Resurrecting the Caliphate

Whether Britain enters the war against ISIL or not, it is naïve to think the ISIS Caliphate won’t try a ‘terrorist’ attempt in UK. Not because they don’t like our lifestyles. They will do so because they seem to predict western reaction with greater accuracy than western analysts understand Al-Qaeda-ISIS gameplan. ISIS agenda of a Caliphate is strengthened if Britain also joins the war. More…

Corbyn May Have the Last Laugh in 2020

All those £3 Tories and the Telegraph who schemed on a ‘wicked’ plan to get Corbyn into leadership may regret their folly. Corbyn of course won on the back of a genuine Labour wave to steer back the party to its original mission. Contrary to the warnings of ‘New’ Labour, Corbyn is likely to confound e pundits and win the next elections. More…

Corbynitis

PR conscious Parliamentary Labour Party is in a bit of a shock. First having lost the election dismally despite carefully controlled portrayal of a ‘responsible’ party and now Labour’s antithesis of discipline, Jeremy Corbyn is on the verge of taking over the Labour leadership. Blair, Johnson, Campbell and a few others are warning anyone who might listen that the party faces oblivion if Corbyn gets in. More…

Osbornomics, Not Wallace, Is Miliband’s Problem

Not a poster boy for bacon sandwich! Miliband has promised us he won’t look for a job with glam models agency. But that is the least of his or Labour’s problems in the run up to the next elections. The British public has not always chosen Mr Handsome into office. Policies do matter. UK’s world status and UK’s economy are also decisive factors. If economic policies don’t inspire trust and credibility then looks and stature get a compensatory look in. More…

Modi, A Transformative Hope For India and South Asia

There is a dramatic change emerging in South Asia as Narendra Modi takes over the reigns of power in India. Sixty seven years after India’s first leader, Nehru started one of the largest social engineering pogroms causing tensions within and with neighbours; India is on the brink of binning it. The 2014 Indian election marks the end of secular liberal socialism in India and the beginning of a period yet to be defined in any clear terms, except perhaps ‘Indian pluralism’. More…

Ukraine, We Need a New Script

The ‘West’ is looking weak in Ukraine. So much that a Russian newspaper provocatively predicted Putin to be next leader of the ‘Free World’. Of all ironies! The West has in someway to blame itself for the dilemma it is in. It has failed to write itself a script adapted to a changed world. Repeatedly it starts a linear bellicose rhetoric with no graceful speech for a U turn. That will make the world unsafe. More…

SAS and Golden Temple. Has the FCO moved on from Pre War Britain yet?

Thirty years later the attack on the Golden Temple, called Operation Blue Star (1984) still remains a fresh wound within the worldwide Sikh community. This is why the revelations of the British SAS advising the Indian Army has angered the British Sikh community, leaving a bitter taste of betrayal. It calls for a change in the way Foreign Policy is pursued. In twenty first century Britain, Foreign Policy cannot ignore the multi ethnic character of British society. It cannot simply be sensitive to the majority while bartering the sentiments and rights of minority communities. More…

Mandela, a God in Our Times

Nelson Mandela’s legacy is extraordinary in a world unable to cope with its diversity or temper its angst. No superlatives can do justice to this remarkable life. A man whose achievements are those of gods, yet he remained a simple and humble person to his last days. Many claim prerogative on his moral wisdom. Yet there is something original about Mandela and something uniquely African about him that can teach the world a lot. More…

Has the Commons Changed the International Game

The British Parliament’s historic vote, first since 1782 (Guardian), to reject Syrian invasion without UN resolution is proving to be a game changer in several ways. It set the mood music that gave moral boost to a sceptical American public and Congressmen to oppose war. It opened the opportunity for Putin to push in with a diplomatic initiative that could set a trend and end the long period of interventionist wars by the west. It has isolated and made the French appear out of sync with world opinion. And while appearing a loser at first, Cameron seems to have come out of it with greater integrity by ditching the war option altogether. Miliband who triggered it all, seems to have been faded by events. More…

The Enigma of Modi

The world’s largest democracy, India, will hold its 16th national election in 2014. On the one hand is the creaky old ‘secular’ family firm, the Congress Party. On the other is the party of ‘Indianness’ or rather ‘Hinduness’, the BJP, which does not like crown princes. Denying them clear majorities are a plethora of regional, communal and caste based parties in ‘secular integrated’ India. The 2014 election looks to run around ‘demonising’ BJP candidate Narendra Modi instead of important issues like poverty, economy and corruption. His invitation to UK has already attracted adverse media attention. More…