Dilip Cherian

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Dilip Cherian

Shield for all?

Shield for all?

A shuffled deck

A shuffled deck

Punctuality drive

Punctuality drive

Purging the past

Purging the past

Heady assignment

Heady assignment

Seth stays on

Seth stays on

Babus big & small

Babus big & small

Winning & losing

Winning & losing

Power tussle

Power tussle

War of words

War of words

Despite being a hack for more than three decades, I am yet to be invited for any political iftar party. Thereby, no one can accuse me of holding a grouse against any leader for not marking an invite to me. Throughout his 13 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never hosted one, breaking a tradition that his predecessor Keshubhai Patel followed.

Rarely in a diplomat’s career is one lucky enough to have a posting that is important and interesting, combining the elements of classic diplomacy with the new tools of development diplomacy, new media and social networks. Israel and India established full diplomatic relations just 22 years ago during the time of P.V. Narasimha Rao.