EDITORIAL: Defending A Lost Cause

It is expected of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to come to the rescue of his fellow colleagues in Government, not only in the Congress but also in the parties which are partners in the UPA Government, whenever they find themselves at the receiving end of the Opposition parties, but there is also something called the dividing line between what is defensible and what is not. In politics this...

Wikileaks And We The Mere Indians

The publication in installments of leaked WikiLeaks diplomatic cables by selected newspapers such as the “Guardian” of the UK, the “New York Times”, “Le Monde” of France, “Der Spiegel” of Germany and “El Pais” of Spain started a year ago. The initial documents were about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The subsequent ones were about other subjects and other countries, including...

‘Manipur More A Colony Of India’ — WikiLeaks

Overwhelming presence of military, paramilitary and police forces gave visiting American diplomat the impression that Imphal was under occupation Image Credit: The Hindu CHENNAI, Mar 21: In an assessment of the situation in Manipur in 2006, American Consul General in Kolkata Henry Jardine wrote that the overwhelming presence of military, paramilitary and police officers contributed to the impression...

Manipur CM Is Corrupt: WikiLeaks

NEW DELHI, Mar 21: In a September 2006 confidential cable released by WikiLeaks, Henry Jardine, principal officer, US consulate general in Kolkata, underscored the corrupt state of affairs in Manipur. The US official, reporting that rampant corruption was complicating the effort to control rising violence in the state, also mentioned that chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh was known as “Mr. Ten Percent”,...

Chidambaram Was Unsure Of NIA’s Constitutionality: Wikileaks

P Chidambaram and Robert Mueller NEW DELHI, Mar 19: A US Embassy cable accessed by The Hindu says, that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram told FBI Director Robert Mueller that National Investigation Agency‘s powers could be challenged in the courts as violating constitutional provisions on Centre-State relations. The Hindu through WikiLeaks quotes Mr. Chidambaram telling the Federal Bureau of...

AFSPA: Screams From The Valley

WikiLeaks disclosures on torture in Kashmir have fuelled fresh demands for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. BABA UMAR reports on the plight of victims. A life destroyed Sheikh lived to tell the tale, with severe disability. (PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI) THE WIKILEAKS expose of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) telling US diplomats in 2005 about ‘torture of civilians’...

Call For Strong Action Against North-East Ultras

Congress President, Sonia Gandhi... NEW DELHI, Dec 19 ‘“ Advocating tough measures against militants in the North-East, Congress President, Sonia Gandhi has also underlined the need to keep the option of dialogue open. Addressing the 83rd Plenary Session of the Congress Party, Gandhi said in parts of the North-East, militant groups disrupt peace and normalcy and have turned extortionist. ‘We...