The author is a former secretary in the external affairs ministry

An AfPak chess game

The dramatic killing of Osama bin Laden and the Chicago trial of Tahawwur H. Rana and David Coleman Headley re-ignited debate on the incestuous links between the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), the Pakistan Army and the Al Qaeda, which former senior US intelligence official Bruce Riedel too explores in his timely book, Deadly Embrace.

Dr Singh, forget Indo-Pak bonhomie

May the 2nd dawned with the successful, covert US operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to eliminate Osama bin Laden. Electronic media in India went into high-drive, reeling in experts from India, Pakistan and the West, to debate, analyse, even quarrel. Bertrand Russell once quipped that no one argues with someone who says two plus two is five.

Sporting summit

The Indian victory over Australia and a semi-final encounter with Pakistan has suddenly made sleepy Mohali the centre of attention. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s invite to his counterpart added to the frenzy. That it surprised the Pakistanis is obvious as the invitation reached their Prime Minister, Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a city where lies interred the marauder Timur.

India is a bridge between two worlds

The first anniversary of United Progressive Alliance-2 is occasioning a frenzied review of its performance.

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