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[24 Sep 2009 | 23 Comments | 212 views]

Last evening as I was trying to explain to my 14-year old why a possible US withdrawal from Afghanistan could be bad for India, I realised how hopeless the US case for continued involvement in Afghanistan looked.
In a statement that sounded pretty unconvincing, David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama said:
We have a different situation in Afghanistan. It is actually the place…where the folks who attacked us on 9/11 are holed up and plotting against us still…
It’s a threat that still exists. We have to deal with it and so …

Development Related, Global Terrorism, Miscellaneous, Politics and Governance in India, Reservations, Affirmative Action, Weekend Reading »

[5 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 64 views]

Start the weekend with this fascinating piece on a flawed understanding of intelligence.
Move on to a persuasive piece by Swaminathan S Aiyar on why direct cash transfers may provide better relief  to the drought hit than NREGA.
Next, read Aseem Shukla on why Scotland’s myopic act of mercy in releasing Abdel Megrahi may cost the world dearly.
And finally, read RealityCheck on why  Below Poverty Level is not “Below Poverty Level”.
Enjoy the weekend. Stay Safe and Keep Healthty.
Excerpts from all the above articles below, as always.

Global Terrorism, India & Its Neighbours, Jammu & Kashmir related, Pakistan related, Terrorism in India »

[21 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 33 views]

Excerpts from Pakistan’s fifth column by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, National Post (emphasis mine)
…As the campaign (against Taliban in Swat) winds down, and local residents begin to return, significant questions remain about future counterinsurgency operations. For example, while Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked Washington for his own armed Predator drones for use against the Taliban, regional newspaper Dawn reports that U. S. intelligence officers oppose this move — in part because several years ago “American officials gave Pakistan advance word of planned Predator attacks, but stopped the practice after …

Global Terrorism, Islam & Terrorism, Politics and Governance, Terrorism in India »

[8 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 54 views]

Excerpts from Understanding the jihadis, by way of Sun Tzu by Sebastian Gorka (emphasis mine)
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…Sun Tzu advised us that if we wish to guarantee victory, we must know two things: who we are and who the enemy is.
In regard to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the latter question is mudded by the scores of talking heads and self-appointed military experts who have swarmed the North American media since 9/11. Far too many bandy about the terms Taliban and al-Qaeda with abandon, never taking a moment to define what …

Global Terrorism, Miscellaneous »

[28 Jul 2009 | 4 Comments | 64 views]

Dear All: Could you please take a few minutes to answer three questions that will help me think through some ideas I have about the site?
I would also appreciate any other suggestions/thoughts you may have. Feel free to use the comments section below or if you prefer – you can email me directly at jaidharma AT gmail.com
Thank you for your time.
First question is to do with frequency of posting. I currently have a very large backlog of drafts and posts that I would like to publish. Some of you …

Global Terrorism, LeT, SIMI etc., Pakistan related, Politics and Governance in India, Terrorism in India »

[11 Jul 2009 | 77 Comments | 978 views]

Please continue the discussion on Mumbai attacks, 26/11, Pakistan’s role in terrorist activities etc on this thread. I am closing comments on the earlier thread due to comment overload.
UPDATE: Am reproducing the last four comments from the earlier post below for the sake of continuity.

Global Terrorism, LeT, SIMI etc., Pakistan related, Politics and Governance in India, Terrorism in India »

[1 Jul 2009 | 8 Comments | 14 views]

Even as “normalisation ” of relations with Pakistan continues apace (meeting of leaders in Russia, followed by Foreign Minister’s meeting in Italy followed by a meeting of Foreign Secretaries sometime soon, likely to be followed by another meeting of PMs in Egypt in July) courtesy BBC, comes this disturbing bit of news (emphasis mine):
Militant groups banned in Pakistan are expanding operations and recruitment in Pakistani-run Kashmir, according to a government report seen by the BBC.
The observations are from a detailed secret report submitted to the region’s government on the …

Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Global Terrorism, Human Rights and Legal Issues, Indian Media, Jammu & Kashmir related, Media Related, Terrorism in India »

[9 Jun 2009 | 28 Comments | 202 views]

Look at the news-reports below. Notice anything strange (hint: look at the words in bold)?
Body of major killed in Kashmir brought to Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Body of a major from Gujarat who was killed in a fierce gun battle near the LoC in Kupwara district of North Kashmir was brought here tonight. Major Rishikesh Vallbhbhai Ramani(27) of the 23 Punjab Regiment and one of his colleague were killed in the gun battle when army confronted a group of heavily-armed militants at Gulab Post, 130 kms from Srinagar when they were attempting to …

Global Terrorism, India & Its Neighbours, Politics and Governance in India »

[6 May 2009 | 26 Comments | 125 views]

I was alerted to this via Nitin’s blog. Last weekend, a line was crossed in Tamil Nadu.
According to a report in The Hindu:
A convoy of Army trucks was attacked near the Neelambur bypass road here (Coimbatore) on Saturday (2nd May) by Tamil chauvinists belonging to the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) who claimed that the vehicles were transporting weapons for the Sri Lankan Army for use in the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Over 100 activists, armed with stones and logs, blocked the convoy…The windscreens of some vehicles were smashed, …

Global Terrorism, India & Its Neighbours, Indian Media, Islam & Terrorism, Pakistan related, Politics and Governance in India, Terrorism in India »

[5 May 2009 | 16 Comments | 314 views]

*** CAUTION: Long Post ***
Over the last few days, as news continued to pour in about Taliban’s seemingly unstoppable march across north-west Pakistan, the question that would not go away in my mind was: Why is this not on the national agenda?
Is the Indian media really clueless? is it really so naive that it does not realise the gravity of the situation? or was this simply something that could be dismissed with a “Yeh to hota hi rahta hai” (and/or its variant: “Kuch nayee baat batao yaar“) ?
And yet, the happenings in Pakistan are not only much …