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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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'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.'

'If fighting stops in Afghanistan, Kashmir could become ground zero for terror groups'

'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 know

The V S Naipaul I came to know

Rediff.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'

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'

'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'

'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 escape

The attack on Parliament and Osama's escape

Rediff.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'

'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'

'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'

'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...'

'Indira Gandhi was the James Bond of power politics'

'Indira Gandhi was the James Bond of power politics'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2017

'She was the only prime minister who won a decisive military victory.' 'She won a real war; she didn't play video games on prime time TV over surgical strikes!' 'She understood power better than any other politician, saw it as her birthright and used it with inborn expertise.' 'Every politician today who tries to be a "supremo" through populism and absolute control over his or her party is referring to the Indira Gandhi playbook!'

'This is an excellent start'

'This is an excellent start'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2017

'Progress demands regular senior-level attention from American leaders.' 'A leaders' summit is great, but we need sustained engagement to continue to forge new agreements and find new areas of cooperation.'

'I'd give the Modi-Trump summit 10/10'

'I'd give the Modi-Trump summit 10/10'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2017

'We're going to see a defence relationship that really takes off -- now that India is a major defence partner of the US, the sky is the limit for arms sales.' 'The economic partnership will lag behind the security relationship, but the meeting and joint statement give cause to believe that it will progress more robustly than many of us would have expected.'

'The RSS is deeply uncomfortable about Gandhi'

'The RSS is deeply uncomfortable about Gandhi'

Rediff.com23 Jun 2017

'Actually, the RSS is deeply ambivalent and uncomfortable with Gandhi as well as also Ambedkar, but it is not politically wise to oppose these two.' 'So Nehru is the main and only target.'

'Pakistan's nuclear plans directed at Indian incursion into Pakistan'

'Pakistan's nuclear plans directed at Indian incursion into Pakistan'

Rediff.com20 Nov 2016

'If Indian armed forces entered Pakistan and succeeded in inflicting major damage on the Pakistani army and occupied territory in the Pakistani heartland, there is reason to think the Pakistani military would use some nuclear weapons against the incoming Indian forces to compel India to stop.'

'Revenge is a dish best served cold'

'Revenge is a dish best served cold'

Rediff.com22 Sep 2016

'If you invest your entire capital in talks, you cannot abruptly change gear and decide on war.'

'International cricket needs fixing'

'International cricket needs fixing'

Rediff.com21 Jan 2016

'T20 isn't the killer. The T20 format is good for the game.' 'The majority of international cricketers still value Test cricket.'

The Man Who Lived for the Story

The Man Who Lived for the Story

Rediff.com12 Jan 2016

Generations of Indian Americans have had Arthur first note their feats and recount it to the world. And that is why so many desis across America have been saddened by his passing.

Pakistan will continue to support terrorists

Pakistan will continue to support terrorists

Rediff.com4 Jan 2016

'The problem with India and Pakistan can be solved by Pakistan by ceasing its support for Islamist terrorists operating in India, letting go of its baseless demands upon Kashmir, ceasing its support for terrorists attacking India assets in Afghanistan.'

'Modi will continue the engagement with Pakistan'

'Modi will continue the engagement with Pakistan'

Rediff.com3 Jan 2016

'Diplomatic engagement will continue even as India keeps all its options open with respect to discretely targeting the Pakistani military and its terrorist proxies.'

'Very serious risk of a spectacular terrorist attack by ISI-backed groups'

'Very serious risk of a spectacular terrorist attack by ISI-backed groups'

Rediff.com3 Jan 2016

'The combination of the LeT and the ISI is the most dangerous terrorist challenge in the world because it carries a real and present danger of provoking nuclear war.'

'It is always possible saboteurs will swing into action'

'It is always possible saboteurs will swing into action'

Rediff.com28 Dec 2015

'When it comes to India-Pakistan relations, seminal moments of progress invariably bring out saboteurs of peace -- whether we're talking about fresh provocations along the LoC, or even a terror attack in India.'

'US wants Pak to sever ties with LeT'

'US wants Pak to sever ties with LeT'

Rediff.com26 Dec 2015

Some members of the Obama administration have worried that Pakistan's heightened anxieties about India might lead Islamabad to take reckless measures, so they have wanted New Delhi to pursue more diplomatic engagement with Islamabad.

Why cities like Paris and Mumbai are victims of terror

Why cities like Paris and Mumbai are victims of terror

Rediff.com14 Nov 2015

'As Mumbai showed, and the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack reinforced, "guerrilla-style terrorism" has increasingly become the method-of-choice for terrorist groups,' says terrorism expert David Kilcullen.

'Modi wants Pakistan to be a distraction, not a crisis'

'Modi wants Pakistan to be a distraction, not a crisis'

Rediff.com22 Aug 2015

'Modi wants to be pragmatic -- acknowledge the problem of Pakistan and that full reconciliation is essentially a non-starter, but at the same time grab the low-hanging fruits (such as trade) to put things on a more even keel, to engender enough stability in the relationship to allow him to focus on other priorities.'

'Rajapaksa is unlikely to depart the political stage'

'Rajapaksa is unlikely to depart the political stage'

Rediff.com21 Aug 2015

'The path to a resolution of the ethnic conflict is likely to be complicated and controversial with the majority Sinhalese community, and will become less likely if delayed.' 'It will certainly give Rajapaksa fresh political oxygen with which to revive himself and rally the opposition.'