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India should not put all its eggs in the basket of the US president, says N.V.Subramanian.

Beyond Obama India should not put all its eggs in the basket of the US president, says N.V.Subramanian. London, 5 November 2010: In continuation of the Wednesday commentary, "Summit & after", and especially in the backdrop of Barack Obama's "defeat" in the mid-term elections, India has to make calculated changes in its engagements with the United States. It is improbable that a prime minister as timid as Manmohan Singh will put into effect the "calculated changes" suggested by this writer, among them being to engage the US over and above the American president, encompassing the Congress, Wall Street and big business, NGOs, special interest groups, opinion-makers, the media, and so forth, but the collapsing presidency of Barack Obama gives little other choice. Whatever India had to gain from the US in the short term has been delivered by the previous American president, George W.Bus

US-India ‘strategic partnership’ needs a re-definition

Harsh V Pant The hype surrounding the visit of US President Barack Obama has already built up considerably. Officials on both sides have been busy laying the groundwork for the visit. The Indian foreign secretary, Nirupama Rao, was in Washington recently and the US under secretary of state for political affairs William Burns visited Delhi last week to put in place an agenda for the visit that can match the outcome of the visit by Obama’s predecessor George W Bush. But the context of Obama’s visit is entirely different. Obama will be visiting India at a time when there is great political turmoil in Washington and the president’s authority is rapidly eroding. The losses suffered by the Democratic Party in this week’s mid-term elections have been huge and a serious blow to Obama’s political profile. Obama, who muscled through Congress perhaps the most ambitious domestic agenda in a generation in the


B.RAMAN The Government of India has sought to play down the worrisome implications of China’s new policy on Kashmir favouring Pakistan, its growing strategic presence in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan-Occupies Kashmir (POK), its disinclination to give up its claims to the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh and its strengthening of its military-related capabilities in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). 2. The strengthening of its military-related capabilities in the TAR has been in the form of a further upgradation of its highway network, the construction of more airports ostensibly to meet civilian needs, the extension of the railway line from Lhasa towards the border with Nepal and Arunachal Pradesh with plans for the ultimate construction of a railway link-up with Nepal and military exercises involving various units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including the Air Force and strategic artillery units. Among the objectives of these exercises are to fine-

Balochistan; Crimes Against Humanity: Open letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon from Mohammad Akhar Mengal

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General United Nations, I on behalf of people of Balochistan, Pakistan, submitting this urgent human rights appeal regarding gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity taking place in Pakistan's largest and resource rich region, against moderate Baloch people by the Pakistani establishment and security forces. Attached is 1, an appeal, 2, introduction to the region and human rights violations, 3, list of enforced disappeared and killed political leaders and activists, 4, Amnesty International recent report/statement on unabated killings and torture in Balochistan. An Appeal to UN Introduction to the region and human right Violations list of enforced disappeared and killed political leaders and activists Amnesty International recent report/statement on unabated killings and torture in Balochistan. We look forward that the United Nation will take immediate steps to address this human rights emergency. Sincerely, Mohammad Akhar

VIEW: Balochistan: endless despair —Mohammad Akhtar Mengal\11\05\story_5-11-2010_pg3_3 The appalling poverty, desolation, unemployment, worsening health conditions, malnourishment, tribal in-fighting, mounting corruption, support for drug barons and religious fundamentalism in historically peaceful and secular-oriented Baloch society are the domino effects of systematic policies imposed by the Islamabad super-establishment Although the British Raj ended in 1947, under Pakistan’s ethnically structured and politically over-centralised state, the concept and practice of second-class citizenry remains a common practice by the dominant group against the underprivileged people. Initially, the East Pakistani population was the prime victim of this policy of systematic second-class citizenry; they were discriminated against because of their ethnicity, origin, and political aspirations. They were denied legal rights, civil rights, political rights and overall economic opportunities in a country tha


B.RAMAN President Bill Clinton and President George Bush had suffered electoral set-backs in the mid-term elections to the US Congress before they visited India. But, they came a few months after their electoral set-back. By the time they came, public opinion in India had forgotten their set-back, which did not have any impact on their visits. 2. President Barack Obama will be reaching India two days after the elections in which his party has lost control of the House of Representatives and managed to retain control of the Senate by only a narrow margin. This has become an important subject of discussion everywhere. As much time is spent in discussing his electoral set-back as in discussing his policies towards India. Would the set-back weaken him politically? Would it come in the way of substantial changes in Indo-US relations, which would be to the benefit of the two countries? 3. It must be remembered that the elections were fought largely on domestic issues. Foreign policy ha

Obama's India visit: Anti-terror policy must be reviewed

ECONOMIC TIMES 5 NOV, 2010 by C Uday Bhaskar President Obama arrives here in the backdrop of Diwali, which symbolises the forces of good triumphing over evil. It is appropriate that Mr Obama will first visit Mumbai and stay at the Taj hotel, the principal site of the terrorist carnage of November 26, 2008. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, a resident of New York and his wife Rivka who ran a local Jewish centre, were among the 173 victims of 26/11. While some commercial deals that range from civil and military transport aircraft to marine engines and locomotives are likely to be signed to bolster economic and trade ties and create jobs in the US, a principal Obama objective, the spectre of jihadi terror and the optimum response by a democratic state will be the abiding challenge for Mr Obama and his Indian host Manmohan Singh . More recent revelations about David Headley , one of the accused in the Mumbai attack and currently in US custody, point to a very muddy trail that reads lik

BALOCHISTAN: Please Answer to a Baloch Sister?

Source: 06.11.2010 Salam Durah Baloch Brasan, With my deepest regards, I as a Baloch sister and member of a Baloch family, who is a victim of Pakistani intelligentsia, has taken the courage to ask some questions from Baloch Diaspora members. Please do not take anything negative, I am asking with good faith, but the truth is sour and pinches everybody. I have seen Mr. Faiz Baloch picture with Waja Hairbihar Marri and have heard lot about him that he is sincere to the Baloch cause etc. I have been a part of rallies walking on the roads and chanting slogans in favour of them. That may be one of the reasons today I and my family is a member of a missing persons families. But today what has pushed to join hands with Ahmar Mustikhan and his un-natural colleagues? Whatever Faiz Baloch has written about Hafiz Hasan Abadi and Kachkol Ali that is right, I and many of my fellows agree with that. Specially at Balochistan University Quetta most of th

PAKISTAN: Target killings continue in Karachi

Karachi,November 01: Karachi, Pakistan's financial capital is more in the news for violent crimes rather than financial news.It has been rocked by political and ethnic rivalries,turf wars and target killings in recent times.A wave of violence has followed the August 2010 killing of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) provincial lawmaker Raza Haider.Over 90 persons have been killed between October 14th and 25th this year.The authorities have failed to take action against those involved in these cold-blooded murders in the name of ethnicity.In Karachi,hundreds of mourner's take to the streets and shout anti-government slogans every other day.To most it seems that Karachi has become totally ungovernable.

Milk Guzzling Lads and Lasses do Haryana and India Proud

Could it unleash India’s Female Shakti Power! Corrupt & incompetent politician- bureaucrat nexus holds back Sports progress 2010/11/milk-guzzling-lads- and-lasses-do.htm “The best realistic legacy that I can hope for is that the Commonwealth Games of 2010 mark the emergence of India as a power at future big sporting events”- BBC correspondent The Commonwealth Games(CWG), which opened with the world bracing for the worst, managed to conclude on without undue embarrassment or disaster. Stadiums did not collapse. Terrorists did not strike. Fears of disease went mostly unrealized. And the closing ceremony was a stirring success- Commented New York Times To many analysts and critics of CWG it correctly demonstrated India’s inability to efficiently deliver, even on a project intended as a show piece to the world. “All the worst elements of the government system have been showcased,” said Mahesh Rangarajan, a political analyst. “Will they learn a lesso

Obama lobbies for Wal-Mart, will PM lobby for our economic model? – I

M R Venkatesh 03 Nov 2010 “Wal-Mart is crucial for America and India is crucial for Wal-Mart” – said the head of a consulting firm. And why not? American President Barack Obama is expected to raise the contentious issue of allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail (FDI) during his visit later this week. As a prelude, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke has already arrived in India to set the stage with a strong pitch for liberalizing this industry. Duke is reported to have stated that 100% FDI in the Indian retail sector would “help contain inflation in India.” Duke added that FDI in retail would contain inflation by reducing wastage of farm output, as 30% to 40% of the produce does not reach the end-consumer and, “In India, there is an opportunity to work all the way up to farmers in the back-end chain. Part of inflation is due to the fact that produces do not reach the end-consumer.” If that was supposed to be an i


B.RAMAN The forthcoming visit of President Barack Obama to India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea will be as important as his earlier swing through the Asia-Pacific region after assuming office in January 2009. His first swing was in November last year when he visited Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. 2.Japan and South Korea are figuring in both these swings, indicating the importance attached by him to the USA's relations with its two military allies in Asia. Highlighting the USA's solidarity with these two countries and its security commitments to them have been an important hallmark of his Asia-Pacific policy. One has again seen this recently in the joint exercises held by the US Navy with the South Korean Navy despite Chinese concerns in the wake of the alleged sinking of a South Korean naval ship by North Korea and in the reiteration by Mrs.Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, during her current swing across the Asia-Pacific region that the US security comm

Slaying the 'Culture' Monster: Will UAVs Fall Prey to the Traditional Warfighter Mentality?

Contributor: Defence IQ Colonel Jeffrey Turcotte, USAF, Chief Air and Weapons Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, speaks at the UAV Summit, hosted by IQPC. This transcript of his presentation addresses the implications of US Department of Defense budget cuts and where UAV research falls within the spectrum of scope and funding. He also discusses the growth of military interest in unmanned capabilites, the prospect of 'one pilot - multiple UAVs' employment, and the ways in which the Laboratory focuses spending on multi role and multi service outcomes. Chair: Jeffrey S Turcotte is the Chief of the Air Weapons Sector, Plans and Programmes Director, Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He’s responsible for managing AFRL relationships with stakeholders in the Air and Weapo