Seema Sirohi
Seema Sirohi
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articles by Seema Sirohi

World

As Kerry arrives to woo Modi, Indo-US relations go from strategic to historic

The Sushma Swaraj-John Kerry meeting should be seen pragmatically -- despite the warmth over doing business together, there remain thorny issues such as Pakistan, the civil nuclear liability law and Indian policy-making on foreign investment.

World

Iraq unrest: Why India needs to worry about the ISIS

India must also consider the fact that Pakistani militants and possibly retired soldiers are fighting in Syria and Iraq after Saudi Arabia turned to Islamabad for help following Washington’s refusal to get actively involved in the Syrian conflict.

Blogs

Why Nancy Powell's exit can help India-US rebuild relations

US ambassador Nancy Powell’s resignation is the first real indication that Washington has woken up and is starting to smell the “chai.”

Blogs

How I grew up with the 'unbreakable' Nelson Mandela, sitting miles away

I just want to reminisce about growing up with “Mandela.” His name was a plank on which we rested many fond hopes for a better world. He always seemed solid. Unbreakable.

World

Why there's no real jaan in Manmohan Singh's US visit

The PM will have a nice visit, no doubt, with the right amount of cheer and goodwill but there is no real jaan in it

World

Why is US giving Pakistan weapons to be used against India?

In the context of the recent continuous tensions on the LOC, it is useful to take a hard look at the unhealthy US-Pakistan relationship of dependence, if only as a reminder of how some things never change.

World

Exclusive: S Jaishankar to be India’s next envoy to Washington

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged that truth and assigned S Jaishankar to be India’s next ambassador to the United States, a man he thinks can stem the drift in Indo-US relations and inject new energy, FirstPost has learnt.

Blogs

Why India simply has to strategically shelve Pakistan

Americans will object on Pakistan’s behalf but surely they understand India can’t keep absorbing attacks from both sides – in Afghanistan as on its Jalalabad consulate and along the LOC.

Blogs

Not just Rajnath Singh: Why are Indian politicians disastrous in US?

The failure cuts across party lines. If you have BJP leaders who should read their speeches in Hindi with simultaneous translation rather than in English, you have Congress Party leaders whose pomposity can give you nausea.

Business

FDI reforms: The US must now act its part out

Will the new measures do the trick, stop the bleeding and attract investments quickly? Not really. The reaction from US companies and business associations is one of continued skepticism. They want to wait and watch. They consider the moves as a case of too little too late.

World

Osama bin Laden and the failure of the Pakistani state

The exhaustive 336-page report is a strong indictment of the entire government machinery – from the all-powerful ISI and the military to the lowly beat policeman and revenue officer.

World

Why US shouldn't accept Dalrymple's reading of Afghan 'history'

With his latest essay on Afghanistan, William Dalrymple has crossed into the wilds of contemporary geo-politics and proved history can also be someone’s pet interpretation.

Blogs

Big Brother Wars: Why Snowden is so valuable to China

Is he a hero for opening the door on this obsessive compulsive spying on ordinary citizens or a villain who jeopardized security by doing so?

World

What India could have taught the US about dealing with China

The recent US-China summit was a success – for Chinese President Xi Jinping. He conceded little and ably cast the meeting on his terms.

World

What the appointment of Susan Rice as Obama's NSA means for India

New Delhi can take heart in the fact that she will be a good counter to Secretary of State John Kerry who is seen as overly accommodating of Pakistan.

World

Obama's new guidelines on drone strikes: Pak will remain on radar

President Obama’s new counter-terrorism doctrine is an attempt to restrict the controversial drone programme but without losing his prerogative to still strike wherever and whenever necessary.

Blogs

As historic elections dawn, public mood in Pakistan is dismal

A new Pew Research Center survey released May 7 highlights the people’s mood as “exceedingly grim” with 91% saying Pakistan is headed in the wrong direction.

World

Sikhs abroad will continue to hound likes of Sajjan Kumar

Those believing Sajjan Kumar's acquittal closes the chapter on the 1984 riots had better prepare themselves for a more sophisticated and sustained campaign through the courts in Europe, Canada and the United States.

World

Why the US needs to change how it views Pakistan

What is needed is hard-nosed policies and reorganization of the US bureaucracy towards the multiple threats originating from Pakistan.

World

Why Pakistan should give up its opposition to Indo-US nuclear deal

Pakistan picked the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference -- the ultimate gathering of the world's nuclear experts-- to carp about the deal. Here's why they should give it a rest.