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K Natwar Singh

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Republic Day and other musings

The splendour of the Republic Day parade cannot be exaggerated. The setting is breathtaking. Heads of state and government seldom...

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Pakistan, a country ruined by its Army

Most countries have armies, but in Pakistan the army has a country. Had M.A. Jinnah and Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan...

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2022: The year that was

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s internal and external image goes up by the month. How does one assess 2022? In my...

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Diary of a football fan

I was one among the three billion fans who sat glued to the TV to watch the football World Cup....

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When Nehru and Shaw wrote to each other

‘I do not know why I am writing to you, for we are both busy men and I have no...

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PM’s G20 vision: Human centric globalisation

He emphasised that the great challenges of the world could not be solved ‘by fighting but by acting together’. At...

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A letter from K.P.S. Menon

After Independence, Menon became India’s first Foreign Secretary. K.P.S. Menon was born in Ottapalom in Kerala in 1898. He got...

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G20 delivered a rebuke to Russia

Most members were of the view that the war in Ukraine was causing immense human suffering. Leaders of the world’s...

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The world is spared a Trump ascendance

The impartial voter in the midterm elections made sure that Trump should be taken care of by the electoral guillotine....

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Justice must for Gujarat bridge victims

What was the load capacity of the bridge? Not more than 125 people. In fact there were 400 to 500...

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When Gandhi spoke in Benares

‘No amount of speeches will ever make us fit for self-government. It is only our conduct that will fit us...

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60 years of the China war debacle

Responsibility for the debacle rests with Nehru, V.K. Krishna Menon and Brigadier B.M. Kaul. A melancholy anniversary passed unremembered three...

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A powerful China is always hegemonistic

China is the only P5 country in the UN Security Council which is opposed to India becoming a permanent member...

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The Nobel Laureates I met

I have met 21 Nobel Laureates. Pearl Buck, USA; Kawabata Yasunari, Japan; Pablo Neruda, Chile; Nelson Mandela, South Africa; Robert...

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Back seat driving won’t revive Congress

Sonia Gandhi is an expert at back seat driving. Can she revive the Congress? No. What a week where the...

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Two letters from Indira Gandhi

‘Lord Louis is, as you know, incorrigible. He is friends with all the wrong sort of people and presumably believes...

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Does British monarchy have a future?

At Palam airport, Prince Charles took me aside and said, ‘I would very much like to come again in October...

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The Queen, Mrs Thatcher and Mrs Gandhi: The tale of a diplomatic minefield

The Commonwealth Heads of State and Government was held in New Delhi in November 1983. The Prime Minister appointed me...

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Gorbachev had a soft corner for India

I met him half a dozen times. His personality was engaging, his determination to change and reform a stagnant USSR...

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Britishers who became Congress president

Not even a couple of dozen Congresspersons would know the names of four Britishers, each of whom became President of...

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India at 75 moving towards a bright future

India of 2022 is spectacularly different from the India of 1947. There is one vital element that has remained active,...

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India, a soft power on its way to become a hard power

M.D. Nalapat’s book, 75 Years of Indian Foreign Policy: War, Peace and a World Realigned, is riveting, erudite and provocative....

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Droupadi Murmu’s election is path-breaking

The spirit of Mahatma Gandhi will have conveyed its blessings to this remarkable daughter of India. This has been a...

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What Gandhi thought of Mahabharata

Broadly speaking, most people assume that Gandhiji did not read books. When he was in a jocular mood he would...