South Asia

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South Asia

Slumdog and Indian businesses

Was reading this very interesting Report from First Global on India’s economic crisis.  The author, Le Grand Fromage, talks about how once a rags-to-riches occurs, the person who makes that journey cannot adjust back to the “rags” situation – something that happened to the young Azhar (young Jamaal in “Slumdog

16 Mar 09 1 min read
India

Nurturing the Extremist Monster

Just found this article on TOI site by Swami Aiyar.  It explains the genesis, life and end of Khalistan mess very well and paints parallels with the situation in Pakistan.  I agree with him completely!  Whenever anyone has raised monsters, you ultimately get eaten up by it.  Indira Gandhi, Rajiv

14 Nov 07 2 min read
India

Nurturing the Extremist Monster

Just found this article on TOI site by Swami Aiyar.  It explains the genesis, life and end of Khalistan mess very well and paints parallels with the situation in Pakistan.  I agree with him completely!  Whenever anyone has raised monsters, you ultimately get eaten up by it.  Indira Gandhi, Rajiv

14 Nov 07 2 min read
Politics

Pak wants to "retaliate" – against whom and why?

It seems Pakistan has given a “general warning” – that it possesses retaliatory capacity to defend its strategic assets. The big unanswered question: Retaliate against whom and with what? Its the same pattern all over again! Story Link [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Paks_retaliation_threat_to_US_sucks_in_India/rssarticleshow/

12 Nov 07 1 min read
Politics

Pak wants to "retaliate" – against whom and why?

It seems Pakistan has given a “general warning” – that it possesses retaliatory capacity to defend its strategic assets. The big unanswered question: Retaliate against whom and with what? Its the same pattern all over again! Story Link [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Paks_retaliation_threat_to_US_sucks_in_India/rssarticleshow/

12 Nov 07 1 min read
Politics

Was this an attempt on Musharraf's life?

Assassinations using the aircrafts are a favorite ploy in the sub-continent!  When Sanjay Gandhi was killed it was a plane.  When Zia-ul-Haq was killed it was a plane.  When Madhav Rao Scindia was killed it was a plane.  Now, Musharraf was about to say good bye to his life.  But

09 Oct 07 1 min read
Issues

Presenting…. a Pakistani Army officer as a suicide bomber!

Pakistan’s situation worries me.  I am amazed it worries not many people around the globe. Until now, they exported terrorism unabashedly.  Then terrorism started hurting them itself!  But until now, however much fundamentalist the Pakistani Army was they would use the poor and brain-washed as cannon-fodder.  Now an incident

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Religion

Another Mohammad cartoon Issue

There is another Mohammad "cartoon" scandal and issue.  This time the cartoon appeared in a newspaper in Bangladesh – Daily Prothom Alo [http://www.prothom-alo.com/].  Thanks to Rezwan [http://rezwanul.blogspot.com/2007/09/bangladesh-yet-another-muhammad-cartoon.html] for the blog post on this one. The cartoon says the following: > * Boy, what

19 Sep 07 1 min read
India

India opens Siachen for trekkers

In an interesting development, India has opened up the Siachen Glacier to trekking for enthusiasts who would like to experience the dizzy heights and the cold of that place.  Now, that this place has ceasefire enforced…. Pakistani army will be further pressurized to not do anything when tourists – specially the

17 Sep 07 1 min read
Education

Islamists bomb Girl Schools in Pakistan.

Again.. this time the Islamic radicals are not only content with saying girl education is unIslamic…. they are actually moving on to BOMB the schools as well in Pakistan!!  That should help their man-hood a bit.. wouldn’t it? > In what appears to be an escalating spree over the last

25 Aug 07 1 min read
Politics

The Political Nightmare in Pakistan!

Pakistan is in a turmoil.  Whether you know it or not.. realize it or not.  It is.  The options aren’t great at all.  Currently Musharraf has succeeded in alienating the same folks who raved about him through thorough mismanagament.  Now, slowly but steadily (and to the discomfort of the

24 Aug 07 1 min read
History

How Partition affected the Sub-continent's Music soul!

Some letters in the Pakistani daily Dawn are sometimes very interesting.  Here is another one.. where this guys juxtaposes the melodies born out of the melting pot of Bengal, UP and Punjab.. against the "two nation theory" and partition.  How partition took away – ruthlessly – the soul and the many wonders

22 Aug 07 2 min read
Politics

AQ Khan is the next Pakistan "President" – "defeats" Musharraf!

This is the scenario [http://content.msn.co.in/News/International/InternationalIANS_200807_0915.htm] that most in India are worried about! > Abdul Qader Khan, the detained scientist who pioneered Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, was "elected" the country’s president, defeating the incumbent, Pervez Musharraf, in a mock poll

21 Aug 07 1 min read
Corruption

Pakistan is the King of Fake Currency!

Remember the racket in fake currency run in India sponsored by the "friendly neighborhood" ISI (Pak Intelligence agency)?? (Headlinesindia [http://www.headlinesindia.com/national/index.jsp?news_code=48631] . Yahoo [http://in.news.yahoo.com/070729/48/6irxs.html]) Well.. you know all that is correct and you are truly

15 Aug 07 1 min read
Politics

Pakistan Army or Group of Mercenaries?

I never had any doubt that the Pakistani Army was highly unprofessional.  But this assertion [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/US_renting_Pak_army_for__100_million/articleshow/2202810.cms] from a top US diplomat in South Asia regarding the payments being made to the Pak Army and “RENTING” it for

14 Jul 07 1 min read
Politics

Long term Implications of Lal Masjid Siege in Pakistan

Like I discussed [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=rebellion_in_pakistan] on my blog this week that things in Pakistan are not looking too great as the Lal Masjid students had fought with the Pakistani Army right there in the capital itself. Now the things are getting worse.

06 Jul 07 2 min read
Politics

Rebellion in Pakistan

This is a watershed event in Pakistan.  A lot has happened in that country… but this is the first time that its capital has seen such indigenous fighting at such a scale!  Here is the report from Pakistan’s leading national daily – Dawn.  I think the picture on the right

04 Jul 07 5 min read
Religion

Hate mail on Editorial pages of Pakistani Daily.

You would hope that a nation’s national daily would have some intelligent stuff on the editorial page – like the "Letters to Editor" section.  I was amused and surprised when I saw this letter [http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/jun-2007/27/letters3.php] in "The Nation", one of Pakistan’

27 Jun 07 1 min read
India

Terrible Scenarios in Pakistan that could become reality!

In this very interesting analysis [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jun/14guest.htm], Col. Athale now talks about the scenarios that can unfold pretty soon given the tense situation in Pakistan.  With Musharraf in jeopardy, Osama still at large, and religionists still pushing… chips could fall in any direction!

15 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Woolmer Death: Was he murdered or not!

So, the Jamaican police says that Woolmer died of natural causes [http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2007/jun/12woolmer.htm].. and was not murdered: > Former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer [ Images] died of natural causes, and was not murdered as initially suspected, Jamaican police said on Tuesday, bringing to an

14 Jun 07 1 min read
Politics

Pakistan: a Rapist Paradise, sanctioned by Allah!

There is something terribly wrong with the basic structure of Islam as it relates to the women. This fight over the bill in Pakistan [http://dawn.com/2006/11/23/top1.htm] to alter the mischief of Hadood Ordinance is one such example. Here is the description of Hudood Ordinance

23 Nov 06 2 min read
India

Terrorist Training Camps in Pakistan: How it all works!

Here is how it all happens [http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1751410,000900010002.htm?headline=Lashkar-e-Taiba's~Arabian~nights] – the Terrorist Training Crash Course! What I cannot fathom is when Indian Intelligence has even the names of the teachers and Professors, then why cannot the Americans force these Jehadis to

24 Jul 06 2 min read
India

The Silver Platter Theory and the Victim Mentality

I have seen and met a lot of folks from all countries and a lot from India who keep talking about how BAD the other person is! I have been following a discussion going on a topic called “Asian Nationalism [http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2005/11/asian_nationali.html]

22 Nov 05 2 min read
South Asia

Pak's Double Game of Terrorism!

This is the “inside story” of what the members of cabinet have come to know about the recent Delhi blasts. Sherlock Holmes says to Dr. Watson in one of the stories: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however impossible, has to be the truth!” Is a turnaround of

01 Nov 05 1 min read

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