K Natwar Singh

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Every agency connected with PM security must be held responsible

I do not remember if our security officers go to Israel, the US or UK for training. Israel has an...

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Mandela on Tutu

The only time I met Archbishop Desmond Tutu was on 2.3.2005 in Cape Town. I spent a few minutes with...

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Some thoughts on Jinnah

Whenever I am asked, ‘Who was the most successful pre-1947 Indian politician?’ my answer is ‘M.A. Jinnah.’ The date of...

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In Warsaw, a brush with Bangladesh

No officer of the Indian Foreign Service will forget the horrific and murderous activities of the Pakistan army in East...

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Breakfast with Evil: An essential read

Ashis Nandi takes on Satyajit Ray on his westernized Indianness and succeeds to plant doubts in the reader’s mind about...

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat addressing at a function to mark the centennial birth anniversary of Dr. Suraj Prakash

Some thoughts on Mohan Bhagwat’s views

Does he really believe that Pakistan will ever agree to Partition being undone? Broadly speaking, I read the speeches and...

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My tryst with Africa

Our committee came very low in the Ethiopian pecking order and did not merit a canine presence bigger than a...

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Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru

I came into contact with Prime Minister Nehru when I was in my teens. The last time I met Pandit...

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An authoritative book on China

Nirupama Rao’s book is over 600 pages long, deeply researched, scholarly, insightful and convincing. Nirupama Rao was born in 1950....

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Great Hindu Civilisation is the work of an accomplished scholar

Pavan rightly takes Babington Macaulay to task, who knew nothing about India’s culture, the spiritual dimensions or its past. The...

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Bhagat Singh’s letter to his father

On 4 October 1930, Bhagat Singh wrote to his father a breath-taking letter. Yesterday I finished reading, “Bhagat Singh: A...

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Re-reading Ambedkar’s biography

B.R. Ambedkar had a razor-sharp intellect. With due respect, neither Nehru nor Patel can be included in the same intellectual...

Hyderabad: Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli celebrate the fall of Roston Chase's wicket on Day 3 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Oct 14, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Thinking of cricket in the time of IPL

The Australian PM introduced me to Bradman. I was surprised to note that he was only an inch taller than...

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Re-reading Gandhi’s biography

For me the past week has been one of despair and disgust. To divert my mind from the prevailing political...

Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

It’s over for Congress in Punjab

 The mess in Punjab is self-inflected by the Congress. Among the states going to the polls early next year are...

PM Narendra Modi addresses at the Plenary Session of the 21st Meeting of SCO Council

PM spells out India’s Afghanistan policy

The PM was addressing virtually the SCO summit. It happened sooner than later. According to reliable sources, a few days...

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Looking back at 9/11

For the first time in history the mainland of the United States had been attacked by unknown enemies. Where was...

24 Indians and 11 Nepalese arrive at Hindon Air Force Station from Kabul

India must have a presence in Kabul

Sooner rather than later we should reopen our embassy in Kabul. Afghanistan is no stranger to brutal turmoil, deadly violence...

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Afghanistan’s future appears bleak

India is naturally very concerned at developments in Kabul in particular and Afghanistan in general. It is my hope that...

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How India was born, in a matter of weeks

‘Here was a task which normally should have taken years to accomplish but which had to be compressed into the...

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On Tagore, snippets from a scrapbook

I found several newspaper clippings relating to Tagore’s life and death in my childhood scrapbook. Rabindranath Tagore died in Calcutta...

Indian Archery mixed team Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari practice at the training arena

India’s performance at Olympics frustrates

I watch the Games with considerable annoyance because of India’s dismal performance. I was the only Stephenian who got college...

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A letter from Raja Rao

I first met him in New York in March 1963. Earlier I had reviewed his ‘The Serpent and the Rope’...

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A letter from Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk was a dedicated Marxist who at the same time venerated Mahatma Gandhi. I had the good fortune to have...