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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

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India: Gujarat Congress party lines up with BJP’s campaign against actor Aamir Khan

The Congress Party in Gujarat has lined up with the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in the west Indian state, in its campaign against the world famous Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. A Muslim, Khan is probably best known to Western film audiences as producer and lead actor in the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Lagaan. Gujarat’s cinema-owners have refused to show Khan’s latest film, the record box-office hit Fanaa, saying that they fear violent anti-Khan protests.

Military and media

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen S. Pattabhiraman has apologized for his published comment on women in the Army even after it was put out officially that his remarks had been torn out of context by a reporter. If he had been misquoted as contended the military had the option of making a complaint to the Press Council or, more appropriately given the sensitive nature of the issue, a plaint in the High Court to bring the newspaper and its reporter to heel.

A Day of Rocks and Sea: Kayaking and Climbing in Taiwan

By Antonio Graceffo

GraceffoAbout twenty years ago, before trying my hand at adventure writing, I had a brief flirtation with a career as a semi-professional athlete that nearly steered me away from any journalistic aspirations. Then, in the early 1980s, when you told people at a cocktail party that you were a professional tri-athlete, they usually asked, "What is that?"

LTTE hartal in the north drags Tamils closer to war

The LTTE is making use of the current hartal in the north to officially beat the war drums through its Jaffna District Upsurge People’s Army (JDUPA) – a paramilitary unit of the LTTE consisting of cadres trained, armed and sustained by the LTTE. JDUPA is behind the current strike and in a press release issued yesterday it warned that “”the Sinhala armed forces will face serious repercussions if they disrupt the stoppage of work”.

The Unreal Peace Process and the Real War

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tigers are working to a plan; we take one day at a time. The Tigers act; we react. The Tigers hold the initiative while we meander from one damaging extreme to the other. We do not realise that the Fourth Eelam War is here, albeit undeclared, and we lost General Parami Kulathunga because we refused to face up to this reality. We are not clear as to who we are fighting against - the LTTE or all Tamils, making it easy for the Tigers to provoke us into targeting Tamil civilians. We cling to the illusion of a dead peace process, making it easy for the LTTE to systematically eliminate those military and political leaders who impede the journey to Tiger Eelam.