2015

Was London a flash in the pan? Rio will tell us

A couple of months ago, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Eduardo Paes met a group of sports journalists about his preparations for the 2016 Olympics. “Things are fine,” he said. “Every day is a big problem.” You could say the same thing about India’s bid to ramp up its medal tally. The 31st Olympic Games loom […..]

Modi-Obama hit it off, India can be a Pacific power, Republicans may not even nominate Trump: Strobe Talbott

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Strobe Talbott is President of the well-known Brookings Institution in Washington DC and former US Deputy Secretary of State. Speaking with Nalin Mehta, Talbott discussed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy moves, his personal bonding with President Barack Obama, the prospects of India-Pakistan peace developing today – and whether Donald Trump could be America’s next […..]

Release the ‘caged parrot’

Was the CBI’s raid on Delhi government principal secretary Rajendra Kumar an excuse for getting into chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s files? Is there a political witch-hunt against him or as Trinamool Congress claims an “undeclared emergency”? Or, is the central government right in claiming, as finance minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament, that the CBI raid […..]

Paris is history

From US secretary of state John Kerry who called it “a tremendous victory” to China’s chief climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua, who hailed it as a “milestone in the global efforts to respond to climate change”, even if it needs “some areas in need of improvement” to India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar, who declared he […..]

Love in Tokyo, and Delhi

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe follows only 11 people on Twitter. Two of them are Indian: Narendra Modi and, surprisingly, Rajnath Singh. Much as Modi is trying to steer Indian foreign policy out of the cobwebs of the past, Abe is also trying bring Japan out of its post-World War II-cocoon and reclaim its strategic […..]

Five life lessons from Nadal

(Photo courtesy: AFP/ Sajjad Hussain)

As Delhi prepares for the big Nadal- Federer showdown, Times of India met up with Rafael Nadal who also guest-edited the TOI’s sport pages today. Humble, gracious and down-to-earth in person, the free-wheeling chat with Nadal offered a rare window into his mind but also some wonderful life-lessons from the champion. Don’t waste time thinking […..]

Team Modi course-corrects with Sushma Swaraj’s Islamabad visit

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s flight to Islamabad today for the evocatively named ‘Heart of Asia’ conference signals a major shift in the Narendra Modi government’s thinking on Pakistan. After all, just four months ago, the minister had categorically stated that “there will be no talks in a third country.” Yet, this week we had […..]