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Obama’s dilemma

President Barack Obama said that the United States will not send its troops to Iraq to fight another ground war, and also persuaded his top general to explain his position on this issue. “As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama declared. “We’ll use our air power. We will train and equip our partners. We will advise them and we will assist them.” It was perhaps a reminder to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey who had told the Senate Armed Services Committee a day earlier that if airstrikes did not prove effective enough against the IS extremist group, he would recommend putting ground troops in Iraq. Immediately after General Dempsey’s statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the chairman was only talking about a range of options for President Obama, and not about recommitting ground troops.

White House tried to play down or cover up the statement by the top commander of the US. Not in the distant past, US generals have had difference of opinion with the President over security matters. General David Patreaus had expressed is disagreement when President Obama decided the draw down to ultimately lead to complete withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Top generals were of the opinion that they needed about 50000 ...
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Thirteen years on …

Thirteen years on, the Americans are recalling the horror that visited them on September 11, 2001. The appalling scene of planes crashing into the skyscrapers in New York is an incident that the US government and the people will never forget. Not that these types of horrific attack and killings did not take place earlier during the war times in Europe and the Far East. The event remains stuck in the windpipe of Americans as this has happened in their front yard, on their premises. It has brought to the shore of the US main frame, the tragedy that have been striking all others round the world for years, which the US citizens has only been watching with awe over the media.

It is reported that nearly 3000 soul perished in the 9/11 inferno. What followed later has been a wholesale metamorphosis in the US foreign and security policy. It was but natural that the US administration would act in a more aggressive manner once struck at the very heartland. But what emerged is mixed theories of the attack. There has been extensive research on this. President Bush reportedly had to go in hiding during the operation of the five airplanes hitting different targets.

When things looked calmer, the President took no time in blaming the Al-Qaeda for the mishap. More strange has been the way the Bin laden responded to the allegations. If you remember they took time to admit. There ...
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Contempt of court concept

Justice is a Divine attribute based on piety, knowledge, compassion and wisdom. This concept is being evaluated in its British Indian colonial context. As such it is antiquated, anachronistic and totally outdated. That is because it belongs to the Pre–Independence British Raj Imperial – colonial era. Thus, it reflects the imperialistic mindset and the colonial mentality. In reality, no individual or institution, no matter how mighty or great, in rhetoric or reality, is above and beyond the rule of law, both sacred and secular. Especially the former, for true Muslims who are the faithful followers and consistent, persiste practitioners of Islam in real daily life.

That essentiates, most critically, both: (i) Transparency; and: (ii) Accountability of the judiciary, itself, doubly by means of: conscientious self-transparency as introspection, and self – accountability, as well as State social systemic accountability.

The imperial colonial contempt of court concept also smacks of “Shirk”, in that it reflects nay betrays imperialistic colonial arrogance which regarded itself even above Divine Law. The English word “Contempt”, itself, is “contemptible”, for being derogatory. It is ‘negative’ in the sense of reflecting ‘negatively’ on the august status of the Judiciary –– which, on principle, merits a positively respectable and respectful term of reference.

Th ...
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Cloaked in mystery!

According to various Indian newspapers Arun Selvarajan, a Lankan national, arrested a few weeks back from Chennai was a Pakistani spy. It was also blamed that an official in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo was his handler and provided funds to him. Selvarajan is a part of the Thameem Ansari gang, says the Indian media. Thameem Ansari, also an alleged Pakistani spy, was earlier arrested with dossiers on Indian defense installations. The story of Thameem Ansari gang is in itself unique and novel replete with a lot of contradictions. The story was leaked by the Indian media and vigorously spread throughout the world but existence of any such dossier was categorically disowned even by the India’s National Intelligence Agency.

Since long the Indian media has been struggling hard to prove that Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency ISI is the master-mind of all terrorist activities in India and the Sri Lankan government is providing Pakistan every possible help and support in this regard. But the realities are altogether different. It has been so many times proved that most of the terrorist organizations operating in Pakistan and Sri Lanka are trained, financed, armed and supported by India. The world’s most notorious terrorist organization LTTE is the worst example of Indian patronage. In an exclusive interview to VK Shashikumar of Media Grove, LTTE leader Kumaran P ...
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Is Modi’s honeymoon over?

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, radiates confidence. He has the first outright majority in India’s parliament in 30 years. The public lauds him, world leaders court him and the Bombay Stock Exchange continues to soar. But will this moment of euphoria translate into lasting gains? Can India become the world’s next economic powerhouse?

I had the chance to pose these questions when I met with Modi last weekend at his house in New Delhi, his first interview since becoming prime minister. Modi is extremely intelligent and focused but is different from most leaders I have met. His worldview has been shaped almost entirely from experience rather than formal schooling. Born poor and lower-caste (which in India is a worse fate), he left home when he was 17 and soon got involved in politics, joining the RSS, a hard-line Hindu nationalist group. He later got bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but his real education came from travelling around India. He recounted the thousands of villages he had visited as the head of the government in the state of Gujarat — a period during which Gujarat grew as fast as China. This feel for how people live animates him. Modi is passionate about hygiene and has launched an ambitious drive to build toilets in homes, schools and elsewhere. In his Independence Day speech last month, atop the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi, Modi spoke pl ...
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