terror in delhi 10/29
Friday, February 17, 2006
  A Taste of What is to Come
After a brief period of false bonhomie under the guise of strategic partnership, the deal is falling apart as expected and the emperor is out there naked. To give the readers a sample of what to expect in the future: via The Indian Express :
The United States has refused an entry visa to Professor Goverdhan Mehta, former director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and one of the world's top scientists in organic chemistry. On February 9, Mehta appeared for the visa interview. He said he was "repeatedly humiliated" by the consular officer who accused him of "hiding things" suggesting that Mehta's work related to chemical warfare and bioterrorism. Confirming that Mehta was turned away without grant of a visa, David Kennedy, spokesman for the US Embassy in New Delhi, said it was a "pretty standard affair to ask for more information."
via The Hindu:
A former director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, and one of the chief architects of the Indian nuclear breeder programme, Dr. Placid Rodriguez, was in effect denied a visa by the U.S. Consulate in Chennai for attending a conference. he was apparently asked to answer a mandatory questionnaire by e-mail as he came under a special category (known as Visas Mantis for certain sensitive scientific and technological areas and requiring interagency clearance). Visas Mantis was applied extensively to Indian scientists in the wake of the Pokhran tests in 1998. For Visas Mantis referral, a Technology Alert List is maintained by the U.S. State Department, which includes various facets of materials technology.
Nothing new here except the timing of such denials. Remember how they sanctioned two companies for supplying "banned stuff" to Iran which was then exposed here. Then we have the non-proliferation "experts" and South Asian "think-tanks" worried about the "dangers" of a nuclear war.
The Henry L. Stimson Center , a leading American think tank that has a South Asia project, has launched an exclusive webpage on Kashmir "to encourage creative thinking and to facilitate movement toward a Kashmir settlement". The New Kashmir Forum has been launched to encourage " creative thinking within India and Pakistan on specific confidence building and nuclear risk-reduction measures that might be useful for the region," says Michael Krepon, president emeritus and South Asia Project Director at the centre, on the website.
Why now you might wonder, as if such threats didn't exist between July 18th, 2005 and now. Also "Coming Soon" in no particular order:
Take your pick ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first.
Cynical Nerd,

Fascinating analysis. You make a good case to be wary of American motives. Kashmir is not the end-all of human rights. Let the Americans focus on Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia instead! Or Baluchistan and Baltistan next door.

Keep up the good work.
Thanks Jaffna. We'll see how this plays out.
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