Month: July 2009

  • Apes on treadmills

    Richard Rhodes’s Arsenal of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race is an unputdownable book. It is a story of how the twentieth century’s two superpowers realised that they couldn’t just stop worrying and live on with so many bombs.

  • Return of the meddler

    t was largely due to pressure from India that two parties in the governing coalition—the CPN-UML and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF)—withdrew support to the Maoists. India was also instrumental in bringing together an array of 22 parties led by the CPN-UML to lead the new government. This is, in the words of an Indian diplomat, "a course correction."

  • Are electronic voting machines tamper-proof?

    What is most saddening about the discussions surrounding this non-issue is that...highly educated people compare Indian EVMs to American ones and conclude—without bothering to note the differences between them—that since the American EVMs are flawed, the Indian ones must also be so.

  • Liberation of Lalgarh

    And so Lalgarh remains on boil caught in a ceaseless cycle of Maoist terror and retributive violence by state police with a part of the state spiralling down into anarchy in the near future looking to be a very real possibility.. Bengal bleeds different shades of red as a result. But then again, what’s new?

  • Military moves and reactions

    Looking at some recent developments on their own could signify that India was upping the ante with China. However in this war of words, there is a need to underscore the growing Indian concerns about Chinese military build up in Tibet which provides China with four glaring strategic advantages.