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Starting: Thu Jul 1 22:23:17 1999
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  • 'Through the travail and fire of Kargil our nation has been
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Rediff Special - July 29, 1999.
        >>>It is now time to look ahead; to look beyond Kargil. But even incharting our course for the future we have to assess what Kargil 1999was all about. What were the challenges -- military and diplomatic?What new facets of our total national commitment and endeavouremerged? What lessons for the years that lie ahead? 'Operation Vijay'.....
  • 'Kargil campaign is good tonic for the country and army'
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - Rediff on Net - July 27, 1999
        >>>When Major General (retired) Ashok K Mehta interviewed General VedPrakash Malik, the army chief of staff was of the firm belief that thewar was not over yet. He warned that we are "dealing with an enemy whois unpredictable, unreliable and tell lies." At what stage were youmost worried during the war? .....
  • The lost identity
    • Pamela Bhagat - The Pioneer - July 28, 1999
        >>>It was in April last year that the Parankot massacre took place inwhich 26 Kashmiri Pundits were killed by the militants belonging toLashkar-e-Toiba. The act was designed to intimidate and warn theKashmiri Pundits who were considering migrating back to the Valleyfrom their miserable existence in campsites in the plains. While this.....
  • Rogue is not the right word
    • KC Markandan - The Pioneer - July 28, 1999
        >>>Talking to newsmen in Lucknow at the VVIP lounge on June 23, HomeMinister LK Advani dubbed Pakistan as a "rogue and irresponsibleState", with too many "power centres". The use of the term "rogue"vis-a-vis a "state" is unknown to the English language. One isfamiliar with the use of the term in the context of persons, plants.....
  • We sleep well Mr Sebastian, thank you
    • A Surya Prakash - The Pioneer - July 28, 1999
        >>>It is well over a year since India became a nuclear state but thereare no signs yet of the Western world, which lives under theprotective cover of NATO's nuclear umbrella, coming to terms with theworld's largest democracy acquiring its weapons of deterrence.Though there are signs of a thaw in Indo-American relations in the.....
  • India must handle Pakistan's blackmail with firmness
    • M. V. Kamath - The Free Press Journal - July 22, 1999
        >>>Currently there is intense speculation in Delhi as else where as towhy the United States and, by implication, the G-8 has been overlysympathetic to the Indian cause over Kargil. And why for that matter,China which has had the closest relationship with Pakistan for overthree decades has been almost scrupulously neutral over the same.....
  • The jehadi: Pak's new big player
    • Bharat Bhushan - The Hindustan Times - July 19, 1999
        >>>New political personality is emerging in Pakistani politics which isoutside the electoral process but is influencing society through itsrestlessness, turbulence and a belligerence arising out of a perceivedsense of injustice. The jehadi, a by-product of both Pakistan'sAfghan policy and the failure of the State to deliver either.....
  • Brave heart
    • Editorial - The Telegraph - July 12, 1999
        >>>The success of the prime minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, in Kargilhas put the Congress on the back foot in the preparations for theforthcoming elections. It cannot be easy to campaign against agovernment which seems to have captured, at least for the moment, thepopular imagination. This situation is to an extent of the Congress's.....
  • A chance to shed preoccupations of the past: Jaswant (Question
    • C. Raja Mohan - The Hindu - July 25, 1999
        >>>On the eve of his departure for the annual meetings of the ASEANRegional Forum in Singapore, the External Affairs Minister, Mr.Jaswant Singh, spoke to The Hindu. The following are excerpts fromthe interview.Q: The Kargil Issue is expected to figure at the ARF. What will be.....
  • Catholic demand more LS seats
    • Kay Benedict - The Telegraph - July 20, 1999
        >>>Kerala Catholics' demand for greater representation in theCongress-led United Democratic Front has come as a blessing indisguise for the BJP struggling hard to gain a foothold in the state. But the Congress and the Left are worried over the political falloutof the demand......
  • Congress always compromised on national security: BJP
    • M. Venkaiah Naidu, General Secretary, BJP - BJP Website - July 26, 1999
        >>>The Congress speaks too much. The Congress president and hercolleagues intentionally level charges that are calculatedto hurt national pride. But they conveniently forget theCongress party's own terrible track record of managingIndia's security interests when in power......
  • Roads that lead from Kargil
    • N. Krishnan - Asian Age - 22 July 1999.
        >>>The future of the Lahore process became a big question mark as soon asthe Kargil perfidy of Pakistan came to light. The government rightlydeclared that there would be no dialogue with Pakistan until theintruders had been thrown out; the Opposition parties also readilyagreed. The government put the highest priority on the military action.....
  • Sonia waits for Ali Mian to answer her 'prayers'
    • Sunita Aron - The Hindustan Times - July 21, 1999
        >>>How much would Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's meeting with Maulana Abul HasanNadvi eventually help the Congress garner Muslims votes was thequestion uppermost on the minds of Congress workers as they left theUPCC complex here yesterday after listening to their leader's sermonson unity......
  • Militants can do nothing for J&K, says U.K
    • L.K. Sharma - The Times of India - July 24, 1999
        >>>The British government has acknowledged that the "incursion, andcontinuing violence of the militants in Jammu and Kashmir, have donenothing, and can do nothing, to promote a durable solution inKashmir." It ex-pressed concern over "four massacres in recent weeks,and militants continuing to attack the Indian security forces.".....
  • 'Kargil is not BJP's poll issue but we are forced to talk about
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Weekend Observer - July 24, 1999
        >>>Senior BJP leader and information and Broadcasting Minister PramodMahajan is of the view that the development within the Janata Dal andthe coming together of Samata Party, Lok Shakti and a faction of JDwill certainly help the BJP-led coalition in the post-electionscenario. He also believes that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's.....
  • Anti-India amendment suffers defeat
    • Ramesh Chandran - The Times of India - July 24, 1999
        >>>An anti-India amendment, offered by hawkish Republican CongressmenWilliam F. Goodling, which proposed withholding American assistance tocountries that voted less than 25 per cent of the time with the U.S.at the UN was defeated in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.The Goodling Amendment that lumped India with countries like North.....
  • Press can't trust Pak (Excerpt)
    • M.V. Kamath - The Free Press Journal - July 23, 1999
        >>>For all its ideological aberrations The Hindu remains the mostcomplete newspaper in India. Thus it was practically the onlynewspaper among English language newspapers to report on the sayingsof the Muslim fundamentalistic, cleric Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi,popularly known as Ali Mian, chairman of the Muslim Personal Law.....
  • Pak militants are helping Taliban: daily
    • PTI - The Times of India - July 24, 1999
        >>>Pakistani militants, engaged in militants, engaged in militancy inKashmir, are also assisting the Taliban in Afghanistan in theiroffensive against the Northern Alliance to get complete control overthe war-ravaged country, according to a media report here."Between 3,000 and 5,000 Pakistani militants belonging to a dozen.....
  • U.S. happy over restoration of LoC
    • Sridhar Krishnaswami - The Hindu - July 22, 1999
        >>>The telephone call made by the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, tothe Prime Minister, Mr A. B. Vajpayee, was to say that the UnitedStates was "pleased to see that the Line of Control" between India andPakistan "had been largely restored", according to a spokesman of theNational Security Council. The conversation had lasted for 20.....
  • A heroic but losing battle to save Ganga
    • Mohit Dubey - The Sunday Times of India - July 25, 1999
        >>>Veer Bhadra Mishra has not yet seen the edition of American magazineTIME which names him 'one of the seven heroes of the planet' for hisefforts to save the Ganga from pollution. But the recognition has notaltered either the man or his routine.For this sixty- year-old head of the department of civil engineering.....
  • Indians, at least, must believe in India
    • Reshmi R Dasgupta - The Economic Times - July 25, 1999
        >>>The US, they say, is great, because every American genuinely believesit is. Maybe that is simplifying matters a bit too much, butpatriotism is not -- and has never been -- a dirty word there. Andvictory, once achieved, has been celebrated, not doubted. India,sadly, cannot seem to expect that sort of faith from all her citizens......
  • U.K. customs seizes N-material bound for Pak
    • PTI - The Times of India - July 26, 1999
        >>>In a major swoop, British customs officials have intercepted andseized 20 tonnes of key components, vital for making missile casingsand nuclear warheads, bound for Pakistan.The shipment, tracked from U.S. to Kent in the United Kingdom lastweek coincided with a period of heightened tension between India and.....
  • Orgy And Bhagvad Gita Don't Mix!
    • A P Kamath in New York - Rediff on Net - July 24, 1999.
        >>>Bad karma is catching up with the late Stanley Kubrick whose filmsLolita and A Clockwork Orange are perennial controversies. Now, hislatest film, Eyes Wide Shut, has offended the ears of Hindus.The use of an Indian religious chant during the controversial orgyscene in Kubrick's last film has so upset many Hindus in America that.....
  • Psychotic State-II
    • AD Moddie - The Statesman - July 20, 1999
        >>>THE chiefs of the defence services have been complaining of beingstarved of resources for India's vital defence needs in the last 15years - the enemy is within, there can be no alibis of "foreignhands". Every political party, every government, Centre and states,every Parliament, the whole unproductive government resource-guzzling.....
  • Psychotic State-I
    • AD Moddie - The Statesman - July 19, 1999
        >>>India Has Failed To Assess PakistanTHE Kashmir incidents of 1948, the wars of 1965 and 1971, andISI-sponsored infiltrations in the last decade, have all beenforgotten in the hope that the Kashmir problem can be settledbilaterally and relations with the Islamic world, leaving aside.....
  • Of forgotten fighters (Interview with Lt.-Gen A.S. Kalkat.)
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - Frontline - July 30, 1999
        >>>As the fighting in the Kargil sector reached a decisive phase,military analysts were drawing comparisons between this latest roundand the battles fought by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in SriLanka in the period between 1987 and 1990. In that operation, 70,000young men and women, including soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilian.....
  • Was there an intelligence failure?
    • B. Raman - Frontline - July 30, 1999
        >>>Only a detailed retrospective study, after the ejection of all thePakistani invaders in the Drass-Kargil-Batalik sectors of Jammu andKashmir, could bring out the complete picture of what went wrong withIndia's national security management in this area before May 6, 1999and how Pakistan's proxy invasion remained undetected until that day. .....
  • A 'sell-out' and some hard-sell
    • Amit Baruah, Islamabad - Frontline - July 30, 1999
        >>>THE countdown has begun. If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Armystay the course, the Pakistani pullout from Kargil, already under way,will be completed in a few days. There could be twists and turns inthe withdrawal process, but Sharif has so far given no indication thathe will resile from his July 4 agreement with U.S. President Bill.....
  • Will Pakistan cease and desist?
    • Arun Shourie - The Observer - July 23, 1999
        >>>That Pakistan should have just gone on lying about its Army havingundertaken the invasion into Kargil, to the point of not evenaccepting the bodies of its soldiers; that it should make its peoplebelieve that the rout was actually a victory; that it should in theend claim statesmanship and gratitude on the ground that it had saved.....
  • Ulfa militants unhappy over ISI nexus
    • Manoj Anand - The Asian Age - July 6, 1999
        >>>Frustrated by their failure to carry out largescale subversiveactivities, Pakistan's ISI is reported to have established contactwith banned Northeast groups and have hired their activists to createunrest in different parts of the country, including in Jammu andKashmir......
  • 'Pakistanis were good at fleeing as well'
    • Dinesh Kumar - The Sunday Times of India - July 18, 1999
        >>>'Aab ki baar jaane do. Agli baar kabhi Hindustan nahin aenge" (Let usgo this time. Next time, we will never come to India).These were farewell remarks by some fleeing Pakistani soldiers as theyran for their lives just as troops of the 2 Rajputana Rifles regainedBlack Rock on the Three Pimples feature. Indeed, the stories of sheer.....
  • Do they deserve the bribe, because the guns are good?
    • S. Gurumurthy - The New Indian Express - July 18-22, 1999
        >>>First, Chidambaram; next Mani Sankara Iyer and now Moopanar. Pooradvocates for the Gandhi Family. What they failed to realise is thattheir defence of the Bofors case indicts the Gandhi amily more clearlythan even the evidence that has unfolded.After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination Chidambaram said that Bofors probe.....
  • Kashmiri pandits are 'genocide' victims: US Cong
    • IANS - The Navhind Times - July 16, 1999
        >>>The US Congressman, Mr Frank Pallone, has urged India's National HumanRights Com-mission (NHRC) to reconsider its recent rulings aboutKashmiri pandits, including its refusal to term the violence againstthe community as "genocide."In a statement in the US House of Representatives, Mr Pallone said he,.....
  • 'OFBJP helped Govt in countering Pak propaganda' (Question and
    • E Jayakrishnan - The Economic Times - July 19, 1999
        >>>Ved Prakash Goyal, senior Vice-president of the ELJP and Itstreasurer, Is also in-charge of the Overseas Friends of the BJP(OFELJP), a "fan-club" of the BJP in the US, UK and Canada. Theorganisation is also fast-expanding its tentacles to other countriesand continents. In an Interview to E Jayakrishnan, M r Goyal said.....
  • Bengal administration in a fix over 'abusive' website'
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Economic Times - July 15, 1999
        >>>The West Bengal government is in a fix. And the reason is an abusivewebsite on Bengalis. Having arrested the creator of thecontroversial site, the government is not caught in a legal dilemma.It has only now discovered that India does not have effective cyberlaws to prosecute offenders who misuse the Internet for "criminal".....
  • ISI will step up activities after losing in Kargil, warns
    • The Times of India News Service - The Times of India - July 19, 1999
        >>>Union home minister L.K. Advani has warned of in-creased activities bythe Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan following the end ofthe Kargil conflict, which, he said, is both a military and politicalvictory for India.Addressing BJP workers here on Sunday evening, Mr Advani said the.....
  • Sharif okayed Kargil incursion in January: Ex-Army chief Beg
    • Shahid Ahmed Khan - The Indian Express - July 15, 1999
        >>>Former Pakistani Army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg has lashedout at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making the forces a "scapegoat"in the Kargil crisis and claimed the Prime Minister had approved theoperation in January after briefings by the Army and theInter-Services Intelligence (ISI)......
  • 'I'm hurt with whatever happened in Kargil'
    • Narendra Kusnur - Mid-Day - July 17, 1999
        >>>Bhajan and ghazal singer Anup Jalota has called off the forthcomingconcerts he was scheduled to do in the US and Canada with Pakistanighazal exponent Ghulam Ali. "I am cancelled the shows which were totake place from August 20," he told Mid-Day.Jalota, who has recently released a T-Series ghazal album called.....
  • Ad propaganda war over Kargil flares up in UK
    • IANS - The Navhind Times - July 16, 1999
        >>>A full-page advertisement in The Times on "Pakistan's rogue army" hasset off an-other furious round in the propaganda war between Indianand Pakistani groups in Britain.The advertisement in The Times was similar to the one taken out inAmerican news-papers by The India League. It condemned Pakistan's.....
  • Message from a mother and a lawyer
    • Saeed Naqvi - The Indian Express - July 23, 1999
        >>>It is universally acknowledged that Pakistan stands exposed in Kargiland in the corridors of diplomacy world-wide. But are we in theprocess of defeating the "idea" of an extremist Pakistan?Mir Taqi Mir said : Chashm ho to aayina khana hai dahar/Munh nazaraata hai deewaron Ke beech. (If you have that inner eye, this world is.....
  • Pak disarms militants to avoid civil war
    • PTI - The Times of India - July 23, 1999
        >>>Wary of a backlash, the Pakistani army is reportedly disarmingmercenaries withdrawing from Kargil before sending them in escortedconvoys to the west Punjab heartland.According to reports, a substantial number of mercenaries, mostly fromKarachi and west Punjab, had agreed to withdraw, but they were being.....
  • On the edge of the precipice
    • M.P. Bhandara - DAWN, Karachi - July 21, 1999
        >>>HAVING sleep-walked into a near disaster at Kargil, we halt at theedge of the precipice. We might have won a battle but we lost thewar.A soon-to-be-lame-duck president of the US provides the facesaving crumb of "personal interest" (whatever that might mean) to theresolution of the Kashmir dispute. If Pakistan arrived on the now.....
  • US asks Pak to rein in militants
    • Aziz Haniffa - The Economic Times - July 23, 1999
        >>>The United States has called on Pakistan to rein in terrorist groupsoperating out of that country in the wake of the massacre of 19civilians in the Doda and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir onJuly 20.State Department spokesman James Rubin noted that "these are only the.....
  • The Reds are steeped in the blues
    • Varsha Bhosle - Rediff on Net - July 21, 1999
        >>>On July 7, a Red cockroach left a trail of slime on The Telegraph. Iignored it. Sadly, it's now oozed onto Rediff. There, it was called"The Saffron Nation Theory"; here, it's titled "Let go off Kashmir!"With exclamation mark, to boot.I presume you've read it. Baffled, eh? Don't be. I keep telling you:.....
  • A modern saptarishi and a river's thousand names
    • Suphal Kumar in Varanasi - Rediff on Net - July 20, 1999
        >>>The Ganga has one thousand names ( sahastranam) all meaning purity andcleanliness but unlike the past it enters the third millennium withonly one name -- pollution.Daily, at the crack of dawn, one man takes a dip in the river recitingGanga sahastranam knowing fully well that the polluted water could be.....
  • Jaswant makes a mark on `Hard Talk'
    • The Times of India News Service - The Times of India - July 20, 1999
        >>>NEW DELHI: The refusal to be provoked by frequent and oftenunwarranted interruptions; the answers given without obfuscation; thetone steady, cool and uniformly dignified; the tenor of the discussionkept pegged to matters of principle, values and civilised conductamong nations, that was External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in his.....
  • Albright condemns J&K massacres
    • C K Arora in Washington - Rediff on Net - July 21, 1999
        >>>US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has taken a serious note ofthe killing of 15 civilians by militants in Doda district of Jammu andKashmir. ''We condemn attacks against civilians and, obviously, thosewho perpetrate them and those who give assistance to theperpetrators,'' she said......
  • Pak media lament lost opportunity
    • UNI - Rediff on Net - July 19, 1999
        >>>Pakistani journalists envy the performance of the Indian media duringthe Kargil crisis while regretting that their own media failed becauseof the government's policy to keep it in the dark.At a seminar in Karachi on ''Media in crisis: international andcross-border dimensions'' participating journalists said the press as.....
  • The Ultimate Enemy (Question and Answer with Masoud Khalili)
    • Mahendra Ved - The Times of India - July 21, 1999
        >>>Seven months after Masoud Khalili came to India in February 1996 asAfghanistan's envoy, his government was exiled from Kabul. TheTaliban have since over-run 80 per cent (If the Afghan territory, yethave failed to gain world recognition. Making the best of thesituation, Delhi-educated Khalili provides the media and the.....
  • India in a multi-polar world
    • Sandhya Jain - The Pioneer - July 20, 1999
        >>>We are suddenly in a new, multi-polar world. And India is one of itsmajor pillars. Many of us may find this hard to believe. But those whoare beginning to realise that it is indeed so, are also bemused at theenormity of it all. How did such an immense change take place soimperceptibly?.....
  • Of leader, Party and Nation (Question and Answer with Jaya
    • Lalita Panicker - The Times of India - July 15, 1999
        >>>Having lived from 1965 to 1977 in Kashmir, Samata Party generalsecretary Jaya Jaitly has a particular attachment to the remotemountain regions where India is fighting a bloody war to reclaim itsterrain. Variously a craftsperson, a writer and trade unionist, JayaJaitly's most contentious avataar has been her political one......
  • Push LoC outwards
    • Bharat Karnad - The Week - Posted on Wed, 21 Jul 1999 10:38:51 +0530
        >>>Giving Pakistan a taste of its own medicine will be the most effectivecourse There is no end to lessons from the war for the uplands around Kargil.It brought home to a laid-back Indian government and people theinherently elastic nature of the Line of Control (LoC) and the fact.....
  • Abdication of leadership
    • Ayaz Amir - Dawn, Karachi - Posted on Wed, 21 Jul 1999 10:20:45 +0530
        >>>THERE is a kind of humiliation which is linked to a chain of ironcircumstances. Germany suffered defeat in the first world war and as aresult had to swallow the humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles. Wesuffered defeat in 1971 and as a consequence had to accept the yoke ofbilateralism which is the principal burden of the Simla accord......
  • Science and Spirituality
    • Dr Murli Manohar Joshi - Organiser - July 18, 1999
        >>>An important issue before humanity today is centred upon science andits relationship with the questions of normative demands that arecentral to civilisation and its progress. Science may claim to bevalue-neutral, but is it really so? Knowledge and truth which arecentral to science are themselves values of intrinsic character. And.....
  • How Hyderabad escaped the fate of Kashmir
    • V.P. Bhatia - Organiser - July 18, 1999
        >>>An interesting story is told about how Pt. Nehru in collusion withMountbatten opposed till the end Sardar Patel's resolve to solve theHyderabad problem at one go by Police action in September, 1948 as theNizam was conspiring to set up a free Muslim State in the heart ofIndia. This shilly-shallying on the part of Indian Government.....
  • Jihadi mentality: Its recoil and danger
    • Arun Shourie - The Observer - July 16, 1999
        >>>The war in Kargil has ignited an intense reaction across the country.War does. War that results from aggression by the other does evenmore. This time round two factors have caused the reaction to be evenmore intense. There is the element of betrayal: India had extended thehand of trust and friendship; Pakistan, it now turns out, merely.....
  • Daghaa - betrayal
    • Khushwant Singh - The Sunday Afternoon Despatch and Courier - July 18, 1999
        >>>It is becoming increasingly difficult to take words spoken byPakistani leaders on trust: Our faith in their integrity has beenrudely shaken.After 50 years of acceptance of the Line of Actual Control as theborder between the two countries, what provoked them to allow elements.....
  • Unpatriotic commies
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Sunday Afternoon Despatch and Courier - July 18, 1999
        >>>It seems Sunil Gangopadhyay Is not alone In harbouring such seditiousthoughts. The CPI-M member of the Rajya Sabha and a former financeminister In the Basu government, Ashok Mitra, is one with him onKashmir.He has this to say about our presence In the state. And at a time.....
  • Backing sedition Marxist style
    • Virendra Kapoor - The Sunday Afternoon Despatch and Courier - July 18, 1999
        >>>Now it can be told. Last month the West Bengal government made agreat to-do about the ministry of external affairs not clearing thename of famous Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay for the trip to Dhakaon the Inaugural Calcutta-Dhaka bus journey. The state chiefminister, Jyoti Basu, called the Vajpayee government 'uncivilised and.....
  • After the Kargil crisis Pakistan finds itself in a lose-lose
    • Ramesh Thakur - The Asian Age - July 14, 1999
        >>>After the fight over Kashmir, India has an unprecedented opportunityto seize the moral high ground and take the issue off theinternational agenda. For the first time, there is universalunderstanding of India's position. There is also praise for NewDelhi's restraint in the face of grave provocation. .....
  • British cat is silent before Chinese dragon
    • Jonathan Mirsky - The Asian Age - July 14, 1999
        >>>Once again we learn that the silence of the lambs is nothing comparedto the tabby cat-like behaviour of the British lion when the Chinesedragon roars. Recently, there have been four examples. Of these, themost shaming is Britain's decision not to condemn China's"reinterpretation" of a controversial ruling by the Court of Final.....
  • No Sena like Veyu Sena (Question and Answer with Air Chief
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Times of India - July 16, 1999
        >>>Introduction: For a combat aircraft flying 30,000 feet-plus above,targeting an enemy that is itself located at 17,000 feet, wellentrenched and armed with surface-to-air missiles is a uniqueexperience. "Operation Vijay " in Kargil enacted an unprecedentedwarfare by the Indian Air Force never witnessed anywhere in the.....
  • Tokenism by CMs
    • Editorial - The Free Press Journal - July 9, 1999
        >>>Predictably, the conference of Chief Ministers convened by theVajpayee Government to discuss the Kargil situation revealed the widechasm between the ruling and the Opposition parties. While paying lipservice to the need to maintain unity till the last of the Pakistanaggression was fully vacated the Congress Party and its new-found.....
  • Decade-old militancy claimed 16,850 innocent lives in Kashmir
    • Man Mohan - The Times of India - July 14, 1999
        >>>India's "paradise"- Kashmir - has in over the past one decadewitnessed the killing of 16,850 innocent people, including women andchildren, by Pakistan-trained militants. Criminal acts, extortionsand looting by the militants, between 1990 and 1997, were valued atover Rs 10.61 crore......
  • Ulfa militants unhappy over ISI nexus
    • Manoj Anand - The Asian Age - July 6, 1999
        >>>Frustrated by their failure to carry out largescale subversiveactivities, Pakistan's ISI is reported to have established contactwith banned Northeast groups and have hired their activists to createunrest in different parts of the country, including in Jammu andKashmir......
  • With a prayer on their lips, they laid the enemy soldiers to
    • Vikram Jit Singh - The Indian Express - July 11, 1999
        >>>POINT 4812, JULY 11: If killing the enemy is the soldier's job in war,what's burying the enemy? The answer came at a solemn ceremony, to thedirge of shells and gunfire, when Indian troops buried 13 Pakistanisoldiers at Point 4812 in the Batalik sub-sector.There was both irony and tragedy in this act of grace under fire. The.....
  • Pak men fled once going got tough
    • Vikram Jit Singh - The Indian Express - July 11, 1999
        >>>DRASS/BATALIK, JULY 10: A major reason for the Pakistani rout in Drassand Batalik has been the failure of its officers to lead from thefront, leaving charge with the junior commissioned officers (havildarsand subedars) as they stayed in the comfort of fibre-glass huts.In the battle for Point 4700-Tommy-Saddle on the Drass Line of.....
  • US awakens to Pak's missile proliferation
    • Chidanand Rajghatta - The Indian Express - July 11, 1999
        >>>WASHINGTON, JULY 10: India's interception of a North Korean shipcarrying missile parts and blue prints to Pakistan appears to havereopened a pandora's box and shown up conclusive proof of what theUnited States has been selectively fretting about in recent times:proliferation of advanced ballistic technology and weapons between.....
  • PLA muscle on parade in restive Urumqi
    • ASSOCIATED PRESS - The 'South China Morning Post' - July 15, 1999
        >>>A huge military parade has been held in Xinjiang, the biggest event ofits kind in the restive Muslim region since the 1949 revolution,according to a state newspaper.The Xinjiang Daily did not say how many soldiers took part in theparade in the provincial capital of Urumqi on Friday, but said they.....
  • War against babudom
    • Lt. Col. M.M. Walia (Retd.) - Asian Age - July 15, 1999
        >>>Sir, Apropos your report Army Chief meets PM on supplies (July 10), itshows the stark contrast in the approach and psyche of India andPakistan. The military commanders of Pakistan just pick up their"shopping bags" and buy the latest hi-tech weaponry and equipment fortheir forces, unmindful of the funds. The scenario in India is just.....
  • Return a symbol of betrayal
    • Rajkumar Leishemba - The Pioneer - July 13, 1999
        >>>It was a moment of pride for most Indians when the veteran Hindi filmactor Dilip Kumar was conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan, that country'shighest civilian award, for his contribution towards improvement ofIndia-Pakistan relations. However, ever since, much water has floweddown the Ganges as well as the Indus, and the ties between the two.....
  • Laden looks east
    • Ashis K. Biswas - Outlook - July 19, 1999
        >>>For those who thought Osama bin Laden was active only in Afghanistanand Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources in Indian intelligencesay he might also have a presence in Bangladesh and Myanmar. According to these sources, they have a message from the Dhaka-basedHarkatul jehad Al Islami (HJAI), an Islamic fundamentalist.....
  • Making a difference
    • Shantanu Guha Ray - Outlook - July 19, 1999
        >>>Introduction: Dignity, not alms, is what Shyam 'Pagla' givenCalcutta's beggars. Bandhopadhyay has walked Calcutta's streets for35 years, collecting information and rehabilitating more than 24,000beggars.Every morning, a frail figure emerges from one of the soot-laced.....
  • With flying colours
    • Ranjit Bhushan, Srinagar - Outlook - July 19, 1999
        >>>Then Flying Officer Gunjan Saxena conducted her first sortie into theKargil zone last week, she created history in defence. She became thefirst Indian woman to fly into combat zone, thereby opening up a vistawhich till now has traditionally been a male preserve."I could not wait to be called," says Saxena, based in Udhampur, but.....
  • Batting for India
    • Swapan Dasgupta - India Today - July 19, 1999
        >>>For India, it's been an exhilarating six weeks. There was a war inthe barren and inhospitable climes of Kargil. The army fought thatone valiantly and victoriously. The government chipped in with adiplomatic offensive that conclusively nailed the lie thatpost-Pokhran India was more isolated than ever before. But there was.....
  • It's their war too
    • Swapan Dasgupta - India Today - July 19, 1999
        >>>For the 500 or so villagers of Jaati Umra, the ancestral village ofPakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Punjab's Amritsar district,history is moving a bit too fast. In March, they had assembled beforetheir gurdwara to offer prayers for the success of Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee's bus diplomacy with Pakistan. Last month, they.....
  • "There are tough days ahead" (Army Chief General V. P. Malik)
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - India Today - July 19, 1999
        >>>Though busy shuttling between Delhi and Kargil for key operationalmeetings, General VP Malik, chief of army staff, took time off tospeak to Deputy Editor RAJ CHENGAPPA last Tuesday. By then nexus ofthe joint statement by the US and Pakistan on Kargil had come in butthe situation on the battlefront remained the same and in some sectors.....
  • Soul survivor
    • Stephen Devid - India Today - July 19, 1999
        >>>His long, grey hair tied in two neat ponytails, his 5ft 7 inches framedraped in well-fitting military fatigues, Guru Freddy is an unusualman. But the image fits in with someone who runs an unusual place. Tucked away at the foot of the Guddappan hillock in Somana-halli, 60km south of Bangalore, the Nataraja Gurukula toughens minds. The.....
  • Liberal face of fundamentalism
    • KK Kak - The Pioneer - July 14, 1999
        >>>We are a democracy and a democracy is the rule of the people. In ourpolitical system, the people's will is expressed through "one person,one vote" and by definition, the opinion of the majority must prevail.This opinion is not immutable and those averse to the majority opinionare free to legitimately express alternative opinions. But till the.....
  • For the Left parties, the going gets tough
    • Vijay Simha - The Indian Express - July 10, 1999
        >>>Away from the limelight, the two senior Left parties, the CommunistParty of India (Marxist) and the CPI, are in the throes of majorcrises which have thrown the respective outfits into disarray of anature not a nature not seen in recent years.The latest blow was delivered by the CPI's lone member of the.....
  • 'Concrete steps a must for restoration of LoC'
    • AFP - The Asian Age - July 6, 1999
        >>>Following is the full text of the joint statement issued by PakistanPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Bill Clinton inWashington on Sunday:"President Clinton and Prime Minister Sharif share the view that thecurrent fighting in the Kargil region of Kashmir is dangerous and.....
  • Clinton offered no mediation to Sharif: Newsweek
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Times of India - July 13, 1999
        >>>President Bill Clinton, offered "no mediation" with India over Kashmirto Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif during their Washington talks onJuly 4 to defuse the Kargil situation, the Newsweek reported."President Clinton offered no mediation, rebuffing Pakistan's effortsto counter-balance India's military strength by internationalising the.....
  • Barbarians at the gates
    • Rajeev Srinivasan - Rediff - July 12, 1999
        >>>American historian Will Durant says in The Story of Civilization: "...civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex and freedomcan at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from withoutand multiplying from within."And that is precisely where India is today -- threatened by barbarians.....
  • A retreat it is
    • Inder Malhotra - The Observer - July 14, 1999
        >>>On Sunday afternoon, when the Chief Election Commissioner announcedthe precise timetable of the elections, it was clear enough that theend of the Kargil war was nigh. Only a few hours later the wholething was official. The Indian Army and Air Force, which have foughtso valiantly and had already succeeded in evicting the Pakistani.....
  • Foot in mouth disease
    • Varsha Bhosle - Rediff - July 13, 1999
        >>>Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an excellent speaker. I don'tmean just his pulpit oratory, but the way he talks one-to-one. It'sall in his demeanour: amiable and courteous enough to make him seemapproachable; reserved enough to not seem unctuous or timid; and justimpatient enough to make a person realise she asked a stupid question,.....
  • Fooling Ourselves
    • Anees Jilani - Jang, Pakistan - July 13, 1999.
        >>>Will Washington be Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Tashkent? FieldMarshal Muhammad Ayub Khan appeared invincible before the September1965 war but the war and the events following it, particularly theTashkent accord of January 10, 1966, led to a series of events whichculminated in an ignominious downfall of Ayub Khan. Now few people.....
  • The bahu's inheritance
    • Jaya Jaitly - The Indian Express - June 28, 1999
        >>>For a woman who rejected an offer to head the Congress Party in 1991,Sonia Gandhi has come a long way in revealing her true colours. In Indian politics, when a political leader from an illustrious family or a popular figure, bureaucrat or police officer dies, the custom is to cash in on popular sympathy .....
  • Vajpayee on Cloud Nine
    • Virendra Kapoor - Rediff on Net -
        >>>Natwar Singh and other nutty critics of the government can do theirworst. For the vast majority of Indians, we have won the war inKargil. And we have won it on all three planes: military, diplomaticand moral. Thanks to the successful culmination of the mini-war over Kargil, Atal.....
  • Time to Crush the Cobra
    • V.P. Bhatia - Organiser - July 11, 1999
        >>>In a letter to his socialist friend, Sir Stafford Cripps, the BritishCabinet Minister, on December 17, 1948, Pt. Nehru wrote as follows toexpress his feelings of frustration at the anti-India role of theAnglo-American bloc in Security Council in the Kashmir case : "Itseems to be our function to go on agreeing and Pakistan's to go on.....
  • Muslims vs Muslims (letter)
    • Mehmood M. Abdi, Mumbai - The Despatch & Courier - July 12, 1999
        >>>The recent killing of a Muslim cleric in a scuffle after the afternoonprayers in a mosque at Madanpura shows how the streak of intoleranceto dissenting views and lack of accommodation to differing sentimentshave permeated the intrasect structure of Muslim society and no longerconfined to the infamous intersect rivalry of Shias and Sunnis......
  • The right line
    • M. V. Kamath - Mid-Day - July 8, 1999
        >>>Has anybody been listening to the sound of laughter emanating from theSaamna office? The Shiv Sena men are laughing their heads off and, Iam afraid, with good reason. Some months ago these men were roundlycastigated by our liberal media for digging up the cricket pitch atWankhede Stadium to prevent play between India and Pakistan. Strong.....
  • Look beyond Kargil to Taliban and Bin Laden
    • Mahendra Ved - The Times of India - July 9, 1999
        >>>The announcement of sanctions by the United States on the Talibanrulers of Afghanistan points to the seriousness with which the Westernworld is taking the threat of Islamic militancy. Considering that theUS does not recognise the Kabul regime, this is an unusual, if urgent,measure......
  • Battle for the mind - Nobody can be a winner in Kargil
    • K P S Gill - The Times of India - July 9, 1999
        >>>"You cannot even eat the ice now, or drink the water, which is lacedwith cordite. Even the streams down be-low the mountains arecontaminated." (Pakistani soldier speaking of the Kargil heights, inTime magazine).These are the mountains that have yielded to us many noble scriptures.....
  • Muslim women's forum ploughs a lonely furrough
    • P.K. Surendran - The Times of India - July 13, 1999
        >>>Two years after 'Nissah' was born, it lies emaciated. Nissah, aprogressive Muslim women's forum, was the first bid of divorced Muslimwomen to stand up and yell for their rights.A group of "thinking Muslim women" had gathered at Mancheri inMalappuram district on June 16 in 1997 and floated Nissah, which in.....
  • A city of light darkens
    • Jerry Pinto - The Sunday Times of India, Review - July 11, 1999
        >>>He had heard of Benares. Even before the 60s made it an official halton the yellow stone road that led to the strawberry fields ofKathmandu, Benares lived in the popular imagination of the west.But nothing prepared Richard Lannoy for the real thing, for a city soextraordinary, so bizarre, so surreal. I came to it with specific.....
  • Hindi-Chini Bye Bye
    • Francois Gautier - Rediff on Net - July 9, 1999
        >>>Once more, China has duped India, as it has done so many times in thelast fifty years. At the moment, because of its own problems withMuslim fundamentalism in Sinkiang, China wants Pakistan and India toenter into a ceasefire in Kashmir. But there is no reason why Beijingshould not continue to contain India by arming Islamabad: it is huge.....
  • 'We treated prisoners of '71 war very well'
    • Dwarika Prasad Sharma - The Times of India - July 12, 1999
        >>>It is a picture of "extreme" contrast, says a retired police officerhere, how we treated 95,000 Pakistani prisoners of war (POWs) from the1971 war, and how the Pakistanis tortured, mutilated and killed six ofour soldiers captured recently from Kargil.The senior retired officer, who had been on deputation to the CRPF and.....
  • War more imminent, says former ISI chief
    • Islamabad - The Observer - July 12, 1999
        >>>The former chief of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI),General. (Retd) Hameed Gul, claims war between India and Pakistan hasbecome more imminent after the Washington accord and has appealed toPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif to go back on the deal.In a statement, General Gut said the meeting between Mr Sharif and US.....
  • Victory in reverse: the great climbdown
    • Ayaz Amir - Dawn, Karachi - July 9, 1999
        >>>THAT the Kargil adventure was ill-conceived, if not downright foolish,was becoming clear, albeit slowly, even to the congenitally blind andbenighted. That consequently Pakistan, swallowing its pride and not a few of itsbrave and gallant words, would sooner or later have to mount a retreat.....
  • What is the political leadership up to?
    • Ayaz Amir - Dawn -
        >>>OF the situation arising from the flare-up in northern Kashmir nothingis more dismaying, nay mind-boggling, than the smug attitude of thepolitical leadership. While the army is in a state of near-war, forthe political leadership it is business as usual: cricket on Saturdayafternoons, politicking in Sindh, the unveiling of more gimmicks, like.....
  • Under Cover of Night
    • GHULAM HASNAIN, The Line of Control, Pakistan - TIME Magazine, ASIA Edition - July 12, 1999
        >>>The presence of Pakistani soldiers deep in enemy territory disprovesIslamabad's claims of innocenceDragging deeply on a cigarette, Major Nadeem Ahmed contemplates hismap, which shows more than a dozen Indian gun positions on a 17-sq-kmtarget grid. Each position, marked in blue, has a name laced with .....
  • The real cost of Kashmir
    • Irfan Husain - Dawn, Karachi - July 5, 1999.
        >>>UNTIL the Internet entered my life a couple of years ago, I wasspared the news of fresh disasters at home when I was abroad. For afew all-too-brief weeks, I was virtually cut off from the perpetualdoom and gloom in Pakistan as I met friends, saw good films andplays and ate at new restaurants. But the advent of the wired world.....
  • Militants in Kashmir Seeking Islamic State
    • STEPHEN KINZER - New York Times - June 19, 1999
        >>>SRINAGAR, Kashmir -- The fierce combat raging along the mountainousborder between the parts of Kashmir controlled by India and Pakistanis only the most visible face of an effort by Islamic militants toturn Kashmir into a religious state. Militants from various countries appear to have chosen Kashmir as a.....
  • Kargil: Surrender or Die
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - Rediff on Net - July 5, 1999
        >>>The Rediff Special/ Colonel Anil Athale (retd)Kargil was certainly a 'wake up' call for the Indians, certainly forthe monopolistic (empty) think-tanks in Delhi. But it must be stressedthat it is no less a warning signal to the entire internationalcommunity. Pakistani brigandage in Kargil is as perfidious as the.....
  • In Enemy Territory: A Soldier's Story
    • First person - TIME Magazine, ASIA Edition - July 12, 1999
        >>>He spent 77 days on Indian territory, fighting and suffering atelevations of up to 5,400m on one of the highest battlefields in theworld. He is a Pakistani soldier, and this is his own account of thecombat near Kargil. His story contradicts Islamabad's official claimthat it has never sent troops across the Line of Control that divides.....
  • Fighting in the Heavens
    • MICHAEL FATHERS Kargil - Not Known - July 12,1999
        >>>Indian soldiers brave fierce fire as they push to reclaim territoryseized by Pakistani intruders They line up by the score-truck after truck, tanker aftertanker--parked in a convoy of more than 100 vehicles, some 20 km fromKargil on a dusty road beside the Drass River. These brightly.....
  • HOUSTON
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - India Herald - July 9, 1999
        >>>The Indian community's efforts to raise money for families of victimsof the Kargil confrontation got a major, but unexpected boost fromthe nine-day Ram Katha Mahotsav which ended here on July 4. Shree Morari Bapu who had already taken the legions of his followersby storm, declared during the katha that the proceeds of the event.....
  • The Battle of Tiger Hill
    • General Ashok K Mehta - Rediff On Net - July 7, 1999
        >>>Tiger Hill has lived up to its name. The army is in the habit ofgiving places names that either carry a resemblance or convey thedegree of difficulty. Tiger Hill was apt in both respects. Without blunting the brilliance of the three-pronged assault on TigerHill, its quick and relatively easy capitulation came as a surprise,.....
  • 'The army is fighting with one hand tied behind' (Interview
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Economic Times - July 6, 1999
        >>>K Natwar Singh was a member of the Indian Foreign Service before hedecided to join the Congress in the eighties. His proximity to theGandhi family had made his transition to politics smooth and he heldvarious important portfolios in the Congress regime. Currently, heheads the Foreign Affairs Department of the Congress party. He spoke.....
  • America At Full Tilt
    • Pramit Pal ChaudhurI - The Telegraph - July 8, 1999
        >>>Anyone surprised by Washington's decision to tilt sharply againstPakistan during the Kargil crisis needs to wake up and smell thepost-Cold War coffee. United States anger with Pakistan proceedslogically from its assessment of how best the globe should be managed.Looking beyond Kargil, however, one can see embedded in this worldview.....
  • Pakistani Militants Vow to Continue Fight in Kashmir
    • Pamela Constable - Washington Post Foreign Service - July 8, 1999
        >>>ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 7-The leaders of 16 Islamic militant groupsvowed today to fight to the "last drop of our blood" inside India'sportion of the disputed territory of Kashmir, strongly denouncingPakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for agreeing to ask the armedguerrillas to withdraw and dealing a blow to the government's hopes.....
  • Birth rights
    • Pitamber J Singh - The Pioneer - July 8, 1999
        >>>The country is engulfed in a controversy regarding the rights andprivileges of the naturalised citizens vis-a-vis the natural borncitizens: the foremost question being whether a person who is anaturalised citizen, and not a natural born, can occupy the toppositions in the country. Unfortunately, the issue is divided on party.....
  • Unequal rights
    • Abhay Mokashi - Mid-Day - July 7, 1999
        >>>Even as innocent people are being killed by militants in Jammu &Kashmir, there is a strange but predictable silence from various humanrights organisations in the country. Inadvertently or otherwise, mostof these organisations have over the years been either selective intheir criticism of violation of human rights or have given an.....
  • 'Vijay vs 'Final Revenge'
    • Tavleen Singh - Afternoon Despatch & Courier - July 5, 1999
        >>>It's now just over a month since our undeclared war began in Kargiland, for the first time since then, there are now clear signs that,Pakistan faces defeat both militarily and diplomatically. In Delhiyou perceive this from the quiet jubilation that has crept into thevoices of senior ministers and officials. Far obvious reasons nobody.....
  • WHO WILL EDUCATE "THEM"?
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - Not Known - Posted on Thu, 08 Jul 1999 10:09:50 +0530
        >>>.....
  • Vajpayee won both on battlefield and across the table: Thakre
    • Observer Political Bureau - The Observer - July 7, 1999
        >>>With the battle in Kargil region coming to an end now, the rulingBharatiya Janata Party is planning to make it an issue for yet anotherinternal battle-the coming Lok Sabha elections, slated to be held bySeptember end."Not only Kargil - but everything that is being done by the BJP for.....
  • Prevent Pakistan from using militancy as second front
    • A N Dar - The Free Press Journal - July 2, 1999
        >>>How, long it will take one cannot at present say but it should beclear by now that Pakistan's invasion across the Line of Control willultimately end in Indian victory. This will be done by India'smilitary force, the unity of our stand and the overwhelming oppositionof the international community. But, while working for victory, India.....
  • Kargil operation had mandate from Sharif: The Nation
    • PTI - The Telegraph - June 30, 1999
        >>>Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not only aware of the Kargil operationof the Pakistani Army but had himself approved its "basic contours",contrary to the belief held by a section of Indian leadership, aleading English daily reported here today.The Nation in an investigative report said that even in Islamabad.....
  • Sonia flays third party intervention
    • Observer Political Bureau - The Observer - June 26, 1999
        >>>Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday charged the VajpayeeGovernment with allowing "a kind of third party intervention" on thesensitive Kargil issue and said that the Government's reluctance toconvene the Rajya Sabha session on the issue was perplexing."Yes, its a kind of Third Party intervention," Ms Gandhi said while.....
  • The V word
    • Shobha De - The Indian Express - July 4, 1999
        >>>Unlink Sonia Gandhi who repeatedly uses that ugly, outdated,unnecessary word Vidhwa, I refuse to insult all the unfortunate womenof our country who've lost their husbands, by putting them into thatawful slot. It's an insult to their dignity. And it astonishes methat "madam" doesn't think so. Each time she tries to get our tear.....
  • Government blames UF regime for defensive lapse
    • Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi - Rediff on Net - July 6, 1999
        >>>With the Opposition alleging that defensive lapses were the root causeof the Kargil conflict, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government ispreparing the ground for its predecessors to share the blame. Top defence ministry officials told rediff.com on condition ofanonymity that the government had decided to come out with the truth.....
  • Tiger Hill victory 'greatest event since Bangladesh war'
    • UNI - Rediff on Net - July 6, 1999
        >>>Former chief of army staff, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhuryhas said the recapture of the strategic Tiger Hill is the '''greatestevent for the Indian Army since the Bangladesh war''. ''It was a tremendous victory of our armed forces. I am delighted, andproud of our boys who have done the job,'' he said in Calcutta. .....
  • 'Humiliating' deal puzzles Pak media
    • UNI - Rediff on Net - July 6, 1999
        >>>Puzzled Pakistani newspapers today called on the government to explainwhat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief agreed to do in Kashmir in hisweekend talks with US President Bill Clinton. ''The joint statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief and PresidentClinton, as released by the White House, is likely to leave many in.....
  • The reality of the Indian market
    • Rama Bijapurkar - The Economic Times - July 6, 1999
        >>>It is perhaps time to take stock of all that we have learnt in thesepast six or seven years about the nature of the Indian market, nowthat it has emerged from its shackles of socialism, monopolies andhardly visible income growths. Lesson 1: First and foremost, a generic model of market structure has.....
  • Sharief digging his own grave: ex-ISI chief
    • UNI - Rediff on Net - July 6, 1999
        >>>A former Pakistani spymaster today said that Prime Minister NawazSharief risked ''considerable danger'' to his political future byagreeing to a withdrawal of militants from the Kargil sector of Jammuand Kashmir. ''This is not practical, this is unrealistic,'' retired army.....
  • Pakistani extremists fail to drum up support
    • UNI - Rediff on Net - July 6, 1999
        >>>Calls by Muslim militants for a 'black day' of protest againstPakistan's accord with the United States to pull out of the Indianside of the Line of Control in Kashmir drew scant backing today. Small crowds turned out in major Pakistani cities to back calls by themilitants and the main Islamic fundamentalist political party to.....
  • Pawar's 'offer' to Muslims in Maharashtra
    • Special Correspondent - The Hindu - July 1, 1999
        >>>MUMBAI, JUNE 30. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president, Mr.Sharad Pawar, has offered to get Muslim candidates elected to the LokSabha from non-Muslim constituencies in Maharashtra. Speaking to the community leaders here yesterday, Mr. Pawar impliedthat in a city that was communally divided since the 1992-93 riots,.....
  • In media coverage on Kargil, India comes out better
    • Ramesh Chandran - The Sunday Times of India - July 4, 1999
        >>>ALMOST seven weeks into the Kargil crisis, the American media stillcovers the intense fighting in the mountain peaks in fits and starts.The mainstream papers dutifully report the latest fighting whiletelevision networks have scarcely shown much interest. Op-ed columnsof newspapers have had a few thoughtful pieces but it is nothing.....
  • Fruits Of Kargil: New World Order Favours A Strong India
    • Romesh Diwan - The Statesman - July 1, 1999
        >>>THE Kargil skirmish is the result of a long-planned and well-executedinvasion by Pakistan's army across the line of control. The terrain isdifficult at an elevation of 15,000 feet with high ridges. Invadershave an initial advantage; their encampments are located on highridges about 6 km from Pakistani territory. Indian forces are.....
  • Refugees Within, Refugees Without
    • Sanjoy Hazarika - http://www.south-asia.com/himal/April/chakma.htm - Posted on Tue, 06 Jul 1999 12:07:01 +0530
        >>>The Chakma are too few to be so fragmented and scattered, but there islittle incentive for anyone to try and redress their condition.On 15 August 1947, the Indian tricolour went up a flagpost inRangamati, the main town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Chakmaleaders had believed during the tortuous negotiations leading up to.....
  • Cong espousing Pak cause, says BJP
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - July 3, 1999
        >>>The BJP today reacted sharply to the Congress assertion that Pakistanwas not isolated in the international community on the Kargil issue. Encouraged by the support of the US, Russia, the UK and Japan, the BJPcharged the Congress with raising a discordant voice at a time whenthe entire world is one with India in condemning Pakistan......
  • Vajpayee turns down Clinton's invitation
    • Jyoti Malhotra - The Indian Express - July 5, 1999
        >>>NEW DELHI, JULY 4: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has turned downan invitation from United States President Bill Clinton to visitWashington for discussing the Kargil conflict. Clinton called up thePrime Minister yesterday and Vajpayee told him it was not``convenient'' for him to visit at this juncture, official sources.....
  • `The IMF is already worried about Pakistan's use of its funds'
    • Neerja Chowdhury - The Indian Express - July 4, 1999
        >>>Appointed by then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, Naresh Chandra hasbeen our ambassador to the US from April 1996 and has had to handlemany difficult moments in Indo-US relations, especially after PokharanII. But having had the experience of representing four governments inWashington must have helped. Chandra has also headed the Ayodhya Cell.....
  • Arrests reveal Pakistani plan to inject new life into JKLF
    • Dwarika Prasad Sharma - The Sunday Times of India - July 4, 1999
        >>>Pakistan is trying to revitalise the Jammu and Kashmir LiberationFront (JKLF), according to informed sources here.7bis came to light four months ago when a militant called Rahi, a"deputy commander" for the Poonch sector, was gunned down by the armywhen he was attempting to cross over to Pakistan with a group of 13.....
  • Pak-bound N. Korean ship with missile machinery detained
    • Mihir Mistry - The Times of India - July 5, 1999
        >>>A Pakistan-bound ship from North Korea, which was intercepted anddetained by customs authorities at Kandla port, has been found to becarrying spare-parts and machinery for developing short rangeliquid-propelled surface-to-surface missiles.Intelligence sources said 80 packets out of the total cargo of about.....
  • Pakistan's Aakhri Badla a disaster
    • Tavleen Singh - The Tribune - July 3, 1999
        >>>IT'S now just over a month since our undeclared war began in Kargiland, for the first time since then, there are now clear signs thatPakistan faces defeat both militarily and diplomatically. In Delhi youperceive this from the quiet jubilation that has crept into the voicesof senior ministers and officials. For obvious reasons nobody is.....
  • BJP challenges Cong(I) to release 'sensitive documents'
    • Special Correspondent - The Hindu - July 1, 1999
        >>>NEW DELHI, JUNE 30. The BJP today aimed its fire powerat the Congress(I) President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,attacking her for criticising the Vajpayee Governmentand demanding a session of the Rajya Sabha.The party was particularly critical of Mrs. Gandhi's.....
  • Media's whipping boy
    • Jaya Jaitly - The Hindustan Times - June 21, 1999
        >>>A newspaper columnist recently wrote that Defence Minister GeorgeFernandes claimed that he alone was privy to the knowledge that thePakistan army initiated the Kargil infiltration. He berated theMinister for not sharing such information with his Cabinet colleagues.There is not an iota of substance to this. First, a statement is.....
  • Reactive policies
    • A P Venkateswaran - The Times of India - July 5, 1999
        >>>The most prominent characteristic of India foreign policy sinceIndependence in 1947 is that it has always tended to be reactiverather than proactive. Nothing illustrates this aspect more than whatis happening over the last many weeks on the Line of Control (LoC)with Pakistan. The repeated pronouncements made at the highest levels.....
  • Does myopic vision get any worse!
    • C R Irani - The Statesman - June 23, 1999
        >>>AFTER her fleeting visit to the base hospital at Udhampur and thehasty return of her babes in the wood from somewhere near Kargil,Sonia Gandhi has taken no time at all to come to some startlingconclusions. Some of them have been announced and needless to saythey make little sense. Kamal Nath pronounces himself and his party.....
  • The blast was waiting to happen
    • Statesman News Service - The Statesman - June 24, 1999
        >>>SILIGURI, June 23. - Local authorities, wishing to remainunidentified, confided to The Statesman today that they had beenalerted, through "official channels" about an impending terroristattack in North Bengal, similar to the one in New Jalpaiguri stationyesterday. .....
  • Democracy Is High Virtue
    • Editorial - The Statesman - June 24, 1999
        >>>IT is one thing for the Congress spokesman, Ajit Jogi to expressdisappointment that the G-8 statement on Kargil failed to callPakistan by name as the principal culprit, quite another to insistthat it was merely "an iteration of the Sartaj line". The one ispermissible, the other is dishonest and mischievous. The statement.....
  • Why is Pakistan a failed state?
    • P M Kamath - The Observer - July 2, 1999
        >>>A single obsession of acquiring Kashmir has made Pakistan - an Islamicstate - a treacherous, anarchic and failed state at least in itsrelations with India. What justifies this? Its record of treacheryin its relations with India alone is enough to earn Pakistan thedescription......
  • The floundering functionary
    • Satiricus - Organiser - July 4, 1999
        >>>Introduction: Soldiers may live or die, Sonia's electoral safety andsecurity is you-know-whose supreme concernINDIA's secular intellectuals are a lovely lot. Take many-splendouredMani Shankar Aiyar, who is unfailingly described as a "Congressfunctionary" with "views of his own" at the bottom of every article he.....
  • Sonia Congress batting for Pakistan
    • V.P. Bhatia - Organiser - July 4, 1999
        >>>Introduction: Cong-I nitwits echo Sartaj Aziz's version of the G-8communique on Kargil crisis.THERE IS an interesting story about 'Sheikh Chilli', a legendaryvillage idiot in folk tales of North India. It is said, one day hecame running in a fit of great joy to tell his mother a great.....
  • The Battle of Tololing Ridge
    • General Ashok K Mehta - Rediff on Net - June 25, 1999
        >>>The Indian army has seized lodgments on equivalent heights as theintruders in both Drass and Batalik. But the battle for each post willbe fought separately and resolutely. The capture of Tololing heights on June 21 culminating in the battlefor Point 5140 is just the beginning of the long haul. Its.....
  • Vedic venture
    • Geeta Ramanujam - The Week - June 27, 1999
        >>>Everything about them was delightfully childlike. Except that all the26 school kids on a Sun-day bus-ride to the city were chanting vedichymns when other kids their age would have been clapping to the beatsof the latest Bollywood hit. But they're different. As students ofthe Om Shantidhama, a residential school on the Kanakapura Road 120 km.....
  • Mooh mein Ram-Ram, bagal mein chhoori
    • Varsha Bhosle - Rediff on Net - July 1, 1999
        >>>First things first. One Arvind Kumar wrote, "Yes you can [explain whya piece of frozen land is more significant than the life of anindividual]. I thought you were smarter than the leftist journalist ofRediff to whom I had to explain why the peaks are important. Let meexplain it to you. We live as a democratic, peace loving system in a.....
  • Must Sonia revive memories of '62 when we are winning in '99?
    • Kanchan Gupta - Rediff on Net - July 1, 1999
        >>>Congress president Sonia Gandhi has suddenly discovered virtue inrecalling Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's conduct of affairs of the stateduring the Chinese aggression of 1962. She was, of course, nowherenear India during those three months of national humiliation when aconfused political leadership failed abysmally to provide even a.....
  • India gains in stature, Pakistan sinks in the mire
    • Kanchan Gupta - Rediff on Net - June 29, 1999
        >>>It has been a weekend of Le Carre-ian suspense in New Delhi. Did USDeputy Assistant Secretary of State Gibson Lanpher fly in with aWashington-brokered "safe passage deal" to end the battle for Kargil,a deal that would offer a "face-saving" and "honourable exit" to MianNawaz Sharif from what has turned out to be a bloody mess for.....
  • Stupid is as stupid does
    • Varsha Bhosle - Rediff on Net - June 28, 1999
        >>>In this Politically Correct Age, it's an absolute sin to attributetraits to bunches of people. So naturally, I hold that blacks havebeat, Maadoos have money sense, Sikhs are sexy, and so on. Still, it'sall at a scientifically unproven level and I'm not about to startdefending my theories, no matter how fanatically I believe in them......
  • BJP dares Sonia on debate
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - July 2, 1999
        >>>In a sharp reply to the constant sniping by Ms Sonia Gandhi, the BJPtoday challenged the Congress president to a public debate on theKargil issue at "a venue of her choice." The gauntlet was thrown downat Ms Gandhi by the BJP general secretary Narendra Modi. "We inviteher to a public debate on Kargil. She can choose the venue and debate.....
  • BJP dares Sonia for debate on Kargil
    • Observer Political Bureau - The Observer - July 1, 1999
        >>>Refuting the Congress demand for convening a Rajya Sabha session, theBharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday issued a challenge to Congresspresident Sonia Gandhi for a debate on the Kargil issue at a time ofher choosing and in a "forum in which she is a participant."The BJP also said that the "irresponsible" utterances made by the.....
  • The Universal History or numbers (Book review)
    • Georges Ifrah - Rupa Book News - June 1999
        >>>The Universal History Or Numbers - from prehistory to the invention ofthe computer by Georges IfrahThe Harvill Press * Cove Price 19.99 * Special Price 12.95Distributed by Rupa & Co.Indian zero and numbers.....
  • Nuclear bombast
    • Editorial - Indian Express - June 26, 1999.
        >>>Nawaz Sharif has thrown in his lot with the generalsPakistanis should be worried by the new posture Nawaz Sharif has beenadopting. There are unmistakable signs of political desperation in itwhich could lead the country deeper into trouble. As the completediplomatic isolation of Islamabad becomes apparent, Pakistan's prime.....
  • CORRUPTION & COMMUNALISM
    • M.G. Devasahayam - The Tribune - July 1, 1999
        >>>Value-judgement in politicsTHE last thing the people of this country expect the politicians to dois to pronounce value-judgements. Yet this is precisely what thepoliticians seem to be doing, if the recent spate of statements oncorruption vs communalism is any indication......
  • The Pak. Design
    • Brig. Arun Bajpai (Retd.) - The Hindu - June 15, 1999
        >>>In was only in May last that the Pakistani intrusion across the Lineof Control (LoC) on ridges ranging in height from 15000 ft. to 17000ft. in the Batalik-Kargil-Dras sector in Jammu and Kashmir, dominatingthe Srinagar-Leh Highway, the lifeline for troops located on theSiachen glacier and Ladakh, came to light. Pakistan has used heavily.....
  • Genesis of the Emergency of 1975-77
    • Arabinda Ghose - Organiser - June 27, 1999
        >>>On June 26, 1975, no morning newspaper made its appearances. Whilepeople could guess the reasons for this, the then Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi made things clear for them soon. When most people tunedin All India Radio for the eight o'clock Hindi news bulletin, it wasnot the news reader who came on air, but Smt Gandhi herself. She began.....
  • The bahu's inheritance
    • Jaya Jaitly - The Indian Express - June 28, 1999
        >>>For a woman who rejected an offer to head the Congress Party in 1991,Sonia Gandhi has come a long way in revealing her true colours. InIndian politics, when a political leader from an illustrious family ora popular figure, bureaucrat or police officer dies, the custom is tocash in on popular sympathy and immediately give his widow or daughter.....
  • A spring in BJP's step to gain foothold in Karnataka
    • H. S. Balram - The Times of India - June 28, 1999
        >>>The BJP has al-ways considered Karnataka as its launching pad to proveits mark in the South. In no other state below the Vindhyas has theparty a strong presence as in Karnataka. Though the state has beenthe bastion of the Congress for many years, seized intermittently bythe Janata Dal, the BJP has been slowly but steadily strengthening its.....
  • Jaswant dubs Kargil conflict as a threat from fundamentalists
    • Seema Guha - The Times of India - July 2, 1999
        >>>NEW DELHI: External affairs minister Jaswant Singh has brought a newdimension to the Kargil conflict by dubbing it as a threat fromfundamentalist forces and calling it a part of the Afghanistansyndrome. By bringing into focus the threat from Islamists, was Indiain danger of offending the Muslim countries and governments in the.....
  • Kashmir not the core
    • Editorial - The Times of India - Posted on Fri, 02 Jul 1999 11:48:13 +0530
        >>>It is somewhat understandable that many in this country fear USinvolvement in the Kargil conflict might trap India into somemediation or arbitration prejudicial to our interests. The Britishbetrayal in 1948 -when they reneged on the provisions of the IndianIndependence Act of their own Parliament on Kashmir's accession - and.....
  • Trivialising Kargil-- Congress Style
    • Seshadri Chari - Organiser - June 27, 1999
        >>>Congress President Sonia Gandhi has made public her party's threat todemand from the Vajpayee Government "at the right time" an explanationof their handling of Kargil. The announcement thus proves that theparty has reservations in its support to the national Government onthe Kargil issue, all along conveniently forgetting its own lapses.....
  • 'Kargil will not lead to a N-war'
    • Srinivas Laxman - The Times of India - June 28, 1999
        >>>Fifty-one year old Bharat Karnad is a defence and foreign policyanalyst who specialises in geopolitics, military force planning in thesub continent, Indian strategic technology programmes and assessmentof military threats to India. He is on the advisory board of theNational Security Council and research professor in national security.....
  • "Pakistan isolated in world community"
    • M.A. Naqvi - Organiser - June 27, 1999
        >>>True to its character Pakistan has once again betrayed India. Indiawill in time give a befitting reply to Pakistan. It will make Pakistanpay for every single drop of our jawans' blood. For the first time inhistory all the countries of the world are seeing Pakistan in thewrong. Certain friends of Pakistan like the US and some Gulf countries.....
  • Keep Politics Out
    • Tavleen Singh - India Today - July 5, 1999
        >>>Introduction: Taking advantage of Kargil is to mock our heroes'sacrifices.As the battle of Kargil painfully lingers on, the valour of oursoldiers makes a sad contrast with the continuing stupidity of ourpolitical leaders. You would imagine that the daily tragedy of those.....
  • Back to pavilion?
    • Editorial - The Pioneer - June 30, 1999
        >>>Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who predictably rushed toBeijing once the diplomatic heat on his country was turned up in thewake of the Pakistani intrusion into Kargil, cut short his five-dayvisit on Monday to return home. The visit, which included only oneofficial working day and four days when he was to be on his own,.....
  • No case at all
    • Editorial - The Pioneer - June 30, 1999
        >>>While not rejecting it outright, the Government has done well not tobe hustled into conceding the demand, made at Monday's all-partymeeting, for a special session of the Rajya Sabha to discuss theintrusion in Kargil. As pointed out earlier in these columns, there isabsolutely no need for such a session demanded by the Congress and.....
  • Pathetic state (Two letters)
    • Anjani Puri, N. Prasad - Sunday - June 20-26, 1999
        >>>Author: Anjani Puri, New DelhiThe "letter bomb" written by Sharad Pawar, P. A. Sangma and TariqAnwar raises some important questions concerning national interests(The challenge, 23-29 May). The Congress is clinging to Sonia Gandhiand claiming that she is entitled to become PM. Reason: she belongs.....
  • North Bengal a new hub of ISI-backed militants
    • Ashis Chakrabarti - The Indian Express, New Delhi - June 24, 1999
        >>>Its location has made North Bengal, or more specifically the Siliguritown, a vantage ground for several militant groups backed byPakistan's ISI. Yesterday's blast at the New Jalpaiguri railwaystation, about 15 minutes drive from Siliguri, has once againconfirmed suspicions of the area being used for ISI-backed operations......
  • Congress discovers nationalism!
    • Virendra Parekh - The Observer - June 26, 1999
        >>>Introduction: In 1948, 1965 and 1971, Congress prime ministers gaveaway strategic points, territory and PoWs in return for emptypromises. Blind with envy, weighed down with anxiety and restless forbeing sidelined by events, Congress is levelling al sorts of charges,accusations and allegations, just to remain in the reckoning. It is.....
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