For 31 years since his fall Gorbachev must have suffered in silence the rank betrayal by his western interlocutors on what they promised him when he was in power. "I can now see clearly" he told me "They were working according to a plan." Watch Saeed Naqvi's interview with Mikhail Gorbachev.
Salman Rushdie was dead right when he described the banning of the Satanic Verses in India nine days after its publication in London as "political football".
It is nice to remember the 1946 – Royal Indian Navy Mutiny just a few days before we celebrate our Independence Day. It is not just a neglected event in the history of Independence but one that was suppressed equally by the colonial masters as well as by leaders of the Congress.
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.
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.