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Shastri Ramachandaran

  • India-Lanka ties: MEA can rise above Tamil sideshow

    The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ignores the demands, protests and viewpoints of Tamil political parties in the matter of dealing with Sri Lanka has not deterred these forces from persisting with the tamasha.

    Monday, 8 September 2014 - 9:59am
  • Rhetoric and reality of state focus in diplomacy

    The urge to impress that the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is racing ahead with one new initiative after another seems to be so compelling that even the routine is being dressed up and sold as “new”. One such example is the rhetoric of “state focus” in foreign policy. State focus,...

    Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 5:00am
  • Dravidian parties uneasy with BJP's policy shift on Sri Lanka

    The BJP-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems determined to press the reset button on India’s policy towards Sri Lanka. Equally perceptible is the displeasure of the Dravidian parties from the ruling AIADMK to the DMK as well as the Kazhagams that constitute the BJP’s National...

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • India has much to learn from Britain and Germany

    Indians who think that we have outdone Britain in all things British — such as mastery of the English language, cricket and the Westminster model — should think again. Last week’s visit of British Foreign Minister William Hague and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne served as a reminder of...

    Monday, 14 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Swaraj's moves: Lot more than mere charm offensive

    In the BJP-led NDA's first month in office, if there is one leading light of the Modi sarkar who struck the right notes, made the right moves and generally impressed observers and her audiences, it is, without doubt, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

    Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Reading between the lines of PM Narendra Modi’s Bhutan visit

    In diplomacy, subtext and context are more important than text. Narendra Modi’s first foreign visit as Prime Minister is no exception to this rule. His Thimphu trip was intended to show that in the new scheme of things, the neighbourhood enjoys high priority. This is obvious.

    Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 6:00am
  • The new PM comes good in the neighbourhood

    The week since May 26, the day a BJP Prime Minister was sworn in on the strength of the party’s own majority in the Lok Sabha, has been replete with unexpected messages for those at home, in the neighbourhood and further away.

    Monday, 2 June 2014 - 9:51am
  • AIADMK clean sweep may boost India's Lanka policy

    The BJP must be relieved that its Tamil Nadu allies and the DMK have been rendered irrelevant by the AIADMK's bagging 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Had the DMK or the BJP's allies, such as Vaiko's MDMK, made gains, the new government would have been hamstrung in dealing with the...

    Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 6:00am
  • US expects its restraint on IPR to pay off after polls

    The Obama administration wants American big business, especially Big Pharma, to pause before reviving the push to prise open the Indian market. That is the message of the US government’s decision to desist from labelling India as a prime offender in the matter of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs...

    Monday, 5 May 2014 - 8:29am
  • China’s rising economic might and its implications for India

    China’s offer to invest $300 billion — 30% of the 12th Five Year Plan target of $1 trillion — for India’s infrastructure development in the next three years is at once an opportunity and a challenge.

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 6:10am