Gorbachev is no more but he along with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is a painful reminder of his role in the breakup of countries
The war in Ukraine is inexorably moving towards its logical conclusion, the destruction of western civilization in Europe, but a statesman can avert it.
There is a general impression that China has created the Taiwan problem but a look back to history will show that the USA committed a massive blunder when it recognized the one-China principal and promised not to recognize Taiwan as a independent country
Sweden and Finland wish to join NATO; this is like a red rag to a bull. It means an existentialist threat to Russia and if both these countries are accepted into NATO World War 3 will be on the cards and both these nations could sign their death warrant.
The composite British Indian army was divided in 1947 on the basis of religion and yet is now one of the most powerful armies in the world.
America is the antithesis of King Midas whose touch converted everything to gold but America brings destruction and devastation where ever they intervene and that is food for thought and an unassailable historical fact.
A chance meeting in a bar at Expo 20 leads to an exciting romance.
The intransigence of Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, and egged on by the West on joining NATO and security guarantee to Russia has led the country to perpetual doom, economic ruin, and division.
The 19th century saw the rise of British power and they manifested it in China where they used Indian troops for the imperialistic cause. The British used thousands of Indian troops to put down The Boxer Rebellion as well as help them win the opium wars.
The recent show of solidarity between Putin and President Xi in Beijing cannot hide the fact that Russia is now the junior partner in the alliance with China. This has happened because of the thoughtless actions of Joe Biden. The result is the Anglo-Saxon powers are facing a bigger threat.
Do US Army has extensively used motorcycles with the pride of place going to Harley Davidson.
Erle Stanley Gardner was an American author and lawyer who wrote nearly 100 detective and mystery novels that sold more than 1,000,000 copies each, making him easily the best-selling American writer of his time.
The world and the USA have recognized Taiwan as a part of China and as per international law,a country is entitled to take back its own territory.
Saudi Arabia for long a bastion of obscurantism is turning new leaf under Prince Salman and hardliners are alarmed
China has made a foray into the Caribbean and is cultivating Cuba and the littoral states to the chagrin of America.
A carpet adds to the beauty and aesthetic sense of a room and selecting one with a matching color is a matter of great importance.
Computers and laptops are a part of everyday life and many cannot manage without them but there is a flipside as these devices hold sensitive information, personal data which if compromised can harm you greatly.
Der Fuhrer lost the war but an appreciation will show there were other courses of action.
Pakistan is at a delicate mode in its short history with extremism and economic woes paramount.
The Pakistan army has been in power for over 6 decades after the coup by General Ayub in 1958 but down the line, the country faces a severe economic crunch with staggering loans and dwindling foreign exchange reserves with a crippling loan burden.
Erdogan came to power 2 decades back with the ambition to restore the old glory of the Ottoman Empire but failing economy and rampant inflation has soured that dream
At the beginning of World War I most of the major powers were monarchies and these Royals did fight the war for their countries but it was just the last hurrah as monarchies collapsed by the end of the war
China is flexing its muscles for an attack on Tawain but there is many a slip between the cup and the lip, yet China if it plays its cards right can win.
The British which were the rulers of the world collapsed after the Pyrrhic victory over Hitler resulting in the loss of the Empire and being reduced to being a 5th rate power in the world.
Richard Burton is one of the greatest stars of the world and his diariess are very interesting to read.
Joseph Cunningham is one of the foremost writers on Sikh history and he was a witness to the turbulent era that brought about the downfall of the Sikh Empire
Most people have a tendency to put on weight. Here are a few suggestions that can help you lose the excess flab and at the same time enjoy the process.
Generally, it has been agreed that COVID-19 or the China virus originated from China and either by design or accident spread in the world. China has not acknowledged it and now the virus seems to be going back to China and once more lockdowns have commenced.
The latest polls show that Biden's approval ratings are going down and Trump is going up and many Americans and his hard-core supporters feel that Trump is going to be the winning horse again in 2024.
Expo20 is declared open and opens a world of extravaganza and luxury
Soviet Russia threw in almost 1 million woman soldiers into battle against the Germans. This was something the Germans never understood because they could not understand why a woman should be on the front line and their reaction was simply horrific.
Julius Caesar was a colossus but many thought he was too autocratic and they conspired to kill him but it led only to a further dictatorship as Octavious Caeser put the nail in the coffin of the conspirators.
The Dubai desert is now home to a mega city but despite the harsh climate a variety of wild life does exist in the sands around Dubai.
The United States can be classified as the biggest supporter of terrorist organizations all over the world either by design or accident
The victory of the Taliban a terrorist organization has opened the flood gates and Pakistan is the next in line of fire.
Golf is tagged as a game for the affluent. I will concede but there is no doubt that Dubai offers exotic locations to play golf and a golfing holiday there can be very fulfilling.
After the initial steps, it is a good idea to populate your saltwater aquarium with the fish from the Phillippines namely the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse
Muskrats are native to North America but have special significance for Red Indians and part of their folklore
The 5th Amendment is important but in a warlike situation it needs to be shelved. A book by Daniel Kidman states the opposite and needs to be discussed
An aquarium is a joy for a home and children. There are many types of aquarium's available and one can decide which type you need and will give an aesthetic look to your house.
In 1943 as per the Allied policy to bring Germany quickly to its knees a concerted bombing of Schweinfurt was ordered but the Luftwaffe fought very well and snatched a victory
One of the best saltwater fish to populate a home aquarium is the Dottyback which is generally found in tropical waters of SE Asia.
Having a home aquarium is great fun and learning how to set it up is a matter of great joy.
Bhutto was a maverick politician who had dreams of grandeur and megalomania. He played a significant part in the breakup of Pakistan and when he lost political support he resorted to courting the extremists but all this did not help him and he was hanged to death by his own protege.
A home aquarium is an exciting project and you can populate with many fish breeds. One of the good ones is the Black and White Ocellaris
The Wuhan virus has engulfed India like never before and sadly no country in the world has faced such fury. There is also no accountability, no apology, no resignation, and Modi continues unfazed.
Dubai safari in the desert is a signature item and a great favorite with tourists. You are taken into the desert to a Beduin Village and Buffet with your favorite drinks and capped by lovely belly dance.
Having a fish aquarium at home is an excellent hobby and a great way to pass the time.
Etymology means 'history of the word.' The English language is now a global vehicle mainly because of English rule and the fact that it adopted Folk Etymology i.e assimilation of words from other languages making it richer and acceptable.
Pakistan has had a sad history. Most of the Pakistani leaders have either been killed, removed, or sent into exile. There is a massive agitation on now by extremist elements to break the relationship with France and it is doubtful whether Imran Khan will survive.
The Red Indians invariably were defeated in battle with the US Army for no other reason than they had were very poorly armed but in one battle the Red Indian chief Sitting Bull won a glorious victory.
By his latest act under the guise of freedom of navigation by sending a US destroyer through India's EEZ George Biden has signaled to China that he is with them even as he castigates Russia and Putin to create a Chimera for the American people.
The German army got the credit for making the maximum use of the motorbike as an instrument of war. The machine had its limitations in the cold of Russia and overall its use was limited to the plains of Europe.
Charles Bronson was one of the top stars during the golden age of Hollywood. He is generally considered the original Macho he-man star
India inherited a fledgling navy from the British but still has a long way to go to match China.
History records that America lost the Vietnam War but it is not so simple and this defeat could have been converted into victory but for two American presidents Nixon and Johnson whose think tanks advised them not get entangled with China and look for partnership.
Baur was Hitler's personal pilot and was with him in the bunker
India faces the prospect of a two-front war in the North but the strategic advantage is with India
With great dwindling oil reserves Dubai has diversified into other economic activities one of which is offshore banking.
African -American is prone to violence and no way can America escape from the burden of the African-American and slavery.
The Ahmadiyya community is an offshoot of Islam and number about 15 to 20,000,000 with the largest concentration in India and Pakistan. it has a presence in 209 countries
India and China have a border problem that is basically because of a supine policy followed by the Indian leadership. The areas claimed by India will never revert to India and thus the Indian leadership must be realistic and accept the LAC as the international border.
Clinton followed by Bush and then Obama, the USA concluded that India would be the pivot against China. Obama also made history by attending the military parade on Republic day. Trump was even closer to Modi and never criticized India .Biden has begun by criticizing India on human rights.
General Cariappa was the first Indian to hold the post of commander-in-chief Indian Army after independence. He retired in 1953 but a decade and a half later in his papers which have now come out reveal that the general favored military rule for India and the abolition of linguistic states.
The battle at Kassel was a four-day contest where the German army threw their freshly built tanks into battle against the Americans. It was the last hurrah
The C- 47 was the military version of the DC-3 popularly called the Dakota. It was inducted in the Indian Air Force in 1944 and continued flying till the late 80s. and with the Border Security Force until the end nineties.
The Indian government has repeatedly blundered in dealing with China with the result they have put the Indian armed forces on the back foot and ceded advantage to China on the border.
The RSS was set up in 1925. Its stated aim was to give a new meaning to the word Hinduism. They coined the word Hindutva which was earlier used by Veer Savarkar. RSS believed in a monolith Hinduism without caste but in the 21st century, it has moved away from its stated principle.
Gilchrist had a short career in test cricket and despite great talent was banished from test cricket because of his mean streak
For 67 years the Gandhi-Nehru clan ruled India but the advent of the BJP in 2014 has seen power and prestige slip from their grasp and the two representatives of the family Sonia and Rahul are also enmeshed in a corruption case.
Dubai is a megacity with lots of entertainment. One can partake of many tours to save time and get to know the place.
The Turko- Islamic invaders revolutionized the concept of warfare in the sub-continent with the refinement of the concept of the mounted archer.
The Indian Muslim is distinct aas he does not integrate with the Indian nation andd his synpathy lies with Pakistan
Jinnah the founder of Pakistan was a secular character, yet his legacy is twisted and extreme religious bigotry has got hold of Pakistan.
Kashmir is a part of India but almost 2/3rd is under the occupation of Pakistan and China and one wonders what will be the outcome in the ultimate analysis.
A sharpening stone is a utility item in the home. It may look an unglamorous gift, but it is a gift that will be much appreciated later.
Driving under the influence of alcohol beyond the permissable limit is an offence. Most countries all over the world follow similar laws on drunk driving, which is an danger to the driver and others
The Ambassador was a car that was produced for 6 decades in India. Based on the Morris the English car it's production stopped in 2014( March)
Little women is a classic from the 19th century. Its a book written by Louisa May Alcott and gives an excellent expose of life during the civil war and what it meant to grow up poor.
Napkins are an integral part of a meal. They have a checkered history also. During holidays they add to the aura of a good meal
Pablo Picasso is one of the greats in the field of art. His painting of his mistress titled 'Nude Green Leaves and Bust' is one of the all-time classical paintings.
The battle of Plessey fought in 1757 is the most significant battle in Indian history as it established India as the brightest jewel in the British crown
Propaganda had great significance in Nazi Germany and a full ministry under Dr. Goebbels attended to it. The role was to motivate the masses to be willing tools of state policy
India is a nation divided by religion, but the sad part is that this is perpetuated by the ruling Congress party. The twin issues bedeviling are a uniform civil code and article 370.
Scapa Flow was a natural port in Scotland that became the home of the Royal Naval fleet. It played a significant role during World war I and housed the fleet that sailed to battle the German fleet
Kushwant is the doyen of Indian English writing. In a career spanning half a century, Singh established himself as a writer of repute.
Andrea Levy is a British author of Jamaican origin. She has written some excellent books which are best sellers. her Book Fruit of the Lemon is a testimony to her standing as a writer
The Sub-continent is home to 1.5 billion people. They mostly follow Hindu or Muslim religion, but despite a concerted effort by the Church from Rome only about 2% of population could be converted
Side cars for motorcycle were almost a rage at the turn of the last century. They were in great demand for almost 5 decades, before their use petered down. They are now obselete
Fredrick was a naval officer who left the navy in 1830 to write books. He wrote prodigiously and his book 'Children of the New Forrest' is still being read.
Artwork display is enhanced with Matting. A plain work of art will not have the same effect as art with matting. The best method to go about showcasing matting is to use your genius .
Annie John is a novel by Jamaica Knkaid. Its a mirror of her life and is a lovely story of a young girl growing up from the age of ten to seventeen
Gwyneth Paltrow is a fine actress who has acted in 46 films. She has taken to writing and has published a best seller on what foods to eat for good health
Bapsi Sidhwa is a Parsi woman writer from Islamic Pakistan. She has made it good as a writer of novels despite the restrictions on women. Her novel is an excellent of Parsi life in undivided India
Lloyd Jones is a writer from New Zealand , whose novel "Mr Pip" mixes reality and fantasy in a wonderful manner to relate an enticing tale
China has made great economic progress, but it is on a system that has denied equitable distribution of wealth and suppression of dissent. In that respect China as a super power is a myth
Toni Morrison is a black writer who has dispelled the notion spread by some white racists in America that Blacks have no intellect
The Goodwood race course at Chichester is one of the oldest race courses in England and has a prominent position in the annual racing calander
Gerda Klein is a American citizen who was born in Poland. She was imprisoned by the Nazi for being a Jew. She has written a personal account in the book 'All but My Life'
Sylvia Plath wrote only one novel The Bell Jar" but it won the Pulitzer Prize. She also wrote poetry. She committed suicide.
Bhagat Singh was a young revolutionary who was hanged in 1931 by the British. He had emerged as a serious threat to Gandhi's leadership and thus Gandhi lifted not a finger to save Bhagat
Prince Philip has just recovered from a UTI infection connected with his prostrate. That was 7 years back but now at 99, he has passed away. All said and done he was agentleman.
The Ashes have been played for more than 144 years since the first test in 1877. There have been many memorable episodes and making a choice is difficult
Andre-Marie Ampere was a great French scientist. He lived a tortuous life, but made significant contribution to the science of electrodynamics
Jaswant Singh has written an excellent book on the partition of India. he brings out a different personality of Jinnah and shows that partition could have been avoided
Philip Hammond is an upcoming Tory leader. He is rich and well to do and fits the image of a Tory. He is the Secretary of Defence
Dr Fidel Castro was a dictator of Cuba till 2006 when he handed power to his brother. He remains a great third world leader who has earned respect all over the world.
Duels are outdated in the 20th century, but a sniper duel at Stalingrad between a Russian and a German sniper is stuff that shapes legends
The Brothers Karamazov is regarded as one of the greatest books ever written. It's a sag of love, sex, soul, violence, and god in Russia.
Ann Patchett's novel Bel Canto is inspired by a real life incident in South America(Peru). She writes with flair and creates a thrilling tale
Cao Cao is considered one of China's greatest generals and won a string of victories. He lived during the Han dynasty almost 2000 years back
Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan has become Prime Minister for the third time. He was overthrown in his last two stints. He will now have to be careful as the army does not like him
John Dunne and Milton overlapped each other. They were the two greatest poets of the English language.
Intrusion is an important aspect in US law and flows from the first amendment. The constitution guarantees personal rights which are inviolable and allow the plaintiff to sue for damages
Pol Pot was communist leader of Cambodia. he remained in power with support from the USA and killed almost one third of the Cambodian populace. He never paid for his crimes and died in bed
The suicide bomber is dominating the world. The chance that suicide bombers will alone win a'holy war' appears far fetched
Tea cups were introduced in the 19th century and many people collect them as a hobby
Rushdie's the Satanic Verses made history as the Muslim world felt insulted and issued a Fatwa on the head of Rushdie.
Anna Boch was a Belgian painter who died in 1936. She painted prodigiously and has left a permanent mark on the art field in Belgium
Edmonia Lewis was an Afro American sculptress who made a name for herself in 19th century when Blacks and coloreds were discriminated against.
Guilio Douhet was a great thinker. Though some of his theories are not 100% valid, yet he remains a pillar of air power as he put forward a revolutionary concept.
The First Fleet is a unique event in maritime history
The Laws of Manu were the basis of Hindu Jurisprudence for almost 4000 years. The crime of rape was not recognized in Hindu law
Jawaharlal Nehru is like a holy cow in India and criticizing Nehru is akin to Blasphemy. But now after nearly 5 decades of his death there are many objective writers who are researching and the sad fact comes out that Nehru created insurmountable problems that have outlived him.
Jihad is an important word in Muslim doctrine. It is now interpreted unambigiusly as afight against non-believers. It is a step to the setting up of an Islamic caliphate across Asia, Africa and Europe
Guru Gobind was a great warrior who coined the word saint sipahi( warrior). He created the militant Khalsa in 1699 to fight the Mughals.
There have been widespread killings in America with guns. Schools and universities have been targeted and the death toll has mounted. There is a call to have some form of gun control and if necessary modify the second amendment. President Obama has...
History is a peculiar combination of a record of wars and its effects. It also affected the dress worn at that time. One dress that is so common among the men and women of the North West Frontier and Punjab is the Shalwar Kameez. It consists of a...
INS Vikrant was India's first aircraft carrier and was purchased from the British navy. It helped in the first step to make the Indian Navy a blue water navy.
The paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, the painter from Kerala show Draupadi the canter piece of the Mahabharata as a very beautiful woman. The epic written by the poet Vyasa in 4000 BC paints a very alluring picture of Draupadi. She was reported to...
Mali to most people in the world outside Africa is an obscure place. Not many are interested to know what is happening there. It is a remote land locked country, but its importance is tremendous. This country could well be the launch pad of an...
The Congo was for long a colony of Belgium. The Belgians occupied the Congo and unlike the British Raj which brought tangible benefits for India and the Indian people, the Belgians in contrast did nothing for the African population in the Congo....
Polygamy was part of society for almost 3000 years, but now except for some Islamic nations Polygamy is not in vogue, but that has not stopped men from having sex outside marriage
Th Indian tiger is a ferocious beast and in case he turns a man eater is a formidable adversery
Hinduism is a complex religion. It believes in one god and at the same time is also polytheist. This may appear as a dichotomy to a foreign observer but Hinduism is a deep philosophy that is not easy to understand. Hinduism talks of the Supreme...
Guru Nanak traveled to Mecca in 1499 and also to Baghdad and the Middle East. With the rise of Muslim fundamentalism his travels are obliterated,but now some Gurudwaras are restored
The wild west is a part of American folklore and popular the world over. Hollywood has cashed on this and produced some lovely films that have brought the wild west alive
A B-grade movie made by an American came into prominence due to he bigotry of some people. The movie which deserved to go in the trash can received undue importance.
Sex is part of the human race. It sustains creation with pleasure. Scientists have opined that Good Sex is almost like a treadmill exercise and has similar effects. It increases blood rate to the heart and the entire system gets toned up. Scientists...
Essay is generally considered the backbone of a language and the same is with English. It has been defined by many scholars which can be gleaned from various text books on literature. Whatever the definition, the fact is that an essay is a personal staement on a topic
In 1958 an Indian Air Force Canberra Mark I took off from an Indian Air base. It was a Photo reconnaissance version of the Canberra and was fitted with long range cameras. The entire flight was planned in the holy month of Ramadan in the hope...
Lust is a word that means intense or unrestrained sexual craving. Sometimes the word does look vulgar or coarse but it defines a mindset that is dictated by desire and temptation. All over India and Pakistan the one fact that stands out is the...
Tibet was a buffer state between India and China during the days of the Raj. However after Mao tse Tung won his war against Chiang kai Shek in 1949 he turned his attention to Tibet. In 1950, 40,000 troops of the Peoples Liberation army invaded...
The Hudood ordinance was promulgated by General Zia Ul Haq to appease the Muslim hardliners. It was a draconian ordinance that took away many rights enshrined in the Pakistan Penal Code 1860.
Every man dreams of a lovely, fair and auburn or golden hair girl. Man also has an inane desire to try for a relationship with someone exotic; maybe a mystery woman.. This desire to an extant is catered to by . Anastasia web. This site showcases...
The Raj was one factor in Indian history, which has no parallel. iI left behind Its imprint and maid ciulture is one of them.
The elephant was part of Hindu armies for almost 6000 years. The Greeks first faced the elephants of Porus and were suitably impressed.
Aurangzeb was a man with religious zeal and more important he was the only ruler who banned the practice of Sati by a royal proclamation.
India is a land of contrasts, at one end we have modern cities like Bombay and Delhi and at the other end is the lawless land of Central India. This area crisscrossed by ravines and deep gorges is home to the dacoits and gangs led by Daku’s...
The pig is a common animal. It is found in fair abundance in all continents of the world. The meat of the pig which is usually referred to as pork is eaten all over the world except in the Islamic countries. Generally religions can be classified as...
Many of us are envious of a colleague or another man known to you escorting a lovely girl on his arm. This element of envy is usually with men known to you. One is not really bothered to see an unknown man escorting a beautiful girl other than an...
Manmohan Singh has been a Prime Minister who achieved dubious distinction as leading a nation without a following and is a historical aberration as he presided over the most corrupt regime ever
Lahore was the number one city of India before partition. The Hindu Sikh population then was 48%, but it is now less than 0.5%. it is an old city but some how seems to be going to seed
Nirad C Chaudhury is generally recognized as the original Indian great writer in English. Now we have Kushwant Singh and Salman Rushdie who are Indian writers to the core, but the original master of the English language is Nirad C Chaudhuri. Many...
The Muslim Pir in Mumbai is a man with supernatural powers. It is ESP, but he can change the course of an event in a followers life
Operation Gran Slam was Pakistan's plan to capture Kashmir in 1965. The plan failed for a number of reasons the principle being that the principles of War as enunciated by Clausewitz were not followed.
The Taj Mahal Hotel facing the Gateway of India is the first thing travelers used to see when they alighted at Ballard pier close to the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is an imposing structure built to honor the visit to India of the Prince...
I rarely venture to the cinema hall or multiplex to see a movie which is advertised with a poster of a man holding a gun. I don’t like violence and I felt after seeing the advertised hoardings of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ that it would be a film...
Dogs are faithful animals and it is not without reason that they are referred to as Mans best friends. On dog has carved a niche for itself in the annals of the Indian army. He was a Labrador named Rex. The dog is now no more but that is all the...
The Parsi temple and place of disposal of the dead is referred to as the Tower of Silence.
The license to manufacture the first motorcycle in India was given by Royal Enfield and 200 bikes were imported by the Indian Army in 1948. Now after the closure of the plant in England, the design, logo, and manufacture of the machine are shifted to India.
MS Pujji was a Sikh who flew for RAF during World War II. Subsequently he settled in England and expired in 2010.
The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a recent address to a conclave at Singapore brought home the fact that by 2020 the US would be transferring 80% of its fleet to the Asia Pacific region. Leon Panetta is credited with the view that the China...
The. Aghori is a pristine group that is outside the mainstream of Hindu thought and indulge in many deviant practices
Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru. He created the Khalsa as a potent force to fight for the rights of the non Muslims in the Punjab. He was also a great warrior and poet
The story behind the trial and execution of Pakistan's Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Here's what you need to know.
Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala spent much of his time seducing women and selecting the most beautiful for his palace. He ascended the throne in 1900 at the age of 9 after approval was given by the Viceroy the 4th earl of Minto. The maharajah...
Democracy and capitalism go hand in hand. The democracy as envisaged by Abe Lincoln is a thing of the past as modern democratic election are all about corporates and money power.
The Winchester rifle is a hallowed name in American gun history. It is a name associated with the Wild West, an era that has no parallel in the world. One of the weapons manufactured by the Winchester Company was the .351 Self Loading Rifle.
India is passing through a critical period. The Congress party which has ruled much of the period after independence has brought the country to the nadir with corruption seeming an endless factor. In contrast one expected the BJP (Bhartiya Janta...
The USA is recognized as the bastion of freedom and that boils down to owning and using a gun as well. The USA is perhaps the only country in the world where it is extremely easy to own a gun, why some states also allow you to own a machine gun....
The clock has turned full circle as the USA exits Afghanistan. The United States has thus suffered a strategic defeat.
Muslim girls have dominated the Hindi screen for over 100 years. The Muslim heroines have done away with Islamic trappings and have shown they are a liberated breed.
The killing of a black by a white is a non event in the USA and has been going on for over 2 centuries. However now the Black is not accepting this racial inequality
I write this post with a heavy heart as a nationalist one cannot condone the thinking of the political leadership which in turn rubs off on the Army. I underwent the 41st Staff course at wellington. One of the exercise as part of the curriculum is a...
The Indian Army Act 1950 is a revised version of the earlier Indian Army act of 1911 passed by the Governor General and applied to the British Indian army. This act in turn was based on the ‘Indian articles of war 1869’ One of the important...
The Middle East is in ferment and Israel is on the backfoot.
The game of rivalry and terrorism has over taken the Indian nation and perhaps has caught the Indian security agencies napping. On 13 Feb 2012 a car (Toyota Innova) carrying the wife of an Israeli diplomat who was returning after dropping her...
After the demise of the Libyan regime of Gaddafi, there was talk that the next target would be Syria where a similar uprising had commenced. In fact the British Prime Minister had hinted about this as well. But that was some months back and nothing...
Syria is in the middle of a civil war. But Assad has a backer in Russia, which Gaddafi never had. This may be the clue to his survival.
Man Mohan Singh completed 10 years as Prime Minister of India. These have been years that have seen massive inflation, corruption, and slide in India's standing in the world. He lost the 2014 election and is in political wilderness.
Nawaz Shariff has come to power with a thumping mandate. Yet the Pakistan army is not comfortable with him , especially as he has put his old enemy general Musharaff on trial for treason.
General Pervez Musharraf became President 1999 in a military coup. He was a good president, but megalomania took hold of him and his last 2 years were chaotic.
The refrain all over Israel and the west is that ‘we must prevent Iran from going nuclear’. The fears may or may not be unfounded, but the dread is real as there is a general perception that Iran may nuke Israel and later on the USA (If it...
The Second World War ended in 1945 with the dropping of two Atomic Bombs on Japan. This fostered a belief in American superiority but over the last six decades that evaporated with successive defeats in Vietnam and Afghanistan. The USA also played the wrong cards on China.
Introduction The end of the Second World War saw the rise of two super powers the USA and the USSR. The USA feeling a morbid fear of communism decided to contain the Soviet ejmpire. They thus set up defense pacts all around the Soviet Union. One...
America is a society at the cross roads. At one end, it is being besieged by Muslim radicals who have vowed to destroy the ‘great Satan’ meaning the USA and at the other end a significant number of blacks and a small number of whites have...
Turkey is a predominant Muslim state that straddles the narrow straits of Bosphorus and is thus a part of both Europe and Asia, making it a Eurasian power. After the spread of Islam, Turkey became a sultanate and the Ottoman Empire was established...
Chandragupta was a great warrior and he loved a Greek princess Helen, the daughter of the Greek emperor Seleucus
I first entered the Military academy and the day commenced with our reading a quote ‘If you sweat in peace, you will bleed less in war’ this about summed up the background of the training, which was tough. One of the regimens was learning to ride and by corollary play polo.
Manmohan Singh was prime minister for 10 years in a period in which he lowered India's prestige as well as presided over the biggest financial scandals ever in India.
The trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva form the bedrock of Hindu religious thought. These are the exalted deities, but there are some less exalted deities or gods that have a great effect on Hindu philosophy. One of these deities is Lord Ganesh.
Man Mohan Singh is a well known economist who entered politics. He joined the Congress party despite it having massacred Sikhs. He failed even as an economic messiah as poverty has risen greatly.
The Indian National Army fought for Indian Independence. Many Indians have some romantic notions of the INA as a creation of Subhas Chandra Bose the fiery Indian nationalistic leader who had sided with the Axis powers
There are so many war movies created by Hollywood that if one were to make a selection of the greatest war movie of all time, would be indeed a difficult task. However, after sifting through the various movies churned out by Hollywood, the movie The Longest Day is a class apart.
The USA is finally going to withdraw from Afghanistan. Its been a long and difficult war and the objectives are not attained. The retreat from Afghanistan could well create a situation like Iraq
The original movie ‘Murder’ was a hit and remains a tribute to the direction of Mahesh Bhatt. He has now followed up with a sequel to that movie titled ‘Murder 2’. The movie 'Murder2' as the name suggests is a crime thriller like the earlier movie.
India has been playing test cricket since 1932, when India played its first test match at Lords in England against the MCC. All these years a number of batsmen have made their appearance and many have a left a lasting impact on the game. One can...
Marriage is considered a sacred rite in Hinduism. Ancient texts specify many forms of marriages. One form of marriage was the Swayamvara. This form of marriage was prevalent among the nobility where the suitor won the bride in a contest of skill.