K Natwar Singh

Former Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke died on Thursday aged 89.

My memory of Bob Hawke

He was Australian Prime Minister for nine years and succeeded in changing Australia’s international profile.   Former Australian Prime Minister...

p1

India cannot afford to lower guard on terror

The chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed has been declared an international terrorist by the UN Security Council.   On Wednesday, 1 May,...

k

Needed, skilful handling of the Lanka situation

ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack. India is in a difficult position. We cannot remain indifferent.   Last Sunday,...

p2

Punjab tries to connect youths with their roots

Punjab CM aims to familiarise young boys and girls of Punjabi origin with their heritage and history.   An imaginative...

k natwar

Fascinating insights into Babur’s life

How Babur saved Humayun’s life has been narrated in the past. This book tells what actually happened.   Babur Nama...

natwar

Butcher of Jallianwala, a hero in England

General Dyer was malignance personified. His action ensured the rapid end of the British Empire.      On 13 April...

p2

Chandigarh, elections and other musings

Speculation about the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections is now reaching epidemic proportions.   I have spent the last...

natwar

New Zealand PM leads by example

Following the mosque massacre, she lost no time in banning the manufacture and sale of lethal weapons.   “They are...

p1

Now that the general elections are here

Our democracy has taken root. But in my judgement our democracy is yet to reach its apotheosis.   By the...

k

Pak media’s India coverage can be outrageous

TV channels and retired generals and air marshals and self-appointed experts keep stoking the diplomatic fires.   One of the...

k

Time to think of war widows and their children

We should ensure employment for the widows. Their children’s school fees must be paid by the MoD.   In the...

p2

How Mussolini used Tagore and Gandhi

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) was the originator of Fascism. He ruled Italy from 1922-1943. His end was gory. He was shot,...

p2

Pak’s isolation will be short-lived

The Pulwama attack has evoked worldwide condemnation. We cannot afford to lower our guard.   Some years ago, a Pakistani...

P2

Thoughts on books recently read

Chinmoy Guha has worked long and diligently to collect the near forgotten letters of two Nobel Laureates.   For the...

p1

Without Gandhi, India wouldn’t be independent

He combined his moral grandeur with his political genius in a unique manner. Gandhi was a miracle.   Mahatma Gandhi’s...

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho visits Beijing

All about Xi

He has ambitious plans for fulfilling his Chinese Dream and Chinese miracle. Xi’s China is a Marxist dictatorship.   Earlier...

p2

Nehru’s letter to Kennedy

His messages to the US President make pathetic reading.   I have been re-reading B.K. Nehru’s fascinating and absorbing autobiography,...

p2

My memory of Fidel Castro

This week, 60 years ago, Fidel Castro took over as the supreme leader of Cuba, an island in the West...

p2

Read, write books and never be bored

I edited The Legacy of Nehru. Contributors included Bertrand Russell, Clement Attlee, Martin Luther King Jr.   Raja Rao, famous...

p2

St. Stephen’s college, 70 years ago

In the Army, Navy, Air Force, Stephenians have attained the highest ranks, also in media establishments.   I joined St....

page 12

When Radhakrishnan patted Mao on the cheek

After shaking hands with the almighty Mao, he flouted every rule of protocol. The Chairman was taken aback.   Before...

k

A funeral fit for a President

Kennedy’s funeral was impeccably organised and brilliantly regulated. What an aura the man had.   Watching the funeral services held...

p2

Nehru used to meet new IFS officers personally

Pakistan needs to shed its Kashmir obsession for the long term normalisation of India-Pakistan relations.   The combined ages of...

p1

Guru Nanak: One of ten greatest Indians of all time

He was a saint, scholar, poet, author, guide, revolutionary, who believed in gender equality.   I am not a Sikh....