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Shastri Ramachandaran

  • Role of states in shaping foreign policy

    Speaking at the launch function, where the Gujarat and Maharashtra Chief Ministers were present, Modi said that state governments could take decisions more quickly. “These interactions also make the state governments more sensitive and aware of the international dynamics and requirements,” he added...

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 5:00am
  • Delhi keeps Denmark in the diplomatic doghouse

    The Royal Danish Embassy in Delhi is a reminder that Denmark has fallen off the map of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Neither the change at the helm — from the UPA’s Manmohan Singh to the BJP’s Narendra Modi — nor foreign secretary Sujatha Singh being...

    Friday, 8 May 2015 - 5:00am
  • Chinese leaders keen to win over “strong leader” Modi

    Almost all those who met the Indian journalists described Modi as a “strong leader” who could take India-China relations to a higher level by increasing political trust and opening the way to resolve the tricky boundary dispute.

    Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - 7:45am
  • Undiplomatic antics dent India’s image abroad

    All these years, if India could bat above its league on the world stage, it is not only because of being favoured – over other, more powerful developing countries – by the Anglo-American axis. The dominance of English and, rightly or otherwise, the values and versatility associated with...

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015 - 5:00am
  • The Modi government is losing its shine abroad

    There is a loss of shine, a denting of India image in the neighbourhood as well as on the world stage and subtle but significant shifts in the perception of Modi sarkar. However, neither his critics nor the opposition can claim credit for any of these. The BJP-led government alone is responsible...

    Monday, 23 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Modi’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka is ill-timed

    The timing of Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka — the first by an Indian Prime Minister in more than 25 years — appears to be inopportune in the context of recent developments. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s remark that Indian fishermen entering...

    Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Sirisena visit opens new chapter in India-Lanka ties

    India’s relations with Sri Lanka, which had been marked by too many points of friction in recent times, especially in the last phase of the UPA and the Mahinda Rajapaksa regimes, seems to be on the upswing again. The high-level exchanges -- which would see Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sri...

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Action awaited on overdue diplomatic postings

    The stunning performance of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections has, doubtless, shaken Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Although the BJP leadership keeps insisting that the election was not a referendum on Modi, the fallout of this election would be felt far beyond Delhi.

    Friday, 13 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Oil’s not well: Saudi support crucial for Modi’s achhe din

    India needs to keep on the right side of the House of Saud given the importance of oil and its low prices for Modi Sarkar, especially to deliver on its promise of achhe din.

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - 1:45pm
  • Change in Sri Lanka: Old issues remain for new regime

    The outcome of the presidential elections in Sri Lanka is unlikely to lead to early resolution of the issues which dogged the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. In fact, President Maithripala Sirisena may be hard put to ensure certainty of policies to the satisfaction of the constituents who ensured his...

    Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 5:00am