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Harsh words spoil diplomacy

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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

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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…

Iran’s foreign policy: A bundle of complexities

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By K.N. Pandita

Iran is different from other Middle East countries. Iranians are descended from the Aryan and not Semitic stock. The Shia-Sunni sectarian divide is an important factor in assessing Iran-Arab relations. Though Shia Islam is Iran’s state religion and she has made a valuable contribution to the enrichment of Islamic civilization, yet ethnic divide obstructed harmonizing of relations. Iran never forgave the Sunni Arabs for denying Ali (Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law) and his progeny the right of succession to the Islamic caliphate after the demise of the Prophet of Islam. Continue Reading…

US-Taliban sign a peace deal

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By K.N. Pandita

Stakeholders in the 19-year old US-Taliban war in Afghanistan exude happiness over the signing of the peace deal on Saturday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It is more than a year that the sides were pursuing the deal but hurdles cropped up unexpectedly only to defer the clenching of the peace. The last time peace talks were suspended by President Trump when, in retaliation to the killing of an American soldier by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he had broken negotiations unilaterally. However, it took a great deal of effort on the part of peaceniks on both sides to put things back on the rails and resume talks. Continue Reading…

Pakistan’ new defence partner

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By K.N. Pandita

Turkish President Erdogan was recently on a two-day visit to Pakistan. He addressed the joint session of the two houses in Islamabad besides holding a joint press conference with the Pakistan Prime Minister. In his address to the previous UN General Assembly, Erdogan was critical about India on Kashmir. Despite attempts by Prime Minister Modi to iron out angularities with Turkey things did not improve. Continue Reading…

India must help defuse Iran-US tension

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By K.N. Pandita

After some select Asian countries, China, India, and Pakistan achieved nuclear capability, its impact on regional strategy was obvious. Even repercussions of the neo-proliferation possibility had its impact on regional strategy in the Asian continent. Its reverberations were also noticeable in the Western world. As long as the nuclear monopoly rested with the UK, Russia, and France on the European continent, and with the US as the team leader, the talk of real nuclear threat to the world remained much subdued. Continue Reading…

Congress opposes CAA

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If not democracy then what?

By K.N. Pandita

Anti-CAA demonstrations took violent turn in some Muslim dominated districts of the country. Rowdy crowds have inflicted huge damages on public property. This raises an important question. Have the people of this country taken to the spirit of democracy during the seventy-three years of popular governance? In the course of its long stint in power since independence, the Congress has been claiming with great élan that it is making an enviable experiment of moderating Indian Muslims by using a proven tool called secular democratic dispensation as is enshrined in the Constitution. Continue Reading…

Why opposition is mad on CAB

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By K.N. Pandita

The opposition in the Parliament has gone mad on the CAB. It has many components, and each component has its own reasons to oppose CAB. There is no convergence on the question of why to oppose the bill. Muslim leaders like Owaisi and others of his flock oppose it because the bill exposes the hyperbole that Islam or an Islamic State is equitable to the people of non-Islamic faith. Congress opposes it because the bill creates serious doubts among its Muslim constituency about Congress’ effectiveness to speak for them. TMC opposes it because Mamta has burnt her boats with the Hindus of Bengal and, therefore, she must cling to the Muslim vote, right or wrong, for her survival. This is how religion is politicized. Continue Reading…

The churning in the Congress

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By K.N. Pandita (from July 4, 2019)

Rahul Gandhi’s resignation issue in the aftermath of Congress’ second consecutive defeat in the parliamentary election was dramatized for several weeks, albeit unnecessarily. People in the country and especially several rungs of the Congress hierarchy knew he had no option but to be out. Rahul tried to win as much sympathy as he could from the younger generation in his organization which is evident was noticed when he mentioned that some senior Congress leaders were pushing their wards, obviously against his wishes because he did not like the path blocked for the younger Congressmen. Continue Reading…

India – Iran relations under stress

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By K.N. Pandita (from July 2, 2019)

The US has withdrawn from the US-Iran nuclear deal arguing that the deal is imbalanced and inequitable. Iran says she has stuck to the terms of the deal but would resumption of enrichment of uranium for manufacturing nuclear device since the US has broken the deal. The US is determined to coerce Iran into abandoning enrichment of uranium. One coercive tactics used by the US is of imposing sanctions on Iranain oil supplies. She has warned major oil customers of Iran like China, India and Japan not to buy Iranian oil because it alleges Iran uses oil booty to fuel terrorism sponsored by Iranian terrorists in the Middle East. Continue Reading…

A terrorist state clamouring for peace

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By K.N. Pandita

Hours before leaving for the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meet, Prime Minister Imran Khan in an interview to Sputnik, a Russian news agency, blew hot and cold in the same breath. He began his interview like an astute statesman but at the end sadly watered down all the logic by crying foul against India on Kashmir. Did Pak army’s Zarb-i-azab operation in North Waziristan backfire in which nearly 70 thousand people including about 8 thousand troopers were slaughtered? No, and Pak army was happy to receive accolades from the Pentagon for the killings. Continue Reading…

India – Iran: riding the crest of political commotion

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By K.N. Pandita

India and Iran, the two Asiatic neighbours are the inheritors of a rich and ancient civilization. Their peoples trace ethnic commonality in the Aryan saga of the hoary past. Their dialects are sourced in the Vedic Sanskrit. Continue Reading…

Emerging political scenario in the sub-continent

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By K.N. Pandita

Days ahead of the parliamentary election in our country, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan remarked in a press briefing that with a right-wing government in New Delhi chances for the resumption of Indo-Pak talks would brighten. As such, the landslide victory of BJP and Narendra Modi – led government would be a consolation for Imran peaceniks in Pakistan. Continue Reading…

Does Pakistan realize its compulsions?

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By K.N. Pandita

With financial crunch tightening its stranglehold with each passing day, Islamabad is re-evaluating some fundamentals of its domestic and foreign policy with which country’s economic stability is closely liked. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Inspiration from Notre Dame

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Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir

Apropos B.L. Saraf’s “Ram Janam Bhumi …..etc. (DE 29 April). The author rightly apologizes for comparing the otherwise incomparable two civilizational icons of Ram temple and Notre Dame but fortunately hastens to seek protection behind Victor Hugo’s altruism of “learning the art of seeing.” In the first place, Notre Dame was built by a nation that knew how to fight or die for keeping the nation free including its historical and cultural vestiges whereas Ram Janam temple was destroyed by a people who considered it their religious duty to destroy the vestiges of their ancestral civilization because their new faith was anchored elsewhere thousands of miles away from their motherland. Continue Reading…

India-Pakistan: Back from the brink of war

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By K.N. Pandita

Issue to be discussed

In this article we shall discuss the escalation of tension between two Asian nuclear power states of India and Pakistan. They have been at loggerheads ever since the partition of India in August 1947 and the creation of a new State of Pakistan out of the western land mass. Actually, two Pakistans were created; the Western Pakistan which is the present–day Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Eastern Pakistan – separated by thousands of miles from the western Pakistan. The Eastern Pakistan rose in revolt in 1971 and separated from its western wing to establish the independent state of Bangladesh. Continue Reading…

India enters global space club

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By K.N. Pandita

India scientist made a spectacular success in demonstrating their capability of indigenously developing the missile-based anti-satellite weapon called Shakti. It was successfully tested and the identified satellite in the space was hit with precision and destroyed. The scientists, the defence department and the entire government were excited on this achievement so much so that the Prime Minister Modi took the unusual decision of himself announcing the country’s great achievement in providing a weapon that will ensure the space security of India by destroying the possible satellite based attack. Continue Reading…

Some tightrope walking for China

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By K.N. Pandita

The Western bloc had given sufficient indications that it would not take China’s brow-beating for granted. Hindsight shows that China has overplayed its veto card and has given rise to circumstances where the chances of its isolation in the international community can no more be stonewalled. Continue Reading…

Non-military pre-emptive strike

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By K.N. Pandita

World community’s moral support to India for her air strike on terrorist camps across the LoC is the manifestation of bilateral and multilateral commitment of world powers to fight the menace of terrorism. It was neither aggression nor an offensive action; it was simply a preventive venture because the Jaish had more nefarious designs up its sleeve owing to the support it was receiving from the Generals of Pakistan army. Continue Reading…

World community’s rebuff to Pakistan

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By K.N. Pandita

Nothing could be more farcical than the missive Pakstani foreign minister has sent to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday last seeking his help to “reduce the tensions between the two countries”. Raising alarm over the threat of India attacking Pakistan, the foreign minister has, in his letter, alerted the UN Secretary General that the security situation was fast declining in the region. He says that he writes with a sense of urgency. Interestingly, the foreign minister has underlined that the Pulwama suicide attack was “ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident.” He goes on to argue that India has heightened tension to fulfil its domestic political agenda. Continue Reading…