K.C. Singh

K.C. Singh

K.C. Singh

Palestine, Part II

The Palestinian issue has resurfaced with the UN General Assembly voting to grant Palestine non-member status.

Balance of pain

From her arrival in India on November 13 to receive the Nehru Award conferred in 1993, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dominated the public space. As a pre-eminent prisoner of conscience her life touches any human heart, but in India she reminds of myriads who struggled against British colonial rule.

Obama’s familiar world of problems

The re-election of Barack Obama on November 6 impinges on both domestic US politics, where the vulnerability of the Republican Party is now obvious, and the world, as the US is still the last-resort guarantor of international security, free trade and the idea of liberal democracy as the model for governance.

Next US President has a ready crown of thorns

The third and final Obama-Romney debate was on October 22, two weeks before the US presidential election. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, as indeed the Sino-India war of 1962.

Indo-Pak parleys adrift, trust amiss

With the monsoon retreating, the Indo-Pakistan parleys drifted from South Asia to the United Nations, where the 67th regular session commenced on September 18.

It takes two to tango

The visit of S.M. Krishna, Indian external affairs minister, resumed a duet after 17 months between a glib and youthful Hina Rabbani Khar and her bumbling Indian counterpart.

Dr Singh, silence is not always golden

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his entourage returned on August 31 after attending the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Iran had sweetened the Indian attendance by offering a bilateral visit, a day before the summit, to enable the Prime Minister to fulfil a commitment in the Tehran and New Delhi declarations of 2001 and 2003 enjoining annual exchange of visits at the head of state/government level. The Indian return visit was overdue for nine years.

The challenge of being non-aligned

On July 18, 2012, a blast in Damascus took the lives, among others, of President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law Gen. Aseef Shawkat, the Defence Chief of Staff, as well as that of the defence minister.

Indo-Pak ties: Let the parleys begin

As India elects a new President, Pakistan’s PPP-led government faces fresh deadlines.

The Saudi message

The deportation of Sayed Zabiudd-in Ansari alias Abu Jundal from Saudi Arabia to India last week has implications beyond simply its unravelling of the 26/11 plot. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s spokesman exacerbated an evolving situation by a midnight flip-flop over the release of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian sentenced to death for terrorism.

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