Guest Column

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.


Licence to make, licence to kill

No fighter plane has come in with a bigger bang than the Rafale. TV anchors and

By R Prasannan August 16, 2020

Work from home or the house?

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu are caught in

By R Prasannan August 02, 2020

Perils of personal diplomacy

The fans of neither of them would approve of me saying so, but Jawaharlal Nehru and

By R Prasannan July 19, 2020

Blunting a brahmastra

India is waiting for two brahmastras. Both have been on the anvil for long. One is a

By R Prasannan July 05, 2020

VVIP flights: wings commandeered

Our top three VVIPs—the president, the vice-president and the prime minister—have

By R Prasannan June 21, 2020

Bayonets from Lhasa to Ladakh

Which is India’s southernmost point? Most people would say, Kanyakumari. Don’t we

By R Prasannan June 07, 2020

Blundering in the Himalayas

If there is one poem that all diplomats should be made to read, it is Robert Frost’s

By R Prasannan May 24, 2020

Siren-salute to a divine act

When he took a siren-blaring cavalcade of 35 cars and 60 motorcycles around Gurdwara

By R Prasannan May 10, 2020

Boor on silken pillow

Some people are better kept as enemies. They make more trouble for you as friends.

By R Prasannan April 26, 2020

Sorry, sir! They want some more

In his month-end Sunday Mann ki Baat, Narendra Modi apologised to the people for

By R Prasannan April 12, 2020

Care in the time of Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that Parliament will not be prorogued

By R Prasannan March 29, 2020

Drop the party gowns, m’lords

American judges wear political labels on the sleeves of their robes. They make no

By R Prasannan March 07, 2020

In Trump suit—warships, Walmart, walnuts

Our foreign office mandarins say, Narendra Modi invests a lot of energy in personal

By R Prasannan February 22, 2020

A Xanadu in new New Delhi

Like Kubla Khan who decreed a pleasure dome in Xanadu, Narendra Modi is decreeing a

By R Prasannan February 08, 2020

An overworking president

Older man succeeding younger man? Yes, that is what has happened in the BJP’s

By R Prasannan January 25, 2020
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