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India : Caught in a pincer

Caught in a pincer India is ringed by hostile neighbours, who hope to bleed and balkanise it. By Gautam Sen India is encountering a geopolitical pincer movement to corner it, prior to its eventual liquidation as a significant political entity. The principal instigator of this pincer movement is China, which has already garlanded India with a ring of hostile countries, itching to see it prostrate. The garland of thorns surrounding India begins with Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal and ends with the bleeding dagger of Pakistan already thrust deep into India’s body politic. Nepal’s unabashed participation in this campaign has been held back by India’s economic stranglehold over it, but its dominant elites are more than anxious to plunge a dagger of their own into India’s heart. Where Sri Lanka will fit into this equation barely requires much imagination, despite the apparent current honeymoon, because the Sinhalese have long harboured iridescent contempt for India. The other arm of this

Soaring flight of Narendra Modi in development

Title: Soaring flight of Narendra Modi in development Author: Arvind Joshi Publication: “Pudhari” (Marathi Daily- Free translation) Date: February 9, 2006 The state of Gujarat has been in limelight for the last five-six years. Riots, devastation caused by the cyclone or the terrific loss of life and wealth by the earthquake, on account of all these reasons, there was a world-wide discussion over Gujarat and consequently, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi was constantly in the whirlpool of criticism. Now all these debates are taking back seats. A new face of Gujarat is coming to the front. The gallop of Gujarat on the industrial front has now become a subject of discussion. As this gallop has been the work of the Chief Minister Narendra Modi through his well planned efforts, the people are also looking at him from a different viewpoint. His image was a CM who encouraged communal riots. It is undergoing a change and his name is being taken as an excellent admi

Foreigners Act to be amended, tribunals to be set up

The IMDT act was one of the most idiotic,impractical and illogical acts ever conceived and implemented by Copngrtess ! Now after the supreme court had struck it down the congress is trying other back door tricks to appease the Bangladesh Muslims for their by now familiar Vote Bank politics !!! This method is as prolonged and complicated as the IMDT act was !!!!!!!!!!!! ASIAN AGE -- - By Our Special Correspondent New Delhi, Feb. 10: The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on Friday dropped earlier plans to bring in a new law to replace the Foreigners Act, ahead of the Assam Assembly elections scheduled for later this year, but decided to amend the existing law to ensure that every person got a fair hearing before being declared a foreigner. The CCPA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, took this decision in the in the wake of the situation created by the Supreme Court order last July striking down the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals)


Former spy master links ex-CM to ISI [ Friday, February 10, 2006 07:22:15 pm IANS ] NEW DELHI: A former Indian spy master Friday accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of corrupting journalists and even top Indian politicians, including a former chief minister. "We see the ghosts of the CIA and KGB everywhere. The ISI has also made deep inroads into the media and political structure," former Intelligence Bureau joint director M.K. Dhar said at the launch of his new book "Fulcrum of Evil: ISI-CIA-Al Qaeda Nexus". Dhar, who worked with India's internal intelligence agency for nearly three decades, however did not name the former chief minister whom he accused of working for the ISI. Despite repeated provocations, he refused to say anything specific and took refuge in the Official Secrets Act that forbids such disclosures. He only said his book was confined to events before 1995. "It's for you to find out," he said cryp

Letter to Congressman Thomas G Tancredo from Balochistan Human Rights

Mr Thomas G Tancredo, Congressman 1130 Longworth HOB 7th Feb 2006 Washington, DC 20515-0606 202.225.7882 Ref: Military Operations in Balochistan Dear Congressman Tancredo, The silence of world on the plight of destitute innocent Baloch people is extremely disturbing. Let us applaud you for your firm humanitarian, visionary and of leadership calibre stand on plight of Baloch victims of ongoing criminal Pakistani military operations in Balochistan by writing to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and urging her to convince President Bush to raise Washington?s concerns over the situation in Balochistan with Perviz Musharaf during his visit to Pakistan in March this year. Rightly as it was outlined by you, the Baloch people are demanding for their equal democratic rights in Pakistan. Baloch political parties (Four P

Al-Zawahiri's Pakistani Ally: Profile of Maulana Faqir Mohammed

By Sohail Abdul Nasir Protesters upset over the January 13 U.S. airstrike in Bajaur Agency. Maulana Faqir Mohammed was catapulted into prominence last year when his house was raided by Pakistani security agencies hunting a "high value" al-Qaeda target. In the span of seven months, a combination of public sympathy, treacherous local terrain and the intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan has raised Faqir Mohammed into a position of leadership in the Bajaur Agency. Mohammed's house was raided again on January 22 by Pakistani security forces who detained three of his relatives. Since May 2005, Faqir Mohammed has been a wanted man on account of his links to al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives. In order to deter him from cooperating with Taliban and al-Qaeda elements, the authorities have pursued a dual-track approach. On the one hand, they are putting increasing pressure on the tribes of the region to alienate Mohammed; on the other hand, they have deployed Pakistani security

BALOCHISTAN : Dire Prophecies

Dire Prophecies In 1992, an analyst predicted that Balochistan could become the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The clock is ticking and the Musharraf regime must move swiftly for a political situation, where the strong are just and the weak secure.... AMIR MIR Almost prophetically, over 14 years ago, Abul Maali Syed, evolving scenarios for Pakistan in the year 2006, predicted, in his book The Twin Era of Pakistan: Democracy and Dictatorship (New York: Vantage Press, 1992): Who would have believed that Balochistan, once the least populated and poorest province of unified Pakistan, would become independent and the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait? Who would have thought that this vast terrain was impregnated with vast reservoirs of oil and gas? The development in Balochistan was neglected and whenever a tribal chief spoke about the plight of their people, the Pakistan government sho

Revealed: ISI's Operation Andhra

Author: George Iype Publication: Date: February 1, 2006 URL: The recent arrest of a suspected Laskhar-e-Tayiba operative from Nalgonda in connection with the terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore holds a lesson for the country: That Andhra Pradesh is fast becoming jihad's production factory. But just how deep is the problem? And why do terror touts find easy prey in the south Indian state? The concluding part of an investigation by Rediff India Abroad Managing Editor George Iype. Intelligence agents who have tracked the operations of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence say since the ISI has been involved in establishing Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad, the hub of its activities in south India, since the late 1980s. According to security officials, the ISI has today a considerable base in and around Hyderabad. 'The thrust, subversive activities and secessionist plans of the ISI are of grave concern and gre

Rural riots and denial in China

The American Thinker, February 9 Our contributor Brian Schwarz highlights in his blog China Challenges the deep denial of Chinese authorities about the escalating domestic unrest they face. Last month, Beijing reported that the number of disturbances to public order rose 6.6 per cent last year to 87,000. According to the SCMP, it seems some officials are still in deep denial over the massive problems in the countryside. Vivian Cui writes: Mainland police have played down the growing wave of social unrest sweeping the country, describing it as a phase common to fast-growing economies worldwide. Ministry of Public Security spokesman Wu Heping said in Beijing yesterday that the rural riot was “a concept that does not exist”. “In the phase [of fast economic development], the interests, relations and positions of different parts [of society] are undergoing adjustment. In the process of adjusting, there will accordingly be an increase in [the number of] common people who, in orde

Encore information technology and communications program of US : $13 Billion

Vendors are enthusiastic over prospects for DISA’s $13 billion IT and telecommunications vehicle. By Peter A. Buxbaum Vendors have responded with enthusiasm to the release by the Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) late last year of a request for proposal (RFP) for a new and greatly expanded version of the Encore information technology and communications program. There were a number of reasons for the excitement. Vendors universally describe Encore as a popular program that attracts government customers and provides significant revenues to the contractors. Significantly, the new 10-year program will be outfitted with a $13 billion spending ceiling, considerably higher than the original $2 billion attached to the original program and higher also than anticipated by many for this program. The government’s RFP also includes relaxed requirements and set-asides for several categories of small businesses. Encore II, as its name suggests, is a follow-on to the original Encore, a

US Airforce Personnel attend FBI training program

2/7/2006 - POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- Explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, technicians from nearby Hickam Air Force Base are attending FBI training here. The 79th large vehicle bomb post blast investigator’s course teaches attendees how to increase their ability to respond, investigate and collect evidence. Four FBI instructors and a cadre of Army EOD technicians use a combination of classroom instruction and range work. There are classes on explosive physics, contamination issues, residue analysis, managing a bomb scene, equipment preparation and the importance of forensics. With two days of classroom instruction and two days of practical scenarios, the students are kept busy. They practice their skills from the classroom out on the range. The FBI set up four vehicles loaded with artillery shells and blew them up to bring realistic training to the scenarios learned from Afghanistan and Iraq. But these scenarios could very well be played out in the Pacific Command regio

Air Warfare Battlelab: Turning ideas into reality

by Staff Sgt. Chawntain Sloan 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 2/7/2006 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFPN) -- They aren’t mad scientists who wear lab coats and pocket protectors, and their expertise extends far beyond the confines of their think tanks. They were chosen because they’re the Air Force’s most innovative thinkers, and they’re turning ideas into operational force enhancers all over the world. The Air Warfare Battlelab is one of seven that has been paving the road for a leaner and more lethal Air Force since 1997. Each battlelab is specialized, but they all have the same goal in mind -- to develop an idea into something the warfighter can use to do their job better, said Lt. Col. Mark Koopman, deputy commander of the battlelab. “(Our battlelab) looks for innovative ways to improve expeditionary operations, from initial deployment through employment and sustainment at the (area of responsibility) to redeployment back home. That is essentially our mission,”

Balochs allege use of chemical weapons by Pakistan in Baluchistan

Balochs allege use of chemical weapons by Pakistan in Baluchistan By Priscilla Huff, Washington: A Washington-based leader of Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province, where right’s groups have accused President Pervez Musharraf’s military-led government of “gross human rights violations”, said the regime was now resorting to the use of chemical weapons on innocent locals. Dr. Wahid Baloch, an activist of the Baloch Society of North America based in Washington, alleged that the Pakistani army was continuing with its attacks on the innocent residents of the province. “There is a full-fledged military operation going on right now as we speak. Thousands of military and paramilitary troops invaded Baluchistan with the help of armored vehicles and heavy artilleries, gunship helicopters and other sophisticated weapons. Arms and ammunitions they are all being used. General Musharraf has once again let the Pakistani army loose to refresh again the atrocities of East Pakistan of 1971. There

Indian Cultural Nationalism : But Where Is That Culture?

By Divya Kumar Soti The "Theory of Cultural Nationalism" was developed by some devoted nationalists who were not ready to accept partition of their country on religious lines. It was propagated after Congress's "secularism" failed to secure "Undivided India". At that point nationalists understood that "Secularism" is a meaningless term in Indian context as people here group themselves as "Hindus" and "Muslims" firstly instead of "Indians".Congress tried to counter this superficially but Congress leaders compromised with it in name of "Real Politik". Partition of India led to rejection of Congress's "moderate nationalism". Nationalists felt the need of a cultural revolution. Need for developing a new "culture". The Culture of Nationalism. A culture where people identify themselves as "Indians" first. This is only solution of Indian communal problem. But till today ther

USW Assails Bush Administration's 'Alice in Wonderland View' of U.S. Economy

USW Assails Bush Administration's 'Alice in Wonderland View' of U.S. Economy Calls Bush's refusal to punish China's trade violations a betrayal of U.S. workers PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31 -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today assailed President Bush's State of the Union speech as "an exercise in Alice in Wonderland rhetoric." "If everything's going so great, why are millions of Americans feeling so bad?" asked USW President Leo W. Gerard. "The reason people are so stressed," he said, "is that health care costs are totally out of control, the cost of gas and heating fuels is going through the roof, and millions of family-supportive jobs - especially in manufacturing - are being wiped out because of rotten trade policy and a president who's more willing to cater to Wall Street and the Chinese than enforce the trade laws or protect American workers."