Kuldip Nayar

  • TFor the first time, the ruling Congress party is having dirty linen washed in public. The differences in the cabinet are not new. They have been smouldering for a long time. But it had never come to a stage where one minister would leak out a note or a memorandum on the internal assessment against ...

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  • TWe must reckon that at least 25 per cent of the population of Bangladesh swears by the Jamaat-e-Islami and they are very anti-Indian and they are in the clutches, many times of the ISI." These words by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are part of the record that his office has released on his ...

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  • TPoliticians often make loaded remarks to convey what they have in mind without spelling it out explicitly. However, when a countrys prime minister takes to such an exercise, it means he wants to say something specific but does not like to face the storm it might evoke. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ...

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  • TEvery time a scandal rocks India, a familiar exercise follows. The Central Bureau of Investigation, an official agency, is asked to hold an enquiry. The Economic Enforcement Bureau gets 'into action. The home minister and some other senior Cabinet ministers say in a press interview that the guilty ...

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  • TI have come back from Bangalore, impressed and struck by its prosperity as well as cosmopolitism. Slums are there, but not like the ones in Delhi which has hordes of them, with new ones coming up all the time. Politicians, bureaucrats and the corporate sectors are mixed up. But the nexus is so open ...

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  • TNo I am not writing on Jaswant Singhs ouster from the BJP. He is tall enough to withstand all the buffets. His shoulders can bear the burden which will be increasingly heaped on him. But what about human rights activists or those who are fighting the oppression of politicians and police at the ...

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  • TNo doubt, India's drought is nature-made. It is due to the failure of monsoon in more than half of India that has made the country fall short by 10 million tonnes in rice and an equal quantity of sugar. But the nation could have avoided the man-made misery, the food crisis which is because of ...

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  • TI mean no disrespect to the Supreme Court judges but what I want to point out is that their knowledge of ecology or environment is too cursory and too outdated. Since such subjects do not come within the strict ambit of the law, the learned judges find themselves out of depth while dealing with ...

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  • TWhy has America, after electing President Barack Obama, continues to be racist? There may be many explanations. One of them is that by installing him at the highest position in the country, the Whites feel that they have cleared the debt they owed to the non-White world. Yet this does not make ...

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  • TI did not celebrate the Independence Day on August 15 in 1947 because I was a refugee at that time. With my parents and two brothers I had taken shelter in the safer cantonment of my hometown, Sialkot. Nor did I celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan on August 14, a day earlier, because the ...

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  • TI thought the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) must have learnt a lesson after its defeat in the Lok Sabha election. But it seems determined to have no importance in the country. Otherwise, I cannot make out why the party's Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has welcomed the acquittal ...

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  • TThe other day there was a seminar in Delhi about the allegations that during the Lok Sabha elections both the print and electronic media not only took money from political parties and candidates, but also extorted as much as they could. Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal, who ...

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  • TInformation and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has made two announcements, her 100 days' agenda of sorts. Her one announcement is that "the government does not have any intention of putting in place any regulatory body to monitor the media." The other is that she was personally in favour of ...

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  • TI have no doubt that the financial meltdown has not affected India as much as it has other world economies. Industry is looking up. And so are some other sectors. The overall scene holds hope. Yet, the answer to the question I am seeking is: Why poverty in India is so indelible that the hike in ...

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  • TI might sound churlish. But I have not been able to make out the fuss over the youth leading the ruling Congress. True, there are few young faces in the Manmohan Singh council of ministers. But the average age is 63 years. None from the youth has been given a cabinet rank. What is disconcerting ...

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  • TINDIA and the world remember the protests by students and workers at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing and China's ruthless suppression through tanks. But the world, particularly India, has forgotten the imposition of the Emergency which had suspended even the fundamental right to live. ...

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  • TIndia is so prone to scandals and scams that the disclosure of one more is not going to make a difference. Yet, they must be brought out in the open because such scandals shock the gullible and give heart to whistle-blowers to feel that all is not lost. We have hordes of examples where scandals ...

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  • TLTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran can well be compared with Jarnail Singh Bhindrawala, a Sikh militant. Both were killed by the state because they wanted to break it up. Prabhakaran tried to convert eastern and northern provinces of Sri Lanka into Eelam, an independent country. Bhindrawala confined ...

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  • TI never accepted explanation by Asfandyar Wali, leader from the NWFP, that the agreement Islamabad had reached with the Taliban on the rule of Shariat in the Swat Valley and the five adjoining districts would put a stop to their advance. He was not happy over the understanding reached but, as he ...

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  • TThe problem that Nepal has faced is similar to the one that India did when soldiers and officers of Indian National Army (INA) returned home a few months before independence. They were expected to be absorbed in the Indian army. Some 20,000 of them taken prisoners by Tokyo responded to Subhas ...

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  • TA US think-tank has said in a report that the LTTE is India's Taliban, as much out of its control as are the Taliban in Pakistan. There is, however, one big difference. True, New Delhi trained and armed the LTTE to protect the Tamils in Sri Lanka, increasingly marginalised. But India jettisoned the ...

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  • TThat India was defeated by China in 1962 is known to everybody. What is not known is why there was a rout which was so humiliating. The inquiry was entrusted to the two top army officers, Lt General Henderson Brooks and Lt General Prem Bhagat. Their report is some 46 years old. Yet the government ...

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  • TTalking about human rights violations during elections is like raising one's voice in a hall where the entire audience is shouting without pause. Even otherwise, elections in India are a noisy tamasha. Still I would like to draw attention to the case of Dr Binayak Sen, a prisoner of conscience, ...

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  • TJustice Markandeya Katju is a product of the Ganga-Jamuna culture that expresses itself in pluralism and liberalism. His love for Urdu poetry is deep and he has many ghazals and couplets on the tip of his tongue. The Hindi that he speaks is laced with Urdu words which make his diction endearing. He ...

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  • TRahul Deepankar, a distinguished Indian physician from Chicago, said goodbye to his roaring practice to contest election in his country. Being a dalit, he thought he had all the advantages of contesting from a reserved seat. His first call was on the Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). But, to ...

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  • TNobody questions the authority which the Election Commission (EC) wields during the elections. This is meant to ensure that the polls are free and fair. The assumption is that the commission is an independent body, above the taint of politics or any other accusation. Yet the appointment of a ...

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  • TIt is ironical that a liquor baron should retrieve the honour of India's revered prohibitionist. This happened a few days ago at Washington where the auction house, Antiquorum, put on the block Mahatma Gandhi's five personal items - his Zenith pocket watch, sandals, spectacles, a bowl and a thali ...

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  • TIt was once said that Pakistan was ruled by Allah, America and Abbajee, Nawaz Sharif's father. Nawaz Sharif was then the prime minister. Abbajee was replaced by the Army when General Pervez Musharraf took over. The alliteration of 'A' has not gone even after President Zardari has assumed power. His ...

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  • TIf you want to visit a country which has lost its way, you should visit Pakistan. I was at Lahore and Islamabad a few days ago. Here was a place which had its people behind it to touch any height after constituting a new country in August 1947. Islam gave its ethos and the determination fired it to ...

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  • TLahore has changed little since my last visit in March 2008. Perhaps, no city does in such a short span. Still the atmosphere in the end of February was different from what it was then. There was fear of terrorists in the city. Entry to hotels and government offices was restricted and all vehicles ...

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