General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani will be Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff till 2013. But the three-year extension he has been given in the name of “continuity” in the war against terrorism on the borders with Afghanistan shows the PPP-led government as weak and subservient when it comes to dealing with the Khakis. Read more

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About time India and Pakistan resorted to quiet diplomacy away from the media glare. Or else they’d keep repeating Islamabad where Shah Mehmood Qureshi beat all records of bad diplomacy. Read more

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SM Krishna’s biggest challenge since he assumed the reins of the Indian Foreign Office has arrived. The US-educated politico has faced many a battle at home. But the turf this time is unfamiliar and unfriendly. Read more

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Dear blog-mates,

I decided to cede my space on Separated at Birth this week to a brave Israeli mother whose speech at the European Parliament is an eye-opener. The moral inherent to her pleadings is hard to miss. It’s about time that communities, castes, religions and countries pitted against each other began speaking for the other side. Read more

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