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Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Political writer and commentatormb@g.com
Political writer and commentator. He writes widely in the Indian and international media, mainly on Turkish politics.

By Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Why Turkish military has pushed into Syria against Kurdish forces

Washington's support to the Kurds has become a major sticking point in Turkey-US relations.

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Is Turkey heading towards a civil war?

It has issued a decree granting sweeping immunity to civilians who suppressed the coup bid against Erdogan government.

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How a court case in US involving Turkish gold trader could spell Erdogan’s undoing

But the brunt of the president's anger is likely to be faced by the innocent citizens incarcerated in Turkey.

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Shameful that Pakistan and Malaysia support Erdogan's witchhunt of dissident Turks

Ankara has been pressing governments worldwide to crack down on institutions affiliated with the Gulen movement that it blames for the 2016 coup bid.

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One year of failed Turkey coup: What is wrong with Turkish politics

Since July 15, 2016, the rule of law in the country has degraded at an alarming speed.

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Why Turkey’s president Erdogan is no friend of India

Pakistan has something to do with it.

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Hard-hitting questions Indian media must ask Erdogan when he meets Modi

Journalists must ask Turkey's president how he claims to have advanced his country's democracy, when facts suggest otherwise.

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Why the world will keep questioning the legitimacy of Turkey’s referendum

Recep Erdogan will have powers at his disposal that no other president in developed democracies has.

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Hounding of Indian journalists by BJP mirrors Turkey's crackdown on media

Simultaneous abuse of the religion in majority and stoking of nationalist sentiments by the ruling regime must alarm us.

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Assassination of Russian ambassador shows depth of Turkish political crisis

It's too early to name anyone for the crime, but Andrei Karlov was no victim of the Gulen movement.

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Questions to be asked to Turkey foreign minister visiting India

Mevlut Cavusoglu is in India from August 18-20.

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Indian Muslim scholars’ support for Turkey's Erdogan is alarming

Their prime concern seems the defence of a political Islamist who talks of the revival of a lost caliphate.

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How democracy failed to survive in aftermath of Turkey coup attempt

Erdogan government is trying to further muzzle the opposing voices in the country.

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Erdogan is escaping scrutiny by blaming Gulen for failed Turkey coup

The ruling dispensation has created a superficial, larger than life enemy.

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What lies behind Istanbul airport terror attack

Turkey is sadly paying a hard price for a power-hungry Erdogan.

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How Turkey's journalists are fighting Erdogan's attack on press

Critics of the government are targeted – some even facing attempts on their lives.

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Why Indian-born US attorney Preet Bharara today is a hero in Turkey

The country is placing its trust in him to bring illicit activities of president Erdogan and affiliates to light.

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Turkish president Erdogan's policy of castrating media alarming

With government's takeover of Feza Media Group, citizens will now be fed only those news that the ruling party wants them to know.

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Is BJP even a nationalist party?

Until all Indians' right to food, shelter and a dignified standard of living is ensured, sloganeering won't promote patriotism.

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9 chilling similarities between Modi and Turkish president Erdogan

Intolerance towards dissenters characterises both leaders.

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Why are Muslims so backward in India?

Is the community itself also to blame?

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How Turkey risks becoming a dictatorial, rogue and failed state

EU and US cannot be expected to anger the Erdogan's government by interfering in its internal affairs.

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Jamia Millia Islamia must withdraw convocation invite to Modi

It is a betrayal to the university the prime minister once denigrated as supporting terror.

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Open letter to NRIs: Do not welcome Modi in UK

If you think BNP's ideology is xenophobic, can BJP leaders' views be legitimate, tolerant and progressive?

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Turkish democracy in a fix: Why Erdoğan's AKP won 

Apparently, the voters didn't want to risk another fruitless coalition government negotiations between uncompromising political parties.

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Is it game over for Turkish president Erdogan?

Greed for power, lust of money and addiction to authority have doomed his political image.

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How Turkey fell into chaos

The cost of an early election is too harsh and brutal for the country.

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There's an Indian lady in Rumi's town

One of the challenges Habeeba Unnisa is facing these days in Turkey is that people confuse her to be a Syrian.

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How President Erdogan has failed Turkish democracy

Will June 7 elections rid the county of the AKP party which has mastered the art of creating an artificial enemy and gaining public sympathy by playing victim?

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