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Arindam De

Arindam De

Associate Senior Producer, India Today TVarindam.de@aajtak.com
The writer is journalist working with India Today.

By Arindam De

Special Status for a special few: It was crucial Article 370 went and all the rights of Indian citizens reached J&K

Do you know how many Fundamental Rights people in J&K were deprived of under Article 370? They are fully eligible for each of these now. So, why are a few people so unhappy?

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Hafiz Saeed, In and Out: The terrorist's detention was perhaps the shortest ever. But we know why

Taken into custody on July 17, reportedly set free on August 7, Hafiz Saeed's arrest is clearly the biggest eyewash Pakistan is trying to sell the world.

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Same hate, different measures: Weaponising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is wrong. In North India and in West Bengal

Preeminent personalities have objected to hate crimes using 'Jai Shri Ram'. But where were they when non-Muslims were lynched or the same words punished in Bengal?

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Hafiz Saeed arrested yet again. Will Donald Trump take the bait?

Did the US President really believe that Hafiz Saeed was 'absconding' and the Pakistani law enforcement agencies have 'found' him?

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Party Hopping Season in Bengal: Councillors in Bengal are switching sides faster than the speed of light, leading to political unrest

First, the party hopping, then the ‘cut money’ debacle — Bengal has never witnessed a state of lawlessness quite like this one, since the naxal period.

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Kar’nataka’: Where the government is doing everything but governance

The trouble is not new for the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka. It has been brewing since day one for the alliance and should have been foreseen.

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The Jumlas of Pakistan: Pak says Hafiz Saeed will be arrested. Yet again.

Pakistan faces world disapproval and the drying of funds over its support to terrorists like Hafiz Saeed. But its moves to 'take action' are impressing no-one.

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Is Mamata losing the plot? From doctors' strike to ‘cut money’ debacle, Didi is plunging into crisis

The TMC supremo seems absolutely unable to handle either provocations from the BJP or pressures within her own party. Will Mamata Banerjee push the TMC to breaking point?

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A Very Deep Cut: Why Mamata Banerjee asking TMC party men to stop taking 'cut money' is just too little, too late

As reports emerge of Didi apparently telling party workers to return money taken from hapless people, will anyone listen? This only opens a Pandora's Box, one the Opposition will exploit.

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Book the culprits - Don't badmouth the doctors

As the doctors continue to protest, West Bengal remains the worst-hit state with at least 13 big government hospitals affected.

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Is Mamata Banerjee inspired by the Modi wave to sign up Prashant Kishor?

The move by the West Bengal Chief Minister and the TMC to curb the saffron tide is indicative of a few things — the result was unexpected, one cannot bank on personal popularity alone and time-tested strategies may not be effective anymore.

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Get A Grip: Mamata Banerjee's appeasement politics, high-handedness and alienating the majority are now hurting her

Didi read the signals all wrong. She also failed to sense the inroads the BJP was steadily making in Bengal.

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Losing the Plot: From Rafale to Nyay, here's everything that went against the Congress in 2019

Today, regional parties are much more in touch with the aspirations of their voters than the Congress party. The grand old party now faces a 'do or die' moment.

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Poribortan Full Circle: Mamata Banerjee once called for 'change' in West Bengal. Is that rebounding on her today?

Mamata must pause and ponder over what brought down the 34-year rule of the Left in Bengal. She shouldn't repeat the same mistakes.

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Sorry, Mrs Dikshit! But the Nirbhaya outrage was not 'media manufactured'

If Sheila Dikshit thinks she had no responsibility for the 2012 gangrape, then she must think twice before seeking votes.

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Masood Azhar 'Global Terrorist': Does the designation realistically mean anything? And what should India do now?

UN has blacklisted the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) head after China lifted its restrictions on the move. However, what does it actually mean for India?

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In the heat of electoral battle do not forget Sri Lanka. Terror must be tackled

With India in the frenzy of elections, the importance of using pre-emptive foreign policy initiatives to tackle the threat of international terror looms larger than ever in the wake of Sri Lankan terror attacks.

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Can the Election Commission play a good referee and ensure a good match...err, poll?

It is natural for political parties to try and bend the rules as far as possible. Even a little headstart is a big advantage. EC's role as the 'referee,' therefore, is a very important one.

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Imran wants Modi back in power - seriously?

It is amusing to see the secular parties taking a cue from the Pak PM to bash an Indian PM who flaunts his nationalistic credentials rather openly.

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Frenemies of the political world: 'Extremists' of yesterday, lauded by the 'moderates' of today

As LK Advani is lauded by Mamata Banerjee now, I can't help but wonder at her condemnation of his communal rath yatra politics years ago. Perhaps some day, Narendra Modi will also be called a liberal by those who attack him today.

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Congress has flunked the alliances test. What about the election exams?

BJP has shown alacrity and no ego in stitching up its alliances. Congress stands out in contrast.

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After shielding Masood Azhar: Parroting 'peace' won't make China a peacenik ever

China's support to Pakistan in protecting the terrorist JeM chief has changed all the rules of engagement between India and China.

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What did the Balakot air strikes achieve?

India needs to keep the pressure in the international forums to establish Pakistan's terror-mongering. We cannot afford laxity at a point when we have support from most other countries.

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Why nothing will change on the ground even after Balakot airstrike

World history is replete with examples that show counter-insurgency operations are never successful when cross-border benefactors exist.

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As politics breaks out over Pulwama, time for us, Kashmiris included, to ask hard questions

We need to ask and answer why we are turning against each other, and exactly whom that is helping.

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India was not taken in by Imran Khan. The realities of the situation have only become clearer today

The Pakistani Army still calls the shots in Pakistan and in the strategies of terror being used. The only naya change is the growing use of Jaish-e-Mohammed over Lashkar.

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Pulwama attack: As talks of retribution fly thick and fast, troubling questions are unanswered

Why was such a large relocation taking place in a terrorist-prone area? Is assembling a 300 kg-plus car bomb that easy in South Kashmir? Was someone complacent? Several questions need to be answered on Pulwama.

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‘Vikas’ take a backseat as the Prime Minister sharpens his attack on the Opposition

An analysis of the Prime Minister's speeches reveals a change in the narrative from development to scathing verbal attacks on the Opposition.

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It’s show time: What the Bengal drama tells us about 2019 elections, and its main players

One Modi. One Didi. And a whole lot of masala.

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Budget 2019: Stop doles and grants, frame policies that can actually empower

Guaranteed income schemes, farm loan waivers, subsidies and all such band-aids will not cover the government's blemishes.

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