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J. Sri Raman: Anniversary of an Assassination

Sunday, 28 December 2008, 12:18 pm | J. Sri Raman

"It is impossible for even a rigged election to take place now. It will have to be postponed, and the military high command is no doubt contemplating another dose of army rule if the situation gets worse, which could easily happen." More >>

Waiting for the Bangladesh Verdict

Wednesday, 24 December 2008, 10:47 am | J. Sri Raman

Bangladesh is scheduled to go to the polls on December 29. Does this mean that, in less than a week, the South Asian subcontinent would have returned to secure democracy? More >>

India's Right Wing Wants Nuclear War

Thursday, 18 December 2008, 11:10 am | J. Sri Raman

Mumbai's terrorist outrage of November 26 has found a response truly matching it in madness. A call for a nuclear war - and nothing less - has come as the culmination of warped and warlike reactions to the traumatizing tragedy, which has claimed a ... More >>

India's War on False Antiterrorism

Monday, 15 December 2008, 11:46 am | J. Sri Raman

It may take fairly long for India to recover fully from the shock and sorrow of Mumbai. The country, however, can congratulate itself on averting a political tragedy on the morrow of the terrorist strike. More >>

A Thriller for Obama's Times

Friday, 12 December 2008, 10:40 am | J. Sri Raman

"We need a wide movement based on a simple fundamental idea with high symbolic value, and that idea is vote. Not an Internet vote, or an electronic vote, but a real vote, with paper ballots, counted one at a time. That's something everybody in America ... More >>

India's 9/11?

Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 10:26 am | J. Sri Raman

Was 11/26 India's 9/11? Were the terrorist strikes in Mumbai the South Asian equivalent of the Twin Towers tragedy? More >>

New Deal on South Asian Nukes?

Wednesday, 26 November 2008, 10:19 am | J. Sri Raman

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari came out last Saturday with yet another series of statements to cause more than mere ripples in South Asia. He did so especially with pronouncements on the nuclear weapons issues between India and Pakistan that ... More >>

Deciphering Obama on Missile Defense

Monday, 17 November 2008, 10:45 am | J. Sri Raman

Barack Obama has repeatedly assured New Delhi of his support for the US-India nuclear deal. He has not, however, mentioned the missile defense program in either his reported communications or his conversation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. More >>

Obama Inspires Hope in India, Pakistan

Saturday, 8 November 2008, 2:40 pm | J. Sri Raman

"Will India of the 21st century produce a Barack Obama?" So asks the title of a debate program on a leading Indian television channel. Ever since the Wednesday morning that shook the world, popular Indian list serves have kept popping questions like ... More >>

A South Asian Pitfall for the New President

Saturday, 1 November 2008, 12:15 pm | J. Sri Raman

Far from Barack Obama's battleground, a second-tier city in India's deep south witnessed, on October 26, a fervently devout mass prayer for the Democratic candidate's victory in the presidential election of November 4. The man behind the event, a P. R. Krishnakumar, ... More >>

Why Indians "Deeply Love" Bush

Monday, 29 September 2008, 11:43 am | J. Sri Raman

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the profound affection of his country's people for a prettily blushing President George W. Bush on Friday in Washington. They "deeply love" him, declared Singh. Ever since, this correspondent has been flooded ... More >>

A Week to Watch for South Asia

Thursday, 25 September 2008, 2:53 pm | J. Sri Raman

With harrowing uncertainty rather than hope, South Asia waits for a week of far-off diplomatic events fraught with consequences for decades. It will watch with anxious interest signals emanating from New York and Washington, from this Tuesday to Friday ... More >>

Fighting Terror, the Far-Right Way

Thursday, 18 September 2008, 12:38 am | J. Sri Raman

Newton's Third Law of Motion now has nearly as neat a political parallel. Every non-state terror strike against human lives leads to an opposite and often more than equal state assault on human rights. The New Delhi blasts of September 13 have led ... More >>

Can Democracy End Kashmir Dispute?

Monday, 15 September 2008, 12:24 am | J. Sri Raman

In a media conference after his swearing-in as the president of Pakistan on September 9, Asif Ali Zardari made just a single statement in relation to India. This, however, has sufficed to cause considerable speculation across South Asia over a subject of ... More >>

How India's Nuclear "Waiver" Was Won

Thursday, 11 September 2008, 4:44 pm | J. Sri Raman

According to India's National Security Adviser, M. K. Narayanan, the country won a waiver of the normal, non-proliferation conditions of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) over the weekend - believe it or not - because of "divine support." More >>

J. Sri Raman: Where Politics Crucifies the Poor

Friday, 5 September 2008, 12:20 am | J. Sri Raman

India's far right needs no fresh publicity for its crusade against Muslims, the country's largest religious minority. No one has questioned its credentials on this count ever since the pogrom of 2002 in Gujarat on the western coast, over which Narendra ... More >>

Kashmir: Hate in a Heaven

Sunday, 31 August 2008, 4:42 pm | J. Sri Raman

Many Indians have said many things about Kashmir and the intractable problem it poses. Until the other day, however, none had said that the nation had to let go of the region as a liability. Within about a week, two prominent commentators have ... More >>

Children Die in an Outsourcing Boom

Wednesday, 27 August 2008, 10:59 am | J. Sri Raman

Stories of children's deaths do not shock India too much. Over 2.1 million kids die every year in the country before they reach the ripe age of five, according to a count by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in its State of the World's ... More >>

Post-Musharraf Challenge for Pakistan

Friday, 22 August 2008, 1:56 pm | J. Sri Raman

Two days after Pervez Musharraf stepped down from the nation's presidency, the debate rages on in Pakistan on two questions: where the defeated military dictator will go now and where the country is headed. The third question - about the future of ... More >>

J. Sri Raman: A Prachanda as a Prime Minister

Tuesday, 19 August 2008, 12:36 am | J. Sri Raman

No one quite knows what his official name will be as the prime minister of Nepal. Media reports have so far referred to him as "Pushpa Kumar Dahal, better known by his nom de guerre of Prachanda." Wikipedia calls him "Pushpa Kumar Dahal (alias Prachanda)." ... More >>





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