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Naghma Sahar

Naghma Sahar

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Author is a senior fellow at Observer Research Foundation.

By Naghma Sahar

'Jai Shri Ram' is not a violent war cry. Don't turn it into one now

We can't silence people objecting to Muslims being lynched by regurgitating whataboutery such as, 'What about when Hindus were killed?'

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Should MS Dhoni Walk or Not? How Captain Cool has now divided India into Dhoni bhakts vs Dhoni haters

Aam and khaas fans alike want MS Dhoni to not hang up his gloves. But, critics demand, he should take a break now. The divisive intensity of this debate takes it beyond the cricket pitch.

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Uncle Sam, please don’t preach: India doesn't need Mike Pompeo's advice on secularism. USA should introspect

Irony ran wild as Mike Pompeo tried lecturing India on rights even as children, migrants and hapless minorities suffer abuse, attacks and discrimination in the land of the brave and free.

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The Sound of Dog-Whistling: 'Vande Mataram' itself is not communal. But using it to target Asaduddin Owaisi is

The swearing-in ceremony of Parliamentarians was marred by a contest of religious slogans, taken out of context and used to target. Will Parliament now become a religious akhada?

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A New Idea of India: Congress simply paled before Narendra Modi's vividly saffron new nation

It wasn't so much the Congress' weaknesses as the strength of Narendra Modi's imagined new India, rich, powerful, globally confident and stridently Hindu, that won Lok Sabha 2019.

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No More Jeers: PM Modi’s ‘Khan Market gang' comment is a sharp retort to the elitism of Sam Pitroda and Mani Shankar Aiyar

Modi's phrase signifies the resentment in a sizeable section of voiceless India which has begun to find its voice. And which has started to reject mockery by the elite such as the Congress' venerable elders.

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Neither BJP, nor voters will let Congress forget Rahul Gandhi's Masood Azhar 'ji' gaffe

The election pitch will reach a crescendo with BJP branding Congress as a 'terror sympathiser', one that raised questions over the IAF strikes in Balakot as well.

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What IAF air-strikes in Balakot and their aftermath teach us

There are several crucial learnings here, including the truth that wars are not fought in newsrooms and India’s anger against Pakistan cannot turn inwards.

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Women in politics are just politicians. They are not saris, jackets, or a particular kind of laughter

Commenting on a female politician's gender, looks or attire reflects the misogynistic mindset of our politicians. This is seen across the political spectrum, from the 'traditional' BJP to 'new-age' neta Rahul Gandhi.

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Narendra Modi's 'surgical strike' goes astray, but Mamata Banerjee is no moral victor either

Bengal will be a major battlefield in 2019 and the Modi vs Didi clash so far shows the gloves are off and the fight will only get nastier. Alongside, the rhetoric will grow more pious.

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How America is hastily exiting Afghanistan, leaving it to the the Taliban, China and Pakistan

Even a flawed Afghan government will be better than the Taliban rule, but the US appears to accept any deal in a hurry to get its "boots on the ground" out of Afghanistan.

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Will Priyanka Gandhi succeed in chasing away ‘panic-stricken’ rats?

There is a lot of talk about Priyanka's possible political impact. But the fact remains, Priyanka's face-off with Narendra Modi in the 2014 elections failed to stop the Modi wave.

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Why Akhilesh Yadav is willing to step back to accommodate Bua Mayawati's demands

Despite the newfound bonhomie, the two leaders are very different in terms of experience, style of functioning and ideology.

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Rafale may not prove to be 'BJP’s Bofors' – and the reason would be the Congress

There’s a key difference between Bofors and Rafale. That may be the BJP's battle strength, despite it losing a war of words.

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There's something majestic about Shah Rukh Khan. One 'Zero' can't take that away from the King

Life is not all about perfection and success. This is the underlying message of 'Zero', which will be vindicated if SRK shines rising above Zero's success or failure.

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Assembly election results: Rahul emerges victorious. But Indian secularism doesn't

Constantly questioning Rahul Gandhi's 'Hindu-ness' seems to have hurt the BJP. Rahul's use of 'soft Hindutva' helped the Congress, but not our larger polity.

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Rahul Gandhi revealing his gotra is the final blow to ‘secular’ politics

The Congress President is repeating the mistake Rajiv Gandhi made in 1989. By swallowing the Sangh's agenda, the Congress has only done the BJP a favour, and hurt Indian secularism.

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How Donald Trump dragged diplomacy to Twitter and made it blunt, if uncouth

Trump’s liberal use of his Twitter account has created unease within his own administration.

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Iron Man of India. Made with bronze cladding from China

The Statue of Unity is full of ironies. Not least that the man who first recognised the Chinese threat to India should have his statue made with Chinese know-how.

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