Category Archives: India

Imagine a world with easy visas on arrival…

(This column was published in DNA edition dated January 5, 2011.) Venky Vembu The ex-Beatle and irremediable peacenik John Lennon, who was murdered 30 years ago last month, wanted us to imagine a world without countries (or religions or possessions). … Continue reading

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When Barkha joins Sun TV, it’s time to eat your noodles

(This column, intended purely in jest as a turn-of-the-year satire, was published in DNA edition dated January 3, 2011.) Venky Vembu A year ago, I gave expression to my wish-list of 10 whacky things I’d like to see happen in … Continue reading

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Wen a neighbour comes calling…

(This article, a curtain-raiser to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s upcoming visit to India, was published in DNA edition dated December 12, 2010.) Venky Vembu A chill wind is blowing across Beijing, but it isn’t just a momentary meteorological effect that … Continue reading

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China’s might versus the power of an empty chair

(This column was published in DNA edition dated December 8, 2010.) Venky Vembu At the ceremony in Oslo last year to award the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, China was given a platform to showcase an element … Continue reading

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Flash News: ‘No-panty’ Yana shows India is booming

Venky Vembu In the Vanities No one wears panities —- Ogden Nash, Theatrical Reflection   In the early 1990s, when the Indian economy was opening up to the world, foreign consumer brands, in the first flush of excitement, came tripping … Continue reading

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Rahul Mao and Modi Zedong

(This column was published in DNA edition dated December 4, 2010.) Venky Vembu It is hard for anyone but the most fawning supporters of Congress dynastic politics to fathom precisely what distinctive skills Rahul Gandhi has that qualifies him for … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks proves the world isn’t run by robots

(This column was published in DNA edition dated December 3, 2010.) Venky Vembu A couple of months ago, Sha Zukang, one of China’s top UN diplomats, made sensational news when, in a fit of alcohol-induced garrulousness, he told his boss … Continue reading

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