Articles By B Raman

Police killed Ishrat Jahan in Cold Blood

Police killed Ishrat Jahan in Cold Blood

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Nov , 2011

A three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Rajiv Ranjan Verma, a senior officer of the Bihar IPS cadre, has concluded that Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old girl from Maharashtra, and...

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Three Years After 26/11 New Delhi unable to control terror

Three Years After 26/11 New Delhi unable to control terror

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

The 26/11 terrorist strikes led to five important decisions by the Government of India— to decentralise the deployment of the National Security Guards (NSG) by setting up regional hubs,...

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Investigations in Malegaon blasts go for a six!

Investigations in Malegaon blasts go for a six!

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2011

The politicisation and communalisation of the investigation process since 2006 in terrorism-related cases has led to a paralysis of the investigation machinery in the States and the Government of...

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Tibetan unrest spreads

Tibetan unrest spreads

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Nov , 2011

The unrest of Tibetan monks, which has so far led to 10 attempts to commit self-immolation — seven of them successful resulting in deaths — in Western Sichuan, is now showing signs of spreading...

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U.S. Needs a Bold Strategy on Pakistan

U.S. Needs a Bold Strategy on Pakistan

By: B Raman | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

The indicators from reliable sources in Pakistan are that the just-concluded visit ( October 21,2011) of Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to Pakistan at the head of a high-power...

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Libya: An Old Evil Is Dead, A New Evil Is Born

Libya: An Old Evil Is Dead, A New Evil Is Born

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2011

No right-thinking person would shed tears over the death of Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator, but any well-informed analyst with his feet firmly on the ground would be nervous over the likely sequel...

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What does recovery of explosives in Ambala portend?

What does recovery of explosives in Ambala portend?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Oct , 2011

Acting on an alert from the Delhi Police, the Haryana Police are reported to have seized a car containing concealed explosives ( about 5 KGs), five detonators and two timers which had been...

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India expands its strategic presence

India expands its strategic presence

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Oct , 2011

Slowly, but steadily and unrelentingly, India has been expanding its strategic presence. One dimension of this became evident during the recent visit of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to...

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CIA successes mounting against Al Qaeda

CIA successes mounting against Al Qaeda

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2011

The USA’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has kept up its run of successes against Al Qaeda with the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen of Yemeni origin, and Samir Khan, a US citizen of...

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US-Pakistan Tensions: China's Cautious Stance

US-Pakistan Tensions: China's Cautious Stance

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2011

The Chinese media have started informing the Chinese people of the tensions in Pakistan’s ties with the US without any editorial comment so far.There have been no comments from the spokesperson...

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Beijing Irked by Myanmar Decision to Suspend Dam Construction in Kachin State

Beijing Irked by Myanmar Decision to Suspend Dam Construction in Kachin State

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Sep , 2011

The Government of Myanmar announced on September 30,2011, the suspension of its plans to build, with Chinese assistance, a massive dam on the Irrawaddy River in the Northern Kachin State. The...

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US-Pakistan: Search for Mutually Face-Saving Option Continues

US-Pakistan: Search for Mutually Face-Saving Option Continues

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Sep , 2011

The search for a mutually face-saving option in the dramatic turn of events in the relations between the US and Pakistan has continued over the week-end. The dramatic turn came following the...

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How Pakistan's Proxy War Began - II

How Pakistan's Proxy War Began - II

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpts: A Terrorist State as a Frontline Ally | Date: 23 Sep , 2011

The HUM: The Harkat-ul-Ansar (HUA) of Pakistan was started in central Punjab in Pakistan in the early 1980s by certain religious elements under the name the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM) with...

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How Pakistan's Proxy War Began - III

How Pakistan's Proxy War Began - III

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpts: A Terrorist State as a Frontline Ally | Date: 22 Sep , 2011

The Markaz and its Lashkar: The Markaz Oawa al Irshad (MOI) was founded in 1987, at the inspiration of Osama bin Laden, by Zafar Iqbal and Hafiz Mohammed Saeed of the University of Engineering...

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China: Checkmating India in Afghanistan

China: Checkmating India in Afghanistan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2011

China has shown interest in the construction of two railway lines—-one in Pakistan via the Gilgit-Baltistan region and the other in Afghanistan. While the railway line through Gilgit-Baltistan,...

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South China Sea: India should avoid rushing in where even US exercises caution

South China Sea: India should avoid rushing in where even US exercises caution

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Sep , 2011

China has reacted — moderately through a spokesperson of its Foreign Office and somewhat virulently through the Party-controlled “Global Times” —  to reports that India has been...

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Mumbai 26/11 repeated by Taliban in Kabul

Mumbai 26/11 repeated by Taliban in Kabul

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2011

According to an analysis by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Afghan Taliban and its affiliates such as the Haqqani network and Gulbuddin Heckmatyar’s Hizbe-Islami (HI) attempted...

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Hazaras Massacred in Balochistan by Al Qaeda

Hazaras Massacred in Balochistan by Al Qaeda

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2011

 Twenty-six Shia pilgrims belonging to the Hazara community were dragged out of a bus in which they were travelling at Mastung in Balochistan on September 20,2011, lined up and shot dead by...

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Terror without Trail

Terror without Trail

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Sep , 2011

The terrorism situation on the ground is more and more worrying. It is not just because the terrorists have become smarter than they were before. They have, of course, but that should not be the...

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Rabbani's Assassination: A wake-up call for India

Rabbani's Assassination: A wake-up call for India

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Sep , 2011

The assassination on September 20,2011, of Burhanuddin Rabbani, a Tajik leader of Afghanistan, is of strategic significance to India. Rabbaniwas the President of Afghanistan in the 1990s when...

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