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Shamshad Ahmad

Discriminatory Deals – Shamshad Ahmad

In an editorial a few days back, The New York Times lamented India’s role in the nuclear race in South Asia and questioned the double standards being applied by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a 48-member body established in 1974 after…

Remedy Begins At Home

During his nine-year rule, Gen (r) Musharraf almost found a place for himself in the Guinness Book of World Records as a Marco Polo head of state. Had he not for self-serving reasons made Pakistan the ‘ground zero’ of the US-led war on…

This Is A Lame Tango

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not relenting in his unheeded peace overtures to India. In an interview to London’s Daily Telegraph, he again made a passionate call for an end to what he sees as a “crippling arms race” between South Asia’s…

Katju’s Tirades

Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Indian Supreme Court who is chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI), is known for making stunning statements. He has been in the news for his ‘words of wisdom’ especially after his…

Appearance In Public Life

In recent years, we do seem to have had a conspicuous increase in the number of women in our political institutions but showcasing the presence of a few ancestrally privileged and heavily painted females with designer outfits in our…

The Perversity Of Extremism

“Nothing goes off suddenly; even the earthquakes set in motion from the depth of the earth to the rooftops of villages.” This line from a poem written two decades ago by a renowned Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti was quoted in American…

NAM Must Redefine Itself

We live in a world of perceptions, and perceptions are not always real. They are embedded in our minds to make us see things the way we like to see them. They also represent misnomers. We call that region “Middle East” not because it is in…

Times Of Troubles

Looking at the dynamics of contemporary international relations, one is reminded of the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” which could perhaps never have been more relevant than to our times at this critical…