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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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Over here, Mr Obama, you can still win

(This article was published in DNA edition dated November 6, 2010, the day US President Barack Obama began a three-day official visit to India.) Venky Vembu When US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One and sets foot in … Continue reading

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What the GDP hype about China and India hides

(This column was published in DNA edition dated August 18, 2010.) Venky Vembu For the faithful flock of GDP worshippers, China and India provide ever more evangelical reason to praise the lord of macroeconomy. Just yesterday came statistical validation that … Continue reading

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Is India a tiger or a pussycat?

(This article, on why home-grown fantasies of India’s imminent superpower-dom don’t square with the reality of India’s influence on the world stage, was published  in DNA edition dated June 20, 2010.) Venky Vembu It isn’t often that 16th century French soothsayer … Continue reading

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China, India can’t grow without conflict: Jonathan Holslag

(This interview with Jonathan Holslag, research fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies and author of China and India: Prospects for Peace, was published in DNA edition dated May 8, 2010.) Liberal international relations theorists claim that commerce brings … Continue reading

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The kung-fu clown

(This column, on kung-fu action hero Jackie Chan’s thoughts on democracy and limits to ‘freedom’, was published in DNA edition dated April 24, 2009.) Venky Vembu A couple of years ago, when action star Jackie Chan was walking the red … Continue reading

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