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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...

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My Dilip Kumar stories

I persuaded him to accept nomination to the Rajya Sabha. Many of us have personal Dilip Kumar “stories” up our...

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Gandhi and Tagore

They had fundamental differences on certain issues. Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore were born in the same decade. Tagore...

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Emergency: A lethal blow to India

I was Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time. B.K. Nehru was the High Commissioner. Drip by drip the...

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In memory of Kenneth Kaunda

He visited India several times. On Thursday, 17 June, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, founder President of Zambia passed away in Lusaka...

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What we need to know about H. Hatterr

Hatterr is an erratic, well read, endearing soul who is constantly getting into hilarious situations. I have just finished reading...

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Foreign policy needs eternal vigilance

Inevitably, in one or two cases, PM Modi has been subjected to wholly unfair blame and criticism. I have no...

K. Natwar Singh with E.M. Forster in Cambridge in 1954.

Letters from E.M. Forster

‘I still sit about quietly, still have no telephone and though I have a gramophone, it does not revolve as...

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Letters from Indira Gandhi

Two letters written in 1976 and 1980. I am, in today’s column, producing two of the many letters Prime Minister...

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A letter from Han Suyin

We met by chance in Peking in July 1956 and took to each other immediately. I am 92 years of...

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Mamata arrives on national scene

India is in dire need of a strong opposition. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has now arrived on the national scene....

A file photo of former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee passes away at the age of 91 years

The times they are hard

After the first Covid-19 wave, it was mistakenly thought that the worst was over. Complacency was all too evident. The...

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My memories of Fidel Castro

During my 1982 visit I had not expected to meet President Castro. A few hours before my departure I was...

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Wind of change in Russia-Pak relations

Sergey Lavrov has been Foreign Minister of Russia for 17 years. Perhaps the longest serving Foreign Minister in the world....

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A letter from Sharda Prasad

‘Diaries are not always truthful. They record the minutiae but miss the essence.’ When Emergency was declared on 26 June...

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Gopal book gives peek into Gandhi’s life

Gandhi Restless As Mercury is an extension of Gandhiji’s autobiography. I have respect for a few people. Gopal Gandhi I...

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Those who gave us quotable quotes

‘No Englishman is too low to have scruples; no Englishman is high enough to be free from tyranny.’ Gandhi: “I...

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Dandi march: The salt revolution of 1930

The march began on 12 March 1930. Gandhi left Sabarmati Ashram at 6.30 am, accompanied by 79 satyagrahis. Mahatma Gandhi’s...

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No lowering our guard against China

China is planning to build a ‘passageway’ between Tibet and South Asia. The National People’s Congress opened in Beijing on...

Fingers crossed on Indo-Pak ceasefire

Fingers crossed on India-Pak ceasefire

Moeed Yusuf later denied that any meeting between him and Ajit Doval was held. This should be taken with a...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

While Nelson Mandela was a genuine admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, he writes, ‘In India, Gandhi had been dealing with a...

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Matter of Myanmar: Our own interest is priority

It would be unwise to withdraw our ambassador. He could be called for consultations and kept in Delhi for some...

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Re-reading a Gandhi biography

Louis Fischer’s first book on the Mahatma, A Week with Gandhi was published in the United States in 1943. I read...