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Shastri Ramachandaran

  • Eastward Ho! PM Narendra Modi sups at many high tables this month

    This is a month when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is covering more ground? literally and figuratively? overseas than within the country. For half the month, he would be travelling, from one high table to another on the world stage, besides taking centre stage in bilateral and regional meetings.

    Monday, 17 November 2014 - 10:18am
  • Time to face up to the ugly truths about the ISIS

    In sharp contrast to the ongoing dissection — in the West and West Asia — of the ISIS, its roots, its growing appeal, the dangers it poses and ways in which it can be confronted and countered, in India there is a deafening silence.  

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • The Amma of popularity

    Prison has proved to be no bar to the power and pull of the AIADMK supremo

    Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • N-disarmament: Obama’s talk closer to Indian position

    Present-day summit meetings are about optics and atmospherics. It is the triumph of style over content. The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama was no different. In the age of tweet and TV-driven news coverage, events take precedence over outcomes and sound bytes...

    Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • Great Scot(t)! A lot to learn from the Scottish referendum result

    Many Indians who rooted for Scottish independence — to give Britain, which gave us Partition, a taste of its own medicine — would be disappointed with the referendum result. Even they would concede that the contest between Britain and Scotland, although not fair and square in every sense, was...

    Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • 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