Articles Archive / January 3, 2017

Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle

  • A ‘malaise’ for next French Prez
    December 9, 2016
    Voters were certainly “tired” of Mr Sarkozy’s “hyper” style of functioning and his harsh words for those who did not agree with him.
    December 1 will remain a historic date in the history of the French presidency. The 62-year-old Socialist President, François Hollande, was the first head of the Fifth Republic, founded in 1958, to renounce contesting for a second term.
  • It pays to be tough with China
    November 16, 2016
    Before India’s independence nobody ever contested the fact that Demchok was the last village on the road to western Tibet.
    Interesting news has been coming in from the high plateau of Ladakh. For three days, the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police had an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with the People’s Liberation Army on the Line of Actual Control in the border village of Demchok.
  • The future of Ladakh
    October 11, 2016
    Union home minister Rajnath Singh paid a belated two-day visit to Ladakh after last month’s much-publicised all-party delegation’s trip to Jammu and Kashmir.
  • A worrying scenario at Ladakh border
    June 19, 2016
    Nubra constituency in Ladakh shares its borders with both China and Pakistan. The charming valley, partially opened to tourism, is one of the most strategic spots of India’s northern borders.
  • A Road to the Border
    April 19, 2016.
    In India, for any editor, there is a hierarchy in the news; I presume that the same is true the world over. This week the “royal visit” made it to the front page. It is normal; India is still sentimentally attached to “her” royals. Cricket is a must, the Panama Papers and, rightly, the tragedy in Kerala. However, a seemingly insignificant news, hardly reported in the national media, may have critical strategic implications for the country.
  • Election in Exile
    March 10, 2016.
    Tibetans refugees will elect their new Prime Minister on March 20.
    He is known as “Sikyong” or “Political Leader” in opposition to the “Spiritual Leader”, the Dalai Lama, who in March 2011 decided that the time had come for Tibet to become a true democracy and have an elected leader instead of someone ruling by virtue of his birth-right, as the incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva-patron of Tibet.
  • French are coming to jet, set, go
    January 21, 2016.
    India and France have always had a special relationship. I still remember freezing winter of 1982, when I travelled by train to Delhi from warm South India to meet President François Mitterrand. In those days, there was no terrorist threat and it was rather easy to approach a head of a state.
  • It’s a horror!
    November 15, 2015.
    Terrorist Massacre in Paris”, “The Horror”, “Carnage in Paris”, “The War in the Centre of Paris” — On Saturday morning I woke up to these headlines in the French press when all I wanted to know was the result of the football match played in the Stade de France in Paris between France and Germany.
  • A Modern Tragedy
    October 20, 2015
    The migration of populations from the frontiers, particularly the borders with China in Ladakh, Uttarakhand or Arunachal Pradesh, is a modern tragedy.
  • The curious case of Zhang’s visit
    June 28, 2015.

    Has not India missed a chance to convey that everything is not rosy in the bilateral relations? Why was the MEA nowhere to be seen? Why did India lose such an opportunity to convey to this powerful Chinese politician, its position on several vexed issues?
  • LAC not ripe for settlement
    May 13, 2015
    A solution probably favoured by Beijing would be to ‘exchange’ Aksai Chin against recognition of Arunachal as being a part of India… If India does agree, would the border issue be resolved? No!
  • Modi’s ‘Yugantar’ moment
    April 17, 2105
    It was perhaps the first time that a PM considered the defence procurement priority of the country over the babus’ and other considerations… and over his own pet project ‘Make in India’, which will now be delayed for years





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