All stories by Rajeev Sharma
How Modi chose NirmalaRediff.com4 Sep 2017
Sushma Swaraj startled Modi when she said she would like to be defence minister. That set the PM thinking, says Rajeev Sharma.
The messages from Sunday's reshuffleRediff.com3 Sep 2017
Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation not only to full Cabinet minister but also pitchforking her to the elite Cabinet Committee on Security group with the defence portfolio is undoubtedly the biggest takeaway from Sunday's reshuffle, says Rajeev Sharma.
What Major Gogoi did was Chanakya NitiRediff.com24 May 2017
Major Gogoi thought like Chanakya when he tied a Kashmiri man on an army jeep to keep the stone pelters at bay, argues Rajeev Sharma.
Trump sent Pakistan a message in RiyadhRediff.com23 May 2017
'The Trump administration is on the same page as India that Pakistan is not the solution, but the problem itself,' says Rajeev Sharma.
ICJ Verdict: Rejoice, But be Wary!Rediff.com18 May 2017
'The verdict will open up the floodgates for Pakistan to take the ICJ route on many issues in context of Jammu and Kashmir,' warns Rajeev Sharma.
Have Pakistan army and Nawaz Sharif struck a deal?Rediff.com17 May 2017
While some say an agreement was reached over the Panama Papers, others suggest that Nawaz Sharif may have handed the CPEC to the military in exchange for his survival.
Why India-Turkey ties won't transform overnightRediff.com1 May 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's has been trying to mollycoddle India with sweet nothings while having a very close relationship with Pakistan.
2019: Has Modi peaked too early?Rediff.com28 Apr 2017
'Eventually the law of averages has to play catch up with Modi and the BJP, sooner or later,' says Rajeev Sharma.
Why the Maldives local elections are SO importantRediff.com14 Apr 2017
In this exclusive conversation with Rediff.com contributor Rajeev Sharma, exiled opposition leader Ahmed Naseem explains why the world should care about democracy in Maldives.
'Radicalisation of Maldives should raise alarm in India'Rediff.com14 Apr 2017
'Now is the time for India, our biggest neighbour and oldest friend, to bring the full array of international policy instruments to bear.'
Time for India to talk directly to Pakistan armyRediff.com11 Apr 2017
'The Modi government will be wasting its time talking to Nawaz Sharif.' 'It would be better if it were to open a direct channel with the Pakistan army,' says Rajeev Sharma.
Why is India silent on the crackdown in the Maldives?Rediff.com31 Mar 2017
India's silence on this week's troubles in the Maldives is puzzling, says Rajeev Sharma.
'What's happening in the Maldives is not in India's interest'Rediff.com29 Mar 2017
'I am also concerned over Chinese ambitions in the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean,' former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed tells Rediff.com contributor Rajeev Sharma in an exclusive interview.
Is Adityanath Modi's Advani moment?Rediff.com19 Mar 2017
'It is for the first time that Modi has chosen someone as CM who happens to be a mass leader, a polarising figure, a vote catcher, a powerful orator and a Hindu mascot all at once -- qualities usually associated with Modi,' points out Rajeev Sharma.
What was Myanmar's NSA doing in Delhi?Rediff.com4 Feb 2017
India was U Thaung Tun's first port of call after his appointment, which should intrigue China and Pakistan, says Rajeev Sharma.
Bank deposits may touch Rs 17 lakh crore by 30/12Rediff.com3 Dec 2016
'With 27 days to go, the total bank deposits has come tantalisingly close to the Rs 14 lakh crores of banned notes which was in the financial system on November 8.' 'Black money hoarders may have actually laundered their black money into white,' argues Rajeev Sharma.
BSP, Congress likely to tie-up for UP pollsRediff.com8 Nov 2016
The BSP-Congress tie-up is a done deal. Only the formalities need to be gone through and announced.
9 ways to deal with the Kashmir crisisRediff.com20 Aug 2016
'Civilian casualties are something that could change the mood overnight, and therefore should be avoided by every means.'
What if Pakistan strikes a deal with IS?Rediff.com3 Jul 2016
Pakistan's military can go to any length to inflict harm on India, so don't write off the possibility of an ISI-IS alliance, says Rajeev Sharma.
IS has arrived at India's doorstepRediff.com2 Jul 2016
'If Islamic State were to get entrenched in Bangladesh and Myanmar it will have disastrous implications for India as both countries border India's northeast, a restive and volatile region,' says Rajeev Sharma.
BJP eyeing Jaitley for President's post?Rediff.com21 Jun 2016
If Jaitley is finalised for the First Citizen's post, Modi will have scored two strategic goals, reports Rajeev Sharma.
What's the point in trying to be friendly with China?Rediff.com6 Jun 2016
On his recent visit to China, the President made eminently sensible suggestions to improve relations except that they can't work in the present atmosphere.
Can we believe the government's GDP figures?Rediff.com3 Jun 2016
With the government claiming that the economy has been growing robustly and the Opposition refuting these claims, the common man is none the wiser, says Rajeev Sharma.
Modi and the art of event diplomacyRediff.com31 May 2016
In diplomacy, a prime ministerial visit should be viewed as a rare event, not a routine one, which should be taken recourse to only when other options like ministerial visits are not available. But Modi has a different style of functioning. He wants to do everything himself, says Rajeev Sharma
Why Taliban chief's killing is good news for IndiaRediff.com26 May 2016
What does the Taliban chief's death means for various stakeholders?
Modi's Iran visit: A strong message to Pakistan, ChinaRediff.com24 May 2016
The Chabahar message is a reality check for China, which has made deep political and strategic inroads into Iran.
Congress overhaul: Is Priyanka in?Rediff.com23 May 2016
Will Sonia Gandhi finally take a decision she has put off for so long, asks Rajeev Sharma.
And now on to UP!Rediff.com19 May 2016
A section within the RSS feels Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani should be projected as the BJP's CM candidate in UP, says Rajeev Sharma.
Himalayan rebuff to Modi's Nepal policyRediff.com18 May 2016
India's unpopularity coincides with China lengthening its shadows in Nepal, says Rajeev Sharma.
Why China's NSG decision is good news for IndiaRediff.com16 May 2016
'With this it is clear who stands with India in the international community and who doesn't and this enables India to take counter measures without being seen as overly pro-US,'says Rajeev Sharma.
Jaishankar's visit shows India's support for Sheikh HasinaRediff.com13 May 2016
Bangladesh's decision to execute Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in 1971 has provoked anger across the Muslim world. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar arrived in Dhaka hours after the execution, an important expression of India's support to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, explains Rajeev Sharma.
Why the turbulence in Bangladesh matters to IndiaRediff.com10 May 2016
The increase in home-grown radicalised Islamic groups and the rise of Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Bangladesh should be a matter of worry for India, which shares a 4,100 km border with its eastern neighbour, says Rajeev Sharma.
With eye on UP, Modi likely to reshuffle Cabinet by May 19Rediff.com10 May 2016
The rejig may take place before the assembly election results for Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Why is Modi's Pakistan policy so confused?Rediff.com5 May 2016
'The Modi government has turned the basic fundamentals of its Pakistan policy on its head.' 'It means an admission that its hands-off-Hurriyat policy was flawed and it is ready to engage with Pakistan without minding if the Kashmiri separatists talked to the Pakistani government,' says Rajeev Sharma.
What did this meeting really achieve?Rediff.com2 May 2016
'The Modi government knows that much cannot be expected of Pakistan till the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue is resolved,' says Rajeev Sharma.
The reasons for Pakistan's arroganceRediff.com30 Apr 2016
'A key Indian diplomat who participated in the April 26 foreign secretary talks told me that the Pakistani side was determined not to yield an inch on key Indian demands,' says Rajeev Sharma.
Pakistan came with pre-set agendaRediff.com26 Apr 2016
'The Pakistani side was so cocksure of itself that it had come to the table with a pre-set agenda -- an agenda of unilateralism, knowing full well that nothing was going to come out of these talks,' says Rajeev Sharma.
Did Modi bow to China?Rediff.com25 Apr 2016
Significantly, reveals Rajeev Sharma, the MEA was not even consulted on the Dolkun Isa issue.
Will China "veto" Pathankot probe team's visit to Pakistan?Rediff.com24 Apr 2016
If Pakistan finally and officially rules out the possibility of an Indian investigation team's reciprocal visit for the Pathankot probe, it should also be seen as the Chinese "hidden veto" in the India-Pakistan bilateral context, says Rajeev Sharma.
India strikes back with Uighur card. What will China do next?Rediff.com23 Apr 2016
No Indian government has taken on China like this ever before and shows that the three top Indian officials -- Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar and Ajit Doval - ran into China's Great Wall on the twin questions of Pakistan and terror when they interacted with their Chinese interlocutors In past few days, says Rajeev Sharma.