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Shastri Ramachandaran

  • 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
  • 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