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June 28, 2003

Mapping the roadblocks
'Time is not on China's side, as Japan, India, Australia, US, Singapore, Philippines and the Middle East see the value of fighting terrorism by military action, and the value of building traditional and non-traditional alliances,' says Madhuri Santanam Sondhi

June 27, 2003

India-China ties: No longer hostage to the past
'If the Joint Declaration signed last Tuesday are upheld in political practice and policy, then Mr Vajpayee will have succeeded at long last in moving the bilateral relationship firmly onto the track of cooperation in all fields,' says Mira Sinha Bhattacharjea

June 23, 2003

The dragon's preferred option
'If China can be convinced that Indian policies will be truly governed by enlightened nonalignment, the Chinese proclivity to create counters against India's neighbourhood may diminish.'

June 21, 2003

America's great game
'America is merely waiting for the opportunity to pounce and hijack the entire Kashmir issue.'

June 20, 2003

The Neelam Plan
'Pakistan has consistently defined the Kashmir imbroglio over the last 57 years, they have defined the problem, they have defined the issues, they have taken a lead in actions and they now are defining the solution.'

June 19, 2003

General Contradictions
'If democracy is not yet evolved in Pakistan, then how could Pakistan -- or its tin pot dictator -- judge the fairness of elections in the world's largest functional democracy?'

India-China: Neither friends nor enemies
'India-China are in a transitional period. Explicit war challenges and threats won't happen between us now. We are neither allies nor rivals.'

June 13, 2003

Mr Advani, are you reading this?
'No one, not even one with a way with words like L K Advani, can by any stretch of imagination call the Hillkaka intrusion cross border terrorism? Somebody in this govt must be held responsible for it.'

May 21, 2003

Message to Vijay: Tee Off, Don't Sound Off
'We as a community could do with some introspection. This includes being able to tell our stars where to get off,' says champion shooter Roopa Unnikrishnan.

May 15, 2003

Dawn of a new imperial era
'With the major role of special forces in this and coming wars, internal cohesion and security have become vital even for external defence,' says Colonel Anil Athale (retd).

May 14, 2003

Words to the wise
Why is this term 'cross-border terrorism' used, when the infiltrators come from 'Azad' Kashmir, an integral part of India according to the Indian stand?.

May 5, 2003

What's Musharraf up to?
'The US strategic plan involves propping up Musharraf at all costs and satisfying India's security perceptions. It has brought pressure on India to reopen talks with Pakistan,' says Lieutenant General (retd) Eric A Vas.

May 2, 2003

'Kashmir is not okay, Mr Sayeed'
'Kashmir is not fine. Why can't you see it? Fourteen years, thousands of lives, billions of rupees and not a lesson learnt,' says Seema Kachru.

April 21, 2003

Reassessing the Chinese threat
'Earlier when Fernandes had objected to the 'reluctance' to face the reality about China's intentions, a hue and cry was raised in India. But today it appears his concerns are shared by the US,' says Claude Arpi.

April 16, 2003

Will the subcontinent be next?
'The overall dynamics of events is such that one way or the other, the subcontinent would soon be in the US crosswires... it could be either India or Pakistan,' says Colonel [retd] Anil Athale.

April 10, 2003

America may win the war, but peace may be elusive
'America could face new and unexpected challenges. Surmounting those hurdles could drag the country deeper into the Arab quagmire,' says A K Pasha.

April 08, 2003

Mr Prime Minister, please walk the talk
'India needs to stand up for its rights, defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, with or without the United States,' says Lalit Koul.

April 05, 2003

It is not about Saddam anymore
'This war has now taken an unexpected turn -- thanks to the Iraqi people's reluctance to accept the Americans at their face value. Where Saddam Hussein is not an issue, George Bush is.' says Sajid Bhombal.

March 28, 2003

How India can counter terror
'Be warned even if cross-border infiltration is stopped, terrorism will not stop. On the contrary, be prepared for it to escalate'. says Lieutenant General (retd) Eric A Vas.

March 27, 2003

Will the Pandits ever find a home?
'The silence on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits is deafening. Their relatively small numbers has made them largely irrelevant in political discourse,' says Seema Kachru.

March 25, 2003

The real tragedy of Kashmir
'In the last 13 years, governments have come and gone in India. But none has given any credence to the plight of Kashmiri Hindus,' says Lalit Koul.

March 22, 2003

Mundane Impressions of Iraq
'USA is least bothered about the Iraqis. It is also not bothered about the rich cultural heritage of Iraq, starting from the Mesopotamian civilisation and the great Babylon,' says John Brittas.

March 20, 2003

'This is not about Iraqi oil'
US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says disarming Iraq is the 'second front' in war on terror.

March 17, 2003

Shed no tears for Saddam
'Iraq is the right place to begin the American war on Islamic fundamentalism,' says Colonel [retd] Anil Athale.

March 14, 2003

War in the Shadows
'Neither India nor Pakistan are such fragile States that terrorist bombings can effect major changes,' says Colonel Anil Athale [retd].

March 10, 2003

Daddy, why can't we go to Kashmir?
'400,000+ people ethnically cleansed from their places of birth. 700,000+ people made homeless. A whole community forced to live like refugees in their own country. And when this community asks for its rightful rights, nobody cares.' says Lalit Koul.

February 10, 2003

Symbol of an awakened civilisation
'All that the leaders of the movement are asking at this point in time is that their part of the undisputed site be returned to them. It does in no way affect the judicial proceedings on the disputed site,' says RSS joint spokesman Ram Madhav.

January 27, 2003

Let's get our basics right
'India has to fight communalism -- whether Hindu or Muslim. Failure to do so will destroy the very concept of India,' says Sajid Bhombal

January 24, 2003

From Quota to Affirmative Action
'Race in America and caste in India are lived along very similar lines, with an articulation that is remarkably similar, from the peaceful to the militant,' says Tanmaya Kumar Nanda.

January 14, 2003

Hindustan to Modistan, simply impossible!
'If majority communalism could result in stability and prosperity, Pakistan should have been the most stable and prosperous nation on earth,' says Sajid Bhombal.


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