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December 28, 2008
Attacks probe: The need for secrecy
'What was the need for the investigating officers to tell the journalists about the place where the surviving Lashkar terrorist was being detained and where he is going to be transferred next? Don't they realise that such information would be useful to the Lashkar and the ISI if they want to mount an operation to rescue or eliminate him? What was the need for the journalists to find out such sensitive details and disseminate them in the media?'

December 16, 2008
Why there could be a surge in terrorism
The government should immediately carry out tailor-made terrorism prevention and incident management drills for each metro city, clearly identifying who will be responsible for leadership and co-ordination. A similar drill should be prepared for the government of India. The drill should cover aspects such as incident management, media management, management of relatives, public management, co-ordination between the state affected and the Centre etc.

December 09, 2008
Lashkar-e-Tayiba: A history of terrorism
Lakhvi's reported arrest, if confirmed, speaks of the intense pressure on Pakistan from the US to act against the Lashkar. India, the US and the rest of the international community should ensure that this is not a cosmetic step like similar steps in 2002 and that the LeT infrastructure in Pakistan is dismantled and those involved in the Mumbai terrorist strike against Indians, Israelis, Americans and others are brought to justice.

November 27, 2008
How safe are our nuclear establishments?
Till now, we were greeting with glee Pakistan's incompetence in dealing with terrorism. We can no longer do so. We have become as clueless as Pakistan. I wanted to write much more, but my mind doesn't work. As I watch on the TV what is happening in Mumbai, I shiver and sweat at the thought of what is waiting to happen tomorrow and where, says B Raman

November 19, 2008
If pirates can take a supertanker, so can al-Qaeda
Instead of leaving it to the US, India should take the initiative in bringing like-minded countries -- including Japan, China, the ASEAN countries, Pakistan and Iran -- together for working out an effective maritime security architecture.ieve that the government can effectively protect the minorities through its police, judiciary and other organs of the state?

November 03, 2008
The Indian jihadi net
In the face of the inaction by the government, the Indian Mujahideen is growing, like the Internet, organically -- with nobody knowing where is the beginning of this Jihadi Net, where is its end, how the various jihadi cells are connected with each other and who is facilitating their connectivity. It is a frightening scenario.

October 30, 2008
Everyone is clueless on Assam
It is too early to say who was involved in the explosions of October 29 -- ULFA only or ULFA plus? One has to wait for the results of the investigation, but from the large number of casualties and the widespread nature of the attacks, one thing is already clear -- there has been a worrisome increase in the lethality of the explosives available to the terrorists and their ability to use them effectively.

October 09, 2008
India caught in cyber terror web
Cyber terror is the new danger that haunts cops, says security analyst B Raman.

October 06, 2008
View: Indians killing Indians
If the Bajrang Dal comes to be viewed as a suspected terrorist organisation, the first to feel the pressure and adverse effect will be the supporters of the organisation in the Hindu diaspora abroad. It is in their interest to exercise pressure on the Bajrang Dal and drive some sense into it.

October 02, 2008
After Baitullah, what?
B Raman on the situation in Pakistan after the death of Baitullah.

October 01, 2008
Why a new ISI chief is anointed
Security analsyst abd rediff columnist B Raman on why a new ISI chief was anointed in Pakistan.

September 16, 2008
Discrepancies in IM's e-mails need to be studied
Why does the IM talk of three e-mails when the media has received five e-mails?

September 13, 2008
The Indian Mujahideen threat is real
It is important to have a common investigation cell for the whole of India to identify the various elements involved in this wide area network and neutralise them. Piecemeal investigation in different states ruled by different political parties each with its own partisan perception and agenda will result in our continuing to bleed at the hands of this network.

September 10, 2008
Al Qaeda is down but not out
Anger is the basic root cause of all terrorism. The anger is often caused by domestic or external factors. While India may not have much control over the external factors, it should be able to detect in time signs of anger due to domestic reasons and take action to address them. Unaddressed anger at the domestic level drives the angry into the arms of trans-national organisations such as al Qaeda in course of time.

August 25, 2008
Message in Indian Mujahideen's latest email
The e-mail identity of the originator has also been changed to al-arbi-al-Hind. In this context, al-Arbi could mean only 'The Arab' and not Wednesday. Thus, the e-mail identity used means 'The Arab of India'. Why so, since the IM claims to be an organisation totally of Indian Muslims with no external links? Why the originator projects himself as 'The Arab'? Is it a reference to one of the two Indian Muslims operating from Saudi Arabia for many years?

August 19, 2008
Musharraf checked his army's anti-India reflexes
In Pakistan, the Army has always been in the driving seat of policy-making on Kashmir. Musharraf, in the driving seat of power, brought in a certain measure of moderation after his bitter experience during the Kargil conflict. With a politician in the driving seat, there will be greater uncertainties for India in Kashmir since his control over the Army will be less than that of Musharraf.

Terror's new faces
According to the Gujarat police, Muufi Abu Bashir was present in Ahmedabad on the day of the blasts. It is not yet known where he was from January 2007 to March 2008, when he allegedly took over as the head of the SIMI network after the arrest of Safdar Nagori, the general secretary of SIMI, and his brother Karimuddin by the Indore police in March this year.

August 13, 2008
View: Playing into the hands of jihadis
What the terrorists have failed to achieve so far in other parts of India through their repeated acts of terrorism, the Government of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party have achieved for them in Jammu and Kashmir -- the government through its shockingly ham-handed handling of a sensitive issue and the BJP by its cynical exploitation of the communal tensions arising from the government's mishandling.
August 04, 2008
View: The terror threat to the Olympics
The fact that the two terrorists could mount the attack on August 4 despite the round-up of over a hundred suspected Uighur militants by the Chinese police since the beginning of this year underlines the continuing weaknesses of the Chinese ministry of public security, which is responsible for internal intelligence.
July 30, 2008
Is Dawood behind Indian Mujahideen?
The mobilisation of such a large number of people plus the procurement of the motor vehicles for the blasts would have involved considerable expenditure. Only Dawood Ibrahim would have had such resources and the ability to mobilise such a large number of people, as he did in March 1993 in Mumbai.
July 27, 2008
ISI's Indianisation of jihad
'The Indianised jihad is presently targeted against the BJP, but it could turn against the American and Israeli presence in India in due course.'
July 25, 2008
Message from the Bengaluru blasts
From preliminary reports, one could make the following surmise: firstly, the terrorists did not want to cause mass casualties; secondly, Bengaluru has the largest concentration of foreign businessmen and experts, but they did not want to target them; thirdly, they did not want to target the foreign tourists either.

LTTE's ceasefire: Public relations or more?
The Sri Lankan government is justified in suspecting that this ceasefire may also be meant to enable the LTTE to re-group its cadres if the ceasefire offer is reciprocated by the government so that when the fighting is resumed after the SAARC summit, it would be in a better position to defend itself. Its reluctance, if not refusal, to reciprocate is understandable.
July 17, 2008
How global events can affect the Muslim vote
The criticism of the government was not specific relating to the nuclear deal. It was more in relation to what they saw as India's co-operation with the US and Israel in the war against jihadi terrorism.
June 07, 2008
Why the Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked
There has been a sharp increase in acts of terrorism in Afghanistan since the new Pakistan government assumed office in Islamabad in March.
June 06, 2008
Did Musharraf tell Sharif about Kargil?
'Who is telling the truth -- Musharraf in his book in which he claimed that Nawaz was on board or General Kiani, who claims that Nawaz was informed in passing after the Pakistan army had moved into the Kargil heights?'
May 20, 2008
Counter-terrorism: Some home truths
There is no reason for us to indulge in breast-beating after every terrorist strike. By doing so, we only add to the image of the terrorists in the eyes of their community. It is often easier to destroy the terrorists than the image which the media and the agencies unwittingly create of them by projecting them as if they are invincible. They are not.
May 19, 2008
Shanghai Diary: Why the Chinese are unhappy
This is the last of B Ramn's three-part series on his impressions of China.
May 15, 2008
Jaipur blasts bear no unique signature
Bicycles have often been used by different terrorist groups since the jihad against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
May 14, 2008
Shanghai Diary: Why the Chinese are angry
B Raman was in Shanghai from May 6 to 9 for a discussion on 'Beijing Olympics and Security'. This is the second of a three-part series on his impressions of China.
May 12, 2008
Shanghai Diary: Miracle within a miracle
What strikes one during a short stay is the tremendous national pride of the Chinese people -- pride over their past, pride over their present, pride over their achievements, and pride over the policies of their leadership, which have produced the miracle. One can discern this pride everywhere and in everyone.
April 29, 2008
Prachanda: From radical Maoist to lovable mascot
There are two possible scenarios -- these fears turn out to be baseless and Prachanda turns out to be a genuine democrat and a genuine friend of India or Prachanda after the elections turns out to be different from Prachanda before the elections and takes Nepal on a road, which would be detrimental to our national interests. While hoping for the first scenario, we must be prepared for the second.
April 03, 2008
An open letter to Aamir Khan
The question is not what you think and said about your participation. The question is how your participation is projected by Beijing to the suppressed Buddhists of Tibet and Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, who have risen in revolt against what they consider as the Han colonisation of their homelands and what the Dalai Lama has described as a cultural genocide of the Tibetans.
March 26, 2008
The radicalisation of Tibetan youth
Large sections of the Tibetan youth felt that even while pretending to keep the door open for a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, the Chinese were undermining his political and spiritual authority, encouraged by the silence of the Indian authorities.
March 17, 2008
Revolt in Tibet: Implications for India
Our aim should be not to embarrass and humiliate China, but to persuade it to change its policy on Tibet and enter into a dialogue with the Dalai Lama on mutually agreed terms. India should play the role of a facilitator of such a dialogue.
March 12, 2008
Terror threats to the Olympics
While there is so far no specific evidence that these two groups are planning to stage Olympics-related incidents, the possibility of such incidents has to be factored in any security plan for the Olympics. The possibilities are incidents not involving the use of violence by the pro-Western Uighurs and incidents amounting to acts of terrorism by pro-Al Qaeda Uighurs.
February 20, 2008
Musharraf: Cohabitation or exit?
Strategic expert B Raman on the post-poll scenario in Pakistan.
February 17, 2008
Pakistan elections: Keeping fingers crossed
Gen Kiyani has already withdrawn regular army troops from South Waziristan as demanded by Baitullah and has lifted the economic blocade imposed against the Mehsuds.
January 30, 2008
HuJI and the Indian connection
To divert part of the international attention away from it and project the increase in jihadi terrorism as a sub-continental and not a purely Pakistani phenomenon, the ISI is likely to accelerate this process of giving Al Qaeda-inspired International Islamic Front, of which all these organisationals are members, a sub-continental visage and clothing and project the so-called Kashmir issue as a root cause of this expanding phenomenon.
January 11, 2008
China, India still suspicious of each other
If one concentrates solely on areas of concern, one will develop an unduly pessimistic attitude. If one looks only at the galloping trade and proliferating exchanges of visits, there could be unwarranted over-optimism. There is a need for a balanced perspective.
January 02, 2008
UP attack: Rise of the homegrown jihadi?
From the indications available so far, the November strikes in UP appear to have been carried out by Indian cells of the HuJI. If this is proved by further investigation, the HuJI possibly now has an Indian branch with operatives, capable of carrying out terrorist strikes autonomously without too much dependence on their counterparts in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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