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

POLITICS

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Nationalism is good, jingoism is bad - don’t conflate the two

Vigilantism isn’t nationalism. It crosses the red line. Those who cross it damage their cause.

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POLITICS

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Pakistan army's two fatal blunders - murdering Lt Fayaz and kidnapping Jadhav - will cost it heavily

It presents India with an opportunity to turn the situation around in Kashmir.

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POLITICS

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India rightly boycotted OBOR, must use Balochistan to tackle Pakistan

China pressed India to join the One Belt, One Road project knowing fully well it violates Indian sovereignty in PoK.

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POLITICS

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How India can bleed Pakistan over Kabul-Islamabad tensions

The clashes along the Af-Pak border drew a worried response from China.

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SPORTS

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An incompetent BCCI can't allow an imperial ICC to take India for a ride

Without cricketers like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, Indian TV viewership will plummet.

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POLITICS

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Banning red VIP beacon is not enough - what about growing nepotism in BJP?

If culture of merit gives way to a culture of entitlement, it could spell electoral trouble for the party in the future.

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POLITICS

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India needs to first recognise the real problem in Kashmir - Islamisation

It’s only when the source of this poison is removed will the Valley return to its historical plurality.

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HUMOUR

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Has Modi's India turned into a 'nanny state'? Two friends discuss

Anwar smiled. 'Finally, Suleiman, you are seeing the real side of this control-obsessed government.'

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POLITICS

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Why Trump's U-turn on Syria is no victory for ISIS

He knows the West's real security lies in defeating Islamist terror groups in Syria, not ousting Assad.

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POLITICS

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Why China is more touchy about this visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang

In a rapidly changing world order, Donald Trump has introduced a mix of unpredictability and truculence.

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