All stories by Shyam Saran
How India can counter ChinaRediff.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 itRediff.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 remainRediff.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 worldRediff.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 ruleRediff.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 KashmirRediff.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!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 standsRediff.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?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.
#TravelTuesday: In the footsteps of the 'Indian trader' who found PetraRediff.com21 Nov 2017
The ancient Jordanian city and its immense faades were lost for almost 1,000 years!
How diplomacy works in the digital eraRediff.com22 Sep 2017
'The digital age has forced diplomats to be less formal and more accessible, reaching out to ordinary people both within and outside their countries, combining statecraft with streetcraft,' says former foreign secretary Ambassador Shyam Saran.
India's destiny and the US-Pakistan embraceRediff.com1 Sep 2017
'There appears to be greater convergence of interests between China and the US in the Afghan-Pakistan theatre than between India and the US. This is hardly a recipe for a super-alliance,' says former foreign secretary Ambassador Shyam Saran.
Why Chinese politics should concern IndiaRediff.com21 Aug 2017
India needs to be alert on how the Doklam standoff plays into the factional infighting in China's Communist Party, says Ambassador Shyam Saran, the former foreign secretary.
The ancient Indian myth that could save our oceansRediff.com19 May 2017
Today humanity is churning the ocean with a thoughtless vengeance -- with toxic wastes, plastics and hazardous substances being dumped into our once pristine seas. And there is no benign Lord Shiva to rescue us from our collective greed, says Shyam Saran.
Trapped between two IndiasRediff.com20 Apr 2017
The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM, the revival of the Ram Temple movement, the elevation of a ban on cow slaughter as a national priority, and the targeting of any social behaviour deemed contrary to a set of narrowly prescribed Indian values point to a social regression that contradicts the inclusive and forward-looking impulse that underlies Modi's vision of a modern India.
Why India should watch out for Trump's agendaRediff.com16 Mar 2017
India needs to consider whether the Donald Trump administration can actually deliver, observes former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.
Why playing the Tibet card may backfire on IndiaRediff.com30 Jan 2017
'Given Chinese sensitivity to anything to do with Tibet -- and the fact that in the 1950s it was the Tibet issue which led to the deterioration of India-China relations and the border war in 1962 -- India should be particularly careful in not triggering a Chinese reaction which it may not be able to handle,' says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.
Tapovan, home of the ancient sages, still works its magicRediff.com21 Nov 2016
'What struck me was how content the hermit seemed in his little cave, not at all self-conscious in proclaiming that it was the grace of Shiva that had brought him to Tapovan and it was Shiva who would look after him.'
Mr Modi, it's still not too late to turn things aroundRediff.com13 May 2016
The government's initial promise and energy seems to have dissipated.
A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising StateRediff.com22 Feb 2016
'The Pakistan government, we were told, has a plan to renovate several Hindu temples and Buddhist sites, which over the years have fallen into disrepair. The aim is to create a pilgrimage circuit to attract visitors from all over the subcontinent.'
Mistrust of India is embedded in the Pak army's DNARediff.com10 Feb 2016
'There were assurances that Jaish-e-Mohammad was being reined in as was the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, but Pakistan's security forces could not risk opening too many dangerous new fronts,' notes former foreign secretary Ambassador Shyam Saran, who has just returned from a visit to Lahore.
Lessons for Modi on good governanceRediff.com13 Jan 2016
Modi in Pakistan: A risky political gambleRediff.com26 Dec 2015
'Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi be able to continue political engagement with Pakistan against the inevitable upsurge of negative and hostile public sentiment?'
India-Nepal relations: Close neighbours tread a precarious pathRediff.com10 Dec 2015
The contrived controversy over the so-called blockade of the India-Nepal border has obscured the perilous path on which the current ruling elite in Nepal are taking the country towards.
Put India's neighbourhood policy back on trackRediff.com12 Nov 2015
'We should not have waited for the political crisis in Nepal to erupt before being galvanised into action,' says Shyam Saran. 'We should have seen what was coming and not accepted assurances from the leaders of the political parties at their face value.'
The diminishing idea of IndiaRediff.com7 Oct 2015
If we value India, we must not only 'Make in India', but defend the idea of India, too.
Is Afghanistan's grand illusion of Pakistan over?Rediff.com16 Aug 2015
As Afghanistan gradually realises that there can be no long-term stability in the country as long as Pakistan is involved, the time has come for India to register its solidarity when it would be most appreciated, says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.
Why follow China, India can prosper on its ownRediff.com13 May 2015
India must formulate a new growth path to become a top Asian economy.
The perils of China's slowing economyRediff.com11 Feb 2015
Chinese leaders may well respond to challenges with heightened rhetoric.
Xi's India visit: Can Modi play his cards well?Rediff.com10 Sep 2014
President Xi Jinping's visit may put relations between India and China on a new trajectory
The morning-after principleRediff.com11 Jun 2014
Humanitarian intervention has little meaning unless the international community is willing to engage in the aftermath, says Shyam Saran.
Why the new government must not act dumb by playing toughRediff.com14 May 2014
The choice before the next government is not between being a soft State and a tough State; it is between being a smart State and a dumb State, says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.
The shadow of AfghanistanRediff.com12 Feb 2014
We should be prepared for a phase of increased tensions in India-Pakistan relationship thanks to the evolving situation in Afghanistan, says Shyam Saran.
Terrorism is now global and localRediff.com20 Jan 2014
A disparate global network of violent fundamentalist Islamic groups threatens India's eastern flank as much as the north and west with a real possibility of these spilling over into our borders, says Shyam Saran.