Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Will US find the right strategy for AfPak

 As Obama meets his national security team on AfPak today,it needs to be seen whether US will find the right strategy for AfPak.Amidst reports that a decision to send more troops to Afghanistan has been taken, the White House has said President Barack Obama will today hold the eighth round of situation room meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan.This according to me will be one of the most crucial meetings in thelight of deteriorating condition in afgnaistan and Pakistan

Beginning mid-August Obama had already held at least seven rounds of such meetings on Afghanistan and Pakistan, with one of them being exclusively on the latter.He had also met several key Congressional leaders and talked to international partners on the issue, besides top commanders of his military. All this effort running into more than 20 hours, had been to find the right strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that works. Some media reports yesterday said that it was now likely to be announced after Obama returns to the US later next week.

Thanking you,


Senior producer,New Delhi

Monday, November 9, 2009

Halloween fireballs today

Halloween fireballs today

Today the night sky will dazzle with Taurids, the meteor that showers startling streaks of light during Halloween.

Sky-gazers can see the javelin-shaped Taurids at their peak today night;The Taurids are annual meteor shower associated with comet Encke. They will appear at a rate of about 7 to 10 per hour, moving across the sky at about 27 kilometres per second.So one can expect to see a meteor every six minutes

Taurids are named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus, from where they are believed to come from. Owing to their occurrence in late October and early November they are also called Halloween fireballs.

Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit and turning point in Indian policy towards China

The visit of Dalai Lama marks an important phase in Indian foreign policy towards China.India by allowing Dalai Lama to visit Tawang has sent a very strong message to China and that is to understand the limitations.The way China had been playing map politics and Lama politics over Arunachal, it seemed India has wrested something from them,the self claimed South Tibet.But the visit has made China understand the basic fact that Arunachal is an integral part of India and there is no question about it.Had India yielded to the Chinese pressure,it would have been a disaster.

For the past few months,China has started campaign against India through media and its mouth piece and that is to intimidate India by reminding of the consequences that China could unlease.This has been in the form of River diplomacy,glacier diplomacy,map diplomacy and calculated intrusions across North East and Leh.

In the past,the Indian reaction was quite below the national expectation but since last few days it has really become assertive which is clear from its stand on Chinese projects in POK and Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal

Senior Producer,
Aajtaj,New Delhi

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yoga ,concentration and stress management

In the world full of stress,humanity faces lots of challenges and one of them is physical and psychological,arising from the rapid pace of economic developments.Yoga really provides remedy for the same.I was quite unaware of the potential ,till I met a saint in Gaya ,a religious centre in Bihar.

It just happened that I was a bit disturbed over something and was looking upwards ,sitting in my car as my brother had went to meet someone.The saint approached and called me twice thrice without getting any reply.All of a sudden,my eyes met him with the loud  shout "introspection and concentration".He repeated this many times and said most of them have forgotten the art of introspection and concentration and here lies the problem.I approached him and asked him to elaborate as to what exactly he meant.He said most of the people around don't want to introspect as they are afaid of themselves

Talking about concentration and introspection,he gave an example of a factory where paper is prepared after wastage goes through a number of processes.In the same way,most of the human beings are not aware of the potential and they use only little percentage of it  as compared to their capabilities.The more we look deep inside,the finer attributes become clear and we move more and more closer to self realisation and self actualisation.Concentration and introspection are two divine gifts

To judge it is very easy.Just take out a few seconds and sit in meditating posture.Close your eyes and just think about yourself in the light of matters influencing you.Go on thinking about it and it only for a few minutes.Repeat this for about 10 minutes extending to about 15 days and you will start realising the difference.It is to be noted that  there should be no distractions  in the middle

There are some questions that can be asked to self:
1.Are you aware of the powers of almighty
2.Do you want to stay with yourself while alone
3.Do you feel the need of almighty
4.Have you ever cried infront of God
5.Have you seeked his blessings in the times of crisis
6.Who am I
7.Are you true  to yourself
8.Do you listen to your criticism
9.What is happiness and sadness

Thanking you,
Senior Producer,Aajtak

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My predictions for sun signs from October to December 2009


Romance at peak;propose without hesitation;Best part of the year for marriage and buying properties;employment and business will flourish;will be relieved from bad debts and litigations.


Blow to your enemies;Name and fame;may get promotion;friends will help you;Best period for romance

Beware of your relatives;plot is very much there;promotion and increment will be denied;However,family will suppot you


Some setbacks during the period which will be beneficial; eye-irritation and headache;Auspicious ceremonies will take place and domestic happiness is assured after 27th October

Functions in family and get–togethers ;may change your place of job or residence;Don’t entertain new job offers and stay where you are;At last, time has come to take a dip in the river of romance;Period between 21st October to 7th November is the best;Everything is possible in love life

Good relation with your superiors and will get enough support from people senior to you;Professionally and monetarily the best;But when it comes to romance,not a good time.For the last few months you have ignored him/her for your professional gains and love has take a beating;Will have to wait till March next year

Don’t trust your friends as you may land in problem;Income will increase and you will buy new properties and vehicles;You must invest in gold for better benefits;Stable love life

Happiness from children and parents;enemies will turn well wishers;Not a good time for romance;If its continuing for some time,effects will be reduced but involving in a new relationship is not suggested due to bad impact of Mars;Friends will be helpful

Youngsters will be married to a girl/boy whose family has high status in the society;right time to start new business;you may buy a new house or vehicle

Testing times ahead;it will at all the levels,personal and professional;maintain your calm as your anger may spoil the prospects in future;Only good lining during this period is that your partner will play an important role in this adverse period

Amazing period;amost all your wishes will be fulfilled;disputes will be settled;there will be great increase in your confidence level;will be one of the best periods of your life;Utilize it.

Bad period;be cautious in all the areas till November 15th;Somebody is looking for an opportunity to stab you ,the moment you are found off guard;Pray to God and that is the only solution;Avoid involving in new relationships


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taliban and Pakistan

Rawalpindi incident is an eye opener for Pakistan.It proves one simple fact;Taliban is not yet finished despite the army operations in Swat and other areas.The way terrorists entered the high security zone and held many as hostage ,leaves lot ,yet to be done.The high quality grenades used in the attack and their mastery in guerrila warfare demands change in strategy as far as Pakistan is concerned.Some how or the other,the action against Taliban has not been as serious as it would have been and it can be due to the fact that lot of factions in Pakistan ,military and administrative,have a soft corner,due to historical legacy.

There must be change in strategy as far as Pakistan is concerned and it should be at three levels ;Political,Economic and Psychological

At the Political level,Pakistan must take its own decision as a sovereign nation and must not be influenced by USA.One thing is for Sure;What Pakistan feels for the people ,the same can't be felt by US.For example,Taliban may be treated by US as a terrorist but when it comes to Pakistan ,they are citizens who have taken the wrong path and so there is scope for reformation.In this ,the NGOs and International organisations have an important role to play.This covers the Pschological aspect as this may influence sizeable population who may be attracted to philosophy of Taliban

At the economic front,Pakistan being a developing state,must channel more funds for the development of the backward areas which is the breeding ground of militants .Economic development will go a long way in doing away with the Philosophy of Taliban.Remember one thing Taliban is a philosophy now and is not limited to a group of few thousands.
Senior Producer,

Aajtak,New Delhi

Monday, October 12, 2009

Assembly Elections in india

We are in for a few surprises in the assembly elections in Maharastra and Haryana,tomorrow .The elections are crucial as it is being held in Congress ruled states and win or loss in the elections would very much decide as to whether the policy of the congress has clicked or leaves much to be desired and achieved.When it comes to Maharastra,the trends signal towards hung assembly.Had MNS not been a faction in the fray,BJP-Shiv Sena had fair chances to assume charge but MNS factor would be a hurdle and would defintely play kingmakers's role.Congress due to the factors related to drought ,prices and electricity may pay the price.Congress had golden opportunity to make the most out of the situation with Congress at the centre but somehow or the other it hasn't been utilised,may be due to some differences between the NCP and the Congress.Bal Thakrey's involvement this time would defintely be a factor in favour of BJP-Shiv Sena combine.When it comes to Haryana,Congress seems to be saling smooth and may form the govt.It is mainly because of its performance and the absence of strong leader in the oppositon

Senior Producer,Aajtak

Friday, May 29, 2009


The problems in Pakistan owes a lot to the historical legacy and the divide in cultural and linguistic terms in the country.A portion ever since the creation of Pakistan remained untouched with the developments in the country in terms of education and professionalism and thus paved the way for the fundamentalist ideas to percolate the cerebral cortex of the large number of people.Apart from the Army offensive,Pakistan must also adopt developmental approach to bring peace in Swat