Geopolitics

Tibetan cause after the Dalai Lama

Tibetan cause after the Dalai Lama

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

While wishing and hoping for a long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one has to mentally prepare onself to the eventuality of his being no more with us one day and think of how to keep the...

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Takshashila announces the ‘B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical...

Takshashila announces the ‘B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical...

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2011

The Takshashila Institution, an independent, non-partisan, networked think tank, Sunday March 6th 2011, launched the B Raman Fellowship for Geopolitical Analysis—to encourage, recognise and...

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Raymond Davis: Time for US to talk tough to Pakistan

Raymond Davis: Time for US to talk tough to Pakistan

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

There is no solution yet in sight to the Raymond Davis tug of war between the US and Pakistan. Davis, as one would recall, is the US citizen posted in the US Consulate-General in Lahore as a...

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Pak Taliban’s fresh reprisal spree could make Davis case more difficult

Pak Taliban’s fresh reprisal spree could make Davis case more difficult

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

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is on a fresh reprisal spree against the Pakistani security agencies and elements in the Pashtun population, which have been co-operating with the Government....

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India, China and the Indian Ocean

India, China and the Indian Ocean

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Mar , 2011

The following are my answers to some questions on the above-mentioned subject received by me by E-Mail from an Italian journalist: Gwadar in Pakistan, Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Akyab Cheduba and...

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Tibet: The Panikkar Factor

Tibet: The Panikkar Factor

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 04 Mar , 2011

  One of the most important factors in the relation between Tibet and the Government of India was the appointment of K.M. Panikkar as the Ambassador to ‘two Chinas’. It is unusual that the...

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Dark Clouds over Pakistan

Dark Clouds over Pakistan

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2011

  It all began in June 2009. Asia Bibi, a farm hand from the village of Ittan Wali in Sheikhupura District of the Punjab province in Pakistan, was asked to fetch water. Bibi, whose is the only...

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Winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan

Winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2011

At a time when winds of change have been sweeping across many Islamic countries with calls for greater freedom and democracy, winds of hatred continue to sweep across Pakistan. Pakistan, which...

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To overlook reality would be stupid

To overlook reality would be stupid

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Mar , 2011

  While China is free to believe that it has done nothing to raise hackles around the world, more so in its neighbourhood, that is far from the truth. It makes little sense for Beijing to feign...

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Repeated Calls for Jasmine Strolls in China

Repeated Calls for Jasmine Strolls in China

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

Repeated calls for “Jasmine Strolls” in Chinese cities, including Beijing, emanating from overseas Chinese web sites have added to the nervousness of the Chinese authorities. A Jasmine Stroll is...

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India and the Indian Ocean

India and the Indian Ocean

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2011

  The main security threats to Indian interests in the Indian Ocean area arise from three factors—firstly, the gradual erosion of the Indian political influence in the area; secondly, the increase...

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J&K: The complete surrender?

J&K: The complete surrender?

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Feb , 2011

The recent spate of scams has so exhausted the fund of public outrage, that the die-hard votaries of peace with Pakistan (at any cost) have found the time opportune to shamelessly resile from...

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Will China cross the Rubicon of its history?

Will China cross the Rubicon of its history?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Feb , 2011

  The seriousness with which China has been viewing the dangers of a new revolution in China inspired by the people’s uprising in Egypt would be evident from the number of high-level...

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Chinese and Korean companies attacked by Libyan protesters

Chinese and Korean companies attacked by Libyan protesters

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

Resentment over the comfortable life-style of foreigners working in Libyan projects as compared to the poverty of Libyan workers seems to be playing a role in the current turmoil in Libya. This...

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 Uncle Red adds to China’s nervousness

Uncle Red adds to China’s nervousness

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

“Go, go, go! Forge on ahead. “The awakened lion is roaring. “It will smash corruption, and bury the dictatorship. “Mighty Egypt has no room for clowns. “With no equality or human rights,...

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India-China Relations: Some Reflections

India-China Relations: Some Reflections

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 21 Feb , 2011

  India’s China policy has been marked by friendship, sentimentalism, fear, diffidence, brinksmanship, wishful thinking and engagement. This mixture of attitudes reflects the complexity of the...

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Net-Spawn Campaign Unnerves Beijing

Net-Spawn Campaign Unnerves Beijing

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Feb , 2011

Anti-Chinese Communist Party dissidents based abroad have unleashed a web campaign against the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In hundreds of messages directed to the Chinese...

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Civil War in Libya: Gaddafi uses Pak & BD Mercenaries?

Civil War in Libya: Gaddafi uses Pak & BD Mercenaries?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Feb , 2011

Basic Data (From Bbc) Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has led since 1969 Population 6.5m; land area 1.77m sq km Population with median age of 24.2, and a literacy rate of 88% Gross national income per...

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Bahrain: A Nervous Watch

Bahrain: A Nervous Watch

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2011

  BASIC DATA (From BBC) King Hamad, 61, a Sunni, has been in power since 1999 Population 800,000 (70 per cent Shias); land area 717 sq km, or 100 times smaller than the Irish Republic Ranks 48...

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Sino-Indian border imbroglio

Sino-Indian border imbroglio

By: Lt Gen MC Bhandari | Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 19 Feb , 2011

  China launched full scale invasion on India in 1962. In fact, Chinese invasion had commenced way back in 1906 when it maneuvered and succeeded in concluding the 1906 Convention in Calcutta. In...

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