Monday, January 17, 2011



1.Question From A Reader: " Do you beat your wife?" No.I don't. I have no wife. My Computer is my wife.


3.ISI & Missing Persons

4.As Hu jets his way to US, what do Chinese media say?

5."It is often said US needs a strategic foe to stimulate its growth. We would rather believe this is a joke. Up to US to laugh with us."

6."Word "partnership" is still mentioned, but no longer recorded in official documents...,Shows US' misgivings in taking China as a friend."



1.Watched with interest Barkha's debate on Anil Verma, the alleged wife-beating Indian diplomat in London.

2. His wife is the victim & complainant.She should decide whether she will get justice in UK or India.

3.If she feels UK, his diplomatic immunity shd be lifted & British Police should be allowed to investigate & prosecute him.

4.If she feels India, UK police shd be told about it & he shd be moved back to India to face the law.

5.Also saw Barkha's debate last week on J&K where she talked of truth-telling.

6.In J&K a seeming abyss often leads to a turning point. A seeming turning-point often leads to an abyss.

7.Time not for an orgy of truth-telling, but for wise gestures.

8.Govt. shd remove all demeaning foreign travel curbs on separatist leaders.

9.They shd be issued normal long duration passports & allowed to travel wherever they want to go, like other Indians.

10.Pandits should get out of the past and renew their bridges with the Muslims. Shd stop hounding separatist leaders, Arundati Roy etc

11.Very unwise of BJP to politicise the flag-hoisting on Republic Day.Let Kashmiris do it as they will.

12.Govt.shd discreetly strengthen security for Abdul Gani Bhatt and the Lone brothers.

13.Some thoughts on Pakistan. We shd not over-assess its faultlines.

14.Pakistan is a State without a vision, but with a huge will to survive.It will most probably survive despite all its difficulties.

15.Kayani is a soldier's and not a General's General as tricky Mush was.

16.Other Gens staged a coup & handed Pak on a platter to Mush as he landed from Colombo. May not do it for Kayani.

17. Nawaz is like a Hindu. A stranger to the art of dissimulation.

18.Zardari may not be a Muslims' Muslim, but is a dissimulator par excellence. So is PM Gilani

19.The three may somehow manage to pull along with support of US & China.

20.Pak will bleed & bleed & bleed, but may not break up or collapse.



1.Pak police revise earlier claim.Bus blast near Kohat terrorist attack & not accident. 18 dead.

2.Will Tunisia have domino effect in Arab world?

3.Nervousness in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Kuwait. Small demonstrations in Jordan & Yemen.

4.Russia denies reports of Stuxnet virus attack on computer system in Bushehr nuclear power station built by it in Iran.

5.TCS maintains market lead among Indian IT companies in China. Provides services to four major Chinese State-owned banks. 1200 employees

6.WIPRO to set up R & D centre at Chengdu in Sichuan in Western China.



1.Chinese Navy Holds its first live-fire drill in Gulf of Aden

2.15 Die In Bus Blast near Kohat in Pak.Accident and not terrorism?

3.Karachi: Pashtun Supporters of MQM Targeted.

4.Quattrochi guilty only under Indian law. Not under laws of other countries. Extradition difficult.

5.For extradition, one must be guilty under laws of country seeking extradition as well as extraditing country.

6.People's Daily write-up on HU's US visit describes Taiwan, Tibet & Xinjiang as major concerns. Xinjiang mentioned for first time.

7.No reference to S.China sea. No mention of core interests

8.Global Times deplores US paranoia about China. Unwarranted, it says.

9.Chinese commission documentary to project soft image of China. It highlights inter alia space achievement.

10. Critics point out it will add to paranoia of US common man and not soften China's image.

11.Problem: China has no soft side to its personality like democracy, human rights, religious diversity, ethnic empowerment etc.

12.Chinese personality consists of its GDP growth rate, its foreign exchange and US bond holdings, fast trains, train to Lhasa etc.

13. These scar Americans.

14.Japan: In a review of relations in 2010, China highlights positive & plays down negative.