COMMENTARIES
  • LTTE's Human Wave Tactics Redefine Guerrilla Warfare
    Sabil Francis    ·   19 Nov, 1999    ·    #289    ·    Commentary    
    Two years after Operation Jaya Sekuri ("Sure Victory!"), Sri Lanka 's bloodiest and longest military operation (May 1997-November 1998), the Sri Lankan army has lost almost all the territory it had captured to the LTTE. Next i...
  • Time for a Rethink of US Policy Towards India
    Dr. Subhash Kapila    ·   19 Nov, 1999    ·    #288    ·    Commentary    
              The imperative for redefining the United States-India relationship, currently lies with the US in order to redress a previous failure of its South Asia policies but also in view of the chang...
  • Developments in Pakistan II: Report of IPCS Seminar
    Sushil J Aaron    ·   17 Nov, 1999    ·    #287    ·    Commentary    
    Speaker: Mr. Vivek Katju     Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs     Date of Seminar: 12 November 99     Mr. Vivek Katju began by stating that the nature of the Pakis...
  • SU-30s: Strategic Take-off Into Next Century
    Wg.Cdr. NK Pant (Retd.)    ·   16 Nov, 1999    ·    #286    ·    Commentary    
    India 's proposed nuclear doctrine outlining the minimum nuclear deterrent, envisages a triad of missiles, submarines and aircraft as the delivery platforms for the weaponized atom. Russia is said to be providing an unspecified ...
  • Falun Gong and the Limits of Dissent in China
    Sonika Gupta    ·   09 Nov, 1999    ·    #285    ·    Commentary    
    China has launched upon yet another ideological and political struggle by banning the Falun Gong religoius movement, branding it as a cult. Falun Gong, founded by Li Hongzhi, mixes traditional Chinese exercises with elements of Buddhism an...
  • Managing Ethnic Conflict: Lessons from the Bodo Experience
    Sanjay Kumar    ·   09 Nov, 1999    ·    #284    ·    Commentary    
    The North Eastern part of India , which has often been mired in ethnic conflict over the question of one ethnic tribe trying to dominate the other or forcing its language or culture on another tribe, has caused ethnic strife. With the passa...
  • U. S. Sanctions: Implications for India
       ·   09 Nov, 1999    ·    #283    ·    Commentary    
    The post-cold war strategic considerations have witnessed a renewed interest by the United States in the South Asian region, an area that is being accorded an even greater importance since its nuclearization. The Status of Force Agreement (SOFA)...
  • The LTTE: Waiting to Strike?
       ·   04 Nov, 1999    ·    #282    ·    Commentary    
    Since November 1998, except for occassional incidents, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been strangely silent. This is all the more worrying as the Sri Lankan Tamil militant organization has a way of striking just when it is written...
  • The Internal Challenges Facing Gen. Musharraf
    D Suba Chandran    ·   03 Nov, 1999    ·    #281    ·    Commentary    
    Where does the military rule in Pakistan stand three weeks after the October coup? Gen. Pervez Musharraf, whose military coup was generally welcomed by the Pakistani people, has taken certain significant measures towards governing the coun...
  • A Rationale for the Pakistan Coup
    D Suba Chandran    ·   03 Nov, 1999    ·    #280    ·    Commentary    
    The military take over in Pakistan on October 12 marked the end of yet another phase of democratically elected governments in Pakistan . None of the democratic governments completed their term of five years, but the two thirds major...