K Natwar Singh

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Confusion in Sri Lanka

SC has clipped Maithripala’s presidential wings, the country has two PMs and a besieged Speaker.   The political confusion in...

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We can do without the nomenclature epidemic

Renaming cities cannot be national priority. We have far more work to do in the fields of health, education etc....

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Of Gandhi, Patel, Nehru and Ambedkar

The history of 20th century India can be summed up around the lives of these significant leaders.   The history...

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When Ibn Saud visited India

Arab chief of protocol said about the King, ‘His Majesty is never late. Your ministers have come too early.’  ...

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How Copernicus got a road in Delhi

I discovered that Warsaw city authorities had named roads in honour of Mahatma and Jawaharlal Nehru.   Hitler attacked Poland...

Sonipat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the statue of Sir Chhotu Ram in Sampla of Haryana's Rohtak on Oct 9, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Who was Sir Chhotu Ram?

He changed the face of rural Punjab, by enacting revolutionary reforms.   On 9 October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled...

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When Nehru erred

Even Nehru’s most ardent chelas grant that his handling of the Kashmir issue, problem and dispute was inapt.   I...

UNITED NATIONS, Sep. 28, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) poses for a group photo with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (1st L), South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindi

Let’s not try to be a second class permanent member of UNSC

One suggestion that has gathered some support is that the new permanent members should not have the veto. As EAM,...

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Gandhi, in 2,000 pages

During Indira Gandhi’s visit to nine South American countries, it took some effort to convince the media that she was...

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A tiff with Morarjibhai Desai

When Desai saw the discretionary grant register, he pronounced, ‘Indira used to send Natwar Singh foreign currency by the diplomatic...

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Letters from past refresh memories

Excerpts from the letters published in K. Natwar Singh’s book Treasured Epistles brought out by Rupa:   ‘Our PM is...

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Why 3 June 1947 was a momentous day

K. Natwar Singh starts a column on history for The Sunday Guardian from this week.   Lord Louis Mountbatten arrived...