of the mass hysteria that gripped the
citizens of Maharashtra when some
semi-literate girl from a Mahim slum
woke up one morning and discovered
that the waters of the ocean had
It is a disappointing
judgment, although the Supreme Court
has taken five months to finalise it.
Probably, the word ‘perverse’ is
more apt because the five-judge bench
has opposed what is wanted, reasonable
Bullets To Ballots In Kashmir?
Is the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen
contemplating turning to politics? If
he takes the peace road, Syed
Salahuddin could face opposition from
within his own organisation too.
Disappearances On The Rise In South
Amnesty International has
expressed concern over the growing
incidence of "enforced
disappearances'' of people in South
Asia as Governments in the region step
up their campaign against
'India could not help us
whereas we stood beside India
throughout our history. We protect
Hindus whereas all over Pakistan they
were hunted and killed. A brave friend
is better than a coward friend. India
always showed her cowardliness in
front of . . .
The 14th summit of the
Non-Aligned Movement in Havana next
month is bound to be dominated by
anti-American rhetoric from the Latin
Left, Israel-bashing by the Arabs, and
Iran’s nuclear confrontation with
the West. Instead of being bogged down
by . . .
Leader's Killing A Tragic Loss: India
A "blatant interference" in internal affairs,
says Pakistan India terms killing
concern ill-advised: Pakistan.
Not Part Of Any Design To Contain
U.S.-China conflict unlikely:
Saran China likely to become India's
biggest trading partner Need for
closer economic, transport
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti might
be a bigger threat to Pakistan after
being killed by the Pakistan army in
an encounter last week. That
insightful comment from General Asad
Durrani, a former chief of
Intelligence, sums up an . . .
The Minority Investor Out
Too many companies are constantly attempting to keep retail
investors from getting their fair
share of growth in market valuation
and regulators seem unable to do much
These Are Muslims!'
How the reactions changed
when the identity of the 12 was not
known, to when it was finally
confirmed. Notice the divergence
between the reaction from Indian
passengers and from others? Or take
the response from the government
Ways To De-Clog The Ombudsman’S
The Finance Minister has now
asked politicians, particularly Amar
Singh, to complain to the Banking
Ombudsman about foreign banks who
refuse to give loans and credit cards
to politicians, lawyers and the
It would perhaps not be
outrageous to suggest that had the
authorities in Pakistan been as
forthcoming with information to India,
as they were to the British
Intelligence, the July 11 carnage in
Mumbai may have been averted.
Must Help Sri Lanka
New Delhi, one wishes, had
made serious efforts to stop the
flare-up in Sri Lanka.
Lankans Take Tsunami Warnings Into
Their Own Hands
In a small room up a rickety
staircase in a tsunami-damaged
building on Sri Lanka's south coast,
Roshan Waduthantri sits glued to an
earthquake warning Web site and
monitors cable TV channels.
The Dutch police are reported to have arrested 12
passengers from a Mumbai-bound
Northwest Airlines on August 23, 2006,
after it was escorted back to
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport minutes
after take off by Dutch F-16s.
Is For A Cause
I DO not know why Pakistan has overreacted to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s
reiteration that if cross-border
terrorism remains unabated the
supporters of peace process would be
weakened. I got frantic calls from TV
stations in Karachi to react.
Asians Facing A Witch-Hunt In Mid-Air?
In recent weeks, a number of
people of Asian or Arab origin have
been forced off flights in Europe and
America. What these cases illustrate
goes far beyond legitimate policing
and security precautions.
Role In Making Peace
India should not hesitate in
bringing both the Sri Lankan
government and the LTTE to the
Of India-Us Nuclear Deal
Despite the Prime Minister's
clear enunciation of what precisely
India will and will not accept in any
legislation passed by the US Congress,
it is clear that it will be difficult
to conclude a mutually acceptable
agreement with . . .
The irony is inescapable.
Last Tuesday, the country mourned the
death of the nonagenarian shehnai
maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan in