As India becomes caught in electoral frenzy, there is the odd interest among a few of the citizenry about whom the rest of the world would like to see win the polls. This is often coupled with a conspiracy theory or another largely because the truth is that most foreign governments don’t really have a favourite candidate in mind – though many Indians one meets find that hard to believe. Read more

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Nothing succeeds like success. And the opposite is also true:once you start going down the slippery slope, the process only accelerates until you reach rock-bottom.India has yet to reach rock bottom but the ill-effects of its decline are evident in its global standing and influence. Read more

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It didn’t really take Rahul Gandhi to wreck Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tour of the United States. It was already a farewell visit. The US President Barack Obama had been reluctant to meet him, even trying to avoid having to give Singh a lunch. Read more

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For this week at least Vladimir Putin must be feeling quite smug.

After getting some serious snubbing from Barack Obama, including the first cancellation of a bilateral summit between US and Russian leaders in 50 years, US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva trying to bridge the gap between himself and his Russian counterpart on a UN resolution over Syria. Seems like the Cold War all over. Read more

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Everyone in New Delhi knew that the first strategic dialogue between India and the US under Secretary of State John Kerry was going to be a testy affair. Read more

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Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Admiral Sam Locklear, head of the United States Pacific Command. The largest of the several US military commands, the Pacific Command stretches from California to India, Alaska to the Antarctica. Read more

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One of the striking numbers in the recent US presidential election are the popular vote figures. John McCain was seen as an underdog candidate right from the start of the 2008 election, yet he pulled in 59.9 million votes. Read more

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The new Obama administration’s defence strategy came out last week and caused a few ripples. But for the most part there wasn’t anything in it that didn’t strike one as being just common sense. Read more

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It’s taken me nearly 50 years to make it to Russia, aka the Evil Empire, aka a Really Cold Place with Lots of Flat Land. Read more

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Walking the streets of New York City, the world’s number two financial centre by most indices of such things, helps remind one of how different the world is when seen through the prism of money rather than, say, military clout. Read more

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