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NAMO: Time for an Alternate Leadership

Paper No. 5321                                              Dated 10-Dec-2012

By B. Raman

Two issues will be in focus during the elections to the Gujarat State Assembly later this week--- the advisability of the BJP led by Shri Narendra Modi continuing for a third term in the government of the State and the expected attempts of the NaMo Brigade to use a new endorsement at the state level as a stepping stone for his gravitating to New Delhi as a Prime Ministerial aspirant during the 2014 elections.

Begum Zia’s India Visit and Bangla Politics

 

Paper no. 5318                                          Dated 03-Dec-2012

By Bhaskar Roy

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khalida Zia’s India visit in October-November stirred political discourses on how alignments will be made and party position stated as the country enters election mode.  Each major party in Bangladesh is still trying to decipher what Khalida Zia said in India, what she said on her return and how her party leaders are explaining the change, if any, towards India to their  cadres.

New Chiefs for Indian Intelligence

 

Paper No. 5317                                           Dated 28-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

(Written at the request of Editor, Rediff.com )

The Intelligence Bureau (IB), which is presently celebrating its 125th anniversary, and the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), the external intelligence agency which came into being in September 1968, will be having new chiefs for a period of two years from  January 1,2013.

Unfinished Tasks from 26/11: Lest We Forget

 

Paper No. 5312                                         Dated 26-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

As the nation observes the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai, there are still many unfinished tasks arising from the strikes to which attention needs to be drawn. These are the following:

Shocking Case of Miscarriage of Justice

 

Paper No. 5311                                            Dated 25-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Instances of miscarriage of justice are many in India. Sometimes, such instances arise due to gross negligence by the police in the investigation. Sometimes, due to wanton fabrication of evidence and violation of the legal procedures to be followed during the investigation.

Death as a Deterrent

 

Paper No 5307                                          Dated 23-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Fear of death rarely acts as a deterrent to irrational or well-motivated people. It also rarely prevents crimes of passion or crimes committed in the heat of the moment.

2. If fear of death can be a deterrent, there should be no suicide terrorism. Nor should there be other dastardly crimes. They continue to take place in countries which have death penalty on their statute book. The US is a typical example.

Ajmal Kasab’s Execution: Why there is no reason to celebrate.

 

Paper No. 5306                             Dated 22-Nov-2012

Guest Column: Swati Parashar

When the tragedy of 26/11 unfolded in 2008, the trauma was felt far and wide. I was a PhD student in the UK and, far away from home, I shared the grief with millions of Indians as we wondered why Mumbai deserved the gory blood bath. The Chabad house hostages were tortured before being killed by the ten men from Pakistan, to avenge what was happening to the Palestinians.

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