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Friday, January 19, 2007


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From January 13, 2007  to January 19, 2007

In Zia’s Footsteps

Even after an oppressive check at the Delhi airport, Pakistan Airlines frisks you through its own security personnel before you can board the plane. It is cumbersome, but underlines Islamabad’s fear of terrorist attacks.

Shilpa Shetty Row: British Police Step In

Police on Wednesday stepped into the escalating row over the racist bullying of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother show after it emerged that her housemates had received "threatening" e-mails.

India On Upward Spiral Of Improving Ties With All Major Powers: Pranab

The world needs, not the old style balance of power, but a "well-crafted system" to promote a "balance of interests" among major powers, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

Trilateral Equation

Iran intends to use instability in Iraq and Lebanon as justification for preventing any military threat to its nuclear programme.

The Great Immigration Debate In Britain

The British Government is making its immigration policy on the hoof. This can only be damaging to natives and immigrants alike.

An Olympic Makeover For Beijing

It will be a coming out party of mammoth proportions for China, with Beijing debuting as the belle of the ball.

Policies Foreign To Realpolitik

The year 2006 ended with India facing a strange dilemma in conducting its foreign policy when Iraq's Shia leaders, with American acquiescence, executed former President Saddam Hussein.

Revolution Devours Its Own

The agitations in Singur and Nandigram have revived interest in what Communist theoreticians for over a century have pompously called the "agrarian question".

If Good Men Do Nothing

Considering that the year gone by was one of our best, it is dismaying that Indians continue to be so down on politics.

Blair Defends Deal

Faced with growing pressure to explain his controversial decision last month to stop a corruption investigation into the BAE Systems' arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday if the inquiry had gone ahead it would have . . .

There’s Freedom In Nepal’s Air

There were no guillotines, no storming of the Bastille, no Madame Thérèse Defarge knitting the names of the oppressors in the scroll she wove throughout the day.

India likely to take part in 4-nation talks

After the India-China-Russia trilateral framework of discussion, a new idea — a four-cornered dialogue between India, Japan, the United States and Australia — is in an advanced stage of consideration.

Veto Power

Signaling that it will no longer sit passively in the United Nations Security Council, China last week vetoed the Anglo-American resolution demanding an end to political repression in Myanmar.

China Asserting Its Place On World Stage

The year 2006 saw a significant departure from China's traditional foreign policy, signalling that it was no longer willing to watch from the sidelines. To sustain double-digit economic growth, China has to be active internationally.

On The Borderlines

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Pakistan over the weekend and a crucial round of boundary talks with China this week showcase the highest priority for Indian diplomacy this year — transforming relations with Pakistan and China.

Policies Foreign To Realpolitik

The year 2006 ended with India facing a strange dilemma in conducting its foreign policy when Iraq's Shia leaders, with American acquiescence, executed former President Saddam Hussein.

India A "Reliable Ally" Against Global Terrorism: U.S. Report

A formidable interlocutor in areas of disagreement.

Two Disputed Frontiers And One Big Idea

As India embarks on two important negotiations in the next few days — one on Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan and the other with China on the boundary dispute — one big new idea is at the heart of the Government’s diplomatic play.

Child's Plea To Blair

Downing Street had an unusual visitor on Thursday: a 10-year-old boy whose father has been languishing in the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay for nearly four years on what his family claims are trumped-up charges.

Bangladesh At War With Itself

The tragic hero, so wrote Aristotle, suffers a change in fortune because of a mistaken act to which he is led by an “error of judgment” or his “tragic flaw”. Such a man moves us to pity because his misfortune is greater than he deserves.

Noida Holds A Mirror Up To Society

What is worrying about the Nithari killings is that nobody seems to have fully understood that Noida holds a mirror up to Indian society in which we should all be able to see our faces.

A Battle Royal Over Media Intrusion

Out of London Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton is the latest target of the paparazzi.

Pakistan May Authenticate Siachen Ground Positions

Indian officials see change in Islamabad's approach Some progress made on Sir Creek Islamabad for "joint control" of J&K . . .

Civil Rule Is A Mirage

Pakistan has been under army rule for over 50 years and now people are afraid of even talking about civil rule.

Britain To Pull Out 3,000 Troops

On a day when U.S. President George W. Bush provoked anger and ridicule by announcing a "surge'' in American troops in Iraq, Britain was reported to be planning to pull out some 3,000 troops by May.

The Logic Of History

During the pre-liberalization years of the shortage economy in India, there was very little scope for waste. From the metal caps on milk bottles to broken-down TV sets, nearly everything was recycled.

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