President Barak Obama’s intervention in the ongoing debate on the pace of reforms in India is unlikely to help the US big business achieve its objectives. It will at once create problems for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in forging a political consensus around such initiatives as opening the pension sector and permitting FDI in multi-brand retail. Read more

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Comparisons are odious. But this one seems irresistible without meaning to equate parliamentary democracy in India and Pakistan. Read more

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Have the US-Pak tensions reached a breaking point over the latter’s refusal to go after the Haqqani group based in North Waziristan and posing a serious challenge to peace in Afghanistan? The American’s feel the group was a “veritable arm” of the ISI that’s long been notorious for nurturing such elements as Pakistan’s security assets. Read more

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A careful reading of President Barak Obama’s speech announcing the death of Osama bin Laden raised more questions than it answered. He said little about the Pakistani involvement in the US-led operation except the passing mention that “our counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding”. Read more

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In order not to be misunderstood, I’ve done a brief preamble to this week’s blog on WikiLeaks’ that have put the government in the eye of another dust storm. Read more

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The case of US undercover agent Raymond Davis has come to have a major bearing on Islamabad’s relations with Washington. There’s danger clear and present of its fallout on President Barack Obama’s stock in the US and Asif Zardari’s in Pakistan. Read more

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Are Americans losing patience with Pakistan? Looks like. But how far can they go to discipline a slippery ally in fighting terrorism that announced its arrival in Times Square the other day? Read more

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Asif Ali Zardari has given up the draconian powers bequeathed to the Presidential office by military dictators like Gen. Zia-Ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf. 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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