Archive for July, 2012

TRUST BETWEEN U.S. AND PAKISTAN LIES IN A SHAMBLES

July 22, 2012
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Last week, M.J. Akbar presented to me the American Edition of his book Tinderbox which was released in the U.S.A. earlier this month.   After the release of this book in January, 2011 in New Delhi, I had described the book as a brilliant book. That book, sub-titled “the past and future of Pakistan” had fourteen chapters. The American edition has added one more, titled ‘Dark side of the moon.’ As expected, this chapter focuses on U.S. –Pakistan relations, right from the time of Pakistan’s formation till today.   In so far as U.S. – Pak relations are concerned, the most outstanding event of recent years has been the tracking down by U.S. Navy seals at Abbottabad of Osama bin Laden, the principal perpetrator of the 9/11 outrage, who had succeeded in eluding Washington’s all pervasive intelligence for a full one decade.   The additional chapter naturally begins with a … Continue reading TRUST BETWEEN U.S. AND PAKISTAN LIES IN A SHAMBLES

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HOW BRITAIN PROMOTED OPIUM IN INDIA

July 18, 2012
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Gen. Krish Seth, a close friend, and former Governor of Chhattisgarh has written to me a brief note commenting on my blog of last Sunday, July 15, based on Will Durant’s book A Case for India.   Seth writes:             The blog is an eye-opener. I am confident our present generation is totally unaware of these facts. At best they know that once upon a time India was SONEY KI CHIDIYA and nothing else. Even our text books in schools have never brought out these facts. Great effort to put it so simply. -Gen. Seth   My blog gives only a glimpse of the painstaking work done by the great historian. The book is replete with facts which convincingly prove Durant’s verdict that the treatment meted out to India by the British imperialists is the “greatest crime in all history.” While I strongly commend the entire book to those who … Continue reading HOW BRITAIN PROMOTED OPIUM IN INDIA

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कैसे ब्रिटेन ने भारत में अफीम को प्रोत्साहन दिया

July 18, 2012
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मेरे एक घनिष्ठ मित्र और छत्तीसगढ़ के पूर्व राज्यपाल जनरल कृष सेठ ने गत् रविवार 15 जुलाई के मेरे ब्लॉग जो विल डुरंट की पुस्तक ‘ए केस फॉर इण्डिया‘ पर आधारित है पर एक संक्षिप्त टिप्पणी की है:   सेठ लिखते हैं:   ब्लॉग आंखें खोल देने वाला है। मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि हमारी वर्तमान पीढ़ी इन तथ्यों से पूर्णतया अनभिज्ञ है। ज्यादा से ज्यादा वे जानते हैं कि कभी भारत सोने की चिड़िया हुआ करता था। यहां तक कि स्कूलों में हमारी पाठय पुस्तकों में कभी भी इन तथ्यों को सामने नहीं लाया गया।         इतने साधारण ढंग से रखने के लिए महान प्रयास।                                                       – जनरल सेठ   मेरे ब्लॉग में एक महान इतिहासकार द्वारा किए गए दु:साध्य कार्य की झलक है। पुस्तक तथ्यों से परिपूर्ण है जो डुरंट के इस निर्णय की प्रभावकारी तरीके से पुष्टि करते हैं कि ब्रिटिश साम्राज्यवादियों द्वारा भारत के साथ … Continue reading कैसे ब्रिटेन ने भारत में अफीम को प्रोत्साहन दिया

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