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Sunil Sharan

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Bring Persia back into the fold

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Sunil Sharan A single shot killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austrio-Hungarian throne, in 1914 setting in motion a train of events that quickly culminated in World War I. Ranged on one side were two empires, the British and the French, a... More »

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Modi and the Middle East

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Sunil Sharan Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, is in tears. A nation of 85 million weeps. Western analysts say that Iran plots revenge carefully. But revenge is not always a dish best served cold. Iran has already said that it will hit U.S. military t... More »

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What will India get from America for abandoning Iran?

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Sunil Sharan The United States has just assassinated General Soleimani, who was often described as Iran’s most charismatic leader. India has come out with a most anodyne statement after the assassination. It doesn’t condemn the assassination. In fact it does n... More »

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How does the CDS make himself relevant?

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Sunil Sharan The new chief of defence staff position is supposed to better integrate the three services. But the real problem doesn’t lie there. The real problem lies in the animosity that exists between the ministry of defence (MoD) staffed with IAS officers ... More »

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Why merit alone should triumph in the armed forces

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Sunil Sharan In the final analysis, when all is said and done, merit alone triumphs. Ultimately it was PM Modi who was responsible for Balakot, so the people of India reposed their faith in him once again. I am not going into the merits or the demerits of havi... More »

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Old is gold for the Congress

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Sunil Sharan At 74, P Chidambaram was fading quietly into the limelight. He had had a checkered career, first as finance minister, then as home minister, whence he had often clashed with the grand old doyen of Indian politics, Pranab Mukherjee (the arrogance o... More »

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Time for some changes 

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Sunil Sharan It is about six months after Narendra Modi stomped back to power, but already his promise of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas (Bring everyone together, Development for all, Build everyone’s trust) seems to be waning. It is said that no one ... More »

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The new gang of four

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Sunil Sharan Marie Antoinette was the queen of France. History has painted her badly. In one of those bad brushes, she has been reported to have said, If they don’t have bread, let them eat cake. In her Marie Antoinette moment, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithara... More »

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Threat assessment and the Special Protection Group

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Sunil Sharan He sits there, in a caged van, with a haunted look in his eyes, as he’s shunted from the clutches of the CBI to those of the Enforcement Directorate to Tihar Jail. He is old and frail. When panic like never before had gripped the nation after 26/1... More »

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The extended general

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Sunil Sharan It is being posited that the army chief in Pakistan has a three-year term with the possibility of an extension being unclear. An extension tremendously lowers the morale of other army officers because then they feel that they never have the chance... More »

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All the best laid plans of men and mice

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Sunil Sharan Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta, not content with being Maharashtra’s first lady for a full five years, has promised to return with the change of season. It’s autumn season when Indians get respite from the heat… via TOI Blog More »

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Jai Jawan Jai Kisan

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Sunil Sharan At the height of the Maharashtra power crisis, Ahmed Patel, the voice of Sonia Gandhi, met Nitin Gadkari, the voice of the RSS, ostensibly to discuss farmer’s issues in the state of Maharashtra. Now this… via TOI Blog More »