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B.RAMAN The award of the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8,2010, to the imprisoned Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo, the co- author of Charter 08, a pro-democracy manifesto signed by more than 300 prominent Chinese scholars, writers, and activists and published online on Dec. 10, 2008—the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights---- could be counter-productive. 2.The Charter, emulating Charter 77 issued by dissidents in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia, calls for the implementation of the guarantees of China’s Constitution and for institutions in China upholding democratic reforms, human rights, and the rule of law. It warns of national disaster in the absence of political change and makes 19 recommendations to improve human rights in China, including the establishment of an independent judiciary, freedom of association and an end to one-party rule. 3. Istead of embarrassing the Chinese political leadership, the award has made it defiant as could be se

Is Pakistan falling apart?

It has suffered disaster after disaster. Its people have lived through crisis upon crisis. Its leaders are unwilling or unable to act. But is it really the failed state that many believe? By Patrick Cockburn Is Pakistan disintegrating? Are the state and society coming apart under the impact of successive political and natural disasters? The country swirls with rumours about the fall of the civilian government or even a military coup. The great Indus flood has disappeared from the headlines at home and abroad, though millions of farmers are squatting in the ruins of their villages. The US is launching its heaviest-ever drone attacks on targets in the west of the country, and Pakistan closed the main US and Nato supply route through the Khyber Pass after US helicopters crossed the border and killed Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan is undoubtedly in a bad way, but it is also a country with more than 170 mill

The center of Asia's divide By BRAHMA CHELLANEY NEW DELHI — Japan may have created the impression of having buckled under China's pressure by releasing the Chinese fishing trawler captain. But the Japanese action helps move the spotlight back to China, whose rapid accumulation of power has emboldened it to aggressively assert territorial and maritime claims against its neighbors, from Japan to India. Having earlier preached the gospel of its "peaceful rise," China is no longer shy about showcasing its military capabilities and asserting itself on multiple fronts. While the Chinese leadership may gloat after forcing Tokyo to climb down and release the captain, the episode — far from shifting the Asian balance of power in Beijing's favor — has only shown that China is at the center of Asia's political divides. China's new stridency in its territorial and maritime disputes with its neighbors has helped highlight Asia's central chall

The great game pantomime Instead of crying over the amazing pace of development of Chinese territories across our borders, ask Chinese companies to come forward and invest in our border roads. The latest contribution to the discourse on China comes from Jaswant Singh, former External Affairs and Finance Minister. His opinion piece in the American media enjoins our strategic community's current discourse on the power dynamics in Asia. He is convinced that India has a “great game” on its hands and seems to imply that the outcome of this game will critically depend on its military prowess and its strategic alliance with the United States, whereas expanding Sino-Indian economic cooperation ultimately becomes inconsequential. Mr. Singh has articulated these views at an interesting point in the U.S.-India strategic partnership. To be sure, President Barack Obama's forthcoming visit to India gives them a sense of immediacy. However, is there a great game

Turmoil in Kashmir – Root-cause & Remedies

Social Cause (A Registered Society with No. 614 of 2003) & Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) Cordially invite you and your friends to a Seminar on Turmoil in Kashmir – Root-cause & Remedies Sri K. Ajit Doval * Former Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), New Delhi will be the Principal Speaker. Sri Ashok Pandit ** Filmmaker & Social Activist, Mumbai will be the Chief Guest Sri K. Ramachandra Murthy Managing Director, HMTV will be the Guest of Honour. Maj. Gen. (retd.) A.B. Gorthi , AVSM, VSM Chairman, FINS, AP will Preside. Date & Time: 10 th October, 2010 (Sunday) at 10.00 a.m. Venue: Myadam Anjaiah Memorial Hall , Munnuru Kapu Vidyarthi Vasathi Gruham Opp. Venkata Ramana – Padmavathi Theatres, Kachiguda, Hyderabad All are welcome. Dr. Somaraju Suseela President, Social Cause Col. Prof. Datla Raju General Secretary, FINS, AP *Sri K. Ajit Doval joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1968 and retired as Director of the IB in 2005. He is the fi

Our Foes Cannot Destroy This Nation

By Brian Michael Jenkins Senior Advisor to the President of the RAND Corporation I am traveling in India now where concerns are high about the possibility that foreign or homegrown terrorists may attack the country during next week’s Commonwealth Games. Such concerns are understandable where in the past decade, jihadist fanatics have attacked India’s Parliament, blown up trains, and, less than two years ago, launched a three-day suicide assault on Mumbai, in all, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. Added to this is an unfortunate history of communal violence between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities that has, since 2001, produced riots and other clashes that, according to official statistics, have left 2,234 dead and 21,460 injured. This is considered an improvement over the even bloodier 1990s. Tensions are high as people await a high court’s final decision on Ayodha, a holy site claimed by

Rebuilding Kyrgyzstan The recent Uzbek-Kyrgyz clashes following the second overthrow of the government in five years have not only highlighted the authoritarian state's ineffectiveness in providing enduring stability but also undermined its integrity and sovereignty. Only earnest democratization and nation-building will ensure a stable future. By Roman Muzalevsky When the Uzbek-Kyrgyz clashes this June threatened to undermine the regional security system, neither the regional security organizations (OSCE, CSTO, SCO) nor regional actors (Russia, the US, China, etc.) intervened militarily in Kyrgyzstan to restore stability. This, despite requests by the Kyrgyz Interim Government, which came to power following the government's overthrow in April, and dismal security conditions that left hundreds dead and led to the displacement of up to 400,000 people. S