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Shastri Ramachandaran

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The US-India-China triangle in Asia

If New Delhi’s intention is to keep Beijing and Washington guessing as to whom it favors, then the mixed signals during recent high-level exchanges with both are right on point.

May 01, 2016

Afghanistan: Caught in the crossfire

Although the drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan is well under way, there remain many uncertainties about the post-2014 situation.

October 10, 2013

Rupee’s fall: How about a common currency?

Every few years the Indian rupee takes a dive. Every time this happens, there is the usual hand-wringing and the finance minister talking the rupee up.

September 01, 2013

‘Rising India’ is a misnomer

Official India does not call itself a “Superpower.” The preferred term is “Rising Power.” However, “Rising Power” or “Rising India” is no less of a misnomer as it is unsuited to India’s status and relevance in world affairs.

August 04, 2013

Sino-Indian relations: A thaw in the offing

The 16th round of talks between the Special Representatives (SRs) of India and China on the boundary issue, which was held in Beijing on June 28 and 29, was not just another round of jaw-jaw toward resolving the border dispute.

July 06, 2013

Testing times again for democracy in Pakistan

In a country of coups, where generals take precedence over political parties, democratic transition can be a fraught affair.

May 02, 2013

‘War crimes’ wrangle ignores Lankan Tamils’ challenge to India

Some five weeks after the foreign policy fiasco on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) – which earned the Congress-led UPA government the hostility of all sections in Sri Lanka and the Tamil political parties in India – New Delhi seems

April 29, 2013

Promise of a great renewal wafts from China

In the weeks, and months, ahead, there will be tomes written on the significance of the change in China’s leadership with 62-year-old Xi Jinping succeeding Hu Jintao as the new helmsman. The import of the epochal shift, like all things Chinese, may unravel rather slowly.

December 02, 2012

National concerns override political differences in India

Sections of New Delhi’s diplomatic circuit have been abuzz with two topics. One — in the aftermath of Brajesh Mishra’s demise on Sept. 28, his transformation of India’s foreign policy and its security architecture — was predictable.

October 24, 2012

Anti-corruption movement in India is withering away

As skeletons keep tumbling out of the cupboard of a government besieged by corruption charges, an agitated people may well despair that battling corruption in India’s officialdom is a Sisyphean task.

October 04, 2012