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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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5 reasons why Obama’s visit was a colossal flop

(This column, intended entirely in jest, was published in DNA edition dated November 19, 2010.) Venky Vembu Reading media narratives of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last week leaves me wondering if these commentators and I are on the … Continue reading

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The Power Club

Venky Vembu (This article, which addresses five fundamental questions arising from US President Barack Obama’s announcement of US support for India’s candidacy for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, was published in DNA edition dated November 14, 2010 as … Continue reading

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Light a Diwali diya, Obama!

(This column was published in DNA edition dated November 6, 2010, the day US President Barack Obama arrived in Mumbai at the start of a three-day official tour of India.) Venky Vembu Dear President Obama By now, you would have … Continue reading

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The spark that could start a prairie fire in China

(This article,  part of a package of stories on the Nobel Prize award for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, was published in DNA on October 10, 2010. The other article, which explores whether the award represents a global ‘push-back’ against China’s … Continue reading

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Beijing’s muscle-flexing faces a pushback

(This article,  part of a package of stories on the Nobel Prize award for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, was published in DNA on October 10, 2010. The other article, based on Chinese pro-democracy activists’ responses to the award, can … Continue reading

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Are ‘war-mongers’ narrating the China-India story?

(This article, on how ‘war-mongers’ in India and China are hijacking the bilateral narrative, was published in DNA edition dated September 10, 2010.) Venky Vembu Recently on the Chinese Internet, there surfaced a thrilling account of a naval war scenario … Continue reading

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