S. Nihal Singh


Off peace street

As the Ukraini-an crisis drags on, with the situation in the South-East worsening and US vice-president Joe Biden making a short visit to Kiev to symbolise his country’s support, the contours of the crisis are beginning to emerge in black and white.

A man with a heart?

Narendra Modi is undergoing a self-crafted makeover. His rash of television interviews with rather benign interviewers makes a few things clear. It seems he has convinced himself that he has almost won the Prime Minister’s crown, bar the shouting.

Blame it on the West

Events leading to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula were only the first stage of a drama that is unfolding with startling rapidity.

A parody of peace

As another deadline on the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio stares the energetic US secretary of state John Kerry and the world in the face, even he is muttering dark warnings about time limits. Yet the nature of the talks and their interminable duration are revealing a truth.

Ukraine: The master and his stroke

Echoes of the Cold War could be heard across Europe and the Atlantic as Crimea was being annexed by Russia after a referendum on the peninsula described as illegal by the West.

The race to 7, Race Course Road

The decks have been cleared for a general election that promises an exciting finish — Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party are riding high in opinion polls, while regional parties and their leaders nurse their king or queen-size egos to bid for the top job.

The fog of Cold War?

An amazing aspect of the fast escalating crisis over Ukraine, with Russia sending troops to the Crimean region, is that the United States and the European Union were so mesmerised by the prospect of bringing a nation of 45 million bordering Russia with deep historical ties into the Western-fold that they thought they could poke the Russian bear’s snout and get away with.

A Pyrrhic victory?

The ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych in the dramatic developments in Ukraine after three months of open rebellion has opened up an East-West confrontation reminiscent of the Cold War.

A shrewd dreamer

Arvind Kejriwal has reached the most dangerous phase of his brief and remarkable political career. Will the people buy his martyrdom story?

Cold War’s fire is still burning

The Cold War is not quite dead, as recent months’ events in Ukraine reveal. But the fever pitch the situation has reached is illustrated by a leaked conversation between a senior US official, Victoria Nuland and her country’s ambassador, first on YouTube and then on Twitter.

Little Laila was taught that God creates everyone and also leads everyone back to Godself after death. So, she prayed: “Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?” Laila’s prayer may never be answered; but, Easter does assure us that life, not death, is what we’re created for.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.