All stories by RAJEEV SRINIVASAN
Ladakh Stand-off: Be prepared to meet fire with fireRediff.com1 days ago
'India in 2020 is a lot better prepared than in 1962.' 'It is no longer a pushover; and anything other than a crushing Chinese military victory will be a major loss of face for China,' observes Rajeev Srinivasan in the first of a three part column.
Farewell and godspeed, uncleRediff.com6 Feb 2020
'You were a good man, a luminous soul. You gave me more than I could ever thank you for.' Rajeev Srinivasan remembers a beloved uncle who passed into the ages recently.
Time to find out what lies below AyodhyaRediff.com15 Nov 2019
'It is entirely possible that there are many treasures of our history and our faith buried deep underground,' points out Rajeev Srinivasan.
Abhijit Banerjee and the mystique of the Nobel PrizeRediff.com2 Nov 2019
Does Abhijit Banerjee's Nobel Prize help India reduce extreme poverty, asks Rajeev Srinivasan.
Beware! What does America want to sell India?Rediff.com24 Oct 2019
'It's pretty likely that Kissinger, Rice et al came bearing gifts (read Trojan Horses) from McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Grumman, Northrop, and all the other Military Industrial Complex stalwarts,' argues Rajeev Srinivasan.
India must stop being the West's digital colonyRediff.com17 Oct 2019
'India missed the software products revolution (and now is in danger of missing the platform revolution), complacent that we are the software experts of the world based on IT services prowess,' points out Rajeev Srinivasan.
Rajnath on no-first-strike: Hiss of the cobraRediff.com17 Aug 2019
While we have to hiss loudly and do the lunging bit to keep our foes on their toes, that's only a tactical matter. What is the strategic goal? What is the end game? In my opinion, there is only one possible end game: the unwinding of Pakistan into several pieces: Balochistan, Sind, Balawaristan (Gilgit, Baltistan, the rest of PoK), the Pashtun area Khyber Pakhtunwa which will merge with Afghanistan, and the rump Punjab, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
India must have a future in ElectronicsRediff.com19 Jul 2019
'It is in electronics that the gap between where we are and where we need to be is most obvious and most persistent.' 'It is not only a national security issue, but also a commercial issue,' argues Rajeev Srinivasan.
'Nehru was eclectic, and brilliant'Rediff.com11 Mar 2019
Historian Stanley Wolpert, author of several books on India, passed into the ages recently. We remember Professor Wolpert with Rajeev Srinivasan's March 1997 interview published on the occasion of his controversial book on Jawaharlal Nehru.
Why the 2019 election is pivotal for IndiaRediff.com28 Jan 2019
The 2019 election gives the Indian public the same choice: Between growth and oligarchs (or, in our case, dynasts and crony capitalists). If we chose wisely, well and good. If not, well, we have the Nehruvian Rate of Growth and massive corruption to fall back on. In a large sense, it is a choice between the India of the Lutyens elites and the Bharat of the real citizen, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
The ghost of colonial loot is coming back to haunt BritainRediff.com2 Dec 2017
'It is clear that Britain is a country with a limited future,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Weinstein, Padmavati, women's jobs...Rediff.com28 Nov 2017
'Now with many itchy-fingered ex-bosses being raked through the mud, their marriages ruined, their careers trashed, their finances hit, the inclination of many male hiring managers will be to hire fewer women,' believes Rajeev Srinivasan.
Never forget the Heroes of Rezang LaRediff.com19 Nov 2017
'Why isn't the story of the valiant 13th Kumaon a part of every child's textbooks?' 'Why have we let these brave men die unwept, unmourned, and unsung?' asks Rajeev Srinivasan.
Modi-Trump meet: Why I have low expectationsRediff.com24 Jun 2017
Here's why Rajeev Srinivasan believes there will be nothing particularly positive about the prime minister's US visit.
E Sreedharan for PresidentRediff.com16 Jun 2017
'Sreedharan epitomises the way in which an Indic ethos can be brought to bear upon the seemingly intractable problems facing India,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Did Trump pull a fast one with Syria?Rediff.com21 Apr 2017
Rajeev Srinivasan on why there is the strong possibility that this whole thing is an elaborate charade and how the mainstream might have just played into Trump's showman hands.
India must reach out to Trump. Now.Rediff.com15 Feb 2017
Trump's foreign policy juggernaut has shelved the 'Deep State' and 'Axis of Evil'. But where is India?
Demonetisation simply shows that Bharat lives onRediff.com25 Nov 2016
'The effect of demonetisation has been largely to drive black money above ground. But there are several interesting side-effects. One is the uncomfortable realisation that this can happen again, which is a deterrent to future sinners,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
What India can expect from President TrumpRediff.com11 Nov 2016
'A bit of marketing, a bit of positioning, and a lot of strategic thinking is required, and all this should be in aid of India's strategic intent: Becoming the third pole in a global G3 and aiming for Numero Uno,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Why I hope Hillary losesRediff.com8 Nov 2016
'Hillary Clinton is no friend of India,' says Rajeev Srinivasan. 'Not that Trump is necessarily one, but at least he gets the benefit of the doubt.'
China is our bitterest enemy todayRediff.com13 Jul 2016
'Today the Chinese think they can slap India, and there will be no consequences.' 'They must be made to feel the consequences through any and all means,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
How the #DeepState works: Did the Congress 'steal' the 2004, 2009 polls?Rediff.com20 Jun 2016
Did we miss the DeepState's Brazil Model in action in India in 2004 and 2009, asks Rajeev Srinivasan.
Will the Saudis have the last laugh?Rediff.com17 May 2016
The US #DeepState has had a fine run, but will now discard Saudi Arabia as it is no longer useful to them, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
The persistence of memory: What it means to be humanRediff.com7 Apr 2016
Deep-learning machines are conquering realm after realm of human expertise, but is there a difference between Them and Us?
The end of civilisation as we know it? Not reallyRediff.com23 Mar 2016
Ever pragmatic, the Americans are convinced that the future is in the Indo-Pacific.
There is a new Indo-Pacific century, and India has to decide whether it has its eyes on the prize, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Beating up an ambassador: This is how Communists areRediff.com1 Feb 2016
'Why would the Communists do this? I have three possible answers: One, they are specifically opposed to the Global Education Meet that the ambassador organised. Two, they are beginning to realise their days are numbered in Kerala. Three, the standard modus operandi of leftists is anarchism because they are not constrained by any codes of ethics. Roughly, the bad, the good, and the ugly,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Why the battle for Sanskrit needs to be joinedRediff.com20 Jan 2016
'It is a great misfortune that the Nehruvian Stalinists of India have colluded with the grand project of demeaning and destroying Sanskrit. Today, the number of Sanskritists in India is low, and falling,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
BJP must take back control of the messageRediff.com9 Nov 2015
'The BJP can kill two birds with one stone by wresting back control of the message; and the steps are fairly obvious. Once the media is neutral, there is a level playing field,' argues Rajeev Srinivasan.
Keep up the demonisation, and you'll get the government you deserveRediff.com4 Nov 2015
'What if Modi becomes the fascist the leftists paints him as? What if he does suspend the Constitution and declares himself the ruler, with support from the army? What exactly will you do, Mr Leftie?' asks Rajeev Srinivasan.
This prize-return tamasha!Rediff.com16 Oct 2015
'This has absolutely nothing to do with Kalburgi or anybody else, it only has to do with two words: Bihar elections. It's electioneering by other means, let's save the fig leaf of morality,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Mr PM, give us the freedom to achieve economic successRediff.com17 Aug 2015
After many false starts, India may well be at the inflexion point that Deng Xiaoping took China to post-1978. The window of opportunity is wide open right now, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Emergency: Why Rajan's story resonates with meRediff.com25 Jun 2015
Rajeev Srinivasan tells how he came very close to being another number in the 'disappeareds' during the Emergency.
Yoga day is a good beginning, but only a beginningRediff.com21 Jun 2015
India needs to build its Grand Narrative, and its cultural power, which conquered all of ASEAN (then known as Indo-China), needs to be forcefully projected while simultaneously hard economic and military power are also emphasised, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Nestle and the Billa-Ranga syndromeRediff.com10 Jun 2015
Just as Billa-Ranga had become symbols of everything that was wrong with the system many years ago, Nestle is now portrayed as the wickedest of the wicked. Every known food crime in India is now attributed to Nestle including deliberately increasing the level of lead in their noodles, as well as deliberately destroying the health of millions. That's not only unfair, it's downright idiotic, says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Modi@1: All that did not happen. The 'No's have itRediff.com19 May 2015
'In the last one year, it looks like there were bad things that didn't take place, and there were good things that didn't take place,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Why Rahul is wrong about the Indian farmerRediff.com23 Apr 2015
'Rahul Gandhi accuses the Modi government of being in thrall to corporate fat cats at the expense of farmers and other common folk. But the facts do not bear out this argument, as Indian farmers are relatively better off compared to the really wretched of the earth, the unfortunate landless, often itinerant, labourer. And since Rahul's ancestors are the ones who failed them, it is a little disingenuous of him to ignore them in his rhetorical flourishes,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Why the Iran nuclear deal will be useful for IndiaRediff.com10 Apr 2015
'If the Iran nuke deal holds, Iran becomes a gateway to Afghanistan, and a better one than Pakistan because the route is not so mountainous. Correspondingly, I imagine Pakistan's value to the US will fall,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.
Hinduphobia: Intolerance, racial and religiousRediff.com19 Feb 2015
'I do hope the Patel family sues the hell out of the state of Alabama, and I hope the Hindu American Foundation and other community organisations are helping with legal aid and monetary support. For, there is reason to believe that it is religious and racial bias that led to the incident: In other words, a hate crime. There is no reason to suffer that silently.'
After the Obama visit: India, the Swing StateRediff.com28 Jan 2015
'As in the Panchatantra tale of the cat and the monkeys, it is possible for the clever swing State to play off the two competing powers.'
Good/Bad/Ugly: What will Obama's visit be like for India?Rediff.com22 Jan 2015
'The real test will be in defence-related deals, for instance the Javelin anti-tank missile: Is the US willing to co-develop something with India, on terms that will support the 'Make in India' initiative? Is there defence technology transfer? Or will it dump old junk on India?' asks Rajeev Srinivasan.