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July 23, 2007
A Diplomat and a Gentleman
'The discovery of Hamid Ansari has rekindled hopes that India still has the possibility of rising above partisan politics and to find true patriots with integrity to shoulder State responsibilities.'

February 12, 2007
Pranab's Iran visit a signal to the US
'It sent a clear message to the Americans that despite the Hyde Act, India would deal with Iran on the basis of its own lights.'

October 04, 2006
Tharoor bowed out with enhanced prestige for himself and India
With his added stature as the runner-up to the highest position in the United Nations, the sky is the limit for Tharoor, whether he stays in the UN or not.

September 26, 2006
Padmini, The Eternal Star
She was partying late into the night with other film stars just before she passed away. She would not have liked to lose her glamour even in death.

August 31, 2006
Remembering Ayyappa Paniker
He took Malayalam poetry beyond the oceans and introduced to Kerala readers poetic geniuses from as far away as Cuba, Senegal and Mexico.

August 22, 2006
The enigma of that foreign minister
Jaswant Singh has decided that the time has not come yet to tell the whole story.

July 24, 2006
Desis in Action
For the first generation of desis, their Indianness is an anchor, which restrains it, while for the next, it is a legacy that inspires them to soar high. Both are genuinely desi and do South Asia proud.

June 22, 2006
The uniqueness of Amma
For a person, who speaks nothing but Malayalam, preaches no intricate philosophy and claims no divinity, her following around the world is nothing but a miracle.

February 15, 2006
From golf partner to coup leader
It remains unclear whether Rabuka's time in India at the Staff College had a role to play in his anti-Fiji Indian feeling.

January 23, 2006
The Man Who Knew Netaji
'He was convinced Netaji died in the air crash. If he had survived, he would have contacted Nairsan.'

January 11, 2006
When Morarji snubbed the Soviets
Brezhnev may not have met an Indian with less reverence for the Soviet Union than then prime minister Morarji Desai.
November 10, 2005
Narayanan's journey was no less spectacular than Lincoln's
'Perhaps, it was even more sensational as Lincoln did not have to fight centuries of caste prejudices that Narayanan had to overcome.'
November 07, 2005
Tribute: Kerala's Envoy Extraordinaire
A famous writer once said the Qutab Minar and Madhavan Kutty were the two attractions for every Keralite who went to New Delhi.
September 21, 2005
From Waldheim to Annan
They began as hot favourites of the US, but at one time or the other, fell out of favour.
August 12, 2005
Development & dim sum
Professor Jagdish Bhagwati is best known for transforming the philosophy of development.
August 05, 2005
Europe's rising star
Angela Merkel could become Germany's first ever woman leader.
June 16, 2005
The Nuclear straight hitter
'Elbaradei has not only learnt to work with India productively, but also developed a rapport with our nuclear scientists.'
June 15, 2005
Our Man in Moscow
To me, somehow, Dhar matched Chanakya of my imagination, tall, handsome, intelligent and stylish. But there was nothing Machiavellian about him.
May 31, 2005
The Fidel Castro I knew
'More than his ideology, Castro's personal charisma must be responsible for his longevity.'
May 24, 2005
The charming diplomat
If there ever was a personification of all that is best in personal diplomacy, it was K P S Menon.
May 4, 2005
India's honoured guest
'Only a great country could risk the wrath of China by giving refuge to the Tibetans.'

March 16, 2005
The King of Tonga
T P Sreenivasan recalls his encounters with the larger-than-life monarch.

March 01, 2005
'India is in his marrow'
T P Sreenivasan recalls his encounters with Zubin Mehta.

February 14, 2005
A colossus who died lonely
Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara loved his country, but saw it as his inheritance, which he had to run in his own way.
January 28, 2005
A true friend of India
Steve Solarz's standing in the community and his general reputation as a friend of India helped advance our cause in Washington. He was not expected to be objective when it came to India, but his presentations were compelling and absorbing.

January 11, 2005
Dixit was short, his presence was gigantic
'He had no false modesty either about India or about himself and he had nothing to be modest about.'

December 30, 2004
Rao could stick to his guns
Did Narasimha Rao promise the Americans that India would not test a nuclear device?

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