August 2013

Two Court documents related to the arrest of alleged Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal. The documents were sourced by Canary Trap’s Shankar Anand.

The first one is the Court Order granting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) 12 days of custody of Mohd. Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi. And the second one is NIA’s application seeking the remand of both the alleged terrorists.

Read More Court order and NIA application seeking custody of Yasin Bhatkal

As I mentioned at the outset, the attack on Syria, should it happen, will be the umpteenth US-led military action against a Muslim country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. I mention the Soviet Union repeatedly because unprecedented military might in the possession of a nation in decline is a dangerous new global reality. New Delhi’s silence in such situations may be commended by those who place a value on cunning and craft. But cunning and craft towards what end?

I like to imagine neither Jawaharlal Nehru nor Atal Behari Vajpayee would have remained silent if there any risk to Damascus, the world’s oldest, continuous habitation and the great civilization of which it is the capital.

Read More West Asia: Would Nehru, Vajpayee have remained silent on umpteenth attack?

If there is one group the Saudis fear and suspect more than Iran and Shiaism, it is the Muslim Brotherhood. Iran is an outside power. Brothers are available even within Saudi society and they despise monarchies just as the Prophet of Islam despised monarchies.

So, the coffers of the House of Saud have been opened for Gen. Abdel Fattah el Sisi to break the back of the Brothers in Egypt. Al Jazeera, which became a mouthpiece for the Brothers during the year that Morsi was in power, is in the process of packing up its bags in Egypt.

Read More The Saudi, Qatari dogfight and Al Jazeera’s fluctuating fortunes