Pakistan

Living Next to Hell

Living Next to Hell

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar’s statement that ‘Pakistan is Hell’ has become quite popular and controversial. Whilst the BJP sympathisers celebrate this candid pronouncement, former Karnataka MP and actor Divya Spandana’s statement that she has been to Pakistan recently as part of an MP contingent and that ‘Pakistan is not hell. People there are quite friendly […]

Lieven’s Hard Country

Lieven’s Hard Country

Anatol Lieven’s ‘Pakistan – A Hard Country’ is a hard book. Not least because it is difficult to read or it is about Pakistan, but because it is so detailed that it is mind-spinning. On the other hand, he makes sure that, once you finished the last page, you wouldn’t need to read another book […]

The Evil Father

‘If the British left, India will fall back quite rapidly through the centuries into the barbarism and privations of the Middle Ages.’ – Winston Churchill, December 1930 Last week, we came almost close to proving Churchill right. India have an ineluctable habit of frequently pressing the self-destruct button and then, almost miraculously cancelling it in […]

In the line of fire – Briefly

In his recently launched book and in a televised interview, Pakistan President Musharraf has confessed that he was threatened into coopearating with US on their War on Terror. It was learned that immediately after 9/11, -barely a couple of days after that- Richard Armitage called the Pakistani premier and told him to either be with […]