COMMENTARIES
  • Nepal Elections: Why not a Hung Parliament
    Mallika Joseph    ·   15 Jun, 1999    ·    #203    ·    Commentary    
    The third general elections to the Pratinidhi Sabha (Parliament) in Nepal held in May has decisively ended the coalition politics of the past four and a half years and provided a clear majority to the National Congress (NC) to form the nex...
  • Kargil and BJP's Nuclear Agenda
    PR Chari    ·   11 Jun, 1999    ·    #202    ·    Commentary    
    Press comments on the Pokharan tests on its first anniversary this year were less than ecstatic, even sombre and defensive. Many editorials noted with relief that India had weathered the economic sanctions, and was not politically isolated...
  • India looks set to embarass Clinton administration on CTBT
    Sushil J Aaron    ·   11 Jun, 1999    ·    #201    ·    Commentary    
    Two separate developments across the Atlantic have had their bearing on India ’s approach to the CTBT. The US has reawakened anti-Americanism amid the Indian intellectual class through NATO’s flawed action in Kos...
  • CTBT Article XIV Entry Into Force Clause
       ·   11 Jun, 1999    ·    #200    ·    Commentary    
    An important deadline will be reached in September this year pertaining to entry into force (EIF) of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).  The Treaty prohibits "any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion."...
  • Infiltration in Kargil Pakistan's Objectives and Strategies
    D Suba Chandran    ·   09 Jun, 1999    ·    #199    ·    Commentary    
    The major objective behind the current infiltration of the Pakistan backed militants seems to be in continuation with its larger goal of internationalising the Kashmir issue. Pakistan was always attempting to send militants...
  • Tibet and Indian Realpolitik Interests
       ·   09 Jun, 1999    ·    #198    ·    Commentary    
    The chain of errors in India ’s China policy started with New Delhi ’s failure to challenge the Chinese occupation of Tibet . The present strategic developments in Tibet is very dangerous for Indian...
  • Air Operations over Kargil
       ·   09 Jun, 1999    ·    #197    ·    Commentary    
    The Pakistani troops who have infiltrated into the Drass-Kargil-Batalik axis in a joint operating with Islamic militants have taken positions of advantage on high ridges ranging from 13000 ft to 20000 ft which are difficult to neutralize by ground...
  • Benazir's Conviction and Democracy in Pakistan
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   07 Jun, 1999    ·    #196    ·    Commentary    
    Benazir would never have imagined that history would repeat itself with such bestiality, forcing her to take asylum in London once again. The turn of events after she lost power have landed her husband Asif Ali Zardari in jail, children in...
  • Sino-Indian Ties: The 11th Round of Joint Working Group Meeting
    Bhartendu Kumar Singh    ·   07 Jun, 1999    ·    #195    ·    Commentary    
    The 11th round of the Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting between China and India was scheduled for May 1998 but finally took place in Beijing on April 27-28, 1999. It could not take place at the scheduled time for two reason...
  • Sharif, Media and Democracy
       ·   01 Jun, 1999    ·    #194    ·    Commentary    
    Najam Sethi, the Chief Editor of the Friday Times was arrested recently by the Pakistan government, for his alleged links with the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). However the real reason is perceived to be his involvement in the B...