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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.’  ...

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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....

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PM’s lockdown has so far checked virus spread

  With a few exceptions, the blockade is being enforced. Life has been hugely disrupted, but lives are being saved....

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World’s worst health crisis in 100 years

Imposition of a voluntary day long curfew a good idea, but almost impossible to implement in rural India.   The...

Covid-19: Devastation, if not controlled now

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested that the SAARC countries should jointly combat this crisis.   If the coronavirus, Covid-19,...

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Islamic world will hold Delhi riots against us

The Ayatollah cannot be asked to mind his own business. He is respected not only by the Shias but by...

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Verbally restrained Trump was a surprise

Our PM deserves credit for dealing deftly with an unpredictable individual. President Donald Trump is the sixth US President to...

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Congress revival not on horizon

The dilemma the Congress faces is acute. Who will have the guts to ask the Gandhis to step down? No...

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It’s known Nehru didn’t include Patel’s name

Hodson wrote in 1969: “Pandit Nehru’s first list for his post-independence Cabinet omitted the name of Sardar Patel.” Three pages...

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A letter from R.K. Narayan

I opened the rickety wooden gate. On the veranda stood a man wearing a white shirt and white lungi. ‘My...

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Letters from Forster, Rajagopalachari and Vijayalaxmi Pandit

Here are three letters from elderly eminences whom I knew well. My dear Natwar, A line—which ought to have come...

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70 years since Purna Swaraj became a reality

A mini parade was held. The President unfurled the National Flag, with PM Nehru standing next to him.   Jawaharlal...