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Nikhil Lakshman

Nikhil Lakshman writes on global and current affairs. You can e-mail the author at nikhill@rediff.co.in

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An Evening With A Cricket Legend

An Evening With A Cricket Legend

Rediff.com3 days ago

An illuminating conversation with Chandu Borde, 90, one of India's finest cricketers in the 1960s.

'I struck the winning run and became a hero that day'

'I struck the winning run and became a hero that day'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'We used to get Rs 250 for a Test match, and if the match was over in 4 days, 50 rupees were cut.'

When An Old Friend Passes Away...

When An Old Friend Passes Away...

Rediff.com12 Feb 2024

There will be work today, there will be work tomorrow, there will be work the day after, but nothing will make up for the eternal regret of not seeing a friend when he was dying.

Pannun 'Plot': 'US and India have bent backward...'

Pannun 'Plot': 'US and India have bent backward...'

Rediff.com15 Dec 2023

'...to prevent this episode from disrupting ongoing cooperation.' 'The discovery of this plot had the potential to derail much of what has been achieved in the relationship during this administration's tenure -- I don't think that fact has been sufficiently appreciated in India.'

'US-India initiatives will face new scrutiny'

'US-India initiatives will face new scrutiny'

Rediff.com5 Dec 2023

'This incident offers ammunition to those inside the US government and elsewhere who question the wisdom of trusting India, so it will have a lasting consequence no matter how it is managed.'

'China's aggression, Russian's unreliability, convinced India to value US'

'China's aggression, Russian's unreliability, convinced India to value US'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2023

'India's specific concerns about whether Russia will be a reliable defense supplier and diplomatic partner in the event of heightened hostilities with China has undoubtedly accelerated the process of US-India defense and intelligence cooperation intended to support Indian military positions along the Line of Actual Control.'

'India to play marginal role in US-China rivalry'

'India to play marginal role in US-China rivalry'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2023

'The United States should not, by this logic, expect India to create military distractions along the Line of Actual Control, hold up Chinese shipping in the Indian Ocean, or even openly provide intelligence or basing for US forces transiting the region.'

'Congress has to sort out Shivakumar-Siddaramaiah tensions'

'Congress has to sort out Shivakumar-Siddaramaiah tensions'

Rediff.com16 May 2023

'The central BJP leaders were determined to push Hindutva hard, and it failed.'

'Amritpal is finished politically'

'Amritpal is finished politically'

Rediff.com31 Mar 2023

'It is funny that he's on CCTV all the time, but the Punjab police can't find him.'

'A short and limited war would be a disaster'

'A short and limited war would be a disaster'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2020

'Open conflict would be a disaster for both China and India.'

'By Trump's standards, it was an enormous success'

'By Trump's standards, it was an enormous success'

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

'Flattering press, nice photos, no major gaffes.' 'Both sides will be very happy as they are clearly measuring 'success' by a different yardstick than the world used in the past.'

'I am going to Parliament'

'I am going to Parliament'

Rediff.com20 Apr 2019

'Rahul is also coming there... from Amethi. We will meet there.'

The Maoist threat in Wayanad

The Maoist threat in Wayanad

Rediff.com18 Apr 2019

The NDA candidate tells the Election Commission that the Maoists plan to kidnap him.

'Wayanad will be Rahul's Waterloo'

'Wayanad will be Rahul's Waterloo'

Rediff.com15 Apr 2019

Unlike the LDF and NDA nominees who are at ground zero and campaigning hard every day, the Congress candidate's campaign is undertaken in absentia, dependent on an army of local and imported from the rest of Kerala Congresswomen and men.

An Editor Like None Other

An Editor Like None Other

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

Darryl D'Monte mentored more journalists than any other editor of his generation. Some of the biggest bylines owe their beginnings in our glorious profession to this wonderful human being.

'The danger of war has not passed'

'The danger of war has not passed'

Rediff.com14 Mar 2019

'It is a tense border and there are numerous elements that keep these tensions alive.' 'India is willing to militarily respond if provoked.'

'Unlikely Modi will take another swing at Pak'

'Unlikely Modi will take another swing at Pak'

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

'It seems likely that the February 2019 crisis is over.'

'ISI has encouraged, trained, funded terrorists'

'ISI has encouraged, trained, funded terrorists'

Rediff.com26 Feb 2019

'The Pakistani military has encouraged and supported terrorist organisations, especially in Kashmir, as a means of waging proxy war against the Indian military and the country's superior economic resources.' 'The evidence is irrefutable with the recent killing of 46 paramilitary troops being just the latest example.'

'No one in Washington wants to see another war, or near-war, between India and Pakistan'

'No one in Washington wants to see another war, or near-war, between India and Pakistan'

Rediff.com25 Feb 2019

'While US officials understand and accept India's desire for retaliation, they still don't want to encourage steps that would likely lead to war.'

'US does not want India, Pakistan to go to war'

'US does not want India, Pakistan to go to war'

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

'Washington is telegraphing here is its willingness to support a low-grade, limited use of force meant to send a strong message to Pakistan.' 'Perhaps something along the lines of the surgical strikes in 2016, or perhaps something a bit more -- but not much more.'

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