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September 29, 2006
Pakistan needs democracy, not a military president
The most positive message coming out of Musharraf's book is the absence of the word 'General' from the title. One can hope he will put away his uniform next year.

September 28, 2006
Musharraf conquered Washington, but not Pakistan
If Kargil was a military success why did Musharraf not inform his nation about this great success in the last seven years?

September 27, 2006
What caused India's about-turn in Havana?
How peacefully the coming festivals pass will determine if Dr Singh's change in Pakistan policy was prudent or a costly historic concession.

Why we need to break the chains of gay people
By removing laws which criminalise same-sex activity, these communities can join the mainstream, demand rights which facilitate access to health facilities and get on with their lives.

September 26, 2006
Jharkhand's new tryst
The new chief minister runs a single-member party, so you can imagine the clout he'll have, writes Aditi Phadnis.

'India rejects any linkage between terrorism and religion'
'In the struggle to contain and eliminate terrorism, India has sought to strike a balance between security imperatives and political measures.'

How Musharraf conquered Washington
Bush's high praise for Musharraf calls attention to the extreme vulnerability of Washington's Afghanistan policy in the weeks ahead.

September 25, 2006
'India is a model of peaceful co-existence'
'In an age in which people talk of the end of history and a clash of civilisations, Gandhi's message is that civilisations enrich each other by overlapping and interacting.'

India-US: partners of convenience?
The language of the NAM communique suggests the need to contain irrational exuberance about prospects for a close US-India strategic partnership.

September 20, 2006
Salaam Malegaon!
'The exemplary peace and restraint shown by Malegaon after the recent blasts is perhaps a sign that things might finally be turning around for the better.'

In Havana there was more give than take
'We came out of Havana with much of our position on terrorism diluted.'

September 11, 2006
The mighty Maratha's fall
How did the mighty slide so fast? The downfall began somewhere in the beginning of 2005 when Sharad Pawar decided to contest elections for the Board of Cricket Control in India again.

September 06, 2006
India's Baloch dream
'Indian discourses on slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti are increasingly wearing the look of reveries -- of dreams running ahead of time, which would ultimately would make enormous demand on Indian credibility.'

'Let's not lose sleep over Vande Mataram'
'We have thousands of serious issues at hand. Let us stop being hypocrites and stop raising a hue and cry over things that do not matter.'

September 05, 2006
India's West Asia dilemma
Today, India has strong bilateral cooperation with Israel in agriculture and high tech areas. But our relations with Arab countries are also equally important.

September 01, 2006
In Shiv Shankar Menon, the best person has won
Whenever a tough diplomatic job had to be done, the government turned to Shankar. And, like his uncle and grandfather before him, he will bring laurels to India.

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