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June 25, 2007
INS Jalashwa a reflection of India-US trust
'From a modest beginning of 33 antiquated vessels in 1947, the Indian Navy has grown into a modern and forward looking fleet.'

June 19, 2007
Musharraf, the last military dictator in Pakistan
'In Pakistan, people have started believing that democratic forces will win this battle and the army will go back to the barracks, this time forever.'

June 18, 2007
Mute spectators or change activists? Who are you?
'We should not allow our nation to become a banana republic where terrorists roam free with Z-level official security while Kashmiri Hindus, who believe in India , live like refugees.'

June 15, 2007
No way to treat Pakistan
'Washington knows that it ultimately has to depend on the Pakistani army.'

June 14, 2007
Pakistan: Some likely scenarios
'A major internal upheaval cannot be ruled out.'

June 13, 2007
Why Guruvayur is different
'There seems to be a general ignorance of the laws among the lawmakers, Hindu and non-Hindu devotees.'

June 12, 2007
Saharashri-Amitabh: Friends in need
Politicians associated with Amitabh Bachchan have invariably nursed grand illusions. And suffered.

What a visit to Pakistan revealed
'The overall situation is unstable and any trigger like the capture/killing of Osama bin Laden or Musharraf extending his presidency could trigger events which could threaten the military's rule.'

June 07, 2007
Can the Adivasi status take Gujjars forward?
'Rajasthan Gujjars have not been able to benefit from the OBC quota. How do we interpret this extraordinary spectacle of backwardness?'

Don't ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee...
The G-8 summit provides a useful window seat for Dr Singh to assess the intensity of the 'new Cold War'.

May 31, 2007
In Bihar, will find money, will spend it
Aditi Phadnis on the new Bihar

Why Pranabda makes sense
As Pranab Mukherjee rightly emphasises in the case of Iran, Afghanistan too cannot be dealt with as a 'political entity' prised out of the ebb and flow of its history, its proud traditions.

The ABC of India's nuclear economics
Economics, not politics, is the hurdle in the US-India nuclear agreement's path.

May 30, 2007
Remembering India's old friends
Galbraith, Rosenthal and Moynihan saw India holistically for all its capabilities and its challenges.

May 29, 2007
Is the elite blocking India's new social order?
'The arrogant-affluent elite is putting roadblocks in the march of history, and that of democracy.'

May 26, 2007
Wanted in Cong: Natural leaders
Why would one join the Congress party, and have a zero per cent chance of ever being the leader, versus having a 0.1 per cent chance somewhere else?

May 25, 2007
Musharraf battles the odds
Musharraf's problems keep multiplying, and as elections approach, he finds himself fighting for his political survival. But generals do not let go of power easily. Their instinct is to cling on at all costs.

Hyderabad blasts: The ISI hand
The ISI's new terror matrix comprises three major terrorist groups, at least half-a-dozen big and small front organisations with extremist ideology, spanning three countries.

May 24, 2007
Saharashri vs Mayawati. The war is on!
The battle-lines are drawn. Both titans are flexing their muscles.

Are Pakistan's bombs safe?
'While most alarmist predictions about the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons are unlikely to materialise, instability is likely to increase unless Musharraf redirects the Pakistani ship of state.'

May 22, 2007
Manuwadi in Mayaraj
The man who helped Mayawati to keep her head down and nose to the grindstone.

Why the defence ministry failed to spend Rs 3500 cr
MoD bureaucracy's reluctance to conclude contracts for fear of victimisation by "the three Cs". That's the CBI, the CVC and the CAG.

Karachi burns, India gains
The Karachi carnage was far worse than the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Gujarat carnage, says Mohammad Shehzad

May 17, 2007
Why should India test now?
Deterrence, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder. And if the beholder cannot see a well-tested 100 KT warhead, he is unlikely to be deterred for long.

It's the NPT, not Iran
Iran is a large country with great civilization and culture behind it and it would be foolhardy to try pushing it around as a non-entity.

May 16, 2007
Do we really have a nuclear deterrent?
'India has had seven years after the 1998 tests, what has it done on the weapons front?'

The split between the two Frances
The French election probably reflects the deep uneasiness of a nation caught resting while the world around is changing.

May 15, 2007
The case for nuclear testing
We have only thought of acquiring a nuclear deterrence capability, but we have deluded ourselves into believing that we have already accomplished it.

May 14, 2007
Mayawati ushers in a new social revolution
'Her victory has the potential to trigger a new social revolution in India.'

Amend US law, or reject nuclear deal
'India should not succumb to the US ploy and help their approach by over-dramatizing the importance of the 123 Agreement to the Indian public.'

May 10, 2007
Who killed India’s 1857 legacy?
'The India that 1857 represents is not the India where a Hindu police officer from Gujarat kills a Muslim in a fake, fascist, communal encounter.’

May 09, 2007
The glorious example of 1857
'The movement of 1857 was in expanse and significance greater than just a mutiny in the army. Its most significant characteristic was the unity of the Hindus and Muslims in the struggle against foreign rule.'

Can the US escape from Empire?
'America's latest post-Cold War tryst with neo-con global political evangelism in Iraq is nearing the end of the trail.'

May 07, 2007
Lesson from 1857: don't forget your past
The significance of 1857 for today's youth is that it makes you realise that we all are one people in spite of our diversity.

Mayawati will win over 184, double digits for SP, BJP
In case Governor Rajeshwar Rao refuses to recognise her numerical strength and dares to invoke President's Rule, then UP may have some rare fireworks.

April 30, 2007
BJP in UP: Hindu Divided Family
The BJP's Lilliputians have not grown up, though they have grown old.

Why the mullahs will win in Pakistan
The storm will wreak havoc not just in Pakistan but around the world, which still has its eyes tightly shut to the silent revolution sweeping through Pakistan.

April 25, 2007
Why the Ram Setu must not be destroyed
Nobody is opposing the Sethu Samudram Project, only a realignment of the route is being asked, as the present one destroys the Ram Setu.

April 23, 2007
Forever separate and unequal
'Quotas based on caste- and creed-neutral standards that exclude the 'creamy layer' may be the only way to get out of Arjun Singh's casteist chakravyuha.

April 18, 2007
Battleground UP: a verdict that will shock
Imagine a Dalit naari single-handedly fighting Moolahyumm Singh, the BJP star brigade and the Congress party! Today, Mayawati is the darling behenji of the masses.

April 17, 2007
SEZs could create a water crisis
The trouble is, in backward areas where infrastructure is weak, the impact of SEZ on access to water would be even more serious.

April 16, 2007
Misconceptions about India, Pak abound
Excerpts from India's Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon's speech on 'India-Pakistan: Understanding the Conflict Dynamics' at Jamia Millia Islamia on April 11.

The unnamed enemy of Pakistan
Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is fighting for the supremacy of law, and that is why a judge has become a hero of the masses for the first time

April 12, 2007
Pakistan's lies, exposed again
'Zahid Hussain lays out, in considerable detail, the extent of Pakistan's involvement and active support for terrorism.'

April 11, 2007
America, India and their role in global security
The United States must reach out for new allies, and its focus must expand from Europe to Asia.

Mizoram: Peace in peril
David Buhril on the perils that face a 'peaceful' Mizoram.

April 04, 2007
Mulayam faces uphill battle in UP
Mulayam's exit will make way for Mayawati to return to power. UP has now begun to resemble Tamil Nadu. Two regional parties rule by turn.

Lessons for SAARC from the European Union
The journey towards South Asian integration will be long and arduous, but it has to start one day!.

March 29, 2007
The transformation of SAARC
In reality SAARC is largely a name board with annual rituals, not always regularly observed.

March 28, 2007
Why Mayawati is wooing the Brahmins
Dalits are seeking a new social contract -- this time at the initiative of the Dalits themselves, and on their own terms and conditions.

Moolahyumm, Congress battle for 3rd place in UP
All the crores coming out of the coffers of Moolahyumm, Subroto Roy, Anil Ambani, Amar Singh, Shivpal Singh, Adi Godrej and others cannot influence the disgusted electorate of UP.

March 26, 2007
'I believe in freedom'
President Pervez Musharraf says Pakistan is progressing and no one can stop that progress.

March 23, 2007
What happened in Nandigram
CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat on the incidents in Nandigram and its aftermath.

March 16, 2007
Maoists' dream can become India's nightmare
The Maoist threat needs to be taken very seriously.

March 13, 2007
Lessons from urban Punjab for the Congress
The Congress policy of minority appeasement and burdening the middle-class has cost it dear in Punjab.

March 12, 2007
Will the peace process survive Musharraf?
With President Musharraf under pressure from the US, his continuance as leader of Pakistan is under a cloud, says Anil Athale.

March 02, 2007
Just why did Cheney meet Musharraf?
'To belittle the general, to chastise him like an errant school boy -- that was the last thing on Cheney's mind.'

February 28, 2007
What Kalam told India’s defence scientists
What President Kalam told young scientists at DRDO.

February 23, 2007
Why Pak needs to keep the peace process going
In 2007, Musharraf faces a situation more critical than the one he faced after the 2002 confrontation with India. At that time the US Administration was not as unfriendly to him as it is today. The jihadis were not as defiant as they are today.

February 22, 2007
Are India, China & Russia ready for a breakthrough?
What we are seeing is a demonstration of how in today's complex global scenario there can be issue-based coalitions of States.

February 21, 2007
Manipur: The Irom Sharmila saga
Iram Sharmila has been on fast for six year deamading the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

February 15, 2007
India surveys the energy war
India disregards Washington's propaganda that Iran is a terrorist state that is threatening regimes in neighbouring countries.

February 08, 2007
Manipur polls: The issues at stake
The Congress squares up with the Manipur Peoples Party.

February 06, 2007
Why the Cauvery award is flawed
The award fails on some crucial tests of equity, efficiency, technology and science, says water expert Himanshu Thakkar.

January 25, 2007
Putin comes to India riding on Russia's resurgence
Seldom in modern history has a leader achieved such remarkable success against such seemingly hopeless odds, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has in marshalling the native genius of his people.

Send your child to the Republic Day parade
To honour the Republic with a hope for better things to come for all, remember the founders long gone and think of those who serve in the nation's armed forces.

January 24, 2007
China's satellite killer: Should India worry?
China's anti-satellite missile may be targetted at the US now, but it can easily be turned on India.

January 23, 2007
Why Russia and India matter to each other
'At crucial times, it was this country that consistently stood by us in international forums on vital issues like Kashmir.'

January 22, 2007
I want India to have a heart
'I don't want India to be a superpower that is just made up of brain and brawn. I want India to have a heart. The heart of a superpower, a civilised country.'

January 19, 2007
Assam: The Bangla hand
The ISI alone has not adopted the ULFA. The collateral adopter is the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence of Bangladesh.

January 11, 2007
Ninth Schedule: What the SC verdict means
'It makes the Supreme Court one of the most powerful courts in the world.'

January 04, 2007
The fun has gone out of flying
Overcrowded airports, inefficient staff and loutish passengers make for a harrowing experience.

January 02, 2007
The limits of Indo-US partnership
Rajiv Sikri say there are severe limitations to the Indo-US partnership.

'In my end is my beginning'
There is a great alienation in the Arab world today between the ruler and the masses. Can that be Saddam's final legacy in the annals of Arabia's history?

Saddam's execution: an end to unified Iraq?
Saddam would continue to inspire Sunni Arabs to not only oppose the US but also other governments that are perceived to be US puppets.

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