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Rama Rao Malladi is New Delhi based senior journalist and distinguished commentator on South Asian and Central Asian issues. He is a regular contributor to several publications in and outside India. His articles are featured in News Blaze.Rama is consulting editor to an English monthly. He is the coordinating editor at POREG. He has his own on-line journal, www.southasiantribune.com, which is an advt free portal. Rama also works with Syndicate Features, a Delhi based feature service, which his wife, Vaniram,is managing for the past ten years.
The Hidden Trump Card -- India Tilt?
Why should any country oppose President Trump's tagline-- America First. The US may be the original champion of globalisation but the incumbent of the White House must worry about his domestic turf. And in the end what it is all about? Jobs stupid.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Why is UN pussyfooting over a terrorist?
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) is not an unknown terrorist group. Nor is its supremo Maulana Masood Azhar who had his baptism in Taliban and worked with terror groups like al Qaeda, Harkat-ul Ansar (HuA), and Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM). Yet the UN is sanctioning Azhar. The question is why.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016(1 comments)
How to counter China -- Pakistan -- North Korea nuclear triad
There is need to think of ways of breaking the China-Pak -- North Korea nuclear nexus by offering Beijing something in return for a visible move away from Islamabad. India should try this though it is not an easy task, and is indeed an uphill task. In the alternative India should seek out a triangular relationship with Japan and South Korea to counter the C-P-N nuclear triad.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
India-Pak Spy thriller: Quo Vadis Commander Yadav
These are interesting times in India - Pak relations. Terrorist strikes on Indian side from Pakistan soil have increased. India has carried out a surgical strike on terrorist launch pad across the Line of Control. Pakistan arrested early 2016 an Indian naval officer turned businessman accusing him of spying for India but nothing much is heard from Pakistan either the case or Yadav since then. Question is why.
Monday, July 25, 2016(1 comments)
Dragon On Fire
Disappointment awaits India and any of China's neighbours, if they believe that a cautious approach suits their interests, and sound almost apologetic in criticising the Dragon. These nations will do well to realise that whenever it decides to berate them, China does so with vehemence, often lacing oblique warnings with lessons about the inequality between China and its Asian neighbours.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Signals from NSG slug-fest
By blocking India's entry into Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) China has made yet another strategic mistake. Its aggressive diplomatic push in the South China Sea has already boomeranged, and initiated a process that may see China geographically contained.
Saturday, June 25, 2016(2 comments)
China reorganises PLA with an eye on Tibet,South China Sea
The re-organisation of Chinese Army, PLA, undertaken by President gives the Dragon teeth to become to maritime-aerospace - battle space savvy and better conduct "modern, information-intensive campaigns. These are domains that the Chinese find their most pressing operational contingencies.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Pakistan daily lambasts Sharif govt's handling of NSG Issue
Pakistan's quest for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) with China's backing has been haphazard, marked by 'me-too' approach. This NSG race makes a mockery of its own oft-repeated warning of an arms race with India. It also highlights the dysfunction of the Foreign Office with the military calling the shots on India, the US and nuclear policies of the country.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
L'affaire Isa visa and India'- Part II
In this second and concluding part, the author makes out a case that India's L'affaire Issa visa is a strong message to China: India does not have unlimited patience.
Friday, April 29, 2016
L'affaire Isa visa and India -Part 1
India's Modi government received applause when it granted e-visa to Dolkun Isa, a well-known Chinese dissident championing the cause of Uyghur Muslims from his perch in Germany. It received flak in equal measure when the visa was cancelled days before he arrived in India. This article unravels the Isa visa mystery.
Thursday, January 14, 2016(2 comments)
Pakistan -Smugglers paradise, taxman's nightmare
One of Pakistan's key economic problems is its low tax base. Suspicion of the government fuels low tax return filing rates. This makes it almost impossible for the government of Pakistan to fight poverty in a way that keeps people from flocking to the Taliban
No short-term stakes in Af-Pak region
After announcing a partial roll back of his plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, US President Obama is meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this week to enlist Islamabad's help for peace in Kabul. There can be no positives from the summit unless Washington gives its tendency to play for short-term stakes in Af-Pak region.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Hard Ball Game: Pak cancels NSA level talks with India
Pakistan has cancelled the NSA-level talks in New Delhi accusing India of refusing to talk Kashmir and other issues. The decision was preceded by provocations daring India to cancel the talks. India, on its part, accused Islamabad of violating the ground rules agreed to in Ufa that the NSAs would discuss only terrorism. Pakistanis may have underestimated the Indians' willingness "to play hardball and stare down Pakistan".
Thursday, July 30, 2015(1 comments)
Tall Order For Pakistan
Pakistan is going through tough times -politically; its economy is in bad shape with exports not looking up, loans ballooning, tax revenues falling short of targets. Poverty and unemployment are also on the increase. Time for the country to come to grips with its problem areas without much ado
Thursday, June 18, 2015(3 comments)
Unfolding Islamic Events in Mauritius
Islamists are making inroads into Mauritius, considered as the Gateway to Africa. This surge has something to do with the local government's policy of placating the minority community. Cashing in on the scene, Pakistan has named a retired Major General, who had closely worked with the Islamsits, as its envoy to Port Louis, in what observers see as a calibrated move to give a fillip to anti-India and fundamentalist activities
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Militant Groups Tapping Social Media
Kashmir is no longer the operational ground or sole target of terrorist groups focused on India. Today their list encompasses political leaders to mass transit systems and nuclear stations, to instigate communal violence and to inflict heavy damage to its economy. Militants are also making use of social media to spread their messages but India has no early warning system as yet making the situation alarming.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Bangladesh reads riot act to Pakistan, Demands apology for 1971 genocide*
Bangladesh's renewed demand for Pakistan's formal apology for its Genocide during the 1971 war of liberation coincides with the commencement of trials in the three-judge International Crimes Tribunal headed by Justice Nizamul Huq. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government came to power promising to bring to book all the guilty men of "crimes against humanity'.
Sunday, November 20, 2011(1 comments)
Sri Lanka: No Middle Path in Human Rights
Sri Lanka's official war report, 'Humanitarian Operation--A Factual Analysis' highlights LTTE crimes. Now that the Tamil Tigers are history, it serves no purpose. It is a crude attempt to white wash the "war crimes' particularly since there are still no answers to what had happened to the missing 11000 people. There is no half-way or middle path in Human Rights
Taliban's message from Charsadda blasts
Charsadda blasts signal that the Taliban will be the 'new' al-Qaeda for the Af-Pak region, while the "real' al-Qaeda will shift focus to West Asia particularly Yemen and possibly Iraq. It raises the question: When will Washington learn to look beyond the immediate? Accepting half-hearted support and duplicity neither serves American interests nor does crying "foul' enhance its global stature