S.K. Sinha

S.K. Sinha

S.K. Sinha

Toying with peace in Kashmir

It was unfortunate that a controversy arose over hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day this year. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

Peace politics

Assam is the key state of the Northeast (N-E).

Army must live up to Cariappa

The Indian Army celebrates January 15 as Army Day. This is a landmark date in its history. It was raised as a colonial army nearly three centuries ago and became a national Army on August 15, 1947. Yet, till January 14, 1949, the top leadership of the Army was British; only on January 15, 1949 did an Indian for the first time become its chief. This was the fulfilment of a demand for inducting Indians as officers in the Army made by Rammohan Roy before a Select Committee of the House of Commons in 1833.

From the ashes of Empire

When I was in college in Patna, radio was a novelty. My friends and I used to listen to the news. After Munich, we felt the war clouds had receded, but we were mistaken. Our then imperial rulers declared war against Germany on September 3, 1939. We dismissed the British claim that they were fighting for democracy against fascism.

Checking the Chinese

November 20, 1962 was a black day in the history of India. That was the day we accepted a humiliating unilateral ceasefire declared by the Chinese.

The stainless past

The ruling party has begun to cleanse itself of the stain of corruption. The first to go are Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and Suresh Kalmadi. The former has been dropped as chief minister as the stench arising from the Adarsh housing scam in Mumbai threatened to turn into a deadly toxin in the Winter Session of Parliament. The latter has been removed as Congress Parliamentary Party secretary in the midst of multiple investigations into financial irregularities in the organisation of the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The speed of these actions has taken most by surprise, even if the compelling force was more political than moral.

The Gilgit question

The Northern Areas, illegally occupied by Pakistan, has been renamed Gilgit-Baltistan. This region is of great strategic importance to India.

Kashmir: Integral truths

No chief minister started his tenure with so much goodwill within his state and all over the country as Omar Abdullah in 2009. It is a pity that this was frittered away in so short a time, thanks first to the flip-flop over the so-called Shopian rape and murder case in 2009 and to the stone-pelting in 2010. Having interacted with his legendary grandfather, and more closely with his father, I had earnestly wished that he be successful.

Kashmir: Errors point to panipat Syndrome

Kashmir has been a festering problem for 63 years. We have no roadmap beyond the line that Kashmir is an integral part of India and a solution will emerge through dialogue. It appears we suffer from the Panipat Syndrome — lack of strategic vision, remaining unprepared for dealing with crises and a refusal to learn from the past.

Masters & commanders: A power trip

U.S. President Obama’s dismissal of his commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, underscores the supremacy of the civil over the military. This supremacy of the civil took its time establishing itself. For centuries heads of government suffered the rank insubordination of their brilliant generals, some times bordering on

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