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Open letter to Dr.Manmohan Singh

Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh, In an uncharitable attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Sunday, you accused him of lowering the dignity of his office. The reason was obvious. You secretly met a former foreign minister of Pakistan and its high commissioner at the residence of a party colleague, and now that it has become public, you don’t know where to hide your face. So you attack. That’s the only way out for you, considering the fact that this party colleague who goes by the name of Mani Shanker Aiyar, had not long ago sought the Pakistani establishment’s help to overthrow the Narendra Modi government in India. That your laboured rationalisation for the meeting came after your party spokesperson Anand Sharma denied that any such meeting was held, says a lot about the agenda of the meeting. You asked Prime Minister Modi to “show the maturity expected of the high office he holds,” forgetting that it is you who needs it more. That, however, is not the objective of my writing this ope

Whodunnit? Russia and Coercion through Cyberspace

Courtesy of Yusuke Umezawa / Flickr This article was  originally published  by  War on the Rocks  on 19 October 2016. Late in May 2014, a group calling itself  CyberBerkut leaked a map of the Ukrainian Dnipropetrovsk Oblast administration’s IT resources, information on the Central Election Commission of Ukraine’s servers, and the correspondence of its staff. In the following days, which included the country’s presidential election, CyberBerkut claimed they had again compromised the election commission’s servers, leaked more confidential information, conducted a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack the commission’s website (which instructed potential voters how and where to vote), and blocked the phones of election organizers. The group also released documents implying that the recently appointed governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Igor Kolomoisky, was complicit in pro-European Ukrainian plans to promote the “correct” candidate for president of Ukraine. Despite the best e

Whodunnit? Russia and Coercion through Cyberspace

Courtesy of Yusuke Umezawa / Flickr This article was  originally published  by  War on the Rocks  on 19 October 2016. Late in May 2014, a group calling itself  CyberBerkut leaked a map of the Ukrainian Dnipropetrovsk Oblast administration’s IT resources, information on the Central Election Commission of Ukraine’s servers, and the correspondence of its staff. In the following days, which included the country’s presidential election, CyberBerkut claimed they had again compromised the election commission’s servers, leaked more confidential information, conducted a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack the commission’s website (which instructed potential voters how and where to vote), and blocked the phones of election organizers. The group also released documents implying that the recently appointed governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Igor Kolomoisky, was complicit in pro-European Ukrainian plans to promote the “correct” candidate for president of Ukraine. Despite the best e

New Geopolitics in the Middle East?

Image courtesy of tetracarbon/pixabay This article was  originally published  by the  Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)  on 27 November 2017. The possible creation of a new geopolitical reality in the Middle East may have snuck under the radar this holiday weekend. The continuing spectacle of the investigations into Russia’s possible involvement in the 2016 Election and the continued naming and shaming of corporate leaders and politicians involved in sexual harassment (as well as Thanksgiving), may have overshadowed the summit in Sochi between the Presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Iran, shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited President Putin in the same city (and  thanked him  for “saving Syria”). The three presidents  announced  the winding down of the radical Islamist threat in Syria and the continued cooperation of their three states until “the final defeat” of the Islamic State and the al-Nusra front. More significantly, they announced the convening of a

The Four Faces of China in Central and Eastern Europe

Image  courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center/Flickr. (CC BY 2.0) This article was  originally published  by  YaleGlobal Online  on 30 November 2017. An American, a German, and a Chinese gentleman walk into a bar in Prague. The first two order a beer, and the bartender then turns to the Chinese man to ask, “What can I get you?” He simply replies, “The accounts please, I own the place.” The joke is not entirely removed from reality. The Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI – an economic agenda billed as the Silk Road reincarnated – is putting meat on the bones of Chinese interaction with Central and Eastern Europe. BRI investments play a role in the increased priority attached to the “16+1” – a political format that brings China and the region together. The sixth meeting of heads of states of the Central and Eastern Europe countries and China in Hungary has revealed four faces of Chinese activity in the region: connector, shaper, investor and challenger. Connector:  The Great

AAPI QLI hosts 22nd annual gala, honors 4 physicians for excellence

AAPI QLI hosts 22 nd  annual gala, honors 4 physicians for excellence   AAPIQLI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin of Queens and Long Island) hosted its 22nd Annual Convention at Huntington Hilton on Long Island, NY on December 16, under the leadership of its President Dr . Rakesh Dua. It was attended by Chief Guest Congressman from NY’s 3rd district Honorable Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Executive elect Honorable Laura Curran, first deputy commissioner at department of health New York State Dr. Eugene Heslin, many dignitaries and more than 600 guests. Four physicians, Dr. Mohinder Gupta; Dr. Devendra Mehta; Dr. P. Patrick Basu; and, Dr. Usha Krishnan were honored for their life time achievements and money was raised for many local and national charities. Dr. Ajay Lodha, immediate past president of national AAPI and Dr. Gautam Samadder, current president of national AAPI were recognized for their leadership and contributions to the physician community across the natio

Rahul Gandhi: DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED' Congress President and His Team

A Brief Introduction to the New 'DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED' Congress President and His Team Son of Rajiv Gandhi will have team comprising of Son of Tarun Gogoi Son of Rajesh Pilot Son of Madhav Rao Scindhia Son of Murli Deora Daughter of Sunil Dutt Son of Madhav Singh Solanki Son of Bhupender Hooda Son of Shamsher Singh Surjewal Daughter of Santosh Mohan Deb Daughter of Pranab Mukherjee Son of OOmmen Chandy Son of A. K. Anthony Son of Sheila Dikshit Son of Jitendra Prasad Son of Saifuddin Soz Son of Shankar Rao Chauvan And supporting from allied parties are: Son of Mulayam Singh Yadav Sons of Lalu Prasad Yadav Son of Faruq Abdullah Sons and Daughter of Karunanidhi Daughter of Sharad Pawar .... and so on and on and on Wow, How Democratic! !

How biased is the print media today in India

How biased is the print media today in India. BJP beats 22 years of anti-incumbency in Gujatat and sweeps Himachal. It grows from 5 states to 19 in 3 years. Media - This is the beginning of decline of Modi. Rahul Gandhi's Party loses 29th election in last 5 years. Congress reduced to just 4 states. Media - Rahul has arrived!