And we’re back

And we’ll pick up from where we dropped off

It’s been a hectic week here: even as we were discussing India’s strategic response to the terrorist attack on Mumbai, our hosting company unilaterally suspended service citing performance problems. More on this later, but we have no reason to believe anyone tried to shut us down. In any case, our traffic load had increased significantly over the last 18 months, and it was time to upgrade to a better service provider.

Other INI blogs will resume their usual routines starting next week (Update: perhaps earlier). Offstumped will be up and covering elections and other political developments.

Meanwhile, the December issue of Pragati is out. You can pick it up from its temporary location at this time.

Pragati - December 2008

10 thoughts on “And we’re back”

  1. Good to have your site up and working again.
    By the way, regarding the shut down, I did notice something. Around the same time your blog was shut down, blogs maintained by Atanu Dey and ‘Greatbong’ were suspended as well. Greatbong’s blog was back in no time and Atanu’s blog was up yesterday.

    I know, I know, it could all have been just a coincidence.
    Or….. could it?

  2. I’m curious about India threatening to unilaterally scrap the Indus Water Treaty in response to the terror attacks in Mumbai. Will that not provide sufficient incentive to Pakistan to cap terrorism in the country.

    This seems to be the least cost of making them wary of India. Also, that is one necessary reason why India must never let go of Kashmir.

  3. Here are some crafty “wise words” from Dr Brzezinski, at his recent Nov17/2008 lecture at Chatham House in London:




    He presents his agenda in very grand and uplifting terms, but I see some weasel words in there. He speaks of a decline in Atlanticist power, not to recognize the need to give Asia its due, but so that he can quickly jump into a plan for how to revive Atlanticist power. He conspicuously mentions political realities of Europe, particularly the ‘great disparities in power’ among various European nations (more whining about precious Poland being batted around by the European heavyweights). He wants to gulliverize the big European powers within EU to keep precious little Poland safe. And he wants to gulliverize the US within the trans-Atlantic fold, to keep it safely in the service of Europe(read: Poland). Asia is thus automatically kept at arm’s length from the old boys club.

  4. Oh, and listen to his gushing praise for China – another ‘Far Emperor’ from his point of view.

  5. @Nitin: Glad to read the first para of your article, especially the part where you mention the many more besides the over-a-billion Indians. More so, because I quite agree with Jaswant Singh’s assertion in the previous Pragati, of the Indian sub-continent being naturally a single political entity and any outside interference only de-stabilizes the sub-continent as a whole and not just a particular part of the region. It follows that any initiative by the strongest entity in the sub-continent must account for not just Indians but also the future of other people in the landmass.

  6. So you don’t consider Islam to be an interference from outside the subcontinent? What about Maoism? Neither Mao nor Mohammed are native to the subcontinent, from what I can see.

    To say that Indians must account for the future of Pakistanis/Bangladeshis sounds like saying that Indians should be held hostage to a ‘protection racket’.

    I believe that a person’s financial/economic success should be based on their own personal labour, and not on holding society hostage at gunpoint.
    Economic blackmail is not the key to social harmony. To claim that people developing software on PCs or working in call centres are somehow cheating or depriving someone else in India is preposterous. If anyone might have some grounds to feel deprived, it might be displaced workers in the West.

    But for someone in India to cite the success of others near them as a reason for anger sounds like the ugliest emotions of all — covetousness and jealousy. Covetousness is not a word that some would like to hear, since they may be basing their entire ideology and lives around such a feeling. But ultimately, it’s fundamentally relevant in causing a person to cross the line from rationality into irrationality. If someone has an irrational desire to covet what you have, then there can be no living with them.

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