The attack on Brussels puts the spotlight on radicalization of second and third generation immigrants in Europe, issues surrounding their integration within the local communities and the short time span of their radicalization from a disenchanted citizen to a jihadist. Its fine handling, on the other hand, has a lot to offer to India in terms of how the country ought to prepare itself to deal with such grave and frightening occurrences, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.
Having dithered for long from entertaining the idea of SAARC on the grounds of an apprehension that it may be used to fetter the Indian growth by tying it up to regional group dynamics that were not disposed in its favour to a great extent, India under its current leadership has however, made neighbourhood its first priority, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.
Russia’s intervention in Syria has been a means to reassert Moscow’s role as a power with a say in global affairs and that, most detractors of the Putin government would grudgingly concede, has been achieved. While Russia may have emerged on the scene as a potential peace-maker, but Syria is yet to be done and dusted with for it and the whole world, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.
While the General Budget that was laid out by the Indian Finance Minister recently saw a dip in the amount of funds allocated to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs for its overseas ventures, yet among all the South Asian countries, the economic assistance extended by India to those in its immediate neighbourhood stands the tallest.
India needs to be cognizant of the fact that any intelligence arrangement on security issues with Pakistan will add credence to the Pakistani assertion that it is a victim of terror attacks and not their sponsor; a claim that could have serious implications for the stalled peace process considering that the dithering Pakistani side can now find refuge in its 'acts of intelligence assistance'.
The video deposition by Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, the key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks made to an Indian court via video-conferencing from a Chicago prison, is a landmark for three reasons. First, Headley has vindicated India's stand by stating that the State of Pakistan via its military intelligence outfit was directly involved in the 26/11 attacks. This blows the lid off Islamabad's long-standing defence that terror attacks directed at India from its soil are by non State players.
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.