Arms and Afghanistan

India has failed to deliver long-promised military aid to Afghanistan and the new Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani has told New Delhi that he would reexamine his predecessor Hamid Karzai’s request for its assistance. Ghani’s decision has been conveyed to the Ministry of External Affairs in the new Indian government. Obviously, Ghani believes that the outreach to India would poison his country’s relationship with Pakistan [Full Article...]

West Bengal’s terror cells

The last time the National Security Advisor (NSA), Shiv Shankar Menon, visited Bengal to meet with Mamata Banerjee, it was to convey to her Prime Minister, Dr Man Mohan Singh’s missive about the need to collaborate with Bangladesh, on the issue of sharing the waters of the Teesta River. Mamata spurned that request and called off her visit to the neighbouring country at the [Full Article...]

Whither AAP

AFTER its rout in the parliamentary elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by maverick Arvind Kejriwal, the party is nursing its wounds and getting ready to spring again. Kejriwal wants to be again at the helm of affairs in Delhi with the slogan ‘Kejriwal Firse’ ( Kejriwal Again). Delhi is slated for a fresh election sooner or later. The AAP campaign will highlight [Full Article...]

Pullout begins

THE last US Marines unit and British combat troops officially ended their operation in Afghanistan as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military. American and British flags were lowered and then folded up at the regional headquarters of the international military. Thus ended America’s longest war 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban’s [Full Article...]

Time to apply the brakes

The anxiety of the newly installed CEM of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum for having anti-defection law extended to the Council is not difficult to understand. In the absence of such a law, the spectre of instability that threatens to rock the ruling non-Congress conglomeration is not a figment of the imagination. The heart burn in HSPDP over the dramatic and [Full Article...]

Mamata’s new stance

THE Trinamul government in West Bengal led by Mamata Banerjee has not only had a minor cabinet reshuffle but also a momentous change in leadership. Her trusted lieutenant, Mukul Ray, has been removed from the office of party secretary presumably on grounds of alleged association with the Sharadha scam. In his place comes her nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, which smacks of a dynastic trend. And [Full Article...]

Economy looks up

THERE is a reformist turn in the Indian economy. Fuel prices have been decontrolled. Disinvestment is in sight and there is promise of more floating stock on the bourses. A new coal allocation policy has been adopted and rules for land purchase are being simplified. The Centre and the states are moving towards an accord on the unified goods and services tax (GST). A [Full Article...]

Clear the murky air

THE Opposition NPP’s recent plea for making public the tripartite peace agreement with ANVC is spot on, even though its other suggestion for NIA probe into alleged politico-militant nexus in Garo Hills might be seen as a face-saving response to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s  libel suit against NPP supremo Purno A.Sangma in Delhi High Court. NPP is absolutely right in asking  for the full [Full Article...]