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By Dr. Subhash Kapila Introductory Observations Mumbai 9/11 may never have taken place at all or could have been foreseen and anticipated by India’s policy establishment and the National Security Advisor, had both of them not grievously failed in their threat perceptions and threat assessments on Pakistan arising from the emergence of General Ashfaq Kiyani as Pakistan Army Chief and Asif Ali Zardari as President of Pakistan. India’s Prime Minister, the policy establishment and the National Security Adviser continued to be weighed down till Mumbai 9/11 i.e. November 20, 2008 that with a civilian government in Pakistan since early 2008, Pakistan Government’s strategic formulations and policy inclinations towards India stood changed. India’s policy establishment’s most grievious failure was not making a correct reading on the personalities of General Kiyani and President Zardari and what did their emergence at the helm of affairs in Pakistan portend for India. Additionally, the

Russia courts the Muslim world

Islam preceded christianity on our territory, says Putin Le Monde diplomatique. By Jacques Lévesque Vladimir Putin was the first head of a non-Muslim majority state to speak at the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, a gathering of 57 Muslim states, in October 2003. That was a political and diplomatic feat, especially since Russia was waging a long-running war in Chechnya at the time. Putin stressed that 15% of the total population of the Russian Federation are Muslim (1), and that all the inhabitants of eight of its 21 autonomous republics are Muslim (2), and he won observer member status with the organisation, thanks to support from Saudi Arabia and Iran. Since then, Putin and other Russian leaders, including the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, claim that Russia “is, to some extent, a part of the Muslim world”. In an interview with Al Jazeera on 16 October 2003, Putin stressed that, unlike Muslims living in western Europe, those in Russia were indigenous and that Isla

Don’t smash the piggybank, we need Jersey

Source: Le Monde diplomatique Where the rich pay less tax than the poor, or maybe none at all President Sarkozy has threatened to do away with tax havens like Jersey. But the island’s local government isn’t worried. Market crashes may have changed their rates of return, but hedge funds and trust funds still seem happy enough with Jersey. By Olivier Cyran “Abolish tax havens? Oh yes, I heard something about that on the BBC. Seems like Sarkozy is getting very heated on the subject. Well, if you find a single soul here who takes him seriously, be a good chap and introduce me, won’t you?” The finance worker stubbed out his cigarette with a laugh and dived back into an office warren whose marbled foyer has 50 or so sparkling brass plates advertising accountancy firms, currency exchange specialists, business lawyers, shell company operators. The superstructure of tax avoidance has taken over the seafront of St Helier, Jersey’s capital, a swathe of concrete flanked by cliffs slipping i


B.RAMAN ( An article written for “Mail Today”, a daily published from New Delhi, by the “India Today” group) 1991: Seven terrorists of the LTTE landed by boat clandestinely on the southern coast and proceeded to Chennai. They studied the gaps in the security arrangements made by the Tamil Nadu police at a public meeting addressed by the late V.P.Singh, former Prime Minister. They used their knowledge to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi. The Navy had no inkling of the clandestine landing. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) failed to detect their presence. The Tamil Nadu Police failed to provide even the basic security to Rajiv Gandhi. The Jain Commission, which enquired into the conspiracy, found that the IB had intercepted a coded message of the LTTE, which gave some inkling of the conspiracy, but was able to break the code only after the assassination. The R&AW, which had the code-breaking capability, had not intercepted the message. Lack


if India has to decide to have or not have good relations with Israel, Pakistan, Iran or US, it cannot be on the basis how it will impact on India’s Muslims and Christians, but on what India’s national interests require. If India has to dispatch troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka or Nepal to combat terrorism, that policy too has to be decided on what is good for India, and not what any religious or linguistic group identifies as it’s interest.

Out of the box - By Subramanian Swamy

Organiser Weekly, Dec. 21 The India of today would not have been in existence had the attempts to divide Hindus succeeded. In the 20th century, a sinister attempt to divide the Hindu community on caste basis was made in 1932 when the British imperialists offered the scheduled castes a separate electorate. What does the despicable terror and mayhem in Mumbai on November 26 signify for India? Shorn of the human tragedy, wanton destruction, and obnoxious audacity of the terrorists, it signifies a challenge to the identity of India from radical Islam. Cinema actor Shahrukh Khan may wax eloquent about the “true Islam” on TV, but it is clear that he and other such Muslims have not read any authoritative translations of the Koran, Sira and Hadith which three together constitute Islam as a theology, and which is a complete menu of intolerance of peoples of other faiths derisively labeled as kafirs. Hence, instead of talking about the “correct interpretation” of Islam they ought instea

Ideology of a state: Governance and Non-State actors

Guest Column-By Ravi Sundaralingam (The views expressed are author's own) Abstract: As India gears up one more level on security, we detect Statism seeping into many arguments. We ask, (1) can India as a country compatible with such notions, (2) whether such position can lead to the security of the state and safety of its people? We also have questions about (3) India’s decisions that may have serious repercussions for the regions and (4) such decisions in connection to its historical past. We are convinced (5) Project-India can’t be confined to its borders, and (6) of its responsibilities beyond the colonial boundaries. We also suggest that (7) some of these duties and responsibilities can be delegated trough its regional institutions, depending on the nature and sensitive of the tasks. As Pakistan’s civilian government took a dangerous step forward to reign in the militants its state helped to create, US continued its bombardment inside its territory, and India announced a