Shastri Ramachandaran

Shastri Ramachandaran

The author, Editorial Consultant for WION, is a political and foreign affairs commentator.

Opinions/Stories

ON THE MARGIN: Ex-FS Gokhale’s book may earn little kudos

In his new book, The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India, Gokhale has reportedly written that China used its “close connections” with India’s Left parties to “build domestic opposition…

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Opinion | On The Margin: Xi throws a challenge from Tibet

President Xi’s visit to the strategically important TAR was unannounced and kept secret until it had concluded.

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Opinion | On The Margin: New twist, old turn in Nepal

After Oli lost the vote of confidence on May 10, when President Bhandari asked a suitable candidate to stake claim to form the government, NC leader Deuba was the clear frontrunner. He submitted…

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ON THE MARGIN: Emergency, Modi’s India & the world

In recent decades, though, the world has changed. Liberals in the West, such as Angela Merkel, are no longer celebrated. The toast of the town in western capitals are the new nationalists like…

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ON THE MARGIN: China struggling to make more babies

The looming population crisis, unless tackled swiftly and effectively, could trigger an economic crisis fraught with the risk of social unrest and consequent political problems at a time when…

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ON THE MARGIN: Biden revives hunt for COVID-19 origins

As if on cue, British intelligence agencies, scientists and medical journals in the UK have come up with reports that hold the lab escape of the virus to be “feasible”.

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ON THE MARGIN: New Nepal returns to its old ways 

Nepal saw 12 people pass through the revolving door to become prime minister 24 times. Disparate parties, big and small, resorted to dirty tricks and form coalitions solely to grab power

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India: No more refuge for the persecuted

India avowedly wants to be a refuge for persecuted Hindus in the region and professedly for that purpose has enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

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WION Edit: India at G7 Summit - 'Fighting Inequality'

It is inconceivable that any group aiming to fight inequality should keep India and China out of it. 

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WION Edit: Eliminate nuclear weapons

When it comes to nuclear weapons, the US is the world’s first and leading offender.

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WION Edit: China not backing Pakistan on Kashmir

China has an interest in Kashmir because of Aksai Chin and issues over the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Its reaction is of greater consequence than that of the other P-5 members, including the US…

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WION Edit: Pakistan decides to raise the ante 

The NSC decided, among other things, to downgrade diplomatic relations, suspend bilateral trade, review bilateral arrangements, take the “Kashmir issue” to the UN Security Council and observe…

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WION Edit: Life after Article 370 - challenges ahead

Ending the lock-down of Jammu and Kashmir and restoring conditions for normal life is as much a political as a security issue

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WION Edit: Let officials do their job without fear or favour

To pick on particular officials and question them for the harassment alleged by Siddhartha would be unfair. 

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WION Edit: Little to cheer in Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s first year

Politically, Imran Khan has failed. On the economic front, he has been a disaster.

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