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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar at meeting the Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

India, China make modest progress

Yet the road to de-escalation is an arduous and hazardous one.  Even the critics of the Narendra Modi government’s China...

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Pranab Mukherjee was a remarkable man

He relished power, keeping it under wraps with expert astuteness.   Broadly speaking, Indian politicians avoid intimacy. The late Pranab...

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A letter to Indira Gandhi and one from Raja Rao

I reproduce the two letters.   This column I shall confine to two letters. My letter to Prime Minister Indira...

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Thinking of Tagore this August

On 7 August 1941, Rabindranath Tagore passed away in Calcutta at the age of 80.   That August is a...

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Kamala Harris is not an Indo-American

Indian media has gone overboard with Harris. She is not an Indophile.   The Rajapaksa family dominates the 38-member Sri...

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Amar Singh will be missed

I shall miss his humour, ebullience and generosity of heart.   At 8.15 am on 6 August 1945, a US...

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People will not accept a Presidential system

Our democracy has flaws. But which democracy is flawless? What is happening in the United States today?   Some days...

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How Rajasthan was stopped from burning

Man Singh’s death caused an explosion of unprecedented rage among the Jats.   On 20 February 1985, Raja Man Singh,...

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A letter from Krishna Masi

The letter highlights the affectionate and enduring relations between her and the author.   Jawaharlal Nehru had two sisters. Vijailakshmi...

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Racism gets a new life in Trump’s America

I am not sure if President Donald Trump has a black friend.   41 Harefields, Oxford, OX2 8NS My dear...

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The Rao I knew

P.V. Narasimha Rao once told me, ‘I can take her on, but I do not wish to do so.’  ...

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an international conference on the future of Afghan refugees

PM Imran will be history’s minor footnote

His two-year tenure as Prime Minster has been, to put it mildly, dismal.   Imran Khan was undoubtedly one of...

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Never underestimate the Chinese

I have met dozens of great and famous men, but very few were as impressive and refined as Chou.  ...

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Three letters

‘I used to be a hopeless letter writer before, but now I promise improvement’, wrote R.K. Narayan.   In the...

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A letter from E.M. Forster

I met him at Cambridge in 1952. His impact on me was among the great blessings of my life.  ...

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Migrant crisis mishandled

Which agency will monitor implementation of Supreme Court order on migrants?   Nothing exposes the mishandling of the migrant crisis...

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India-Nepal dispute must be resolved soon

Without Beijing’s encouragement, PM Oli would not think of antagonising India.  The top priority on the international agenda at the...

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Major world problems cannot be set aside

Will America’s anti-China verbal overkill continue? Will China come clean and disclose facts? For the last few months humankind has...

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Is this the Age of Fear?

What will tomorrow bring? More fear or hope? Hope for whom?   President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his inaugural address...

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Trust bureaucrats to write such regulations

Lockdown three was promulgated because majority states wanted it.   The other day an American doctor said on CNN that...

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My memories of Gopal and Radhakrishnan

Radhakrishnan patted Chairman Mao on his left cheek.  Among the very best biographies written in 20th century was S. Gopal’s...

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Lockdown cannot continue post 3 May

Another lockdown will not go down well. It will lead to anger, frustration, immense financial strain. Has Kalyug arrived? A...

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Covid-19: Life is changing, will change further

Is humanity trapped by faith, hit by bad luck for its sins (to paraphrase Gandhi)? Human beings are, at the...

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Tablighi Jamaat should be banned 

One critic says that the movement has served as a fertile breeding ground for radical Islamic militancy in many countries....