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Pakistan: Floods Fail to Trigger Pro-Army Tide

Monday, 6 September 2010, 5:27 pm | J. Sri Raman

Altaf Hussain's call for a return of the generals in Pakistan came before the betting scandal of huge proportions currently rocking the cricket-crazy country. Otherwise, he might have cited the sports scam as an argument. He based his demand for undoing ... More >>

A Dictator And The "Largest Democracy"

Monday, 16 August 2010, 5:44 pm | J. Sri Raman

That was the chant of Than Shwe, Burma's military dictator, as he meditated recently at Bodhgaya, the place in India where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. Or, so says the satirical verse doing the rounds on the Internet. Whether the junta leader ... More >>

Afghan War's Blowback for India's Children?

Friday, 28 August 2009, 11:14 am | J. Sri Raman

Children born with abnormally enlarged or small heads, disproportionately short arms and legs, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other complications. Increasing instances of infertility among women. A spurt in cases of lung cancer and intestinal ... More >>

A Non-Islamic No to Religious Profiling

Thursday, 20 August 2009, 10:39 am | J. Sri Raman

Reports of religious profiling in the US have given rise to many a raging controversy before. But this one is different. The latest instance has provoked a national outrage this time in a non-Islamic country - India. More >>

US Arms for India: End Use and End Result

Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 12:20 pm | J. Sri Raman

Ever since the exit of George W. Bush from the White House, his admirers in India have been a worried lot. They have been wondering nervously about the fate of the "strategic partnership" and the future of dangerous regional rivalries promoted during ... More >>

A Question of Corporate Liability for Clinton

Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 1:35 pm | J. Sri Raman

New Delhi is under pressure to get its nuclear act together in time for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's scheduled visit to India on July 20-21. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government is proceeding posthaste to meet the deadline on two tasks: ... More >>

Strategic Part of India's Civilian Nuclear Plans

Thursday, 2 July 2009, 3:43 pm | J. Sri Raman

We are beginning by briefly revisiting Kaiga, the site of a nuclear complex in India's southern State of India, close to the country's west coast. It was also the venue of a mysterious death. The event was covered in these columns (Death of an Indian ... More >>

"Dam"aging India-Bangladesh Relations

Thursday, 18 June 2009, 12:07 pm | J. Sri Raman

Ever since India's general election, ending in the rout of the far right, international and regional attention has been focused on the country's relations with Pakistan and the prospects of their improvement. Unnoticed, meanwhile, is the ongoing damage ... More >>

Questions After A.Q. Khan's Resurfacing

Friday, 12 June 2009, 12:00 pm | J. Sri Raman

That may sound like an opposition leader in Pakistan. But, no, it was not former Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, under whom the country went for its nuclear-weapon tests over a decade ago. Nor former President Pervez Musharraf, angling for the right issue ... More >>

J. Sri Raman: Wrong Lesson From Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 11:06 am | J. Sri Raman

"I have only two groups - the people who fight terrorism and the terrorists." That might sound like George W. Bush. The statement, however, emanated not from the former US president, but from an ardent fan of his - Lt. Col. (retired) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, ... More >>

Questions After Prabhakaran's "Killing"

Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 1:16 pm | J. Sri Raman

Is he dead, or is he not? That is the question many are asking even after the Sri Lankan army's announcement of the "death" of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. They keep asking, even after gruesome pictures of the supposedly ... More >>

J. Sri Raman: India Routs the Far Right

Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 12:35 pm | J. Sri Raman

A collective sigh of relief went up as a Sunday of scorching Indian summer drew to a close. The votes had been counted after a month-long, five-phase general election, and the people had won. What had seemed a real and dire threat to peace in the world's ... More >>

Battle for Binayak Sen: Beyond India's Ballot War

Wednesday, 13 May 2009, 11:49 am | J. Sri Raman

On May 13, the world's most populous democracy will complete its periodical, primary exercise in popular governance. On this date, India will complete its month-long, five-phase general election. More >>

J. Sri Raman: Victims of an Underreported War

Tuesday, 21 April 2009, 11:37 am | J. Sri Raman

When a war goes underreported, the agony of its civilian victims goes almost unrecognized. The plight of the Tamils of Sri Lanka provides a poignant illustration, which the civilized world can no longer ignore. More >>

The Scream and the Drone

Friday, 10 April 2009, 2:17 pm | J. Sri Raman

The scream of 17-year-old Chand Bibi of the Swat Valley has been heard across Pakistan for over a week now. The drone of remotely operated US gunships over the country's mountainous western frontier has been heard for months. More >>

India: After Nuclear War Far Right Wants Cyber War

Monday, 6 April 2009, 12:46 pm | J. Sri Raman

After Nuclear War, India's Far Right Wants Cyber War by J. Sri Raman , t r u t h o u t | Perspective More >>

J. Sri Raman: The Issue India Won't Vote On

Thursday, 26 March 2009, 3:03 pm | J. Sri Raman

Just nine months ago, the issue threatened to defeat (and thus dislodge) India's government in its Parliament. The question of the US-India nuclear deal, however, is conspicuously absent from the otherwise loud and heated campaign of the main opposition ... More >>

Pakistan's Longer March Ahead

Friday, 20 March 2009, 2:54 pm | J. Sri Raman

Revolution, as Mao Zedong warned, may not be "a dinner party." But the rebellion in Pakistan certainly ended in street celebrations across the country from Monday on, complete with drum-beating and dancing. There was no mistaking the mood and the ... More >>

Common Threat, Conflicting Theories

Friday, 6 March 2009, 2:35 pm | J. Sri Raman

Terrorism in South Asia may take a long time to prompt formation of a regional task force against the threat, as officially proposed by Bangladesh. But it has already yielded many mystery thrillers. More >>

Terrorism Versus South Asian Trio

Tuesday, 24 February 2009, 11:59 am | J. Sri Raman

A South Asian task force against terrorism - is this an idea whose time has come? Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh seems to think it has. The task force was one of her election promises and, after winning a tidal vote to power, ... More >>





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