How naïve Nehru was! Soon after independence he asserted India needn’t have an army. He proclaimed there was no use for an army in India as the country had no enemies. This he stated even as the state and non-state actors from across the newly drawn borders were attacking in the North in strength to grab Kashmir. This happened merely two years after the cessation of hostilities in 1945 at the end of what is known as the World War II which had made people sick of war. Being basically a pacifist he could, perhaps, never imagine that after the loss of millions of lives across the world during... Read More
When it comes to dealing with the Iranian regime, over the years, the mullahs have come to understand that division is the most effective way to maintain their hold on power. If the international community is divided on how they handle the regime, the greater the likelihood that they will continue to hold off on any kind of conditions that would impede Iran’s regime from its business as usual.
Within Iran, business as usual includes the torture of prisoners, executions for drug offenses, keeping juveniles in prison until they come of age and then executing them, hounding activists, and... Read More
As I came back home that afternoon, my wife excitedly told me as she opened the door that there had been a “surgical strike” across the LoC (Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir). The TV was on and I asked her whether there had been any retaliatory nuclear bombings or missile (tactical or otherwise) attacks. She didn’t know. She had just heard of the “strike” when I rang the bell. I was expecting the worst.
Surgical strikes meant getting into the enemy territory and excising the cancerous infestations. However charitable one might be, such a strike also means breaching the LoC that... Read More
Aroop Raha, the Indian Air Force chief recently articulated his disappointment that the country’s air power was not fully utilized during the first war with Pakistan in 1948. Likewise, he said, the airpower was not used during the 1962 war with China.
Raha said that while the Indian Air Force (IAF) was used as a “bridge” to transport troops to Kashmir for several months but when a military solution was in sight India went to the United Nations” taking the “the moral high ground”. The statement is largely true. The Air Force was used when the situation became desperate with the Pakistani... Read More
Earlier last week Mahmooda Mufti’s speech was being telecast live by India TV. I wanted to check where did she speak in the vein that she did which appeared to be highly rational. I scanned all the newspapers that I get – Hindi as well as English – but I could not find it covered in any of them. The Times of India, of course, did not report it and even The Hindu – a newspaper that reports in detail everything of national interest uttered by a person of the stature of a chief minister – seemed to have glossed over it.
I do not recollect where Ms. Mufti was speaking but she was certainly... Read More
Mobile phones are the most popular thing which has dominated the markets today. Almost every person to this date carries mobile phones with them. The levels of technology are ever increasing and people always want to be updated. Phones have now transformed into smartphones and the features have also got bigger and better. People can now do almost everything from a smartphone. From making calls to sending mails, from video calls to playing games your smartphone allows you to access all of it without a glitch. All of these advancements are possible through the development of mobile applications.... Read More
Iran’s Women Are Unable To Seek Justice Against Their Many Abuses and Rights Infringements
The Iranian regime, governed by the religious diktats of its leading mullahs, systematically denies and abuses the rights of women; in matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance, education, work and dress. The secondary role of women in Iranian society is stated clearly in the constitution, first drawn up and implemented after the 1979 Revolution, as belonging to the realm of motherhood, for the rearing of individuals in service of the regime’s ideology and the support of men in their life pursuits.... Read More
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