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Seema Sirohi

Seema Sirohi is a foreign policy analyst currently based in Washington. She has worked for The Telegraph (Calcutta), Outlook and Ananda Bazar Patrika in the past, reporting from Geneva, Rome, Bratislava, Belgrade, Paris, Islamabad and Washington on a range of issues. Author of Sita’s Curse: Stories of Dowry Victims, she has been a commentator on BBC, CNN and NPR.

Nov 22, 2012

Why I don’t feel pained about Kasab’s hanging

There were disgusting messages on Twitter celebrating Kasab’s death with “biryani” and worse. There were countdowns for the masterminds still living and thriving in Pakistan who ordered the attacks on Mumbai in 2008. #26/11 Mumbai attacks #Ajmal Kasab #Death Penalty #InMyOpinion #Pakistan #Terrorism

Nov 16, 2012

Pak race for tactical nukes adds new poison to the mix

Pakistan's nuclear frenzy, and its move to acquire smaller and more readily usable nuclear weapons, is disquieting because such weapons make sense only when distributed near the borders for quick and early use. #JihadNation #No first use #Nuclear proliferation #Nuclear weapons #Pakistan

Nov 7, 2012

Obama won because his gut instinct was right

He focused on regular Americans — the middle class and the poor — while Romney dissed them as the 47 percent who didn’t matter. His cool, non-fussy way of governing won him more support than Romney had imagined. #Barack Obama #InMyOpinion #Mitt Romney #US Elections 2012

Oct 31, 2012

Sandy effect: Will a cocky Obama team pay the price?

Just five days before the vote the race is too close to call, partly because of the Obama campaign’s slightly arrogant, slightly complacent and overly confident methods. On the other hand, Romney’s team has run a better, tighter campaign in the last phase. #Barack Obama #Hurricane Sandy #Mitt Romney #OnOurMind

Oct 20, 2012

Obama gets groove back, firing up crowds in last phase

It took a while and a disastrous first debate performance to wake and shake Obama up. A little more than two weeks before the vote and all guns blazing he is firing up the crowds. #Barack Obama #Mitt Romney #US Presidential Elections 2012 #US2012

Oct 15, 2012

Cyber wars: Can India stand up to the China threat?

India should also weigh the idea of opening up to Huawei. Its aggressive and attractive under pricing should be measured against the risk of handing over the telecom backbone to a company, which may have the power to cripple systems at the drop of a virus. #China #Cyberwars #HowThisWorks #Huawei #ZTE Corporation

Oct 4, 2012

Shivraj Singh Chouhan: BJP’s new star shines in Washington

Chouhan’s success was remarkable enough that the World Bank invited him to make a presentation so that some of his ideas could be replicated in Africa, especially his many schemes for women’s empowerment. #BJP #Inpraiseof #Madhya Pradesh #Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Sep 23, 2012

Two faced Pakistan exposes itself in the US

The two faces of Pakistan were on stark display last week, one with a good make over showing signs of a somewhat healthy diet and the other darkened with twisted logic spouting old falsehoods. #General Eshan ul-Haq #Haqqani network #Hina Rabbani Khar #HowThisWorks #Innocence of Muslims #ISI #Pakistan

Sep 14, 2012

Anti Islam video: Free speech at what cost?

Free speech absolutists want the US govt to assert First Amendment rights and not compromise this most sacred principle. But they don’t explain how a government is to protect its citizens – a task more sacred. #Anti-Islamic Film #Free Speech #Libya #Terry Jones #ThatsJustWrong

Sep 3, 2012

What US Judiciary could learn from Naroda Patiya verdict

While in India, the people’s faith in the judiciary was restored with the Naroda Patiya verdict, in America, two cases under investigation related to the use of torture by the CIA, which had ended in the deaths of two prisoners, were shut down. #Naroda Patiya Verdict #ThatsJustWrong #US prison torture