The new normal in Indian Foreign Policy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


In May 2014, the people of India also ushered in a New Normal. My fellow Indians spoke in one voice to entrust my government with a mandate for change. Change not just of attitudes but of mindsets. Change from a state of drift to one of the purposeful actions. Change to take bold decisions. A …

We have made a tamasha of ourselves before the whole world

Saturday, January 14, 2017


I have been deeply disturbed and shocked by what has been going on in the media circus for the last three days. I got a call yesterday from a Pak TV channel. He sarcastically drew my attention to what has been going on for the past few days and asked me to join their show. …

You made me a better President and you made me a better man

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and …

Why BJP is not winning UP?

Saturday, January 07, 2017


UP is the largest state in India, and so what happens in the forthcoming UP Assembly Elections will be extremely important for the whole of India. Some Opinion Polls have predicted a BJP victory in the forthcoming U.P. elections. I do not agree. My own prediction is a clear majority for the Samajwadi Party led …

Cost benefit analysis of demonetisation

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Mocking at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s repeated assertion that the short-term pain being caused by demonetisation would be followed by long-term gain to the vast majority of the people, Dr Manmohan Singh quoted famous economist J. M. Keynes that ‘in the long run we are all dead.’. It is a typical reaction of theoretical economists …

Mr President ‘Bannon’ got it wrong

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


What is jarring about this sentiment is how unusual this reaction is for most Indo Americans. Most of us have incredibly positive experience of this country – from our higher education here to success in our careers to the upbringing of our children. We had to work harder but this country has been amazingly good …

Was Pakistan planning an Economic Pearl Harbour?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


That makes the Demonetisation surgical strike most essential and it did not come a moment too soon. Lets consider some cold facts. There are four main firms that produce paper for printing Currency notes. These are, Portal of USA, Gain of Sweden, Arzo Vigiz of France and paper fabrics Leuscental. In 2010 Pak started buying …

Global divide and uneasiness in India on Trump era

Sunday, November 20, 2016


As the hubris settles on the most polarised Presidential election in US history, it is becoming increasingly clear that a Trump presidency will change the world forever. It will effectively mark a deathly blow to globalisation, to open markets and to a liberal and democratic, multi-cultural, tolerant global culture. A President without gravitas and with …

Priorities in advanced nations are not the same as those in developing countries

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


The fact that Morocco is organising this world conference for the second time after the 2001 session, reflects our commitment to approaching international challenges within a multilateral framework. The fact that the city of Marrakesh is, today, hosting this conference is evidence of the great importance we attach to issues associated with the environment and …

This Election Augurs Well for India US Relations

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


This election is a watershed of sorts for the Indo-American community. As many as four Indo-Americans have a high probability of getting into US Congress which will be four times the number of Indo-Americans ever before. Indo-Americans have done extremely well in the US. A typical American kid now grows up with positive feelings about Indo-Americans …

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