing Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan at India's cost.
India-Pakistan Talks : A counter Productive Option
Government’s recent decision to seek talks with Pakistan, contrary to its own commitment to the nation that it will engage in this exercise only if the latter provides satisfaction in bringing to book the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack, is a counterproductive option with the following negative implications
Can't give in at this juncture
Let political considera­tions and communal pressures not weaken our resolve to the outrage in Mumbai. And let us not sugarcoat our response lest it sends an ambiguous signal to India's enemies. They have sent a message to us loud and clear in 200 dead and hundreds injured and so should our reply be. If Mumbai is not cleaned now, it will be seen only as our weakness and will work as further provocation for ter­rorists to strike.
Kandhar Hijacking, December 24 – 31, 1999 of IC 814 Indian Airlines Flight from Kathmandu to Delhi
A. Chronology of events December 24 16:15 Indian Airlines Flight 814 takes off from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 16:40 NSG told that it has to leave for Amritsar for Commando operation... 18:35 Hijacked aircraft began hovering over Amritsar airport.. 19:00 Violent touch down at Amritsar. 19:10
Releasing Masood Azhar was a political decision
At a time that fresh debate has broken over the handling of the IC-814 hijack, former IB Director AK Doval makes controversial revelations on the Kandahar deal and other crises in a candid interview to Harinder Baweja
Nuclear deal is an unmitigated disaster
The India-US nuclear deal will stunt India's emergence as a genuine nuclear weapon state, cripple its strategic deterrence, and reduce it to a US satrapy. Government's motivations in pushing ahead with it are, therefore, open to speculation, particularly as informed opinion is against it.
Bangladeshi infiltration is the biggest threat
He belongs to the 1968 batch of the Kerala cadre and retired as chief of the Intelligence Bureau in January 2005. Mr. Doval, who belongs to Garhwal, has outstanding credentials as an operations man. He made his name as a field operative in the Mizoram insurgency where he broke rebel leader Ladenga's hold over his private army. In 1989, he lead an IB team along with the Punjab police and National Security Guards in Operation Black Thunder to evacuate terrorists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
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