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When justified outrage degenerates into anarchy
B Raman | 24 Dec , 2012 1 comment
When justified outrage degenerates into anarchy

In all democracies, the public has a right to demonstrate in public in a peaceful manner, but it does not have the right to demonstrate where it will, when it will and how it will. The police can impose reasonable restrictions on the right to demonstrate for maintaining law and order. The Police imposed Section 144 only after trouble had...

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Rehman Malik’s visit: Going by the script
Kanwal Sibal | 18 Dec , 2012 1 comment
Rehman Malik’s visit: Going by the script

All those who have criticized the Indian government’s decision to invite Pakistan’s interior minister Rahman Malik to the country to operationalize the revised liberalised visa regime have missed several pertinent points. If Indian ministers of external affairs, home and commerce can visit Pakistan as part of the mutual efforts to address...

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Rehman Malik's disgraceful lie on Capt Saurabh Kalia's torture by Pak Army
Rehman Malik's disgraceful lie on Capt Saurabh Kalia's torture by Pak Army

What a terrible pity that Abdul Rehman Malik still believes weather fires bullets. He probably received one as a young kid relieving himself behind the bush and the neighbor absolved himself of possible charge by psyching Abdul it was the Pakistani weather being naughty. After all in a country radicalized to the extreme, does the weather not...

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Maldives: Loss of traditional goodwill for India
B Raman | 09 Dec , 2012 0 comments

The unfortunate cancellation by the Government of Mohammad Waheed of the Maldives of the contract given to a consortium led by the GMR, an Indian company, for the running of the Ibrahim Nassir International Airport highlights our loss of tradional goodwill with a section of the Maldivian political class due to perceptions that India was trying...

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Response: Why should old soldiers fade away?
Response: Why should old soldiers fade away?

I have a lot of respect for Lt Gen S K Sinha; but I do not agree with his criticism of Gen V K Singh and accusing him of bringing disgrace to the Armed Forces ethos. Let us not deceive ourselves in thinking that in the past all the officers obeyed unquestioningly what was ordered from the higher authorities. Gen Rudra, the first Indian to be...

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