Archive for October, 2010

THE 11/26 ATTACK ON MUMBAI (through Washington’s eyes)

October 24, 2010
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In the first week of November, President Barack Obama is to visit India. A few weeks before his arrival, a friend in New York has sent me a book titled Obama’s Wars, written by Bob Woodward, Associate Editor at The Washington Post. I recall reading his earlier books, All the President’s Men and The Final Days about the Watergate episode, and Bush at War about the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. It was Woodward’s reporting on Watergate and 9/11 terrorism that earned him the Pulitzer Prize twice.   The wars Woodward has written about in this latest book are three – in Iraq, in Afghanistan and against terror.   The latter two of these three wars have a direct linkage with India’s interests and so the observations in this book by a perceptive author who has had extensive inter-action with President Obama himself and access to numerous classified documents … Continue reading THE 11/26 ATTACK ON MUMBAI (through Washington’s eyes)

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मुंबई पर 11/26 का हमला (वाशिंगटन की नजरों से)

October 24, 2010
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नवम्बर के पहले सप्ताह में राष्ट्रपति बराक ओबामा भारत यात्रा पर आने वाले हैं। उनके आगमन से कुछ सप्ताह पूर्व, न्यूयार्क के एक मेरे मित्र ने द वाशिंगटन पोस्ट के एसोसिएट सम्पादक बॉब वुडवर्ड द्वारा लिखित पुस्तक ‘ओबामास् वार्स‘ (Obama’s Wars) मुझे भेजी है। मुझे स्मरण आता है कि मैंने उनकी पूर्ववर्ती पुस्तकें आल द प्रेसीडेंट्स मैन (All the President’s Men) और वाटरगेट काण्ड सम्बन्धी द फाइनल डेज़ (The Final Days) और अमेरिका पर 9/11 के आतंकवादी हमले से सम्बन्धित बुश एट वार (Bush at War) भी पढ़ी हैं। वाटरगेट और 9/11 के आतंकवादी हमले पर वुडवर्ड की रिपोर्टिंग ने उन्हें दो बार पुल्त्जिर पुरस्कार दिलाया है।   वुडवर्ड ने अपनी नवीनतम पुस्तक में इन तीन युध्दों के बारे में लिखा है : इराक में, अफगानिस्तान में और आतंक के विरुध्द।   इन तीनों में से अंतिम दो का भारत के हितों के साथ सीधा सम्बंध है और इसलिए एक … Continue reading मुंबई पर 11/26 का हमला (वाशिंगटन की नजरों से)

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AN UNPARDONABLE GAFFE

October 17, 2010
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Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of J&K State has indeed made history. No other Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has ever taken exception to anyone saying that J&K State is an integral part of India. Omar has not only chided the BJP for doing so but has gone further to make an assertion over which both the separatists in the State as well as the Pakistani media have gone into raptures.    In a recent statement in the State Assembly, Omar has said: Jammu and Kashmir State has acceded to India; it has not merged with India.   Fact is that all the over 500 princely states, including Hyderabad and Junagarh which Omar specifically mentioned as being different from Jammu & Kashmir, have become integral parts of India after independence and had signed the same Instrument of Accession that Jammu and Kashmir signed. And over the last six decades, it … Continue reading AN UNPARDONABLE GAFFE

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