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Saba Naqvi

Saba Naqvi

Senior journalist. Author, Shades of Saffron: From Vajpayee To Modisaba.naqvi@gmail.com
Eminent political journalist and writer. Author, most recently of Shades of Saffron: From Vajpayee To Modi

By Saba Naqvi

Kashmir Valley asks us: Do we all want to give up our constitutional freedoms eventually?

Admit it is the Muslim-ness of Kashmir which is a problem in a nation that increasingly defines itself as Hindu. But this won't stop at Kashmir. We could all lose our rights like this.

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Why I want to apologise to journalists based in Kashmir

I would never have managed to report from Kashmir without the help of several local journalists and this is my thank you note to them.

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Article 370 is just the start: Is One Nation One Poll likely next step under India's two supreme leaders?

Let’s not pretend: people in Kashmir have been shut down, rendered voiceless only because they are Muslims and unlikely to ever be voters of the BJP. But what is next on the cards?

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Why stop at Zomato's Muslim food delivery boy? Haters, boycott all these to be a proud nationalist!

If your food has a religion, then you should make these anti-Muslim lifestyle changes to make sure you make you keep your own beliefs intact.

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How to make a new Congress: A blueprint for a grand new opposition party

The old party needs a Plan B that involves dissolving what remains of the national party until a new leader is elected/selected/chosen.

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Upside down: How is Rahul Gandhi seen in the state that he now represents?

In south India, Rahul is not taken as a joke. It is from here that the Congress should try to rebuild the party.

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Congress' Zero Sum Game: Rahul Gandhi's Russian roulette is a dangerous play for the Congress

Rahul Gandhi's resignation at this point is inexplicable. He should have waited till the storm blew over and then handed over to a deputy.

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Let's Talk About Caste: Why Ayushmann Khurrana's ‘Article 15’ is a film every politically-minded Indian must see

Kudos to Anubhav Sinha and the film's crew for pulling off a phenomenal job at dealing with duch a dark subject, in such a riveting way.

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The dying political parties of India: These six parties face total extinction. Or can they ride out the saffron tide?

There's still one way to continue to be relevant. But can these parties make the transition?

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Mobile Politics: Why I think Lok Sabha 2019 was not a post-Mandal but a post-Jio election

India's information revolution, with affordable communication, made political messaging that much more personal and vastly widespread. Only the BJP understood and seized the moment.

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Why Girish Karnad wasn't the 'Khan Market Gang': Because intellect never rests on the cushions of power

The 'Khan Market' tag came about because Delhi always had a hybrid of the socially networked with easy political access, but true intellectuals like Girish Karnad are known simply by their ideas.

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AAP Fights Back: Despite the huge BJP win, the Aam Aadmi Party is not letting the opposition die

From booth to booth reviews to offering women free metro and bus rides, here’s how AAP is making Delhi difficult for the BJP to conquer.

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Sins of the father: Rajiv Gandhi, not Rahul, is responsible for where the Congress is today

Rahul Gandhi never inherited a party that had much internal coherence or ethical power. Rajiv Gandhi had weakened the Congress through the choices he made. It's unfair to blame only Rahul today.

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Understand Narendra Modi: Because he understands us

Whatever the outcome of Lok Sabha 2019, one figure has been the central issue of this election, so much so that even BJP's identity has been entirely subsumed in one man, Narendra Modi.

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‘Divider in chief’: Time and again, Time Magazine has targeted Indian Prime Ministers from the BJP. Why do they get so unnerved?

Why does Time Magazine in particular get under the skin of BJP politicians when, in fact, it mostly states the known about Indian Prime Ministers? Its latest issue is no exception. Neither is the furor over it.

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Woman versus PM: Shalini Yadav is challenger to PM Modi in Varanasi, fighting him where Congress faltered

In the crucial Benaras election, locals are mystified about the Congress' choice of Ajay Rai. Meanwhile, the rooted Shalini Yadav takes on PM Modi as the gathbandhan's candidate.

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No democracy for the poor? Data shows richer candidates have a much higher chance of winning Indian elections

BJP is now the richest political party in India. With wealth raining in, often from crony capitalist sources, hidden in schemes like electoral bonds, money is changing our politics for the worse.

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Narendra Modi in Benaras: Why it is likely that for a change, the Prime Minister will include and name his regional allies in his Varanasi show

The BJP will need to overcome the sheer arithmetical superiority of the grand alliance in more seats in Uttar Pradesh. And it will have to assuage allies who feel the party is a one-man show.

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No, there is no Modi wave. Nor a Hindutva frenzy in UP

Early in the elections, Uttar Pradesh has mirrored many paradoxes. Modi has superstar status. That might not get him votes. The BJP has built a non-Yadav, non-Jat voter base. But many could swing back to familiar caste and community voting patterns.

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Last man standing for India's Muslims? Asaduddin Owaisi opens up on his background, his politics and his sherwani

Asaduddin Owaisi is arguably the most forceful and significant Indian Muslim voice today.

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His name isn't Khan. But he may be a terrorist: If Narendra Modi feels Hindus can’t be terrorists, here's why he's wrong

Godse was a Maharashtrian Brahmin. Indira Gandhi’s assassins were Sikhs. Several terrorist attacks have been carried out by non-Muslims. Then why is one community singled out for the insult?

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2019 General Elections: Finally, the Congress gets it right

For the Congress, the announcement of the Minimum Income Guarantee symbolises that moment in Election 2019 when they set the narrative.

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Rang laye sang: How Holi encapsulates India’s cultural rainbow

From Mughal emperors to Sufi saints, Holi has meant a great deal beyond tight religious boundaries. Its colours have made all of that melt away, so we could be 'us'.

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Casting votes, not stones: Indian authorities not holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Kashmir is a big misstep

By scheduling Lok Sabha elections and not Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir, what message are we sending out to the separatists, the opposition and the allies?

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No, most people don't want an India-Pakistan war

After a suicide bomber set off a train of events, many voices, from netas to TV anchors, have been loudly demanding war with Pakistan. But is that really what most people want? And what India can truly afford?

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Surgical Strikes Part 2: This works, war does not

Surgical strikes are the most optimum response. No one wants an outright war between two nuclear nations.

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Asia beyond Pakistan: Understanding Saudi crimes and Iranian mysteries

Beyond our immediate neighbours, the Asian continent is home to many countries, each with their own international conflicts and issues. Saudi Arabia and Iran are two such nations, both crucial for India as well.

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In times of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, what we can learn from the 'zikirs', Assam's songs of unity

The zikirs were short devotional songs composed by a Sufi known as Azan Fakir in the Assamese language.

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Priyanka Gandhi's focus should be Varanasi. Not Robert Vadra

The BJP has shrewdly moved beyond its own Mandir rhetoric. Priyanka must find a larger vocabulary than just talking about the victimisation of her family.

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The question of money: The acting finance minister was the last formal treasurer of BJP. Is this morally right?

Is there a conflict of interest there?

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