K Natwar Singh

Anti-extradition bill protesters shout slogans as they march to West Kowloon Express Rail Link Station in Hong Kong, China, on 7 July. REUTERS

Hong Kong’s special status in jeopardy

The ‘movement’ to erode the sovereignty of Hong Kong produced strong emotions and anger.   Events in Hong Kong, a...

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On Rahul’s resignation and Congress’ future

If Rahul Gandhi was to now withdraw his resignation, his credibility would suffer a near fatal political blow.   The...

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Conversations with C. Rajagopalachari

I have been re-reading Rajmohan Gandhi’s biography of his maternal grandfather, Chakravarty Rajagopalachari. His name consisted of 26 letters. Mahatma...

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No place for happiness in politics

Congress is in the midst of a serious political paralysis, but it’s not yet time to write its obituary.  ...

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Majority in Khan Market from middle class

Civil servants and members of the armed forces seen in the gang abode do not have bulging bank accounts. Prime...

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How Congress functions, or does not

Those in the party who imagine Congress will reinvent itself shortly are under perilous delusion.   Whether Rahul Gandhi remains...

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Modi opens second term as a statesman

Narendra Modi is perhaps destined to be the maker of India of the 21st century.   On 23 May, not...

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Sure-footed Modi set poll narrative

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan was a monumental disaster.   In the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Chandigarh, elections and other musings

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Thoughts on books recently read

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

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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...