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Ukraine War Has Reduced Russia To An Even Lesser Power

Ukraine War Has Reduced Russia To An Even Lesser Power

Rediff.com23 Mar 2022

The fault line between the West and Russia has widened into a deep chasm and this is likely to endure in the foreseeable future. Far from forcing its way into the European tent, Russia may be reduced to the status of an even more sullen and weakened bystander on its periphery. The US appears to have won this hand with little cost to itself, observes former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

2022 Will Determine Xi's Political Future

2022 Will Determine Xi's Political Future

Rediff.com3 Jan 2022

Xi does not want to risk any political or economic crisis complicating his bid to remain in office, observes Ambassador Shyam Saran, the former foreign secretary.

India's Green Shoots for the Planet

India's Green Shoots for the Planet

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

Modi's unexpected announcement of achieving net zero by 2070 may have neatly deflected the pressures on India to sign up to an ambitious pledge but it does nothing to dispel the ecological emergency that threatens all life on the planet, , points out former forerign secretary Shyam Saran, the prime minister's special envoy and chief negotiator on climate change 2007-2010.

Climate Crisis Presents Opportunity For India

Climate Crisis Presents Opportunity For India

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

India's negotiating posture at the multilateral negotiations should be aligned with a significantly transformed development strategy domestically.' 'The positions the country takes at the negotiations will then carry credibility, says Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary and India's chief negotiator on Climate Change 2007-2010.

Xi's foreign policy bad for India-China relations

Xi's foreign policy bad for India-China relations

Rediff.com27 Sep 2021

Chinese foreign policy will acquire a more ideological and less pragmatic character. It will be conducted with more nationalist overtones, predicts former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Covid fight: 4 faultlines India must address

Covid fight: 4 faultlines India must address

Rediff.com31 May 2021

Rather than worry about what picture of India is being painted in the foreign media, the focus must be on marshalling all our energies to provide relief and solace to our deeply wounded and dispirited citizens, says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Why Xi Jinping 'fixed' Jack Ma

Why Xi Jinping 'fixed' Jack Ma

Rediff.com18 Jan 2021

Alibaba's pervasive economic and social influence in China is seen as a threat to the authority of the Chinese Communist party, notes Shyam Saran.

China pushes India into bear hug with Quad

China pushes India into bear hug with Quad

Rediff.com23 Nov 2020

China's behaviour in the post-pandemic geopolitical landscape which may determine the Quad's future trajectory, notes former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Digital currency race: China leads. India must catch up

Digital currency race: China leads. India must catch up

Rediff.com23 Oct 2020

India should not be left behind. It should join the seven central banks which are studying feasibility and safeguards necessary to eliminate risks, particularly from hacking, advises former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

How Abe enabled the India-Japan nuclear deal

How Abe enabled the India-Japan nuclear deal

Rediff.com15 Sep 2020

Prime Ministers Modi and Abe enjoyed a close and empathetic relationship and this certainly gave a sustained momentum to the India-Japan strategic partnership. It is necessary for India to reach out and engage with his successor as early as possible, advises former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Lessons from Ramayana, Mahabharata in distant lands

Lessons from Ramayana, Mahabharata in distant lands

Rediff.com22 Aug 2020

'I was fortunate to have served as India's ambassador to Indonesia and witnessed on several occasions, the incredible performances of the Ramayana and episodes from the Mahabharata in Jogjakarta and in Bali,' recalls former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

How India can counter China

How India can counter China

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

'If Asia does become a Chinese dominated space, it will not only be because India failed to get its economic act together but also because it did not stand up for its democratic credentials,' warns Shyam Saran, the former foreign secretary.

We know exactly where the LAC is and must defend it

We know exactly where the LAC is and must defend it

Rediff.com9 Jul 2020

'We should not minimise the seriousness of Chinese encroachments because their perception is different.' 'Nor should we fall into the trap of accepting so-called 'buffer zones' in areas of overlapping claims. We cannot have buffer zones in our own territory,' asserts Ambassador Shyam Saran, a former foreign secretary.

The afterglow from Trump's visit will remain

The afterglow from Trump's visit will remain

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

Modi may take satisfaction from his display of considerable political skill in managing a mercurial, temperamental and unpredictable US president and nudging him into uncharacteristic restraint and even carefully orchestrated remarks. This personal chemistry will come in handy if Trump returns as president in the November elections, says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

CAA protests will affect India's standing in the world

CAA protests will affect India's standing in the world

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

'Those leading the current political dispensation, whether at the central or the state level, must recognise the enormous risks that their divisive policies are creating for the national security and wellbeing of the country,' cautions former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

This is opening the door to mob rule

This is opening the door to mob rule

Rediff.com24 Dec 2019

'Once such conduct becomes legitimate through political and popular sanction, then the ordinary citizen will have no defences left,' warns Shyam Saran.

What lies ahead for Jammu and Kashmir

What lies ahead for Jammu and Kashmir

Rediff.com15 Aug 2019

'India should be able to weather the storm, given its enhanced standing among the major powers. However, India's international clout is partly from its rapidly growing emerging economy and a large and expanding commercial market. 'If the Indian economy continues to slow and protectionist barriers advance, then our international clout will also diminish. The international fallout from bringing the Valley to heel may be more difficult to handle,' says Shyam Saran.

Stop these attacks on Kashmiris!

Stop these attacks on Kashmiris!

Rediff.com8 Mar 2019

'Such incidents can only exacerbate the sense of alienation among the Kashmiri people, in particular the Kashmiri youth.' 'It is as if for some of our political figures and misguided youth, Kashmir is a piece of real estate over which we assert our claim, but the people there are dispensable,' notes former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Artificial Intelligence: Where India stands

Artificial Intelligence: Where India stands

Rediff.com15 Jun 2018

A culture of science and innovation must be embedded in society wherein people not only use new technology but understand it as well. Without this, obscurantism and blind faith can sit side by side with digital technology and, in fact, use the same technology to reinforce their hold on people, says Shram Saran.

Can solar energy power India's growth story?

Can solar energy power India's growth story?

Rediff.com31 Mar 2018

India has an unprecedented opportunity to develop solar industry because like China, it offers scale which is critical to reducing costs and to stimulate innovation, says Shyam Saran.

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