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POLITICS: N. Korean Blast May Hit Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Analysis by Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - How is North Korea's atomic explosion, signifying the latest breakout from the global nuclear restraint regime, likely to affect the preceding two breakout cases, India and Pakistan?
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POLITICS: N. Korean Nuke Tests Say World Must Return to Peace Agenda
Commentary by Praful Bidwai*
NEW DELHI - North Korea has shocked the world by detonating a nuclear explosion and making good the threat it had held out six days earlier. Pyongyang's action is one more blow to the existing global non-proliferation order and will trigger greater instability in Northeast Asia and in the Asian continent and world as a whole.
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POLITICS: N. Korean Nuke Tests Say World Must Return to Peace Agenda
Commentary by Praful Bidwai*
NEW DELHI - North Korea has shocked the world by detonating a nuclear explosion and making good the threat it had held out six days earlier. Pyongyang's action is one more blow to the existing global non-proliferation order and will trigger greater instability in Northeast Asia and in the Asian continent and world as a whole.
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POLITICS: Musharraf's Memoir Sets Cats Among Pigeons
Analysis by Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - By launching his memoir amidst a two week-long high-powered publicity blitz across three continents, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has set a cat, or rather several cats, among the pigeons.
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POLITICS: Indo-US Nuclear Deal Hits Doldrums
By Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - The controversial United States-India "civilian nuclear cooperation" agreement met with a major setback over the weekend when the Senate formally went into recess without voting for a bill which would have granted the President George W. Bush the necessary powers to enable the deal to be implemented.
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FINANCE: India Has Reason for Anger at WB-IMF
By Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - The unceremonious deportation from Singapore of several prominent Indian critics of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has drawn fresh attention in this country to the autocratic functioning of these financial institutions, now holding their annual meeting in the city-state.
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INDIA: Special Economic Zones, Path to Massive Land Grab
By Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - India, often touted as an emerging economic superpower and "the next China", seems bent on emulating some of the worst aspects of Chinese economic policy as practised before that country embarked on sustained industrialisation.
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POLITICS-INDIA: Blasts Test Counter-Terror Strategy
By Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - The three bomb explosions, which ripped through a mosque and an adjoining graveyard, killing 30 people in Malegaon in India's western state of Maharashtra on Friday, have outraged the Indian public. They have also set some tough challenges before the Manmohan Singh government.
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POLITICS: Havana May Breathe Vigour Into Non-Alignment
Analysis by Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - Will next week's summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Havana, Cuba, be a wasteful jamboree marked by ponderous speeches and lofty but empty rhetoric? Or will it rejuvenate the movement and transform it into an exciting enterprise that reflects the aspirations of the vast majority of the world's people who live in 116 member-states and 17 observer countries?
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ASIA-9/11: GWOT Leaves Region in Turmoil
Commentary by Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - Five years after U.S. President George W. Bush launched his "global war on terrorism" (GWOT), the world has become more unsafe, more divided, more strife-prone, more paranoid, and ironically, more vulnerable to terrorism.
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ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Coke, Pepsi Face Public Ire
Analysis by Praful Bidwai
NEW DELHI - A month after seven Indian states imposed severe restrictions on the sale of colas and other aerated drinks, the Coca-Cola company has become the target of a vigorous popular campaign in Uttar Pradesh, India's largest state.
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Praful Bidwai
Nuclear disarmament in South Asia and the proliferation of nuclear weapons are among the issues that Praful Bidwai has been covering for IPS over the past several years. Here IPS has compiled the stories by Praful, an Indian freelance journalist, political analyst and peace activist.

Praful, a former senior editor of The Times of India, is one of the founders of the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament, a member of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists against Proliferation, and one of the leaders of the Indian Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace.

Among many other books, Praful published New Nukes: India , Pakistan and Global Disarmament together with Achin Vanaik. They were awarded the Sean McBride International Peace Prize for 2000 by the International Peace Bureau, and have been called "two of India 's most courageous radical journalists" (Tariq Ali, The Guardian).