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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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Obama’s visit marks the end of India’s innocence

(This column was published in DNA edition dated November 10, 2010.) Venky Vembu Former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh once noted wryly that gaining admittance into the club of Big Powers was like jostling in a crowd to get into … Continue reading

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China ‘supports’ India’s enhanced role at UN

(This report was published in DNA edition dated November 10, 2010.) Venky Vembu China on Tuesday stuck to non-committal but positive-sounding formulation on US President Barack Obama’s support for India’s candidacy of permanent membership of the UN Security Council, saying … 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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China is edgy about India’s rise as an East Asian power

(This article, which was part of a package of stories on President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to India, was published in DNA edition dated October 31, 2010. See below for links to some of the other articles in the package.) … Continue reading

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‘Politically immature’ Asia needs US to stay engaged

(This interview, with Simon S.C. Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, was published in DNA edition dated September 18, 2010.) The economic rise of Asia, particularly after the 2008 global financial crisis, is widely acknowledged as a force … 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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