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June 18, 2003

India must get involved!
'We should certainly not send a force to Iraq to ingratiate ourselves with the US. We should do it because Iraq needs our help and because we are the best in the game in this part of the world.'

June 6, 2003

Last hope for Vikrant
'The Indian Navy should wait until the end of the year to see if the project makes headway. After that, it would be best to put the gallant carrier out of her misery.'

May 28, 2003

The bottom up approach
'The speed with which Indo-Pak diplomatic relations were restored and communications links repaired indicates that both are itching for peace and a normalisation of relations.'

May 10, 2003

Riding the waves
'One of the wisest things done by the Indian Navy was to keep DRDO well out of its building programme,' says Adm J G Nadkarni [retd]

April 23, 2003

Next stop: Syria or Iran?
'Syria or Iran appear to be the most likely candidates for the next regime change. The US and her allies are likely to resort to political and economic pressure rather than military action.'

April 8, 2003

A war gone wrong
'Whatever happens to Saddam Hussein, the US has already made a martyr out of him,'

March 22, 2003

The American World Order
'Will the rest of the world resign itself to living under the shadow of the street bully or will they try to develop a counter force?'

February 13, 2003

The ethics of war
'If a cricketer is induced to throw a match, it is match fixing. But if nations act in a mercenary way and accept bribes couched as "aid," then all is above board.'

February 23, 2003

Playing the nuclear game
'What if your adversary happens to be a fundamentalist ruled country? We will have to rethink all our nuclear doctrines if some WMDs fall in the hands of militants.'

February 11, 2003

Taking on Saddam
'We have shown little concern when American attention is focused on Iraq. But what if at a future date that same US third eye is opened against India? Who will be there to protect us then?'

January 28, 2003

Love that parade
'In having President Khatami as chief guest for Republic Day helped India gently remind the US that we do not necessarily agree with them on our enemies and friends.'

January 16, 2003

Risking the future
'The worst mistake India can make is not to take Pervez Musharraf seriously. That was the mistake we made in the eighties when scientists kept telling our leaders that Pakistan's nuclear programme was 'ten years behind us.'

December 31, 2002

Puny counties treat India with contempt
'India will only be respected when it becomes an economic giant.'

December 18, 2002

Assessing old bonds
'Indo-Russian relations have become pure business. Russia now looks to India to keep its defence industry afloat.'

December 4, 2002

When the Gods smiled on India
'Today when terrorism racks the nation, when people are beginning to divide along communal and caste lines, when the future does not look too bright, it does the soul good to look back and remember that electric year which began with uncertainty and ended in triumph.'

November 23, 2002

Towards a brutal nation
'If there is one thing the terrorists have succeeded in bringing about, it is the gradual transformation of India from a civilised, law abiding society into a brutal, violent population.'

November 12, 2002

Hollow promises on defence exports
'The government must disband its defence empire or at least relax its monopoly and stranglehold on this vital sector.'

October 26, 2002

A cup half-full
'To put it bluntly General Musharraf has called our bluff. Whatever gloss the government's spin doctors put on it, our first efforts at gunboat diplomacy have failed.'

October 17, 2002

Scourge of the 'bandh'
'When disaster strikes other countries, they work that much harder to make up for lost time and production. But Indians declare bandhs.'



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