Japan isn’t in the best of shape, but at least no one has lost their traditional bashful politeness. In Tokyo for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s potentially path-breaking state visit to Japan, I was trying hard to put together a list of the recent prime ministers of Japan. Read more

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In a recent interaction with a group of American foreign policy wonks who were seeking to understand where India-US relations could go, the inevitable question of why didn’t Washington endorse India’s candidacy for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. Read more

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India survived the 19th Commonwealth Games without major mishap. No one should claim it went off brilliantly. I attended a mind-numbing two hour rhythmic gymnastics qualifying round with my eight-year-old daughter. Read more

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The Swedish embassy warned me to take an umbrella when I told them I was heading off to Stockholm for this year’s German Marshall Fund India Forum. “We were wrong,” admitted an embassy official two days later as the Scandinavian city sparkled under blue skies and bright sunlight. My sweaters never left my suitcase. Read more

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The American author Bob Woodward has written his, if I am not mistaken, 17th book on the inner workings of the US establishment. Anyone who reads them is always impressed at the willingness of so many high-level US officials, ministers and even presidents, to speak about what was said in policy-making levels. Read more

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