Peshawar school song: Where have all the flowers gone?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Ever since US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan to the stone age unless it joined the post 9/11 global war on terror, Pakistan has faced an existential tragedy of choice. It was being called upon to kill the very mujahideen it had trained to become hardened Islamic fighters, also at America’s behest, to help expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan.

Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

By Amit Dasgupta,

Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur Beijing's inevitable wrath. Earlier the meeting was to be held in Cape Town to commemorate the first death anniversary of Nelson Mandela.


Muslims should join hands to eradicate evil influence of terrorism that is staining Islam

By Kaleem Kawaja,

In Qoran, the holy book of Islam, God says very clearly that He sent the religion of Islam through Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as a mercy to mankind, to remove oppression, injustice, mayhem, violence and anarchy from the earth.

India warns of foreign-backed terrorist threats to Afghanistan

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning of the support extremists get from abroad and tying together the this week's deadly attacks in Kabul, Peshawar and Sydney.

Kashmir Elections: High voter turnout not an alternative to Kashmir imbroglio

By Liyaqat Nazir,

Promises and pledges are manufactured and the cliché of ‘change’ is being broadcast from the political podiums in the chilly days of Chillai Kalan. Kashmir is again in the grip of election fever. The enthusiasm among the electorates, political parties, both traditional as well as seasonal are distressing and auspicious.

Reforms back in India's oil economy amid crash in crude prices

By Biswajit Choudhury,

Complete decontrol of diesel marketing, new pricing formula for domestic gas after five years and a plunge in global crude prices flagged a new beginning for India's oil economy in 2014 but there was little news on stake sale in state-run oil firms and fresh auctions for hydrocarbon assets.

India can still salvage the series Down Under

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Can India regroup and make a series of it against Australia after their so-close-yet-so-far performance in the Adelaide Test? The answer is yes and no.

Yes, if they can take the positives from the first Test and add certain plus points. India will be bolstered by the return of their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia’s loss of Michael Clarke. The batting was not all that fallible in both the innings, barring their losing the plot, post-dismissal of opener Murali Vijay.


Topsy-turvy year for cricket in India

By Sayan Mukherjee,

Indian cricket went through another tumultuous year on and off the field with a controversy that shook the very foundation of the game's governing body in the country - the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - that refused to die down and spilled over to the New Year after raising several tough questions for its beleaguered president, N. Srinivasan.


The Siege and a Twitter account: Questions Begin

By Amit Dasgupta,

The Sydney café siege is over. While no tears will be shed over the gunman, two families have lost their loved ones. Christmas will not be the same. The incident has left fun-loving Sydney shaken and will trigger introspection and investigation. In a separate incident, techie Mehdi Masroor Biswas was arrested with the assistance of MI6 and the Bengaluru police have started retracing his digital footprint to identify his proximity with the IS network. Are there parallels between the two incidents?

Strategic and economic consequences of cheap oil

By Amit Kapoor,

Crude oil prices have plummeted globally. The present levels have consequences for both oil exporting countries like Russia, Nigeria, Mexico and Venezuela and those in the Middle East, as well as developing economies like China and India that depend on imports for meeting the demands of their fast prospering populations. In the past, the high price ensured that the oil exporting countries had enough inflows in the form of payments by developing and developed economies that have had a shortage of crude oil pre-July. However the economy is just one of the consequences of cheap oil. The other effects of equal, if not more importance include geopolitics and strategic alignment.