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    Rabble Rousing Random Ramblings by S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

    April 29, 2004
     

    Politics


    Pervez Musharraf's announcement that Pakistan will be trimming its armed forces by around 50,000 in an attempt to trim the tail and arm the teeth is very obviously a farcical attempt at aiming to prove to the outside world that it is reducing its troops. In reality, the cuts would reduce the number of orderlies, cooks, personal staff and would in no way affect battle ready forces. It is really an attempt at modernizing the army by getting rid of antique traditions and instead the money saved would be most likely used to buy modern weaponry aimed at who else - India.

    However, the excellent PR man that he is, Musharraf's moves would no doubt result in the US and other powers putting pressure on India to follow suit. Summer has nearly set in and the snow will start melting in the Kashmir peaks in a month or so. The timing is impeccable. While the world asks India to reduce its troops, especially in Jammu & Kashmir, more terrorists and Pakistani armymen will sneak into Kashmir. There have been militant attacks during political rallies virtually every day and just about every major Kashmiri politician has been the target, ranging from Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to his daughter to Faroukh Abdullah to Maqbool Dar to Omar Abdullah. The Indian government needs to bring this to the notice of the superpower who wants to poke his nose everywhere and who shall not be named. Israel's policy of targetted assasinations certainly must be worth thinking about in such a situation.




    Technology


    Ho hum. If its technology it has to be about Google's forthcoming IPO.

    Perhaps there're some majorly misplaced priorities here. A survey indicates that more employees prefer using the internet for personal purposes at work as compared to a morning cuppa.

    In an obvious attempt at domestic consumption, the NY Times has a report on how not all companies are happy when they outsource to India and end up running shop from the USA.




    General


    The horror tale of a Saudi Arabian television presenter on the BBC's Outlook programme.

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