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B.RAMAN The conviction of 31 of the accused in the NarodaPatiya massacre case of Gujarat by a special fast track court has to be welcomed for two reasons despite the fact that the case has not yet reached its logical conclusion with all avenues for appeal exhausted. Ninety-six people,mainly Muslims, were massacred by the accused during the communal conflagration of 2002 in Gujarat.The convicted have been sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. 2. The fact that some prominent Hindutva personalities of the Gujarat unit of the BJP were among those convicted would indicate the high-level of involvement of BJP personalities in the instigation, if not the commission of the massacre. 3. The conviction and heavy sentencing have to be welcomed by all right-thinking persons because the case clearly shows that the rule of law ultimately prevails in the country and that the courts will not tolerate massacres of members of the religious minorities by the religious majority. 4. The sec

‘Talebanisation on the rise in Balochistan’

Rehan Siddiqui / 1 September 2012 KARACHI — The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has claimed that Talebanisation was growing in the country’s largest and troubled Balochistan province and its capital Quetta has become a haven for militants. The latest report by the HRCP on Balochistan came after a mission visited the province from May 15 to 19 to assess the impact of recent measures taken by the government with respect to the province, and to hear suggestions from stakeholders on a way out of the crisis. “Talebanisation is growing in several areas and, unlike in the past, religious fanaticism is not merely being exported to the province from elsewhere — it is now being bred in Balochistan,” the report said. It also reported that a growing network of seminaries has contributed to inflame sectarian tensions and militant training camps are reported in the province while the government’s strategy to quell the unrest in the province has largely failed. The mission,

'Global Indian Business Meet 2012'

The 'Global Indian Business Meet 2012' will be held from September 20 to 23 and will see participation from business leaders, entrepreneurs, knowledge experts and investors of Indian-origin from around the world.   Don't Miss:

Balochistan turning into a safe haven for militants: Report

By Our Correspondent Published: August 31, 2012 LAHORE: Talibanisation is growing in several areas of Balochistan and security forces might be patronising militants, turning Quetta into a haven for militants, according to the fact finding mission of the Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Balochistan. The HRCP mission had visited the province from May 15 to 19 to assess the impact of the recent measures taken by the government for Balochistan and to take suggestions from stakeholders to come up with a way to end the lingering crisis in the province, culminating in the report released on Thursday. The report observed that religious fanaticism was not being exported to the province from outside, rather it was being bred within Balochistan. A burgeoning network of madrassas was contributing to the aggravation of inter-sect tensions. It stated that militants have managed to establish training camps in the troubled province. According to the findings, there are multiple layer


  The NAM Summit in Teheran (August 26 to 31) provides an occasion for some general reflections on the movement, its salience today and India's role in it. For those who have always decried the movement for spurning the camp of democracy and freedoms, dismissing it as a collection of countries that still cling in varying degrees to sterile and outmoded habits of thinking is easy.   GEOPOLITICS   For others who believe that nonalignment was the right political and moral choice between two excessivley armed blocks intent on self-aggrandizement under the facade of ideology, there is lingering nostalgia for the heydays of the movement. For still others, while the movement's nomenclature may appear disconnected from post Cold War international realities, its spirit of conserving independence of judgment and freedom of choice for its members remains relevant.   Indian commentators who sneer at nonalignment because its rationale has disappeared


B.RAMAN In its judgement of August 29,2012, upholding the death sentence passed on AjmalKasab, the sole surviving perpetrator of the terrorist strikes carried out by Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) in Mumbai from November 26 to 29,2008, the Supreme Court has made some observations on the role of the media, particularly the Indian TV channels, in covering the terrorist strikes. 2.These observations have been made as Obiter. The legal dictionary defines an obiter as “ Words of an opinion entirely unnecessary for the decision of the case. A remark made or opinion expressed by a judge in a decision upon a cause, "by the way", that is, incidentally or collaterally, and not directly upon the question before the court or upon a point not necessarily involved in the determination of the cause, or introduced by way of illustration, or analogy or argument. Such are not binding as precedent.” 3.Thus, the observations made by the court are not a pronouncement of a judgement or

Gwadar port to be taken over by Chinese

Gwadar port to be taken over by Chinese company: Minister informs Senate body August 29, 2012 TAHIR AMIN 0 Comments The Port Singapore Authority (PSA) has decided to leave Gwadar Port due to non-handing over of allocated land required by the Authority for making the port fully operational, according to Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri. "The denial of land at Gwadar Port forced PSA to leave the port, which will be taken over by a Chinese company," the Federal Minister informed the Senate Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping that met with Sardar Fateh Mohammad Hassani in the chair here on Tuesday. It was agreed in the MoU signed with PSA that the government would provide the required land to make the Gwadar Port fully operational, which was in the possession of Pakistan Navy and Coastal Guard. However, that commitment did not materialise, which led PSA to leave the port, said Ghauri, adding that the government had issued an NoC to PSA in thi

The Geography of Iranian Power by Robert D. Kaplan

August 29, 2012 | 0900 GMT Stratfor By Robert D. Kaplan Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Robert D. Kaplan's new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, which will be released Sept. 11. The most important facts about Iran go unstated because they are so obvious. Any glance at a map would tell us what they are. And these facts explain how regime change or evolution in Tehran -- when, not if, it comes -- will dramatically alter geopolitics from the Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent and beyond. Virtually all of the Greater Middle East's oil and natural gas lies either in the Persian Gulf or the Caspian Sea regions. Just as shipping lanes radiate from the Persian Gulf, pipelines will increasingly radiate from the Caspian region to the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, China and the Indian Ocean. The only country that straddles both energy-producing areas is Iran, stretching as it doe

Indian Americans should stand united, exhorts Rao

August 29, 2012 08:41 IST India's [ Images ] Ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao [ Images ], who immediately visited with the victims and families of the Sikh worshippers in the aftermath of the horrific massacre perpetrated by the white supremacist Wade Michael Page in the gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, has exhorted the Indian American community to shed their differences of regionalism, ethnicity, religion, and unite to project a concerted front to protect itself from any future violence and discrimination. Rao, who was the guest of honour at a gala banquet on August 26, organised by the Indian American community organisations of the Greater Washington Metropolitan region under the aegis of the National Council of Asian Indian Association to celebrate India's 65th anniversary of its independence, told more than 300 guests, including scores of Sikh Ameri

Softpower! India?

As US newspapers struggle, while China tries keeping its film industry afloat, Indian cultural output is gaining in strength. Arjuna Wijaya - Jakarta Despite its problems, it is a safe bet that India’s hard and soft powers are likely to rise in the coming times. If India can combine the two successfully, it will be a “smart power”. – Springing Tiger by Joseph Nye India Stacks Up Half the world follows Indian religion and culture – China (Buddhism), Indonesia (considering that Mahabharata is their national epic and their use of Sanskritic names), entire South East Asia (except Philippines, which was first Spanish ed and then America nised) and of course, India. What makes the Indian success remarkable as a major soft power centre is that this status has been acquired without significant military cost or economic expenditure. Archaeological artifacts have turned up in at Altyn Tepe ( in modern Turkestan ), in Babylon and Turkey (