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Minhaz Merchant

Minhaz Merchant

Journalist and authormmleditorial@gmail.com
The writer is the biographer of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla. He is a media group chairman and editor. He is the author of The New Clash of Civilizations

By Minhaz Merchant

How the combination of Ram and welfare benefits will serve BJP in the upcoming polls

The construction of the Ram Mandir has been carefully timed: it is expected to be ready to admit its first devotees three months before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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Why it is now time for India to play Tibet and Taiwan cards against China

As the world unites against Beijing over the draconian security law it has imposed on Hong Kong, India has two potent diplomatic weapons in Tibet and Taiwan.

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Why Hong Kong is Xi Jinping’s new Achilles’ heel

The brazen modus operandi Beijing has employed to thrust the draconian national security law on Hong Kong could turn the tide against China.

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Why China's aggression in Galwan may backfire

In overplaying its hand in the Galwan Valley, Beijing has made a close US-India alliance all but inevitable.

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How India must keep China guessing

Given China’s unpredictable leadership, India should follow Sun Tzu’s advice in eastern Ladakh. We need to be patient, inscrutable, deceptive and keep our plans unfathomable.

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When lockdowns become counter-productive

India’s challenge as the fourth lockdown winds down on May 31 will be to pursue a revival of economic activity without setting off infection spikes in red zones.

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How Finance Minister gave liquidity lifeline for the economy but not the structural reforms India needs

Nirmala Sitharaman's economic package does not quite amount to the deep structural reforms India needs. It is a crisis liquidity fund to put the economy back on its feet.

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How coronavirus has stirred a new Cold War

The Covid-19 pandemic has set the stage for a long-term geopolitical conflict between China and the United States-led Western alliance.

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Post-coronavirus, how India can bounce back

Most estimates place India's GDP growth in 2020-21 at below 2 per cent. Even that will be hard to achieve unless there is a quick rebound in economic activities.

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Lessons to be learnt as India battles the Covid-19 challenge

Ten days into the 21-day nationwide lockdown, there is a cause though for optimism as the number of Covid-19 deaths remains low in India.

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Why Wuhan is the virus hub of China and the world

The coronavirus is not the first time a deadly infection has travelled to Europe from China. In 1347, the Plague, also believed to have originated in China, killed millions in Europe.

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Understanding the bias of the western media in covering Delhi violence

Foreign media rarely analyse why an overwhelming majority of India’s 200 million Muslims don’t want to settle in a Muslim-majority country.

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Why POTUS needs India on his side

Much needs to be done by the Modi government to take the India-US relationship to a new level despite key challenges.

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Delhi Elections 2020: Development versus deity argument could fall in AAP’s favour

Another Assembly loss will raise questions about PM Modi’s political instincts and Home Minister Amit Shah’s Midas touch.

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Why Supreme Court faces a balancing act with Citizenship Amendment Act

The apex court's anodyne order has left the question of the constitutional validity of the CAA wide open.

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Will 2020 be the sixth-year bogey for Narendra Modi and the BJP?

Can Modi government weather the storm set off by the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC)?

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2019: Well begun but only half done for BJP

A year that began with celebration of Balakot promises to end in division and acrimony. It will provide the BJP time to reflect on the triumphs and errors.

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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is BJP’s new populist weapon

The unstated objective of the CAB is to polarise the Hindu electorate by leaving persecuted Muslim refugee-migrants out of its warm citizenship embrace.

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Uddhav Thackeray's reign on thin ice

Maharashtra Chief Minister has begun his innings with the challenge of keeping the unlikely allies together and happy.

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The muddled race for Maharashtra's Chief Ministership

Will the present political turmoil in the state result in a strong government that addresses the real issues irrespective of the ideological dichotomy?

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Why timing of the release of Abdullahs and Muftis could be tricky

The release of leaders in detention will soon become a cause for global criticism which has been relatively muted so far.

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Why Congress looks headed for a poll rout in Maharashtra and Haryana

The BJP-Shiv Sena coalition along with its smaller partners could win as many as 220-240 seats. In Haryana, the BJP alone could get 70-plus seats.

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Howdy, Modi: What the Indian PM can achieve through Houston speech

India must use Houston as a launch pad for a robust new strategic global role grounded in clear-eyed reality.

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How India should respond to Imran Khan’s nuclear threats

A Balakot 2.0 cannot be ruled out.

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Because India is no cheap shot: Why we should shoot down the 2022 Commonwealth Games

With Brexit imminent, Britain wouldn't want India to abandon the CWG. But India derives little benefit from membership of a post-colonial club where shooting is replaced with beach volleyball.

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73rd Independence Day: Apna Time Aa Gaya, India is on its way to become a global superpower!

There is an inevitability about India’s global rise. Her moment has finally arrived and we are here to witness it in all its glory.

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BJP’s new roadmap for Kashmir may derail due to economic slowdown

The bold move to unshackle J&K from the prison Article 370 confined it to has given the Modi government political goodwill across the country. Let the economy not deflate it.

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Azaadi from Article 370: Finally, a new dawn and a new identity for Jammu and Kashmir

The age of feudal overlords in J&K is over and true democracy has finally arrived. BR Ambedkar would be the happiest man were he with us today.

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The Liberal Mafia: Entitled, assertive and vindictive, the liberal gang of India is deeply biased

Most liberals in India flout the tenets of true liberalism but take a ‘holier-than-thou’ stance on issues that ruffle their interests. The 49 letter-writers addressing PM Modi are the same.

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Future tense for Congress

Amidst all the back-room Machiavellian manoeuvring, the infantile core of the Congress stands exposed. A party that can’t decide on its leadership after two months and clings to one family for salvation does so at its peril.

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