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Modi vs terror
24 November 2015
What accounts for Modi's over-the-top attempt to become a world leader in fighting the terrorist menace everywhere? In all fairness, one part of it has to do with the events of the times, notably the Paris attack. But the other part that comes to mind is that terrorism is proving to be a convenient handle to bash Pakistan and it helps him to paper over his other failures.
Dealing with the IS in a time of terror
23 November 2015
The Paris attack has focused the attention of the world on the Islamic State (Daesh). Earlier, the impact of the outfit, also known as the ISIS, was confined to the geographical region it controls - eastern Syria and northern Iraq. Now it seems to be everywhere.
That long, horrible night in Paris
20 November 2015
Paris as a target, one would think, had a mixture of goals. The attacks are possibly designed to weaken both the opposition to the ISIS and support to the US by creating a lobby amongst Europeans keen on staying away from the conflict in West Asia.
Paris: An attack on western way of life, values
16 November 2015
The serial terror attacks in Paris on Friday was the third terror incident in recent times and by far the largest ever in France. These attacks were on the French or Western way of life, for its support to the US in Syria, and are meant to instil fear in the French.
Can Russia roll back the caliphate in Iraq and Syria?
Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
13 November 2015
Russia's military intervention in Syria in September, 2015, is a new gambit by its president, Vladimir Putin. It could change the course of history, and even geography, in that region or bog down Russia in a West Asian quagmire.
The battle for Kunduz
17 October 2015
Kunduz has a large ethnic mix of Pashtun, Uzbeks, Tajiks, and others - all of whom wish to hold the province. The recent move to capture Kunduz by the Taliban is significant in many ways. It is the first major engagement by the Taliban after Mullah Akhtar Mansour succeeded Mullah Omar.
Baloch - the people the world forgot
20 August 2015
The Baloch have received little attention as the rest of the world is more involved with what is happening in West Asia and the rise of the ISIS. In the region itself, the US and the West are more concerned with pulling out of Afghanistan.
Biggest threat to India is from the ISI, and not IS
07 August 2015
It would appear Pakistan's ISI and the army are talking up the Islamic State presence to divert attention from and in a sense even mainstream the Taliban. The fantasy plan of an India-Pakistan joint front against the IS has also emerged from Pakistan government sources. But the threat to India is from ISI, and not the IS.
The meaning of the Gurdaspur attacks
06 August 2015
What the country saw in Gurdaspur was a police force in neglect as it made up its deficiencies of equipment and training with its courage. A smarter force, better equipped and trained, would have tried to capture the terrorists alive. An even better security and intelligence apparatus would have not let them come in so deep into India in an area bristling with the security apparatus.
Why Gurdaspur attack was no 26/11
04 August 2015
While superficial similarities between the recent Gurdaspur attack and the Mumbai attack may be apparent, there are major differences in the manner both planned and executed. The scale of the attack itself suggests that it certainly doesn't seem to have had the support of the highest echelons of power as in the Mumbai attack.
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