Salman Haidar

  • TIn the last few weeks, we have been inundated with damaging reports about the plight of Indian students in Australia. Wanton attacks on young Indians in different Australian cities seem to take place frequently and a picture has been built up of a young community under stress. As it is, Indians are ...

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  • TFor its impact on the Indian observer, the deliberations of the massive NAM conference at Sharm El-Sheikh were eclipsed by the meeting in the margins between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. This is a reflection both on how far NAM has faded in the public mind and on the unfailing hyper ...

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  • TIn the last few weeks, we have been inundated with damaging reports about the plight of Indian students in Australia. Wanton attacks on young Indians in different Australian cities seem to take place frequently and a picture has been built up of a young community under stress. As it is, Indians are ...

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  • TThe North Korean nuclear test of a few days ago has created international consternation and revived anxiety about that country. This was the second nuclear test of the last three years, considerably bigger and technically more sophisticated than the first, and only last month there was the launch ...

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  • TAt the initiative of Iran's President Ahmadinejad, a summit meeting between him and the Presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan has just been held in Tehran. Its purpose was to strengthen cooperation for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, where the ravages of a prolonged war are yet to draw ...

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  • TThe stunning election victory of the UPA now gives Dr Manmohan Singh's government a second chance to establish priorities, in foreign policy no less than in other spheres. It is notable that foreign policy did not become an election issue. Despite attempts to elevate the India-US nuclear deal to ...

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  • TThe long and acrimonious history of racism has had an important impact on present day international relations. The historical reality, what actually happened, how colonialism bred racism, the stigmatisation of colonised peoples the 'lesser breeds without the law', the vast racist baggage that can ...

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  • TAt a showy summit earlier this month, where the kings and captains of the West gathered en masse, NATO celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. The organisation was established at the height of the Cold War, indeed it was a prime emblem of the East-West confrontation. That war is long over. The Soviet ...

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  • TDuring his election campaign, Mr. Obama promised a fairly rapid exit for US forces from Iraq. The war there was unpopular and seemed to be headed in no particular direction. It had already taken a heavy toll of American lives, and resistance to continued involvement was building up in the USA. Now ...

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  • TIn a fairly rapid transformation, South Asia, which seemed relatively stable, has once more become a place of political turmoil. Several of the countries of this region find themselves enmeshed in unexpected internal problems and seem headed for more. It was not so long ago that South Asians could ...

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  • TNumerous signals have come out of Washington to indicate the emerging foreign policy priorities of the new administration. Quite deliberately, Mr Barack Obama has moved away from his predecessor's agenda and has begun to show how he intends to conduct business with foreign countries. He obviously ...

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  • TThe fierce attack on Gaza by Israel that has wreaked enormous damage has now been going on for well over two weeks. Shattering air strikes signaled the start of the operation; though aimed at individuals and facilities associated with the radical Hamas group that rules in Gaza, these attacks have ...

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  • TFor the last couple of years, Bangladesh has been a political black hole in South Asia. The usual raucous politics of Dhaka has remained in forced suspension while a sustained effort to reform and cleanup was being put into effect. The politicians were pushed aside in favour of a shadowy military ...

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  • TAs the crisis draws on, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has tried to put at rest the rumours of war. He has pointed out that India is calling for the perpetrators of terror to be put away by Pakistan and their bases destroyed. War is not the instrument to achieve this goal. But at the same time, ...

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