Minhaz Merchant

OPEN TO OPINION

Biographer of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla. Ex-TOI & India Today. Media group chairman and editor. Author: The New Clash of Civilizations

VARIETY

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POLITICS

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Can Rahul Gandhi revive the Congress ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls?

Can the party provide the BJP with the contest Indian democracy needs? Not until it changes its dynastic DNA.

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POLITICS

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Are Supreme Court judges right in saying social media must be regulated?

Adding one more regulatory layer to those that already exist will not achieve balance.

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POLITICS

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Lord Ram, not economy, will help Modi win in 2019

To reach the comfort zone of 300-plus Lok Sabha seats, BJP must win big in Uttar Pardesh.

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POLITICS

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Post Doklam standoff: India needs to be wary of China

It will take more than mellow op-eds by the Chinese ambassador to India for Beijing to begin acting like a responsible global power.

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POLITICS

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Why is the West soft on radical Islam?

More dangerous than radical Islamist clerics in India, however, are politicians using religion to win votes.

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POLITICS

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How J&K is fighting back against terror

Modi government's 'tough love' is paying dividends with over 150 terrorists killed in the Valley since the beginning of the year.

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POLITICS

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With Gujarat polls around the corner, Modi's countdown to 2019 Lok Sabha elections begins

Elections are won on a combination of arithmetic and chemistry. The BJP has the former but needs to reignite the latter.

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POLITICS

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Liberals should stop complaining about dissent being stifled under Modi's India

There is more vigorous editorial dissent, more public debate, and more online vitriol against Hindutva today than there ever was under Congress.

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POLITICS

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How Modi cut China to size at BRICS summit

PM was right to ignore President Xi’s advice to not raise terrorism at the summit.

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