All stories by Nikhil Lakshman
'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'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'Rediff.com20 Apr 2019
'Rahul is also coming there... from Amethi. We will meet there.'
The Maoist threat in WayanadRediff.com18 Apr 2019
The NDA candidate tells the Election Commission that the Maoists plan to kidnap him.
'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 OtherRediff.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'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'Rediff.com6 Mar 2019
'It seems likely that the February 2019 crisis is over.'
'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'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'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.'
'If fighting stops in Afghanistan, Kashmir could become ground zero for terror groups'Rediff.com22 Feb 2019
'A resurgent Jaish could be a reflection of the Pakistani security establishment's view that with the region moving ever closer to a post-US Afghanistan, it is time to redirect attention to Kashmir.'
The V S Naipaul I came to knowRediff.com14 Aug 2018
Nikhil Lakshman remembers the times he spent with the legendary writer who passed into the ages six days before his 86th birthday.
Ashes: 'A Battle of the Flaws'Rediff.com27 Jan 2018
'What we are about to watch in Australia is a mid-table contest -- 3rd versus 5th in the ICC Test championship table.' 'Both teams seem full of flaws.'
'US wants Haqqanis, not Saeed'Rediff.com9 Jan 2018
'Perhaps the biggest indication was its striking decision in November to delink LeT from its aid certification process.' 'The administration decided that the US, in order to send military aid to Pakistan, would not need to certify that Pakistan is cracking down on LeT.' 'Perhaps the administration was trying to offer a carrot -- in effect, we're backing off on LeT, but in return we expect you (Pakistan) to go after the Haqqanis.' 'Either way, the optics were dreadful for the US given that Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest a few days after the US move.' 'The US reacted angrily, but eventually it moved on, and refocused on its core concern: The Afghan-focused terror groups.'
'US may help India in war against terror'Rediff.com9 Jan 2018
'If the US-Pakistan relationship continues to suffer, Pakistan may feel it has less to lose and decide that it need not keep a leash on LeT in order to appease America.' 'A tougher US policy toward Pakistan could lead to an emboldened and strengthened LeT and JeM, resulting in more terrorist attacks in India.'
The attack on Parliament and Osama's escapeRediff.com31 Aug 2017
'Jaish aided by LeT attacked Parliament knowing mobilisation of Indian military assets would be the consequence.' 'That mobilisation happened, necessitating a military response from Musharraf who moved troops guarding back doors out of Tora Bora, facilitating Osama's escape.'
'Pakistani army officers don't want to join the ISI'Rediff.com31 Aug 2017
'The military in Pakistan is capable and self critical, but intelligence is stuffed full of lifers who resist change, which is why career soldiers in Pakistan try with all their might not to be transferred into the ISI.'
'Trump will be tougher on Pakistan'Rediff.com21 Jul 2017
'If there's one administration that would be likely to put the squeeze on Pakistan, it's the Trump administration.' 'This is an administration that views terrorists as a black and white issue (kill them all, no questions asked), and will have little patience for Pakistan's selective policy toward terrorism.'
'Indira played politics with the ease of a sleepwalker'Rediff.com13 Jul 2017
'She was once asked what the secret to political leadership was and she said it was the ability to like all kinds of people.' 'I don't think Rahul fundamentally likes people -- that's probably why he can't deal with them and it shows.' 'Sonia is a more talented political mobiliser than her son, but I think the decline of the Congress set in in 1969...'