India must craft an independent policy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan without relying on the United States, argues Praful Bidwai.
ON February 12, Pakistan did something that no state barring Libya has done in recent times. It admitted that some of its nationals were involved in a terrorist act – specifically, the November 26-29 attacks in Mumbai – and that the conspiracy to carry it out was at least partially planned on Pakistani soil.
The government of Pakistan released A.Q. Khan from house arrest earlier this month. The former head of the country's nuclear weapons uranium enrichment program had been detained since 2004, following revelations of his decades-long role as part of a nuclear black market selling nuclear technology, materials, and even nuclear weapon designs.
Washington responded with an awkward shuffle. When asked if, during his visit to Islamabad, White House Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had expressed U.S.
As India’s general election approaches, political parties are staking out their respective spaces and struggling to build the right alliances. As of now, none of the three still-evolving rival blocs—the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, and the as-yet-emerging Third Front—has established a decisive lead. Whether India will witness a three-horse race or a free-for-all leading to a badly hung Parliament is still an open question.
It is clear that Pakistan's stonewalling tactics have strengthened the
hands of Indian hardliners, who now advocate covert action in Pakistan,
or coercive diplomacy targeting the shared waters of the Indus River
system with a view to reducing their flows into Pakistan.
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (IPS) - Five weeks after India handed over a dossier to Islamabad containing detailed evidence on the Nov. 26-29 Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan has finally promised an official response, based on investigations by its Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
However, the Indian government is disappointed at a statement issued on Feb.
An unfortunate consequence of vitiated India-Pakistan relations immediately after the Mumbai terrorist attacks was the relatively muted response of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the two countries. Earlier, they had campaigned for peace while braving hostility from both establishments.
But the shock from the world's worst-ever case of extremists ruthlessly mowing down 180 innocent civilians in public places--as distinct from using bombs--didn't leave them unaffected.
The scandal concerning India’s fourth biggest IT company, Satyam, in which more money was stolen than in the Enron case, testifies to how free market policies have encouraged greed and corruption in India, writes Praful Bidwai.
THEY were supposed to be the brightest and the best – products of the finest that India has to show by way of technical prowess, and shining examples of what industry, perseverance and innovation can achieve in a globally important sunrise industry.
It’s nauseating that some of India’s topmost businessmen have stooped to orchestrating a campaign to make Gujarat’s Narendra Milosevic Modi India’s Prime Minister. Barely two months ago, businessmen had made Modi their poster-boy at the opening of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit.
The savage violence visited upon Gaza, which has already resulted in the death of more than 500 people and caused large-scale devastation, has had a salutary effect in discrediting the idea that military force is the preferred and natural answer to terrorism.
EVEN though it is a coincidence, the utterly horrifying and grossly disproportionate Israeli military aggression against Gaza has brought home to many Indians the profound absurdity of relying on overwhelming force to deal with conflict or discontent.