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DEALING WITH MAOIST TACTICS: WANTED COOL THINKING, NOT BRAVADO

B.RAMAN The Maoists have been increasingly resorting to abduction as one of their tactics for cowing down the State and society and for demonstrating their ability to enforce their will on the State. 2. The recent incidents of abduction of two Italian nationals and a member of the legislative Assembly of Odisha to force the State---unfortunately successfully--- to concede their demands for the release of some arrested Maoists have been followed by the abduction of Alex Paul Menon, the32-year-old Collector of Sukma District in Chattisgarh, on April 21,2002. 3.Citing Ram Nivas, Additional Director of Police in charge of Naxal operations in the State, media reports have stated that a group of 20 Maoists killed the two personal security officers of the Collector and abducted him while he was having a meeting with some villagers in the Majhipara village of the District. The Collector had reportedly gone to the village on a motorcycle as part of a Government-initiated campaign to wean

Analytics, Big data - the emerging revolution of Data Science

Guest post by Arindam Banerji, Unit Technology Officer, Manufacturing, Infosys Limited Like it or not, how we think of data science and business intelligence is changing; not only in terms of technologies and capabilities, but also in terms of what consumers of such technologies expect. The changes are drastic enough to warrant thinking about this as the new era of how science is done - its impact could be as large as the introduction of the web, with new business models, sub -industries and entirely new ways of doing science. Based on Turing award winner, Jim Gray's work, Jnan Dash offers up, why data science is quite probably an entirely new model of doing science: [So what is the Fourth Paradigm? Here is the explanation. 1. Thousand years ago - Experimental Science - Description of natural phenomena 2. Last few hundred years - Theoretical Science - Newton's Laws, Maxwell's Equations... 3. Last few decades - Computational Science - Simulation of comp

KAYANI’S SMILE: HOW GENUINE?

B.RAMAN During a visit to the site of the devastating avalanche near Skardu in Pakistan-Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on April 18,2012,which killed about 125 military personnel and 15 civilians,Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), is reported to have made ----for the first time since he took over as the COAS from Gen.Pervez Musharraf--- some positive references to India. 2. The Pakistani media has quoted him as saying as follows: “Peaceful coexistence between the two neighbours is very important so that everybody can concentrate on the well-being of the people……The decades of enmity between India and Pakistan should be resolved through negotiation.” 3.It needs to be underlined that these remarks should not be interpreted as indicating a change in the hostile mindset of the Pakistan Army towards India.Nor do they indicate a definitive desire of the Pakistan Army for a thaw in Indo-Pakistan relations. 4. These remarks were made by Gen.Kayani in the co

AFGHANISTAN: ALL IS NOT YET LOST

B.RAMAN All is not yet lost in Afghanistan. The Taliban and its affiliates such as the so-called Haqqani Network are alive and active not only in the interior provinces, but even in Kabul.They still retain the surprise element in a large measure. Their morale is undented.So too their capability to improvise and innovate complex attacks on multiple targets using multiple modus operandi.The flow of suicide volunteers for their operations is not showing signs of drying up. 2.Their Tet-like co-ordinated attacks in Kabul and some provinces on April 15,2012, were almost as spectacular as the co-ordinated attacks launched by the Vietcong on the Vietnamese New Year's Day (called Tet) in 1968, but not as effective and as lethal. 3. Just as the US and South Vietnamese intelligence were taken by surprise by the Vietcong attacks of 1968, the US and the Afghan intelligence were also taken by surprise. They had failed to detect the infiltration of the cadres of the Taliban and its affiliates

Body Language: How good are you interpreting it?

P5+1 and Iran’s meeting in Istanbul cools War Hysteria

Ever since the 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq , Western leaders and Israel and media have talked of taking out the other axis of evil i.e. Iran .From time to time the cacophony rises , on the pretext that Tehran is enriching Uranium for nukes (Never mind Tel Aviv has a few hundred nukes ).My feeling and assessment has been that end 2003 or early 2004 was the time when Washington led by the Zeocon crazies under blank slate Bush could have created a bigger catastrophe after Afghanistan and Iraq .And so I have written many times . Any attack by mistake or otherwise would be catastrophic for the region and the world. India foolishly voted against Tehran in Vienna for the case to go to UNSC when even Pakistan had abstained, advised by policeman NSA with many US pensioners in key positions. A Swiss assets manager , after reading my pieces on Middle East used to telephone me every few months from 2006 and I would always reassure him to take it easy .Since a year or so his calls have declined

Regional Issues, Defence Dominate Indo-US Talks

PTI | Apr 17, 2012 http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=759991 India and the US today held intensive discussions on East Asia in the backdrop of tensions in South China Sea and the recent defiant rocket launch by North Korea, a day after the two countries held political- military dialogue. The two countries are having a series of meetings this week, including one on Homeland Security on Thursday and Friday apart from a trilateral with Japan on April 23. After a gap of nearly six years, India and the US had held their first political-military dialogue here yesterday which was led by Javed Ashraf, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs from Indian side and by Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J Shapiro from the US. The two sides discussed key issues such as defence, trade including US reform process in their export policy, counter-piracy and regional political-military issues. The American side raised the issue o

Balochistan: Time for a ceasefire and political settlement

Proposals for military de-escalation & a referendum on self-determination By Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner The Samosa - London & Islamabad - 16 April 2010 http://bit.ly/IfBUYv The case for a negotiated political settlement in Pakistani-annexed and occupied Balochistan is overwhelming. The Baloch people have a right to live without persecution and to decide their own destiny. History is on their side. Much of what now constitutes Balochistan was a self-governing British Protectorate from 1876. The Baloch people secured their independence from Britain in 1947. The following year, they were invaded and incorporated into Pakistan. They did not vote for incorporation. Their consent was neither sought nor given. For more than six decades, Balochistan has been under Pakistani military occupation. Although all five major nationalist rebellions have been suppressed by Islamabad, this has not extinguished the desire of the Baloch people to determin

Turkey's Strategy

STRATFOR April 17, 2012 | 0858 GMT By George Friedman Turkey is re-emerging as a significant regional power. In some sense, it is in the process of returning to its position prior to World War I when it was the seat of the Ottoman Empire. But while the Ottoman parallel has superficial value in understanding the situation, it fails to take into account changes in how the global system and the region work. Therefore, to understand Turkish strategy, we need to understand the circumstances it finds itself in today. The end of World War I brought with it the end of the Ottoman Empire and the contraction of Turkish sovereignty to Asia Minor and a strip of land on the European side of the Bosporus. That contraction relieved Turkey of the overextended position it had tried to maintain as an empire stretching from the Arabian Peninsula to the Balkans. In a practical sense, defeat solved the problem of Turkey's strategic interests having come to outstrip its power. After World W

DIVERSITY-USA

DIVERSITY-USA A National Democratic Think Tank on Minority Issues 3145 Gilbert Ave., Roseburg, OR, USA Fax & Tel: 541-9578414 Mr. Ban Ki-moon Secretary General United Nations Organization Date 12, 2012 UN HQ NY, NY Sub: United Nations betrayal of the people of Jammu& Kashmir, India Ref: UN demand that India repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from militant and terrorist infested areas. Dear Secretary General, In a recent public statement Mr. Christof Heyns, a U.N Special Rapporteur, has demanded that India repeal its security related law, “The Armed Forces Special Powers Act” (AFSPA), from militant and terrorist infested areas in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) State and in its other States in the North Eastern Region since such laws had no role in a democracy. Like scores of other UN officials who previously visited Kas

Between Washington and Tehran

in PERSPECTIVE by Neil Padukone — April 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm | 0 comments http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2012/04/between-washington-and-tehran/ Resolving India’s Iranian conundrum will require some creative diplomacy As even a cursory look at Western newspapers these days will show, the world has entered a new round of antagonism in the confrontation over Iran’s alleged atomic weapons program. Ronen Bergman’s article in the New York Times is the latest to suggest that Israel is on the verge of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Since both US and Israeli intelligence have concluded, however, that there is no evidence that Iran has actually decided to build a nuclear weapon, this cycle of sabre-rattling is better seen as part of a larger effort to ensure that punitive measures (and not diplomacy) remain the preferred means of dealing with Tehran. Thus Washington has succeeded in convincing the Europeans, and ostensibly the Russians and Chinese, to participate in ever-ti

New Delhi's balancing acts in West Asia

SHASHANK JOSHI http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3308145.ece Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are being pushed closer together by Iran's nuclear ambitions and the Arab Spring — creating new challenges for India. India's foreign policy in West Asia lies at its most crucial juncture in two decades. In recent months, the debate has focused on India's delicate balancing act between Iran and the United States. This should not be taken lightly. American technology, weaponry, and diplomatic backing will be important to India's security and prosperity over the coming decades. At the same time, India is in danger of overlooking another balancing act. A sectarian, geopolitical and strategic cold war is unfolding between Saudi Arabia, protector of the Sunni Arab order, and Iran, a Shia Persian revolutionary power with a mission to subvert that status quo. The battlefields are Syria and Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. For India, the stakes are high. Saudi-Iranian ri

Kudankulam- Foreign Hand- How Big A Threat Is It

By Rakesh Krishnan Simha , April 2012 [ rakeshmail@gmail.com] http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Foreign-hand~-How-big-a-threat-is-it-1.aspx After decades in cold storage, the “foreign hand” is back on the front pages in India. It was in the mid 1970s that the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi first used the expression, specifically naming the CIA as one of the plotters against her Government. Nearly 40 years later another Prime Minister from the same party has gone on record, saying there is a foreign hand operating in India. Manmohan Singh was referring to the anti-nuclear protests in Kudankulam, which he claimed were orchestrated by American-backed NGOs. Just how credible is this foreign threat? Is there really a foreign hand working against India? Are Indian politicians ratcheting up the scaremongering to further their narrow domestic agendas? Back in the seventies Indians were – and today still are – extremely dismissive of Indira Gandhi’s allegations. Her political opp