G Parthasarathy's blog
For more than 25 years, the US backed the regime of Burma's military dictator General New Win, whose main contribution to relations with India was his expulsion of more than half a million Indians from the country. When the new military junta took charge in 1988, the Americans suddenly reinvented the virtues of democracy in that country. But democracy cannot be imported. It has to be nurtured from within. Read more »
WESTERN attempts to impose “regime change” in West Asia have had unexpected results. The American invasion of Iraq not only exacerbated Shia-Sunni tensions within the country, but also produced a virtual Shia-dominated Iraq-Iran condominium, challenging the regional supremacy of neighbouring Sunni sheikhdoms, led by Saudi Arabia. It remains to be seen whether the ouster of Col Muammar Gaddafi in Libya will convert that country into a haven of secular democracy and tribal harmony. Libya’s new rulers are already talking of imposing Sharia law. Democracy cannot be imported. It has to emerge and to be nurtured from within. Read more »
We should have no illusions that we can change the jihadi mindset of the Pakistani Armed Forces and learn the right lessons from price paid by US.
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WITH the Americans having announced that they intend to end active combat operations in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, Pakistanis have commenced pondering over what life will be like after that. Optimists, particularly from the military and jihadi groups believe that the American withdrawal will lead to the fulfilment of Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s dream of a Pakistan blessed with “strategic depth”’ extending beyond the Amu Darya and into Central Asia. Read more »
The Americans intend to end active combat operations in Afghanistan after 2014, and the Pakistanis have started pondering over what life would be like after that. Optimists, particularly from the military and jihadi groups, believe that American withdrawal will lead to the fulfilment of General Zia-ul-Haq's dream of a Pakistan blessed with “strategic depth”' extending beyond the Amu Darya and into Central Asia.
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India's media exposed its hollowness, by its preference for trivia over substance during the visit of Pakistan's young Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Television channels and the print media vied with each other in breathlessly reporting the visit of the Foreign Minister, as if it was a visit by a fashion model embellished with Birkin Handbags, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses, Jimmy Choo shoes, South Sea Pearls and Princess Diana look-alike headgear.
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While India’s media went gaga over Hina Rabbani Khar’s Birkin handbag, she admirably fulfilled the wishes of Pakistan’s real ruler — its reviled military.
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India’s media exposed its hollowness by its preference for trivia over substance during the visit of Pakistan’s young Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Read more »
That the ISI supports terror groups is now well established. Pakistan's Army, Navy and Air Force have been infiltrated by radicals, while the US has chosen to adopt a policy of appeasement. India should factor in these realities. Read more »
Tensions have escalated between China and Vietnam in recent months, with the US and Asean taking serious note. India should strengthen strategic ties with Vietnam, while responding strongly to China's dubious border claims.
July 21, 2011: Read more »