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What India Needs To Do
Suhasini Haidar

What India Needs To Do
Suhasini Haidar

Textbooks were changed, history was rewritten, and Jamaat activists worked assiduously to Islamise the population while attacking all signs of Bangla culture that ties the country to India as “un-Islamic.” It was this atmosphere that allowed groups like HuJI and ULFA to make inroads in Bangladesh, along with a sense of ill-use by ‘big brother’ India.....

 

Confront Jihadism at Home
Tufail Ahmad

One may ask if small bands of barbarians can succeed against mighty states. The answer: Yes and no. Yes, because jihadists succeed in situations created by local factors; no, because jihadists can be curtailed by resilient states. Nations fall when their internal cohesion suffers. Rome fell because it had become internally fragile due to misrule. The jihad by Kashmiris and the Indian Mujahideen is abetted by local alienation. Iraq’s cities fell because Baghdad squandered the achievements of the US troop surge and fostered anti-Sunni sectarianism….

 

From an Indian Muslim’s Brush...
Bina Shah

One of the names of Allah is Al-Musawwir — “The Creator,” “The Shaper of Beauty” or, plainly put, “The Artist.” And while we can’t dream of becoming God, what happens when we do create art, music, poetry, literature or dance is that we reflect, in some small way, an attribute of the divine in our own earthly lives…..

A Conversation in Pakistan
Aakar Patel

Has the decrease in terrorist violence in India come at the cost of an increase in violence in Pakistan? That is what the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) believes. I was in Pakistan last week and a retired ISI general I spoke to said that the sharp spike in violence in the country in the last decade could be attributed to the military’s decision to crack down on terror groups operating against India…..

 

Canada isn't anti-Muslim
Farzana Hassan

Many of my co-religionists drill the mantra into their followers that the media demonizes Muslims, that whenever Muslims commit an act of terror, sound bites with “Islam” and “Muslim” pulse from TV and radio. When others commit atrocities, they claim, their faith is never mentioned.....

 

Pakistan Is At War… Finally
Syed Rashid Munir

Two fighters enter a ring to fight over a title. The decision has been made; or been made public, at least. The war is ours, finally. The time for talks, indeed, is over. Pakistan Army has launched an operation against the militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). After all these years, and the loss of so many dear lives, we’ve been jolted into action. …..

 

The New Shapes of War
M.J. Akbar

The mirrors of history are reflecting a wry smile. A common enemy is forcing America and Iran to restore, perhaps grudgingly, a framework that was shattered in 1979. Obama was so focused on getting his troops home to a war-weary America that he lost sight of the radical embryo he was leaving behind. In September 2011 he declared that "The tide of war is receding". It was merely recuperating. In August last year he thought that "Al Qaeda is on its heels, (it) has been decimated". Only to be replaced by a more dangerous successor…..

 

The Thing Has Started...Let's See Where It Ends
Ayaz Amir

And the republic’s broad spaces were filled with bright idiots who said that with a strong media and an independent judiciary a new Pakistan was born in which the old power play, boots tapping away in the distance, was a thing of the past. This summer is proving a tough education for such philosophers, and a rough house for the tender plant called Pakistani democracy.....

Chaos, Panic, Disorder and Dr Tahirul Qadri
Uzmaa Farhan

At this point, supporters of the absentee leader refused to comply with police instructions. Soon enough, this little tête-à-tête turned into a full-fledged bloody conflict with eight people pronounced dead and over 80 injured. The fact that this incident took place is preposterous. Especially when the security situation in the country is so sensitive and the country is on high-alert due to the operation taking place in North Waziristan…..

Amid The Hurrahs, a Small Warning for Mr Narendra Modi
Karan Thapar

I would have expected Mr Modi to immediately distance himself from the Kerala police action, criticise the highhanded arrests and demand the cases be dropped. Once again, that would also have been the politically astute response. But all we got was silence. Now, Mr Modi is far too accomplished a politician to knowingly forego these opportunities to send out re-assuring and badly needed messages. There has to be some other explanation. But what? The alternatives — he did not know, he was too busy, he forgot — don’t make sense…..

Shashi Tharoor and I on Narendra Modi
Mike Ghouse

The accusations leveled against me and Tharoor is that we have changed. We have not! It is actually Modi who has changed, taking a 180-degree turn, and every Indian should welcome it as we do. Modi started speaking the language of inclusiveness that we understood, and the right thing to do is to appreciate it. What we offered was not blanket, wholesale praise but selective praise where he deserves it…..

Unless PEMRA Plays a More Active Role in Checking TV’s Excesses, We Will Become Brainwashed Zombies Unable to Think for Ourselves
Irfan Husain

When a shark is wounded, others in the school detect its blood in the water, and turn on it in a vicious feeding frenzy. It’s not a pretty sight. This is what we have been witnessing over the last month as a number of TV channels, led by ARY, have savaged Geo. So when ARY’s anchor, Mubashir Lucman, was barred from the airwaves by the Islamabad High Court, I didn’t shed any tears. But now that the Supreme Court has reinstated him, I suppose he’ll be baying for Geo’s blood again.....

 

India Must Find Its Voice in West Asia
Suhasini Haidar

From Cairo to Baghdad, vendors still have a “special discount” for visitors from Al-Hind; in Syria, mention of India invokes talk about the old Damascus-Bombay trade routes, and in Tripoli, before the air strikes in 2011, there was a building covered with a poster of pictures of Pandit Nehru and Indira Gandhi. That goodwill has only been enhanced by the diligent and disciplined Indian expatriate......

 

War in Iraq Hurts Every Home in India
Praveen Swami

For India to succeed in protecting its vital energy interests in western Asia, it will need the focussed application of all elements of its national power: military, yes, but also diplomatic and economic. Hard as it may be, New Delhi will have to find ways to work with China and Japan, the two other Asian states powered by West Asian oil. Powers across the region will have to find cooperative mechanisms to finance future interventions that may become necessary…….

 

Are Dark Clouds Hovering over Pakistan?
Babar Sattar

Who is propping up charlatans and scheming good-for-nothingers like Tahirul Qadri and the Chaudhries to put the fear of the devil in the civilian government? If the Khakis are cut up over the PML-N’s lack of resolve to take on the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, why are they treating forces of obscurantism in Punjab as bench strength?....

 

Drift towards Anarchy: Pakistan Has Conceded Its Sole Prerogative of the Use of Violence to Violent Non-State Actors
Amir Zia

All these Sharifs, Asif Ali Zardaris, Imran Khans, Tahirul Quadris and others – do they give us any hope? Unfortunately they don’t. The entire arena of our politics has never been as barren as it is now. All we have in the name of leaders are not more than paper tigers and political pygmies who are in shoes too big for their small feet. They have all the potential to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory rather than leading the nation to triumph in this internal war.....

 

Pakistan's Domestic Jihad
Vikram Sood

It is possible that, unable to control the various jihadis in their country or control events in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s military rulers will first try to blame India for all its troubles and then launch a diversionary Jihadi attack to provoke a reaction from the Indians and bring the whole world into play. Only the weak will go around flailing their arms pretending to take retaliatory action. The strong will react too — but at a time, place and manner of their choosing. The idea is not shoot the messenger, but to hurt the person who sent the message......

 

From Zen Silence to Zero Tolerance
Nadeem F. Paracha

And if only Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government allow themselves to detach from a strange, vacant sense of quiet Zen immobility they seem to have adopted, and if only the ruling parties in Sindh, Balochistan and KP break through the complex political cobwebs they have been caught in, they will find a huge mass of exhausted Pakistanis willing to support the implementation of whatever it takes to pull the country back from the brink……

 

Karachi Attack Insanity Defined
Irfan Husain

Ironically and idiotically, the ASF still uses the ‘explosives detector’ that was proven to be a fraud run by a now-convicted British conman. These metal rods, mounted on handles, were bought by agencies around the world in an elaborate scam, but long after the fraudster was arrested and sentenced, we continue to rely on them. Time and again, terrorists have used uniforms as disguise when penetrating high-security installations. Surely it is not rocket science to counter this obvious ploy.....

Business, Ideology and the 9/11 Dead
Neil Berry

They hate us for our freedoms, exclaimed former US President George W. Bush, referring to his country’s “Islamist” foes. But American freedoms do not, it appears, stretch to free admission to New York’s National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which opened at the end of May.  Though the Memorial itself can be visited without charge, it is being marketed alongside the Museum (to which a gift shop is attached) as a total package, with prospective “customers” invited to book tickets online. It was George W. Bush’s White House predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, who in 1925 made the imperishable pronouncement that the “chief business of the American people is business.”…..

 

The Taliban-Plus Factor
M.J. Akbar

A shadow war does not begin with an ultimatum. It is conducted by militias, not a military. It is not fought in the name of a nation or under conventions signed at Geneva; it uses barbarism and terrorism in the pursuit of ideas that seek to destroy the existing order in the search of some fantasy. Its violence spreads across dozens of geographical dots that, in the terrorist’s mind will connect and form a picture someday……

 

The Fact and Factions of Karachi Strike
Rana Banerji

Though claimed to be in retaliation for the November 2013 drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the raids seem to have been orchestrated by Mullah Fazlullah in response to the Army’s aerial bombardment in North Waziristan on May 21 and 23, which killed almost 60 Taliban, including some foreign militants. The Army also undertook aerial bombardment of Sunni militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency after the June 8 Karachi airport incident, killing 15 militants in nine hideouts.....

 

Talking To Pakistan in Its Language
Praveen Swami

“Listen up,” wrote Haruki Murakami, “there’s no war to end all wars.” Dr. Singh’s generals told him much the same thing, and he heard them. “They did nothing,” said the man who has become India’s next Prime Minister, in a campaign speech centred on 26/11, “Indians died and they did — nothing.” “Talk to Pakistan in Pakistan’s language,” he went on, “because it won’t learn lessons until then.”.....

 
Pak Lowers N-Threshold
Monika Chansoria

Pak Lowers N-Threshold
Monika Chansoria

Pakistan should take the requisite steps to not just minimise the risk of a nuclear war, but also put a check on further destabilisation of nuclear deterrence in the name of balancing its asymmetry with India in conventional military capabilities…..

 

Mehmood-ur Rahman Committee report on the status of Muslims in Maharashtra: Here’s Why Congress Is Scared of Revealing the Report’s Contents
Jyoti Punwani

The most disturbing finding was the community's loss of faith in the state's willingness to protect it during riots. The community felt police were against it and felt targeted by them. While Muslims were the first to be rounded up, even the perpetrators of violence against them were not arrested. Though the community constituted 10.6 per cent of the population, it comprised 27 per cent of prisoners in the state.…..

 
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