N-deal and beyond – PRAFUL 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 resists – JOHN 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
On death row – ANUPAMA KATAKAM in Mumbai
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 danger – JOHN 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 labyrinth – NIRUPAMA 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 crime – R.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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