In short bursts MINDSCAPE

In short bursts

The prospect of my morning exercise routine loomed over me as a stressor. Though I manage stretches...

By Vandana Kohli | October 16, 2017
R Prasannan

R Prasannan

Prasannan, Chief of Bureau, New Delhi, is an expert in defence and foreign affairs. He takes keen interest in history. He has been with THE WEEK since its launch in 1982.


  • The prince and the premier

    The prince and the premier

    By R Prasannan | October 22, 2017

    Rahul is the most popular north Indian first name—more popular than Thomas, Richard or Henry in the Anglo-Saxon world. There they call the boys Tom, Dick and Harry. No offence...

  • Schools for sages and scoundrels

    Schools for sages and scoundrels

    By R Prasannan | September 24, 2017

    Narendra Modi celebrated 9/11 with an address to campuses. Most listeners were in applause; some were in splits. Rahul Gandhi, too, talked to students on the same day, across...

  • A flop show on the frontier

    A flop show on the frontier

    By R Prasannan | September 10, 2017

    Narendra Modi appeared quite off colour atop the Red Fort this I-Day. The speech was pretty pedestrian—no plan to pull down any plan panel, no plea to clean India or clog India,...

  • Render unto Caesar by the calendar

    Render unto Caesar by the calendar

    By R Prasannan | August 13, 2017

    Narendra Modi has attempted two big fiscal reforms till date, and is mulling over a third. The first was the note ban, delivered as a ‘surgical strike’, a military euphemism for...

  • Military reform: doctrines in lapse

    Military reform: doctrines in lapse

    By R Prasannan | July 30, 2017

    There is a stalemate at Doklam. In chess and warfare, a stalemate is reached when neither side is able to march forward, backward or sideward. But the Chinese have stolen a...

  • God, glory and gore

    God, glory and gore

    By R Prasannan | July 16, 2017

    Narendra Modi’s Israel visit was historic. He is the first Indian prime minister to go there. It was also historical. It recalled several events in the making of Israel. Indians...

  • Narasimha Rao’s Kohl-lined reforms

    Narasimha Rao’s Kohl-lined reforms

    By R Prasannan | July 02, 2017

    Narendra Modi condoled the death of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, describing him a “statesman, architect of German unification and ardent believer in European...

  • Godspeed on the net

    Godspeed on the net

    By R Prasannan | June 18, 2017

    There are a few iconic photos—which look ironic too—in the annals of Indian rocket science. One is of the nose-cone of a rocket being taken on a bicycle in the 1960s; another is...

  • Strangers on train, politically

    Strangers on train, politically

    By R Prasannan | June 04, 2017

    The Queen of the Arabian Sea is waiting for Narendra Modi with her new necklace. I am talking of Kochi, and her necklace-like metro line. The Kochi Metro, built in the shortest...

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