Skip to main content


Showing posts from November 22, 2009

The Indian Community in Myanmar

Guest Column by Dr. V. Suryanarayan The Indian Community in Myanmar is one of those forgotten children of Mother India. The tragic status of the community has not been sufficiently brought to light by any institution in India.. The Singhvi Committee Report: According to the Singhvi Committee Report, the total Indian population in Myanmar is estimated to be 2.9 million, of which 2,500,00 are People of Indian Origin (PIO), 2,000 are Indian citizens, and 400,000 are stateless.1 Regarding the Stateless category, it must be mentioned that all of them are born in Myanmar, they belong to the third or fourth generation. But since they do not have any “documents to prove their citizenship under the Burmese citizenship law of 1982” they are deemed to be “stateless.”2 As T. P. Sreenivasan, former Indian Ambassador to Myanmar has pointed out “they had no rights either in the land of their origin or in their land of adoption, and neither the two governments seemed concerned.”3 In fact, of th


B.RAMAN President Barack Obama is expected to announce on December 1,2009, a mid-course correction in his strategy to win the campaign against the Taliban in the Af-Pak region. One has been promised a comprehensive strategy which would focus equally on the military and non-military components of the fight with the objective of winning it in a foreseeable time-frame. 2. The campaign, launched in October,2001, by the previous Administration of George Bush under the code-name Operation Enduring Freedom, has already lasted eight years. No end is in sight. In the meanwhile, there are indications of a growing fatigue in public opinion over a campaign that seems to be leading nowhere. 3. Battle fatigue of the NATO forces is what the Taliban and Al Qaeda want. There are signs in plenty of such fatigue. The fatigue is presently confined to sections of the civil society. If it spreads to the security forces, the campaign will be unwinnable. 4. While Obama has promised a comprehensive strat

Balochistan: too small an olive branch Qurratulain Zaman, 27 November 2009 Brutal rule by Pakistan’s security agencies in Balochistan has radicalised moderate Balochs in this largest and poorest province. Now Pakistan’s government has offered a conciliation package. But it looks as if it is too little, too late. About the author Qurratulain Zam is a journalist who has worked with Pakistan’s leading daily “Daily Times” and Germany’s international broadcaster “Deutsche Welle”. She is currently working as a freelancer in Bonn, Germany“They ordered me to rape her. She was so thin and was crying when they brought her in the room. I was terrified to look at her, as I thought she was a spy or an agent”, says Munir Mengal, a 33- year- old Baloch, living in forced exile in Paris. Munir Mengal spent 16 months in underground jails of the Pakistani intelligence agencies. “The low rank officers came back to the room and started beating me because I d

One Year After Mumbai Attacks - Lessons and Challenges for Pakistan

Hassan Abbas, The Hindu, November 25, 2009 The tragic Mumbai attacks in November 2008 unfortunately derailed the India-Pakistan peace process in its wake. It should have brought both countries closer instead. The humanistic traditions and values of the Indian sub-continent and Indus Valley civilisation demanded so. On the contrary, masterminds of the terror attacks are succeeding so far because disruption of South Asian peace process was one of their prime targets. India legitimately expected that Pakistan would do its best to pursue and prosecute those involved in the heinous crime but in its hour of pain and grief it forgot that Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism and is passing through turbulent times. Pakistan has faced enormous challenges in 2009. It has been confronted with the growing menace of terrorism — ranging from militancy in the Swat valley to insurgency in parts of the Pashtun-dominated Federally Administe

MUST READ:: 26/11 to Maoists: A soldier’s war

BN Prasad, 80, who handed over the Rs 10-lakh ransom to the kidnappers to get his son freed Sub Maj BN Prasad at Leh in 1971 Shyam Kishore, who was kidnapped Raj Kishore, the air force group captain and Shyam Kishore’s brother who wants to fight the Maoists SUJAN DUTTA New Delhi, Nov. 26: Forty-eight-year-old Raj Kishore Prasad is a fighter pilot whose tear-filled eyes reflect competing conflicts in the country, so violently has his life swung from 26/11 to a Maoist attack on his family. A son of parents who were forcibly evicted from their land, along with tribals, by the government in Jharkhand, Group Captain Raj Kishore Prasad now wants to use his special skills to hunt down the militants. Many of the tribals who were evicted like his parents are Maoist supporters. Raj Kishore was the director on duty at the operations centre in Vayu Sena Bhavan, Air Headquarters, in New Delhi on the night of No

Life Cycle of Cyber attack

Taliban escape South Waziristan operation

Hakeemullah and Waliur Rehman Mehsud, before the Pakistani Army launched the South Waziristan offensive. By Bill Roggio November 26, 2009 11:37 AM The Taliban leadership and the bulk of its fighters have eluded the Pakistani military during the current operation in South Waziristan. The Pakistani military had billed the South Waziristan offensive, which was launched in the eastern half of the Taliban-controlled tribal agency on Oct. 17, as the decisive battle that would break the back of the group. Instead, the leadership of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, including its leader Hakeemullah Mehsud and its South Waziristan commander Waliur Rehman Mehsud, have escaped to neighboring tribal areas, and the terror attacks in Pakistan continue. The military has claimed that more than 550 Taliban fighters and 70 soldiers have been killed during fierce fighting in South Waziristan. The information cannot be confirmed, as it is filtered through the Army's Inter-Services Publ

The Drums of Cyberwar

By Richard Adhikari TechNewsWorld 11/17/09 10:37 AM PT Countries around the world are preparing for cyberwarfare, according to a new report from McAfee. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States have set up organizations to study cyberattacks and possibly trigger a physical response, for example. In fact, some international relationships could be described as a state of cyber-cold war, the report suggests. The world's increasing reliance on information technology, combined with the growing sophistication of cybercriminals and cyberattacks, is leading to a sort of cyber-cold war, according to a new report from computer security research firm McAfee . DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REPORT For example, Estonian government and commercial Web sites were hit by a series of denial of service attacks over a period of weeks back in 2007. Technical analysis showed the attacks came from sources in Russia, but the Russian government denied any responsibility and refused to help fi

Obama is wrong. He need not meddle here India has done the right thing by rejecting a US-China attempt to involve the latter in India-Pak issues after a joint statement in Beijing appeared to give China a greater monitoring role in the region. Ever since Barack Hussein Obama became the US President, Indo-US relations seemed somewhat adrift. The new US administration has been giving the impression of patronising Pakistan in a way to make India suffer and trying to hyphenate the growing, democratic India with an imploding Pakistan whose collapsing, US-dependent regime has become reduced to a caricature. It is interesting how Obama has misread Indian sensitivities at a time when India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, considered unduly concerned about the US proclivities, is undertaking an official visit to the US. America has its reasons to be kow-towing before China. It is in the decline as a superpower. Its economy is on a

India has to conduct a third series of nuclear tests

There is nothing to suggest that Barack Obama is fundamentally ill-disposed towards India (like say Nixon), but he can do little for this country, both because he is weak and indecisive (decisively indecisive), and since the US is in irreversible decline. It would be very advisable, therefore, to plot India's political and military rise and to enhance its abilities to influence international decision-making and outcomes in the same manner as the country has become an emerging economic power -- by tapping on its own genius and great internal strengths. On the strategic/ military aide (since this writer is more concerned with it), the minimum beginning to make is that India restores confidence in its deterrent. The threat from China and Pakistan will multiply in the foreseeable future, and it is instructive that if the Chinese won't bend to the US president, New Delhi can expect little reprieve from Beijing. At a time of its choosing (which has to be soon), India has to conduct

Post Washington It should be clear to the Manmohan Singh government that India's survival depends on strategic independence, says N.V.Subramanian. 25 November 2009: The PM will return from the United States empty-handed. And even while Manmohan Singh was on his "first official state visit" to Barack Obama's America, the Agni-II failed on its first night launch. What do these two developments add up to? There was never any expectation that the Manmohan-Obama summit (if it can be called that) would produce definable returns. This writer, at any rate, had nil expectations, and had described the general course of Manmohan Singh's US tour in a commentary titled "Manmohan's US visit" (6 November 2009), closing that with the advice that, at best, the PM should try to be Obama's "friend" in the US's hour of distressing decline. By calling Manmohan Singh "wise" and a man of "

Pakistan's perennial Afghan worry

By Prakash Nanda Column: Right Angle Published: November 25, 2009 New Delhi, India - With each passing day it is becoming increasingly obvious that the United States´ Afghanistan-Pakistan policy under President Barack Obama´s administration is simply not working. Secure in their safe sanctuaries in Pakistan´s Waziristan region, the Taliban and al-Qaida have been launching highly successful attacks on Afghan and NATO troops. Obama is desperate for Pakistan to do something to contain these elements within its territory. In return, he is pursuing the traditional policy of rewarding Pakistan through military and economic assistance, which over the past seven years has exceeded US$12 billion. That Pakistan is not doing the needful and is diverting most of the U.S. aid towards measures against India is another story. In fact, the fundamental flaw in the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan happens to be t

Maoist-related fatalities in 2008: Orissa ranks Deba Prasad Dash First Published : 26 Nov 2009 03:51:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 26 Nov 2009 09:17:17 AM IST MALKANGIRI: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Task Force’s recent report on national security and terrorism has painted a grim picture for Orissa. With 100 fatalities in Maoist violence, Orissa ranks third in 2008, the report reveals. With 113 fatalities, neighbouring Jharkhand stands first followed by Chhattisgarh with 102 fatalities. Out of 100 fatalities in Orissa, 76 are security personnel and 24 are civilians. While Naxals have lost 32 of their cadres during the period in Orissa, in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand the number of Naxals killed stands at 66 and 40 respectively. The report said CPI(Maoist) has consolidated its position in several parts of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Orissa which offer almost a contiguous territory to the armed cadres. It said t