IAS General Studies – FRONTLINE – July 28 – August 10, 2007

N-deal and beyondPRAFUL BIDWAI  

India must not lose either the disarmament or the sustainable energy perspective while concluding the nuclear deal with the U.S. 

 Mirage in Vidarbha DIONNE BUNSHA in Vidarbha  The Prime Minister’s package for farmers in the region has done little to mitigate their distress, and suicides continue to be a way out.   

  Russia resistsJOHN CHERIAN  The diplomatic stand-off with Britain over the Litvinenko issue indicates that Russia’s relations with the West are going steadily downhill.   

Cold War over oil VIJAY PRASHAD  The new players are the United States, as the face of global oil corporations, and China, and the theatre is resource-rich Africa.   

Question of integrity C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR

Some reports in “The Wall Street Journal” make nonsense of the counterposition of the Journal’s integrity with takeover tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s greed.  

  Minus-two formula HAROON HABIB  in Dhaka  

The caretaker government’s decision to keep the Begums away may open a new chapter of confrontational politics in Bangladesh.   

  On death row ANUPAMA KATAKAM in Mumbai  

The death penalty has been awarded to 12 of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, but the key plotters are at large.   

  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: Clear winner VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN in New Delhi  

UPA nominee Pratibha Patil wins big and the BJP’s attempt to convert the poll into a game of realpolitik comes a cropper.   

Jats as OBCs V. VENKATESAN  in New Delhi  

The NCBC recommended inclusion of only the Jats of Rajasthan in the OBC list for Central services, on objective grounds.

  Conditional crutch VIJAY PRASHAD  

Musharraf can count on Washington’s support provided he takes “active steps” to bring the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region under control.   

Dialogue in dangerJOHN CHERIAN  With Musharraf’s focus on internal problems, his government may not be able to give top priority to the peace process with India.    

The general in his labyrinthNIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN  in Islamabad  President Pervez Musharraf is in a minefield of problems, created partly by himself and partly by his foes and friends.

   Taliban threat JOHN CHERIAN  A resurgent Taliban is a problem for Musharraf, both for the Islamist fundamentalism it inspires and for the U.S. pressure it generates.    

A measure of crimeR.K. RAGHAVAN  A well-conceived crime survey can be a reasonable check on the Executive’s attempts to present a rosy picture that is divorced from reality.  

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