Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s lament that he has no partner in Pakistan with whom he can set up a negotiating table could have major implications for the credibility of the PPP-led regime. The remarks are an expression of no confidence in President Asif Ali Zardari’s ability to take other power centers along in any peace process with New Delhi. Read more

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There seems to be no end to terror strikes within Pakistan. The Taliban’s retributive violence hasn’t spared any institution, city or region, the North West Frontier Province taking the brunt of it all with bombs and bombers blowing up in army cantonments, hotels, crowded bazaars, police stations and outposts. Read more

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Here’s a question for those who oppose dialogue with Pakistan and are votaries of military solutions to our problems with that country: Sir, if you know not with whom to talk in Pakistan, then how’d you know with whom to fight in a country ravaged by terrorist violence? Read more

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I’m no admirer of B S Yeddyurappa. But I respect the fact that he’s an elected Chief Minister who cannot be trifled around by moneybags and mining mafias.

There indeed is a factional dimension to the crisis arising out of the Bellary mining syndicate’s rebellion against the Karnataka CM. Read more

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