All stories by Nikhil Lakshman
'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'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'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'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'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'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'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 StoryRediff.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 terroristsRediff.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'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'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'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'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 terrorRediff.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'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'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.'