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We should rejoice that David Cornwell, a mid-level intelligence officer, decided in 1961 to become a writer and transformed into John Le Carré(Getty Images)

Le Carré captured the human condition, in the Cold War and beyond

By Prakash Karat
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Through the grey world of espionage, Le Carré wrote about the human condition. In his own words: “Out of the secret world I once knew, I tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit.”
Mike Pompeo’s speech outlining the Trump administration approach on China marks a turning point in relations between the two giants(AFP)
Mike Pompeo’s speech outlining the Trump administration approach on China marks a turning point in relations between the two giants(AFP)

Mike Pompeo sets agenda for a new Cold War with China. Russia will be key

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 01:21 PM IST
How the US administration’s China policy spelt out by Mike Pompeo would play out would be hugely dependent on the outcome in Donald Trump’s re-election bid this November
It’s tempting to theorize that a weaker yuan could become a powerful weapon in the new Cold War, yet there’s little evidence of foul play from the People’s Bank of China.(Bloomberg)
It’s tempting to theorize that a weaker yuan could become a powerful weapon in the new Cold War, yet there’s little evidence of foul play from the People’s Bank of China.(Bloomberg)

China isn’t using its currency as a Cold War weapon

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:52 AM IST
The Chinese yuan, this year’s beacon of stability, is now is now at risk of tumbling like other emerging markets currencies.

Podcast: Tanvi Madan on the US-India-China “Fateful Triangle”

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Tanvi Madan’s new book, Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations during the Cold War, offers a historically grounded yet readable guide to the ways in which China has influenced the trajectory of U.S.-India ties--directly and indirectly--since India’s independence in 1947.
The idea of national security revolved around WMDs and terrorism. But it must include, at its core, human lives(AP)
The idea of national security revolved around WMDs and terrorism. But it must include, at its core, human lives(AP)

Covid-19 has redefined security | Opinion

By C Uday Bhaskar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2020 06:49 PM IST
It places human security at the centre, and shows that either everyone is equally secure or no one is
Joshua Karpeh aKa Cautious Clay is known for hits such as Cold War and Erase.
Joshua Karpeh aKa Cautious Clay is known for hits such as Cold War and Erase.

Joshua Karpeh: Carving a name for himself cautiously

Hindustan Times | By Samarth Goyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 02:54 PM IST
American musician Joshua Karpeh, has been slowly becoming a popular figure across the globe with hits such as Cold War and Erase, talks to us about the rising popularity, his unique musical sensibilities and his connection to India.
The influential Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) on Thursday moved its “Doomsday Clock” to 100 seconds to midnight(AFP)
The influential Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) on Thursday moved its “Doomsday Clock” to 100 seconds to midnight(AFP)

Doomsday Clock ticks closer towards disaster

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 09:55 PM IST
Without naming India or Pakistan, experts cited South Asia as a “nuclear tinderbox” where “prospects for mediation and engagement are diminishing”.
In a world marked by increased geopolitical rivalry and reduced multilateral cohesion, many two-tier nations are strengthening relations(AFP)
In a world marked by increased geopolitical rivalry and reduced multilateral cohesion, many two-tier nations are strengthening relations(AFP)

HT Editorial| Deepening India-Brazil ties

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2020 06:54 PM IST
There is a convergence of interests between the two nations
Pakistan is an outlier in the nuclear order in the region . Its military establishment enjoys near sovereignty in decision-making. It has tacticalised weapons and is enhancing its capabilities(Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
Pakistan is an outlier in the nuclear order in the region . Its military establishment enjoys near sovereignty in decision-making. It has tacticalised weapons and is enhancing its capabilities(Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)

India and Pakistan must talk — on nuclear issues | Analysis

By Manish Tewari
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Lessons from the first nuclear age need to be emulated. Dialogue will prevent strategic miscalculation
The incumbent prime minister, a Liberal, was being accused of hypocrisy because of an act of casual racism he had once committed(REUTERS)
The incumbent prime minister, a Liberal, was being accused of hypocrisy because of an act of casual racism he had once committed(REUTERS)

Lucky is the country without a glorious history, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 08:45 PM IST
What was notable about my trip to Canada was how little past achievements were invoked in the election campaign. No leader talked of Making Canada Great Again. Whosoever is the next PM is not going to promise to undo 800 years of slavery. Nor is he going to invoke World Wars I and II
In the 60 years since Luna 2 (officially called the Second Soviet Cosmic Rocket), humans have sent many missions to the moon — the latest of which is India’s Chandrayaan-2(PTI)
In the 60 years since Luna 2 (officially called the Second Soviet Cosmic Rocket), humans have sent many missions to the moon — the latest of which is India’s Chandrayaan-2(PTI)

60 years of lunar exploration

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2019 07:44 PM IST
With every mission, we learn a little more about the universe
PM Vajpayee’s decision to respect the sanctity of the LoC was seen globally as a stabilising factor in maintaining peace between India and Pakistan(AP)
PM Vajpayee’s decision to respect the sanctity of the LoC was seen globally as a stabilising factor in maintaining peace between India and Pakistan(AP)

Kargil established India’s image as a responsible power

By Shakti Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 07:49 PM IST
PM Vajpayee’s mature handling of the crisis was contrasted with Pakistan’s adventurism. It helped shorten the war

Military dolphins, navy seals and spy whales: Why marine mammals are popular military choices

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 11:31 AM IST
Apart from dogs, mammals like dolphins, sea lions and whales have secretly been part of military programs since the time of Cold War. They possess some exclusive abilities which make them useful on the combat scene. Here’s a look at what makes them so special as well as other little-known aspects behind their use by armies in different parts of the world.
Chinese companies will need to find new markets to reduce their reliance on America. With our size and capabilities, India is a natural prize(AFP)
Chinese companies will need to find new markets to reduce their reliance on America. With our size and capabilities, India is a natural prize(AFP)

How China’s Sputnik moment can be India’s big break

By Ravi Venkatesan
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 08:43 PM IST
The US-China trade war could be an extraordinary opportunity for India; many American firms and potentially even European and Japanese companies will be looking for new countries and new suppliers to source from
India, like many third countries, has remained ambiguous about where it stands in this technology struggle(AP)
India, like many third countries, has remained ambiguous about where it stands in this technology struggle(AP)

The Huawei ban should make India strengthen its tech supply chain

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 07:36 PM IST
This requires an even greater commitment to economic reforms on the part of the incoming government than has been shown by any Indian regime so far
Many of science’s most well recognised symbols are related to one specific scientist. Be they equations (E = mc2), theories (that one about relativity), or even the most popular idea of the “mad scientist” look. This person is Albert Einstein(AFP)
Many of science’s most well recognised symbols are related to one specific scientist. Be they equations (E = mc2), theories (that one about relativity), or even the most popular idea of the “mad scientist” look. This person is Albert Einstein(AFP)

Celebrating Einstein, the scientist-statesman

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 07:40 PM IST
His unique position as a scientist statesman creates a template for future scientists to follow
Both ‘Luka Chuppi’ and ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ could have taken tips from the 1958 film, ‘Indiscreet.’(HT)
Both ‘Luka Chuppi’ and ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ could have taken tips from the 1958 film, ‘Indiscreet.’(HT)

For the love of a good rom-com

Hindustan Times | By Deepanjana Pal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2019 12:15 AM IST
Romances don’t just offer us relief when reality becomes oppressive; they create ideals for lesser mortals
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.(AP)
Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon.(AP)

India can gain massively from the space race

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 09:37 AM IST
The last space race between the Soviet Union and the US helped them modernise their industries and accelerate scientific progress.
As a professor of biochemistry and a prolific science fiction writer, Asimov was always at the cutting edge of science, technology and their possible future applications(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
As a professor of biochemistry and a prolific science fiction writer, Asimov was always at the cutting edge of science, technology and their possible future applications(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

We’re far behind Issac Asimov’s vision for 2019

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 03:03 PM IST
Asimov hoped humanity would have figured out more and better ways to deploy its technological prowess, his predictions are a moral compass, showing us where the path could have led, and where we might yet strive to go
Former US president George HW Bush has died at age 94.(HT File Photo)
Former US president George HW Bush has died at age 94.(HT File Photo)

‘A legacy of service’: Barack Obama, Donald Trump pay tribute to ex-US president George HW Bush

Buenos Aires | By Agencies
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 03:17 PM IST
Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday.
Former US President George HW Bush waves as he enters the second session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008.(Reuters File Photo)
Former US President George HW Bush waves as he enters the second session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008.(Reuters File Photo)

George HW Bush, the former US president who saw America through Cold War

Bloomberg, Washington | By Laurence Arnold
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 03:18 PM IST
Military helicopters fire during the Zapad (West) 2017 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Borisovsky range in Borisov, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.(AP File Photo)
Military helicopters fire during the Zapad (West) 2017 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Borisovsky range in Borisov, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.(AP File Photo)

Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

Moscow | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 08:18 PM IST
Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft
China under Xi Jinping believes that its impressive accumulation of economic and military power in the past four decades entitles it to claim predominance in Asia and at least equal status with the US globally(REUTERS)
China under Xi Jinping believes that its impressive accumulation of economic and military power in the past four decades entitles it to claim predominance in Asia and at least equal status with the US globally(REUTERS)

Trade wars are no longer about trade

By Shyam Saran
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2018 12:42 PM IST
Trump has created an opportunity for China to make common cause with American allies both in Asia and Europe. But in the long run, India’s relations with China will remain competitive in nature while the US will probably remain an indispensable partner.
In this file photo taken on August 09, 2006, former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow.(AFP)
In this file photo taken on August 09, 2006, former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow.(AFP)

Poisoned Russian agent Sergei Skripal is getting better fast: British hospital

Reuters, London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 09:55 PM IST
Sergei Skripal, 66, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of spies to Britain’s foreign spy service, and his daughter Yulia were found slumped unconscious on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres talks during a news conference in Rome, on March 15.(Reuters file photo)
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres talks during a news conference in Rome, on March 15.(Reuters file photo)

Really concerned, world heading to a Cold War era, says UN chief

Press Trust of India, United Nations | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 07:52 PM IST
His comments came after the Trump administration this week ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the US over the alleged poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK on March 4.
The US flag flies at the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 30, 2018.(AP)
The US flag flies at the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, March 30, 2018.(AP)

Russia expels 60 US diplomats over spy poisoning row

Reuters, Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 07:32 PM IST
Ambassador Jon Hunstman was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry and told that 60 diplomats from US missions had a week to leave Russia, as Washington had expelled 60 Russians.
Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther Series) by Philip Kerr. Publisher: Quercus, pages: 546, Price: Rs 399.
Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther Series) by Philip Kerr. Publisher: Quercus, pages: 546, Price: Rs 399.

Book review: Solve a murder in a Nazi bastion and escape the Stasi like a super spy

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2018 08:56 AM IST
In the 12th installment of his most captivating Bernie Gunther series, Philip Kerr brings our wise-cracking, sardonic but resourceful hero back to life in all his tarnished, tired but still irrepressible form.
British writer Frederick Forsyth says he is giving up on thrillers because his wife told him he can no longer travel to adventurous places.(AFP)
British writer Frederick Forsyth says he is giving up on thrillers because his wife told him he can no longer travel to adventurous places.(AFP)

Too old for adventure, Frederick Forsyth to quit writing thrillers

By AFP, London
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 09:34 AM IST
Popular British writer Frederick Forsyth says he is giving up writing thrillers as he is too old and tired to travel to adventurous places.
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