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B.RAMAN It is learnt that Chinese Air Force planes had re-fueled in Pakistan and Iran last month while on their way to Turkey to participate in a joint air exercise with Turkish Air Force planes. On the way back, they refueled only in Iran. The air exercise preceded the recent visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Turkey. 2.Turkey’s agreement to hold a joint exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (Air Force) is significant for two reasons. Firstly, Turkey agreed to participate in the exercise and to host Wen despite the considerable unhappiness and anger caused among the religious elements of Turkey last year over the suppression of the Uighurs of Xinjiang by the PLA. The Munich-based World Uighur Congress, which Beijing blamed for the Uighur uprising in Xinjiang last year, enjoys considerable support in Turkey. Secondly, the Obama Administration does not appear to have opposed the joint exercise despite the fact that the planes of the Turkish Air Force that participated in the j

WILL PAKISTAN IMPLODE! In early 1990s ,at his new year reception in Ankara after exchange of warm greetings , the Turkish Prime Minister said to me ,”Ambassador ,let us now try to normalize relations between our two friendly states , India and Pakistan”. Instinctively I responded ,”Excellency ,Pakistan is not a state but an anti-India profession” .Before completing my sentence I regretted my rather undiplomatic indiscretion ,but the Turkish leader said nothing then or ever referred to it during my many meetings alone or with Indian delegations , during my stay when our relations warmed up further. Since long Pakistan has been a failing state , having failed to even create a territory based identity .It has been a plaything first of Britain , then of USA and China too .Saudi Arabia with its petrodollars disseminates obscurantist Wahabi ideology around the world , which keeps Muslims backwards and ignorant .It has led to fatal attacks not onl

Metaphysics of Plato is Vedas Retold in the West

Subject: the influence of Vedic “rsis and munnies” on PLATO Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. (Rig Veda) Dear seekers of Vedic knowledge, The metaphysics of Socrates and Plato influenced so much the Western social and spiritual thought and brought enlightenment to the West that today “West” describes Plato as philosophy and philosophy as Plato. We in India seem to have forgotten that that source of his writings and philosophy was Vedic metaphysics. Before Plato, Pythagoras went from Samos (Greece) to land of Ganga to learn Geometry. He would not have gone such a long and strange journey had the reputation of Brahmin’s (Vedic) science not been long established in Europe. (Francois. M. Voltaire). Plato left Athens for about one decade and visited Prasava (Persia), Ariana (Iran) and North West part of the then India-land of Aryans. He seems to have discussed a number of metaphysical concepts with the then Vedic Rsis and Munnies. On his return to Athens, he propagat


B.RAMAN President Barack Obama has made another overture of likely strategic significance to China, which could be a new landmark in moves to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. This step has been taken despite the differences between the US and China on tactical issues such as the continued US sales of arms to Taiwan, US contacts with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, open expression of US concerns over China's naval assertiveness in the South China Sea and the US demand for the release of Liu Xiaobo, who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 2. The new overture relates to possible Sino-US co-operation in manned spaceflights. An agreement in principle to initiate exploratory talks on this subject had been reached during Obama's visit to China in November,2009. According to the "Global Times" of China (October 15,2010), in pursuance of this agreement, an eight-member team of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) he


B.RAMAN President Barack Obama will be visiting India in November. During his stay , apart from holding talks with Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and other Indian leaders, he is expected to address a joint session of the Indian Parliament and possibly visit Mumbai. This would be the sixth visit by a US President to India since it became independent in 1947. The previous visits were of Dwight Eisenhower in 1959, Richard Nixon in 1969, Jimmy Carter in 1978, Bill Clinton in 2000 and George Bush in 2006. 2. Obama’s predecessor George Bush visited Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in March 2006. During his stay in India, there was a terrorist attack in Karachi in which an American diplomat posted in the US Consulate was killed. Despite this, Bush went ahead with his visit to Islamabad. His decision to stick to his itinerary despite the Karachi incident spoke highly of the confidence of the US Secret Service in its ability to protect him. 3. During the visit of Bill Clinton in March


B.RAMAN More people were killed and more material damage was caused by the quake in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and some parts of the North-West Frontier Province ( now called Khyber Pakhtunkwa ) in 2005 than by the recent floods, but the fatalities and damages were confined to a small geographic area.Moreover, there was no long-term damage to Pakistan's economy. Gen.Pervez Musharraf, who was then in power, got over the initial bungling in disaster management and ensured that the Army and the civil administration worked together in dealing with the disaster. He did not have to worry much about the impact of the quake on the morale of the army since very few families of serving soldiers were affected. 2.The disaster caused by the recent floods in Pakistan was spread over a large geographic area extending right across Pakistan. It has caused severe damage to Pakistan's agricultural economy. Many of the strategically important and sensitive areas of Pakistan were affected---

BALOCHISTAN: Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch speaks

1. "All Baloch groups are working on the same plan and it’s to drive out the enemy (Pakistan) from Balochistan. All groups have a common command and they are jointly struggling for the freedom of Balochistan. Our enemy is using misinformation to spread a rumour that many Baloch groups are ready to hold talks with them. It’s propaganda by our enemy – the Punjabis. " 2. "On one hand they (Pakistan army and intelligence agencies) are killing our intellectuals – the lawyers, doctors and students, and on the other side they claim they are inviting Baloch people for talks. Dialogue is impossible till the Pakistan removes its army from Balochistan’s territory. If anybody tries to talk with us in the Punjabi tradition, Baloch people will not tolerate it." 3. "If they (the international community) do not give any attention to Baloch movement now, then after few decades they will realize it was a big mistake. The Balochistan issue is more serious than Kashmir, Afgha

Obama's India Visit

Written by Neeta Lal Friday, 08 October 2010 Image Great Expectations index.php?option=com_content& task=view&id=2744&Itemid=174 As the countdown begins for United States President Barack Obama's first state visit to India in November, there is considerable anticipation in New Delhi about how this chapter in the Indo-US bilateral relationship will play out. Will the President, as many hope, extend his support for India's long-cherished dream for a seat at the United Nations Security Council? Will he demonstrate greater sensitivity towards Indian interests in Afghanistan and along the troubled Pakistani border? How will the two nations balance out the intricacies of the India-US-China equation to contain the China's growing regional presence? The US, meanwhile, is keen to know what India will bring to the table for the relationship to succeed in strategic terms and indeed, what the areas of cooperation are that the two nations

Pak’s Kashmir outburst

Rajeev Sharma Saturday, October 09, 2010 AT 04:31 PM (IST) There is no role for the international community in resolving Kashmir Sometimes some people wield an unduly large influence on their nation’s affairs. It gets known much later whether an individual’s politics was good or bad for the country. The recent outburst by Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Kashmir at the United Nations should come as a rude shock to New Delhi. Qureshi’s remarks were uncalled for and counter-productive when the Indian leadership was going the extra mile to strike a note of cordiality with Pakistan. Qureshi’s statement on Kashmir was more like a self goal when his country’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani were keen on accepting the hand of dialogue extended by India. Qureshi is known to put his foot in the mouth whenever he gets a platform to speak. But his latest ranting on Ka

The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon:

The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace A book launch and reception with authors Shannon D. Beebe and Mary Kaldor Tuesday, October 19, 2010 4:00-5:30 PM Please join us at the Stimson Center for a presentation and discussion of Shannon BeeBe and Mary Kaldor's new book, The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon. BeeBe and Kaldor collaborate from opposing political perspectives to argue that security is no longer achievable by traditional military strength, even for countries with massive militaries. Countries are less likely to face traditional conflicts with clear-cut nation-state enemies, and as such, Beebe and Kaldor say that the twentieth-century response of force is no longer effective in establishing security around the world. Instead, the best way to a safer world is through human security. That is, protecting people needs to be an end unto itself. Armies should work together with NGOs, charities, and other organizations that provide


B.RAMAN ( Abstract: From Wen’s comments at Shenzhen and from his subsequent interview on the CNN, many analysts have jumped to the conclusion that Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are probably not on the same wavelength as regards the need for political restructuring in China and greater respect for the freedom of speech. But if one reads and analyses carefully the statements and comments made by Hu and Wen since the 17th National Congress of the Party in October 2007, it would be evident that both in their own respective style are reflecting the party line on the need for political restructuring and how to go about it. Both reflect a party consensus that the time has come to undertake changes in the political structure, but such changes should not affect the continuity of the functioning of the State and the Party. The Party will be the innovator and the driving force of the political re-structuring as it was of the economic re-structuring after 1978. The individual freedom of speech advoca