No case for euphoria by Girilal Jain

On reflection, Mr P V Narasimha Rao should be regretting the message of congratulations he sent to Mr Nawaz Sharif on the latter’s reinstatement as Pakistan’s prime minister by that country’s supreme court in an unprecedented display of ‘independence’. Mr Sharif survives in office but precariously. The prime minister’s own … Read More

The ugly American by Girilal Jain

AFTER Mr John Mallot’s visitation to New Delhi, it difficult to believe that there exists a realistic basis for Indo-US under­standing and cooperation in the near future. All fond hopes in this regard have turned out to be illusions. Mr Mallot could not have been more patronizing and insulting. As … Read More

Muslim Identity in India: A Community Mired in the Past : Girilal Jain

THE Kerala government’s decision to make Friday the weekly holiday in place of Sunday for Muslim-majority schools in the state has attracted criticism from some Muslim leaders and intellec­tuals on the ground that while such “token” gestures do not help solve problems of the community’s “educational, economic and social backwardness”, … Read More

Waxing Of The Crescent. OIC Trains Its Guns On Kashmir by Girilal Jain

The external affairs ministry’s response to the Organisation of Islamic Conference’s unqualified endorsement of Pakistan’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir is under­standable as a public stance. Only one sentence, which suggests that it feels entitled to membership of this forum of Muslim states, is excep­tionable. Apparently, some smart Alec in … Read More

Hollow at the core by Girilal Jain

Pakistan faces a period of grave uncertainty, possibly the gravest since its birth, in both international and domestic terms. The current upheaval resulting from the clash between   President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Mr Nawaz Sharif, and the latter’s dismissal from the office of prime minister, only spotlights this reality. The … Read More