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Shastri Ramachandaran

  • 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
  • Iran, Palestine, Cuba top foreign policy tests in 2015

    With US President Barack Obama as the Republic Day guest, Indian foreign policy is bound to attract more than usual interest in 2015. Obama comes at a time when the relationship, as India’s envoy to the US put it, has moved from the “romantic” to the “realistic” stage. Bilateral ties, as realists...

    Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 7:30am
  • China’s Silk Road map

    India has much to gain from it as such an initiative would foster trade and fight terrorism

    Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - 5:00am
  • Chinese element in Nobel committee’s self-stirred brew

    More than the Nobel Prize, it was the Nobel Committee that grabbed headlines this year. In the weekend preceding the Prize ceremony, when Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai were getting ready for the arclights in Oslo, when public and media interest in the prize was peaking, the Nobel Committee...

    Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 5:05am
  • India-Pakistan's joint Nobel Peace Prize win triggers friendship

    Even as prime minister Narendra Modi his counterpart across the border, Nawaz Sharif, face off against each other, harden their stands and raise the bar against resumption of the stalled dialogue, India-Pakistan bonhomie, epitomised by Nobel Peace laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai,...

    Friday, 12 December 2014 - 6:20am
  • Champions of peace: Nobel honour for Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi

    It was a rare occasion when India and Pakistan— together—carried the day in the Norwegian capital. Amidst thundering applause in the famed City Hall, child rights activists Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Prize for Peace and solemnly pledged to end exploitation of children...

    Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 7:55am
  • India is no match for China in the SAARC summit

    If the best that Narendra Modi’s spin doctors could do to underscore his success at the recent SAARC summit was to boast that he stuck to a simple vegetarian meal while Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif feasted on halal meat, evidently there is little else to crow about. Beyond a point, hype becomes...

    Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 5:00am