The Popular Front of India (PFI) is throwing up a curious test for India’s secularism. In classified central government reports, the PFI is accused of introducing an extremist pan-Islamist movement to India.
Supposing Liz Truss, one of the two poised to be Britain’s Prime Minister, undertook a field study to buttress her argument that the defining conflict of our time is the one between "democracy and autocracy", which countries, as a random sample, should be included in her itinerary?
Clearly, Sri Lanka falls in India’s sphere of influence. In other words will the strategic attitude toward Sri Lanka be determined by India? Or do American interests supercede Indian interests?
That Russia was consistently "provoked" has been clear as daylight since 1998 when the US senate voted in favour of NATO expansion.
A hot-headed coder is accused of exposing the agency’s hacking arsenal. Did he betray his country because he was pissed off at his colleagues?
Only India can shape, re-shape and protect its neighborhood by truly deepening its democracy, thereby, embedding it in its civilizational and cultural zone of influence.
In April 1971, known only to a small group, an Indian Frigate sailed to guard the Sri Lankan coastline against "foreign" reinforcements to help the JVP or Sri Lankan National Liberation Front which had virtually taken over the island.
The Americans are making a comeback in South Asia, first Pakistan, now Sri Lanka, next….. The people in these countries can stand in long queues till eternity because there is neither food in the shops nor petrol in the pumps.