Monthly Archives: August 2009

India’s 1998 nuke ‘fizzle’

N M Sampathkumar Iyangar Eleven years after assisting Prime Minister Vajpayee in 1998 to divert public attention from the mess his government had created, India’s top science bureaucrats are issuing shrill denials of the startling revelations by senior scientist K Santhanam, who was coordinating director of India’s Defence Research and […]


ALI SUKHANVER  The role of an intelligence agency should be different from that of a terrorist organization. The CIA, the Mussad, the ISI and the Raw must not be mixed up with LTTE, the Black Water Force and particularly the detracted groups of Taliban & Al- Qaida which are defaming […]

One has to understand Jinnah to know Pakistan

* Jaswant Singh calls Partition most damaging event in modern India NEW DELHI: One has to understand Muhammad Ali Jinnah – both as a man and as a statesman – to understand India’s relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Economist Times quoted former Indian external affairs minister Jaswant Singh as […]

Capital games – By Ayesha Siddiqa

People wonder why the present government is not trying Gen Musharraf. Is it just due to its goodness of heart or is there something else that might be the cause of this apparently cautious behaviour? Actually, there are two issues at hand here. First is the evasiveness of the prime […]

Punjab CM no more ‘khadim-e-aala’ 4

* Shahbaz’s title changed back to chief minister in appeals and advertisements LAHORE: The media managers of the Punjab government have changed the nomenclature of the post of the province’s political head from ‘khadim-e-aala’ to chief minister (CM) in official advertisements. Since the day of his swearing-in, CM Shahbaz Sharif […]