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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.


Knock on the atomic chamber of Shaolin

Manmohan Singh's 2005 nuclear deal with George W. Bush is still a non-starter. It

By R Prasannan March 25, 2018

Malice from the Maldives

Keen to make big friends and influence distant powers, Narendra Modi has been on a

By R Prasannan March 11, 2018

Why didn’t Lalitaji haggle over Rafale?

One day in 1992, principal information officer S. Narendra was briefing the media on

By R Prasannan February 25, 2018

History through the looking glass

The brouhaha over Padmavati is turning out to be absurd like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and her...

By R Prasannan December 03, 2017

When Sikkim fell into the map

Sikkim is a place of heavenly peace in the Himalayas, but getting there is hell. It is the only state...

By R Prasannan November 19, 2017

Eyeless in Agra

Edward Lear, who wrote a lot of sense and some nonsense, declared after visiting the Taj: “Henceforth...

By R Prasannan November 05, 2017

The prince and the premier

Rahul is the most popular north Indian first name—more popular than Thomas, Richard or Henry in the...

By R Prasannan October 22, 2017

Schools for sages and scoundrels

Narendra Modi celebrated 9/11 with an address to campuses. Most listeners were in applause; some were...

By R Prasannan September 24, 2017

A flop show on the frontier

Narendra Modi appeared quite off colour atop the Red Fort this I-Day. The speech was pretty...

By R Prasannan September 10, 2017

Render unto Caesar by the calendar

Narendra Modi has attempted two big fiscal reforms till date, and is mulling over a third. The first...

By R Prasannan August 13, 2017

Military reform: doctrines in lapse

There is a stalemate at Doklam. In chess and warfare, a stalemate is reached when neither side is able...

By R Prasannan July 30, 2017

God, glory and gore

Narendra Modi’s Israel visit was historic. He is the first Indian prime minister to go there. It was...

By R Prasannan July 16, 2017

Narasimha Rao’s Kohl-lined reforms

Narendra Modi condoled the death of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, describing him a “statesman,...

By R Prasannan July 02, 2017

Godspeed on the net

There are a few iconic photos—which look ironic too—in the annals of Indian rocket science. One is of...

By R Prasannan June 18, 2017

Strangers on train, politically

The Queen of the Arabian Sea is waiting for Narendra Modi with her new necklace. I am talking of Kochi,...

By R Prasannan June 04, 2017
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