Supreme Court verdict on Shaheen Bagh lockdown

By K.N. Pandita

The verdict of the Apex Court in a petition filed by BJP MLA Nand Kishore Garg has mostly focused on the constitutional and administrative aspects of the last winter’s Shaheen Bagh sit-down agitation that had caused great inconvenience to the public in a crowded part of the capital for a long time. The sit-down strike ended in March last and the verdict has come seven months later. The long time gap is reflective of rather low priority with which the Apex Court treated the matter. Continue Reading…

Isn’t the dragon getting oversized?

By K N Pandita

Expansionism by force and by treachery is China’s well-known forte. If the originator of the chain-Hindi Bhai Bhai naiveté became its hopeless victim, bring not the onus to the doorsteps of China. The great lessons that India learnt from the 1962 debacle are primarily twofold. One is the bitter truth that “power flows from the barrel of the gun”, and the second is that “the internal enemy is far more dangerous than the external one” more so when the latter is patently in cahoots with the enemy. Continue Reading…

A tiny lamp versus the tempest

By K.N. Pandita

If Kangana Ranaut’s critical statement hurt anybody or any institution, the right thing to do was to make her judicially answerable on refusing to apologize. In no case, it warranted taking the law into one’s hand. This country has to be ruled by the law of the land and not the jungle law. Continue Reading…

Iran in new regional alignment

By K.N. Pandita

CIA overplayed capitalist hegemonic role in Iran during the Iranian oil nationalization movement under Dr Mussadegh in the 1950s. Thereafter Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, inexperienced in national politics and regional diplomacy, failed to interact with the Iranian Left, the Jibbeh-e-Milli and also the Iranian clergy, both opposed to the monarchical rule. Some self-seeking intransigence political leaders who emerged from time to time hardly enjoyed popularity with any solid constituency in Iran. Though the Left was suppressed but not eliminated. The clergy expanded their influence fairly well in rural Iran. Continue Reading…

Muslim world: the deepening fissures

By K.N. Pandita

The new Islamic syndicate, though still at the conceptual stage, is pushed mainly by Turkey and Pakistan. Iran, the lone Shi’a Muslim State, and traditionally not friendly with the Sunnis would be an odd man in the contemplated syndicate. Continue Reading…

India-Iran relations under strain

By K N Pandita

Iran has not officially announced dropping of India from Chahbahar’s three-fold project. The buzz emanating from The Hindu is actually attributed to two middle rank Iranian officers but not to any senior official spokespersons. Hence, till date the buzz remains only a quasi-official rumour. Continue Reading…

AEHRF makes interventions in the HR Council Session

Asian Eurasian Human Right Forum (AEHRF), a Delhi-based NGO with ECOSOC status made two video interventions in the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 13 and 16. Speaking on item 3 of the agenda on ‘Human Rights of Women in prisons, Dr’ K. N Pandita, President AEHRF reminded the Council of “United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” (Nelson Mandela rules) that the essence of these rules is to treat the female prisoners as human beings and not targets of human rage, revenge, or lust. Continue Reading…

Sub-continent: What is in the throes of danger?

By K.N. Pandita

Chinese intrusion in Eastern Ladakh some weeks ago is neither an isolated nor a sporadic event. It is a pre-meditated plan with close relevance to the ominous situation developing in South Asia from the Himalayan heights to the Indo-Pacific region. China’s threatening postures and dubious moves either in the South Sea or in Galwan Valley of Eastern Ladakh, are signs of coercion and hence an indirect threat to peace in the region. Continue Reading…

Why Muslims neglect the Uighurs

By K.N. Pandita

The US Secretary of State announced the imposition of visa restrictions on such Chinese officials as are found responsible for perpetrating atrocities on Uighur Muslims of the autonomous region of Xinxiang, formerly known as Eastern Turkestan. Continue Reading…

India invited to G-7 Camp David summit

By K.N Pandita

During a 25-minute telephonic talk on June 2, President Trump invited PM Modi to the G-7 Summit likely to be held in Camp David in September this year. Originally scheduled for 10-12 June, the summit had to be postponed owing to the corona pandemic. Continue Reading…

Pakistan: An enigma for the Islamic world

By K. N. Pandita

One wonders whether Pakistani leaders are conscious that the Muslim world in general, and the Arab world in particular, are unable to ascertain the locus standi of their country among the comity of Islamic nations. Their confusion stems from the fact that Pakistan was created as the homeland for the Muslims of India but India still, 73 years after the partition, retains more Muslims than Pakistan, indeed is the home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. Continue Reading…

The great game in Inner Asia

By K.N. Pandita:

India-China standoff in Eastern Ladakh is something more than what meets the eye. A plethora of reportages and commentaries on the Sino-Indian flare-up on Eastern Ladakh border has been published by the international media. Experts and observers have expressed various shades of opinion on the incident and have also tried to link it to the history of border skirmishes between the two sides. Continue Reading…

WHO and Covid-19; Mired in a controversy

By K.N. Pandita

It is not simply the terms of trade but the rise of China and the possibility it may overtake the US as the world’s greatest power that is at stake. At the beginning of the Trump administration, some commentators suggested that before he left office, China would overtake the US in terms of the size of its economy. Continue Reading…

On the threshold of new world order

By K.N. Pandita

A columnist of the New York Times made a cryptic but deeply meaningful comment on COVID-19. He wrote, “The corona virus is more like an earthquake, with aftershocks that will permanently reshape the world.”

Instead of talking about recovery from the wildly spreading virus, pragmatism demands that we focus on what shape the world economy, governments and social institutions will take even if we are able to control the scourge in next six months. We need to visualize the new direction which civilization is likely to shape in the near future. Continue Reading…

India struggles to pre-empt COVID-19

By K.N. Pandita

Under the headline ‘China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days’, Pakistan’s widely circulated newspaper Dawn published the deeply researched report of the Associated Press. The report gives an exceptional peep into the sordid story of China’s handling of the deadly pandemic, which put succinctly, has been a stinging concoction of cluelessness, hysterical secrecy, and punitive reprisal measures against the leakage of news. Continue Reading…

From Tablighi da’wa to Coronavirus-19

By K.N. Pandita

“The Tablighi Jamaat had in 2010 over 80 million followers spread out over more than 150 countries. The exact numbers are difficult to track because the Jamaat doesn’t follow a centralized system”, wrote the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project in Washington. Continue Reading…

Abusing Covid-19 Public Curfew

By K.N. Pandita

How sad that some intransigent people in some parts of the country fail to listen to the warnings issued by the government at various levels. No less a person than the Prime Minister repeatedly said that he would request the public with folded hands to stay back home and not come out on streets to make crowds. The reason for this kind of unique appeal and with such a profound humility by the highest authority in the country deserves extraordinary regard and response. Continue Reading…

Massacre of Sikhs in Kabul

By K.N. Pandita

“Sikhs have suffered widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim country (Afghanistan) and have also been targeted by Islamic extremists. Under Taliban rule in the late 1990s, they were asked to identify themselves by wearing yellow armbands, but the rule was not enforced. In recent years, large numbers of Sikhs and Hindus have sought asylum in India, which has a Hindu majority and a large Sikh population. Continue Reading…

Harsh words spoil diplomacy

By K.N. Pandita

Iran has joined three other Islamic countries to express “anguish” on what they call “killing of Muslims” in recent communal riots in north-eastern Delhi. Turkey and Malaysia lost no time to react angrily on the incident. The OIC has also given vent to similar statement. Continue Reading…

Sauvé diplomacy, not harsh words

By K.N. Pandita

Iran has joined three other Islamic countries to express anguish on what they call “killing of Muslims” in recent communal riots in north-eastern Delhi. Turkey and Malaysia lost no time to react adversely on the incident. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also given vent to a similar outburst. Continue Reading…