Shastri Ramachandaran

Shastri Ramachandaran

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

Opinions/Stories

Opinion | On the Margin: India’s Afghan missteps

India had overwhelming reasons, which need no elaboration, for staying put on the scene. At least the embassy in Kabul, if not the consulates as well, should have been kept open for business

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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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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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WION Edit: US, Pak want to bury hatchet in Afghan people’s back

After meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the White House for 30 minutes, Trump changed his policy, position and pronouncements on Pakistan.

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WION Edit: Taliban, US violence for upper hand in Afghan deal

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad followed up the proposals discussed in Doha with the core group at its meeting in China.

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WION Edit: Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict - Imran Khan should grasp the nettle

The worries arising from the victory for India are both a challenge and opportunity for Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

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WION Edit: Mating rites across Taiwan Strait get weaponised

Not all the weapons it buys from the US can help Taiwan stand up to China’s military might.

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WION Edit: SAARC vs BIMSTEC vs BCIM

 The BCIM-EC will be a big-ticket project of China's next only to CPEC.
 

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WION Edit: Home affair - making it available and affordable

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has proposed a model tenancy law to lay the ground for reforms to promote rental housing.

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WION Edit: World unmoved by migrants' plight

There is not the least interest in mitigating the plight of the migrants or eliminating the causes and conditions leading to mass migration across continents

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WION Edit: India watches as US-Iran conflict unravels

China, locked in a trade war with the US, has no appetite to test Trump on another front when its own interests are at stake

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Chinese 'checkers' frustrate India

Sino-Indian relations were tense in 2017 and hit a low point with the Doklam stand-off. It was an uphill task to retrieve the situation and revive steps for strengthening ties, which India managed…

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