Articles By B Raman

Terrorist Attack on Israeli Diplomat

Terrorist Attack on Israeli Diplomat

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Feb , 2012

The wife of the Israeli Defence Attache in New Delhi, her Indian driver and two bystanders on the road were injured on February 13, 2012, when what was believed to be an explosive-cum-incendiary...

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 The Pakistani Conundrum

The Pakistani Conundrum

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Feb , 2012

After having fairly successfully defied the Army over the so-called Memogate affair, the elected Pakistani Executive headed by President Asif Ali Zardari has now chosen to defy the judiciary on...

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Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

Fears of Pakistanisation of Maldives

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2012

There has been disquiet among the large number of supporters of former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed over indications that appeared on February 11, 2012, that India, the US and the...

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Mutiny in Maldives Leads to Replacement of President Nasheed by his...

Mutiny in Maldives Leads to Replacement of President Nasheed by his...

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Feb , 2012

The Maldives saw dramatic developments on February 7,2012, when President Mohammed Nasheed was forced to step down from office following a mutiny by about 100 officers of the Police and the...

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Opening-Up of Myanmar

Opening-Up of Myanmar

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Feb , 2012

The three-day (Nov.30—Dec 2, 2011) visit of Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, to Myanmar— the first by a US Secretary of State since the visit of Johan Foster Dulles in 1955—...

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Russian-Chinese nervousness influences their vote on Syria

Russian-Chinese nervousness influences their vote on Syria

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Feb , 2012

The veto by Russia and China on February 4,2012, of a resolution in the UN Security Council that called upon Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down in the face of the persisting movement...

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India: Back to France

India: Back to France

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The Government of India must press ahead with its last-lap negotiations with Dassault Aviation of France for the finalisation of the definitive contract for the acquisition of 126 Rafale...

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Curfew in Western Sichuan

Curfew in Western Sichuan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jan , 2012

11 Tibetans Die in Police Firing A curfew has been imposed and a shoot-at-sight order has been given to the police following two days of violent protests by Tibetans in certain parts of Western...

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L'Affaire Salman Rushdie

L'Affaire Salman Rushdie

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jan , 2012

The situation became sensitive and complex. One would have expected the Government of India to stop this intimidatory campaign initiated by the Deobandis in the bud and make it clear to them that...

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Future of Kashmiri Pandits?

Future of Kashmiri Pandits?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2012

It is 23 years today since Jammu & Kashmir saw the beginning of the ethnic-cleansing of the Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), from their homeland at the...

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Time for Solidarity with Balochs

Time for Solidarity with Balochs

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jan , 2012

The Killing Fields of Balochistan have started shocking the conscience of the international community. Not only non-governmental human rights organisations, but even Governmental spokesmen of...

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Unfolding US foreign policy attempts to contain China

Unfolding US foreign policy attempts to contain China

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jan , 2012

As President Obama nears the end of his first term and gets ready to seek a second term, he has sought to give a new focus to the US foreign policy towards Asia. This new focus is marked by two...

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China bolsters Pak Army's image

China bolsters Pak Army's image

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2012

As the Pakistan Army confronts the US on the one hand and the civilian leadership headed by President Asif Ali Zardari on the other in a triangular re-assertion of its primacy in strategic...

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The War of Nerves in Pakistan: Q & A

The War of Nerves in Pakistan: Q & A

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jan , 2012

Q: What is the likelihood of Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), staging a coup, seizing political power and imposing the rule of the Army till fresh elections...

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Pak Army : Back from the Barracks

Pak Army : Back from the Barracks

By: B Raman | Date: 24 Dec , 2011

Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), who had taken the Army back into the barracks after succeeding Gen.Pervez Musharraf as the COAS and announced that the Army...

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Kim Jong-Un: Little Known Ruler of an Unpredictable State

Kim Jong-Un: Little Known Ruler of an Unpredictable State

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Dec , 2011

One need not be surprised by the regional and global nervousness over the death of Kim Jong-Il, the ruler of North Korea, following a heart attack reportedly suffered by him on board a train on...

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China's state sponsored tweeters and their paid tweets

China's state sponsored tweeters and their paid tweets

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Dec , 2011

On December 9,2011, Radio Free Asia, funded by the US State Department, disseminated a report attributed to the Agence France Presse (AFP) regarding how China has been trying to counter...

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Speculation Regarding Zardari

Speculation Regarding Zardari

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Dec , 2011

The “Dawn News” of Karachi has reported as follows: “President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday (December 6,2011) arrived in Dubai for a medical check-up. According to presidential spokesperson...

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Possible Misuse of New TECHINT Capabilities

Possible Misuse of New TECHINT Capabilities

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Dec , 2011

Since the Indo-Pakistan conflict in the Kargil heights in 1999, there has been a major increase in the Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) capabilities of the Indian security community, which...

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Avoidable Unpleasantness in India-China Relations

Avoidable Unpleasantness in India-China Relations

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2011

Avoidable unpleasantness has recently crept into India-China relations over issues which should not have been over-dramatised by China thereby injecting a certain distrust into the relations...

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