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The Kaoboy Of R&AW

The Kaoboy Of R&AW

Jun 16, 2013

'There is one American species, which I could never bring myself to like during the 27 years I spent in the intelligence community — the officers of the US State Department.'

Shaking Hands

Shaking Hands

May 15, 2013

We should make it clear to the visiting Chinese PM that his country must take the first step of exchanging maps of the LAC which have to be the basis of further negotiations.

Let's Not Get Carried Away

Let's Not Get Carried Away

May 11, 2013

There is a need to restrain euphoric expectations from the positive statements on relations with India coming out of some mainstream Pakistani political leaders such as Nawaz Sharif,

Damaging Democracy

Damaging Democracy

May 08, 2013

In maintaining silence in the face of the Taliban’s violence, the PML (N) and the PTI have been short-sighted in calculating their electoral gains of questionable value

Target South Asia

Target South Asia

May 07, 2013

New jihadi magazine in English focuses on South Asia, including Afghanistan and India

Time For Change

Time For Change

May 03, 2013

The Prime Minister needs to immediately convene a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss a new strategy

The Chinese Motives

The Chinese Motives

May 01, 2013

The Chinese are seeking to pre-empt possible Indian activism against Chinese presence and interests in the Gilgit-Baltistan area

Those Magnificent Kaoboys On Mule-Back

Those Magnificent Kaoboys On Mule-Back

Apr 28, 2013

As the news pour in about Chinese incursions in Leh, here's a visit down memory lane recalling the exploits of some brave men in charge of gathering intelligence

Chinese Intrusions

Chinese Intrusions

Apr 23, 2013

The continuing Chinese troop intrusion in the western sector of the Sino-Indian border should be a matter for careful analysis and concern, but not alarm

Keep Politics Out

Keep Politics Out

Apr 19, 2013

The political parties should leave it to the police and the counter-terrorism experts to do the investigation of the Bangalore blasts with an open mind.

The Pressure Cooker Bomb

The Pressure Cooker Bomb

Apr 17, 2013

Reports of the perpetrator or perpetrators of the Boston blasts on April 15,2013, having used a pressure cooker bomb raise questions

Boston Blasts

Boston Blasts

Apr 16, 2013

An act of terrorism involving well-timed serial blasts. There was reportedly an interval of only a few minutes between the two explosions.

Can 1996 Repeat Itself In Afghanistan?

Can 1996 Repeat Itself In Afghanistan?

Apr 15, 2013

That is when the Taliban, with the help of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), captured power from the Afghan Mujahideen in Kabul and enforced its rule.

No Wiser One Year After

No Wiser One Year After

Apr 11, 2013

China is no longer an important and reliable window on North Korea as it used to be in the past. And the Chinese do not seem to have an answer to North Korea's recent threats

The Fire Spreads

The Fire Spreads

Apr 09, 2013

The anti-Han and anti-Beijing ferment, marked by endless self-immolations of freedom-loving Tibetans—monks and others, young and old, men and women— continues in the Tibetan areas of China.

Pakistan Elections: A Preview

Pakistan Elections: A Preview

Apr 07, 2013

Will the elections pave the way for another five years of civilian rule uninterrupted by Army intervention or will there be new instability prompting the Army to intervene?

Their Man In The NHRC

Their Man In The NHRC

Apr 01, 2013

The appointment of the retiring NIA chief at this time as a member of the NHRC will create a suspicion that the government has a hidden political agenda

'China's Michelle Obama'

'China's Michelle Obama'

Apr 01, 2013

That's how an American TV channel described China's glamorous first lady, but her past record as a PLA officer in and during the Tiananmen Square protests awaits scrutiny.

The View From Beijing

The View From Beijing

Mar 29, 2013

How does China view the recent meeting between Manmohan Singh and Xi Jinping?

Taming The Beast

Taming The Beast

Mar 29, 2013

Stung by widespread criticism of inaction by the security forces, the Myanmar President Thein Sein says he has authorized the use of force to prevent the spread of violence

Anti-Muslim Rumours

Anti-Muslim Rumours

Mar 26, 2013

It's time to step up online monitoring to prevent dissemination of morphed images as happened last year after the violent incidents in the Rakhine state

Flashpoint Meikhtila

Flashpoint Meikhtila

Mar 23, 2013

Between 20 and 26 persons are reported to have been killed in three days of violent clashes between Buddhists and Burman Muslims (not Rohingyas) in the central Myanmar cantonment town of Meikhtila

Congress Bureau Of Investigations?

Congress Bureau Of Investigations?

Mar 22, 2013

There is so far no evidence to believe that the raids were undertaken at the instance of anyone in the government or the Congress

L'Affaire Sanjay Dutt

L'Affaire Sanjay Dutt

Mar 22, 2013

My argument for a lenient view on Sanjay Dutt has nothing to do with his celebrity status or his family and social connections.

The Need To Know

The Need To Know

Mar 21, 2013

There is a need for the two governments to be more forthcoming on the border talks. Ultimately, public and political opinion in India has to accept a border settlement.

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