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In the immediate aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad, a familiar gaggle of Indian nationalists quickly took charge of the television news channels. For days on end, they relentlessly tickled the jingoist bone of India’s middle classes with calls to hunt down an assortment of alleged terrorists and underworld dons in their Pakistani lairs. Defence analyst Maroof Raza, for instance, advocated a stealth operation if a surgical strike was not feasible to take out Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, whom India accuses Pakistan of sheltering in Karachi. B Raman, a former official with the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) advised New Delhi to display its military ‘capabilities’, even if it chose not to test them for the moment.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
From our archive:
Subel Bhandari looks at the Strategic Partnership Agreement, noting its avoidance of contentious issues. (April 2012)
Vijay Prashad reviews Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, discussing Taliban strategy in the context of NATO withdrawal. (October 2011)
Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)