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September 12, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
NATO forces aided by France and USA have succeded in defeating the Libyan armed forces militarily and driving the legitimate government into exile. This repets the pattern of diplomacy that we have been seeing right from the time the Soviet Union collapsed and USA became the single pole around which the international order revolved. This development marks a reversal of the two principles that had been the basis of Western statecraft from 1648 when the Treaty of Westphalia was signed. The two pri...
August 12, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
The recent spate of riots in UK is clear demonstration of deep seated social and economic dislocations. Unemployment is rampant and the cutback in social spending has clearly hit those whose only purpose in life is to live off the welfare state. UK is no stranger to riots. In fact there is a whole school of English historians led by E J Hobsbawm who argue that riots are the end result of the breakdown of the "moral economy", I wonder what "moral economy" is represented by the football skinheads ...
July 24, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
Norway has always regarded it self as the conscience of the civilized world. The self appointed custodian of "western values" was always quick to defend every terrorist group in the world the latest being the LTTE, the terrorist group which was responsible for killing more than 50,000 civilians. Norway was one of the prominent EU countries which followed a split policy on terrorism: condemn the state if it tries to defend the territorial integrity of the country, but always defend sundry terrori...
June 7, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
India is presently ranked very high in the list of the most corrupt counties in the world. Only Nigeria and Burkina Faso rank a few places below. With such a d distinguished ranking, may I add that the leadership of that corrupt government headed by Sonia and ManMohan Singh even want a place at the high table of diplomacy and statecraft. I have said so several times on this blog and else where that India does not deserve a security council seat given its track record of governance. Having said t...
April 8, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
Libya was  the last major territory to be seized by the Roman empire and the first to escape from its clutches along with Parthia. The Libyans faught long and hard against the Italians when they conquered the desert land in the 1930's. The fact is that Col Qaddaffi who was recently rehabilitated in the affections of Western powers after spending more than 30 years as an international paraiah is not a military and political pushover. In spite of the Lokerbee bombing he was able to get the ma...
February 9, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
The mainstream Ameican Press has been covering the Raymond Davis shooting episode from just one side. I would like to present the facts as they are on the ground.

US presence in Pakistan is deeply resented as the unmitigated drone attacks (I have already written about it) has caused widespread collateral damage. Of course, there has been as odd success against a militant or two, but the vast amjority of those killed are just innocent women and children. In fact the state of Pakistan is likely...
January 31, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
More than 150 years ago, a correspondent for the New York Times, bearded and with a penchant for purple prose wrote: A spectre is haunting Europe and it is that of Revolution. Today we can say that the spewctre of political change is haunting the Middle East and the fall of Ben Ali who rule Tunisis for nearly 25 years the imminent regime change in Egypt shows that the people of the Middle East have got tired of the keptocarcies that have been in power thanks to Western backing. The demonstration...
January 10, 2011 by Bahu Virupaksha
The shooting at Tucson, Arizona, is shocking and I extend my sorrow to each one of the families of the victims. My hear goes out to the mother and father of the 9 year old child who was killed in that horrific incident. May God give the devastated parents the courage to face what ought not to have happened.

Rep Gabrielle Giffords was targetted twice. Once by Sarah Palin who put her in the cross hairs of a gun sight on her website. I do not mean to suggest that there is a direct cause and effe...
December 14, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha
The recent arrest of Julian Assange in London and the denial of bail raises some interesting questions. Is his arrest related to the release of the 250,000 secret cables of the US Department of State and the allegation of rape a mere pretext to extridite him to Sweden from where he can be sent to US to face possible trial under US laws. First, the Espionage Act of 1917 can be involked only against US citizens and those arreseted on US soil like the case of the 2 German spies who landed in Newfou...
November 6, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha
This afternoon Ari Force One touched down in Mumbai ariport bringing Michelle and President Obama and their two wonderful daughters to India. The Republican Administration of George Bush was quite sensitive to Indian demands particularly on the nuclear issue and right from the very first day of his Administration Obama has been taking a very firm and tough line against nuclear proliferation. It came as a huge relief to the Indians that the sanctions imposed after the Pokan nuclear tests against ...
September 27, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha
It is often said that India and China are rivals both in terms of economic power and soft power. While India has shown an impressive growth rate of 8.2 % per annum, its political class is under the delusion that it can rival China in organizational ability and projection of image. If China can host the Olympics and make a spectacular spectacle before the wohle world, India can host the Commonweath Games and earn some brownie points. Unlike Chinma, India does not have a political system that can ...
June 5, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha
Israel enjoys a high degree of goodwill in many parts of the world and even professional critics of Israel have found much to admire in the manner in which the State of Israel conducts its no nonsense foreigh policy. The world opinion be damnned. As long of USA is not overly critical Israel does not seem to care. The lastest outrage committed on the high sea seems to have taken even the Obama Administration by surprise and Hilary Clinton has joined the rest of the world in condemning Islaer's ac...
April 13, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha
The elections in Iraq have produced a result that the US had not anticipated. Allawi, a former Prime Minister has emerged as a front runner. In Afghnistan the US and its surrogate Hamid Karzai are openly squabbling and the US has even threatened to "withdraw" the invitation extended to Karzai to visit the White House. I think the only major power that has a policy of "uninviting" a head of state is the USA. Karzai has served US interests well by providing a pashtun face for what is essentially a...
December 3, 2009 by Bahu Virupaksha
The long awaited "surge" has finally happened. In another 3 weeks 30,000 US servicemen and women will head toward Afghanistan. Unfortunately, President Obama has set a deadline for the troops to meet: July 2011. This unrealistic deadline already spelt out by the President and admitted as such to be unrealistic by both the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State will make things easier for the terrorists holed up in the mountains of AFGHANISTAN. They have only to wait out the "surge" ...
November 7, 2009 by Bahu Virupaksha
The horrific incident at Fort Hood, Texas, should come as a wake up call to all those in the American academia who promote identity based politics:Gays, lesbians, minority, sexual preference, etc etc. Now the Muslim identity is becoming increasingly problematic in the USA and I believe that years and years of promoting identity politics has left the country without the means of even admitting to itself that the islamic identity clashes head long with that of a secular nation state. The US media ...