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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.

Nuke deal: Indian hero who defeated the Americans

Nuke deal: Indian hero who defeated the Americans

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

'Dr Singh, visibly relieved, said, 'Yesterday night I couldn't sleep. I stayed awake, praying throughout. You have saved the country'.' A fascinating excerpt from former atomic energy chief Dr Anil Kakodkar's memoir Fire And Fury: Transforming India's Strategic Identity.

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.

India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote

India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote

Rediff.com19 May 2019

The 102-year-old was given a warm welcome by election staff at the Kalpa booth in Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls in the last and seventh phase of the general elections.

At 102, India's oldest voter Shyam Negi all set to vote again

At 102, India's oldest voter Shyam Negi all set to vote again

Rediff.com12 Mar 2019

102-year-old Shyam Saran Negi is excited to cast his ballot again. He feels proud that he has voted in every general election since 1951.

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.

At G20 meet, PM will sell India as a hot investment destination

At G20 meet, PM will sell India as a hot investment destination

Rediff.com29 Nov 2018

The G20 chair has suggested three areas for the talks in Argentina - the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future, areas where India has a lot at stake.

Why India's telecom secretary feels like a chess player

Why India's telecom secretary feels like a chess player

Rediff.com27 Aug 2018

'I feel more like a chess player, thinking for long hours how to make the next move," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan tells Surajeet Das Gupta.

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.

He has played Chanakya 1,039 times

He has played Chanakya 1,039 times

Rediff.com10 Mar 2018

'Every time I step on stage, I feel like I'm performing the play for the first time,' Manoj Joshi tells Sadiya Updade.

Gandhi was very casteist and racist: Indian-American author

Gandhi was very casteist and racist: Indian-American author

Rediff.com30 Jan 2018

Sujatha Gidla's scathing observations about Mahatma Gandhi and other highlights from Jaipur Literature Festival 2018.

#TravelTuesday: In the footsteps of the 'Indian trader' who found Petra

#TravelTuesday: In the footsteps of the 'Indian trader' who found Petra

Rediff.com21 Nov 2017

The ancient Jordanian city and its immense faades were lost for almost 1,000 years!

He's 100, India's first voter and he's excited to cast his vote again

He's 100, India's first voter and he's excited to cast his vote again

Rediff.com6 Nov 2017

A red carpet will be rolled out to facilitate Shyam Saran Negi to cast his vote in the Himachal assembly elections without any hassle.

How diplomacy works in the digital era

How diplomacy works in the digital era

Rediff.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.

How India twice 'missed' resolving border disputes

How India twice 'missed' resolving border disputes

Rediff.com13 Sep 2017

'At critical moments an inability to take tough decisions resulted in potentially far-reaching solutions slipping out of our grasp.' 'If similar opportunities come Narendra Modi's way will he act differently?' asks Karan Thapar.

India's destiny and the US-Pakistan embrace

India's destiny and the US-Pakistan embrace

Rediff.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 India

Why Chinese politics should concern India

Rediff.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 oceans

The ancient Indian myth that could save our oceans

Rediff.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 Indias

Trapped between two Indias

Rediff.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 agenda

Why India should watch out for Trump's agenda

Rediff.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 India

Why playing the Tibet card may backfire on India

Rediff.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 magic

Tapovan, home of the ancient sages, still works its magic

Rediff.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.'

Will military action teach Pakistan a lesson?

Will military action teach Pakistan a lesson?

Rediff.com29 Sep 2016

'For India, the phase of pure restraint has passed.' 'Restraint has failed to reform Pakistan or rein in terrorism,' says Vivek Gumaste.

Mr Modi, it's still not too late to turn things around

Mr Modi, it's still not too late to turn things around

Rediff.com13 May 2016

The government's initial promise and energy seems to have dissipated.

A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising State

A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising State

Rediff.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.'

A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising State

A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising State

Rediff.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 DNA

Mistrust of India is embedded in the Pak army's DNA

Rediff.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.

Mistrust of India is embedded in the Pak army's DNA

Mistrust of India is embedded in the Pak army's DNA

Rediff.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 governance

Lessons for Modi on good governance

Rediff.com13 Jan 2016

Modi in Pakistan: A risky political gamble

Modi in Pakistan: A risky political gamble

Rediff.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 path

India-Nepal relations: Close neighbours tread a precarious path

Rediff.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.

APEC's Manila summit: Why India should care

APEC's Manila summit: Why India should care

Rediff.com20 Nov 2015

The 'Missing link in India's Act East Policy', as India's former foreign secretary Shyam Saran calls it, needs to be filled sooner rather than later, says Dr Rahul Mishra.

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