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Paradigm Shift?
Ajai Sahni

Paradigm Shift?
Ajai Sahni

Between India and Pakistan, over the past at least three decades and more, there has been a situation best described as neither war, nor peace. This is the paradigm that must be mastered by New Delhi. Pakistan is trapped on the wrong side of history; and history appears, now, to be positioning its inexorable correctives....

 

India-Pak: War Isn’t Exciting
Aakar Patel

Will we continue with our lives when after a while, there is nothing “new” in the news and the latest killings are just the same as the ones of yesterday and the day before? Will we be going about our business, coming back home to watch the TV channels discuss the latest development in the Indrani case? I think so because that is the nature of the human being and that is the nature of war....

India’s Return to Realism on Pakistan Was Overdue
D.C. Pathak

In line with the deep national indignation and people’s call for revenge over the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the public platform at Kozhikode to denounce Pakistan comprehensively and deliver a warning that the Uri attack would not be forgotten or forgiven. Modi made three crucial observations. He acknowledged for the first time that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a Pakistan army rubber stamp, who merely read out the speeches prepared by the terrorist masterminds....

 

Pakistan Manufactures War with India Because Of a Deep-Seated Doubt as To Its Ability to Endure As a Nation
David Frawley

Their common Islamic background has not resulted in any internal unity, but instead now a Sunni-Shia civil war is devastating the region. It has given rise to the brutal Islamic State (ISIS). Pakistan is facing similar divisions but is becoming its own Islamic State....

 

On the Pakistani side, a similar surge is in evidence: Punish the blokes who travel to India to shamelessly suck up to the enemy. Ban Indian movies, which will automatically lead to the revival of a collapsed Pakistani film industry, under Islam. Like the clerics in Pakistan, BJP hoods on the roads can rough up anyone they like, the glint in the eye resembling that of their blasphemy-aroused counterparts in Pakistan....

 

The Indian Army Strikes Back: Keeps It within Escalation Control
Syed Ata Hasnain

What gladdens the heart is that, after long, the Indian establishment employed information, alongside its operations, as a prime tool most appropriately. Through information control and management, it parried the public pressure for immediate and knee-jerk operations. The Prime Minister's meetings with the three service chiefs were evidently for coordination of the political, diplomatic, economic, and military response...

 

Keep Central Asia Stable and Secular
Skand Tayal

It is in India’s interest that this region continues to be a champion of secularism and tolerance at a time when much of the Islamic world is being buffeted by strong winds of Wahhabism and other forms of medieval religious beliefs...

 

Remain the Larger Nation: Throwing Out Actors, Hating an Entire People Is Small and Reductionist
Saba Naqvi

I was surprised and touched to see that the opening ceremony of the festival included a dance-drama called “Tagore”. Gurudev’s poem “Where the Mind is Without Fear” was recited to a dance, included in which was a rendition of Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan, Raghupati Raghav Rajaram, Patita Paavana Sitaram, Ishwar Allah Tero Naam …We have a painful history and a troubled present, but we must never give up on the high moral ground. We must remain the larger nation...

 
Game of Inception
Syed Ata Hasnain

Game of Inception
Syed Ata Hasnain

Raheel was now worried. The strategy had always been to keep these sub-conventional operations within India’s limits of tolerance. Circumstances beyond his control had created this situation. The Indians were baying for blood and were sounding more coherent in the spelling out of response options. What assured him was the history of India’s lack of response but what equally worried him was the possibility of India’s political and military leadership attempting something completely irrational, outside the purview of known attitude...

His Master’s Choice
Tahir Mahmood

There may be no recorded evidence of the phenomena I have mentioned — campus politics and imposition of official choice — but I have witnessed their existence both in AMU and Jamia, where some academic groups had suggested my name for the position. Be that as it may, universities cannot be held wholly responsible for choosing non-academics as their presiding deities. Being awfully un-academic, the prevailing system needs to be overhauled.....

 

India’s Assertiveness on Pakistani Occupied Kashmir is a Breath of Fresh Air
Sanjeev Tripathi

The strategy of radical Islamists/jihadi militants, who have a global agenda, has been that to come forward with financial and military assistance wherever Muslims are fighting for their rights or against their genuine or perceived grievances. Thereafter, they gradually take over control of the movement. Kashmiri Muslims need to be cautioned about this, as it threatens their basic culture of Sufism and tolerance. The growth of radical Islam as propagated by Wahhabis/Salafis in the Valley would not only change their way of life but could also drag Kashmiri Muslims into wider international conflicts...

 
A Pirouette on Pakistan
Suhasini Haidar

A Pirouette on Pakistan
Suhasini Haidar

The truth is, the world understands India is the victim, and Pakistan the perpetrator of terror. While the government keeps producing evidence of each attack it traces to the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, as it has done post-Uri as well, the obvious evidence should be the original case against them: that JeM leader Masood Azhar was exchanged for hostages during the IC-814 hijack in 1999, and Hafiz Saeed has been identified by at least three people involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks of 2008 as its mastermind, and is wanted not just by India but the UN as well....

 

This Bilateral Madness
Khaled Ahmed

Once the smoke settles down, Pakistan and India must get together and “isolate” the Kashmir issue by creating more bilateral barriers to cross-LoC interference and normalise their economic relations, including consultations on another “economic corridor” that will allow India to trade with SAARC-member Afghanistan and the Central Asian states beyond. That Pakistan is increasingly aware of its internal trouble will help ease this process....

 

An Open Letter to the People of the United States: Election or Revolution?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

I am suggesting that you ponder the dysfunctionality of your society, do some research into the secretive 'deep state' (or military-industrial complex or power elite or the 1% or however you wish to describe it) that controls your 'republic' with its electoral system designed to delude you into believing that you have a say in governing your nation, and then consider how you want to engage politically and act in accord with your conscience in doing so....

 

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has said that Sufi, Saadhu, Jogi, and Saint are the unforgettable assets of our country who are not among us today, but still the impact of their preaching of peace, love for all, and serve humanity, could be observed in the forms of their shrines....

 

Uri Choice: Leadership in Difficult Times Should Be a Cold-Blooded Business
Praveen Swami

Leadership in difficult times should be a cold-blooded business. Prime Minister Modi’s decision should be driven by a clinical appraisal of what can be achieved — not what India wishes might be won....

 
A Threshold Crossed In Uri
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)

A Threshold Crossed In Uri
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)

Should we have expected it at Uri? Intelligence agencies gave a broad warning about the possibility of a spectacular action. That is usually done every year. Professional minds would have analysed it exactly as I have done. It had to be near the LoC and it had to be a high-profile target, preferably within the Valley. There is no other objective as starkly evident as Uri....

Why Pakistan’s Deep State Chose Uri and How We Should Respond
Syed Ata Hasnain

The world is unwilling to support India’s genuine efforts to peacefully force Pakistan to retract from this dangerous path. If that be the case, all aspects of international image and standing needs to be set aside in order to secure our interests. This is a hybrid war that we are being subjected to and we need to respond in the hybrid domain....

 
Army’s Task in Kashmir: Restoring Order
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)

Army’s Task in Kashmir: Restoring Order
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)

The Army’s forced vacation and reduction of strength over the past few years was due to the intense pressure that the local politicians imposed on the Government of India. A task in counter-insurgency/terror situations is never considered complete until the political legitimacy and authority is fully established. ...

 

In rural Hindu households in large parts of India, the sacrificial goat is raised with love and fed well for months and often a couple of years, before it turns into food. It may sound horrifying to some, but to the families concerned, it’s all right.  The same happens in Muslim households who believe the sacrificial goat has to spend some time with the family for the latter to develop familiarity with the animal, since sacrifice must involve giving up something dear to you....

 

Questioning the Liberal Left
Tabish Khair

For instance, by focussing on the minority practice of sati, Hinduism was defined in a certain way. Similarly, by focussing on matters like multiple wives, Zanana and veiling, Muslim societies were defined in a certain way. Such definitions — in the above cases, Muslim and Hindu societies were stereotyped as oppressing women — could then be employed to justify colonisation, and obscure the many other realities of such colonised societies....

 

Don’t Confuse Wahhabiat with Kashmiriyat
M.D. Nalapat

Appeasing the backers of Wahhabiat damages the chances of Kashmiriyat making a comeback in the Valley, and hence it is not surprising that every gesture of “reconciliation” (i.e. surrender to the Wahhabis) has been followed by a further descent into chaos....

 

He May Have Insulted Obama, but Duterte Held up a Long-Hidden Looking Glass to the US
Adele Webb

If that were all there was to it, we could rightly roll our eyes and move on. After all, Mr Duterte's language is vulgar; his slander of people and groups is liable to incite violence; and his determination to kill drug pushers (to fight "crime with crime") an abuse of power. He should not be defended for any of this. But as someone who has spent a long time studying US-Philippine relations, I think there's something more for us to see here....

 

The Rise and Fall of Altaf Hussain
Altaf Hussain

He was called a Pir Sahib for many years, Quaid-e-Tehrik (leader of the movement), Rahber (guide), and always Altaf Bhai. A strike call in Karachi would paralyse the city as Altaf Bhai would address his muhajir disciples over the phone or video links, carried live by every TV channel that wanted to be spared the wrath of the party militants for not showing Bhai’s address. If ever there was a party which once resembled those called ‘fascist’, it was the MQM. No one dared show any disrespect to the party or its leader...

 

Obama Nominates First Muslim to Be a Federal Judge
Abid Riaz Qureshi

“A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included,” she said in a statement....

 
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