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Shekhar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta

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By Shekhar Gupta

Was Indira Gandhi right to use air power against her own countrymen?

The government gave a free hand to the Army to use the most brutal methods.

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Airlift distorts history, creates a false Indian hero

The film builds a Sunny Deol-style hyper-patriotic yarn.

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Dhirubhai Ambani, the man who made his own road

He was a unique personality who built his empire during the licence quota raj and prospered much when it was abolished.

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Why Modi shouldn't be crucified for yoga tweet

Great leaders are calm and comforting, even sometimes nonchalant.

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Nitish, not Congress, is the new Opposition: How long will it last?

The BJP has now become to national politics what Congress used to be. But Congress, within the Opposition universe, carries even less weight today than the BJP did after December 1984.

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What happened to 'sab mile huye hain', Kejriwal?

The Delhi CM's argument that he should have been informed before the raid is flawed.

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Modi is wise to return to Vajpayee's Pakistan policy

As handshakes in Paris, Bangkok and now Islamabad remind us, the basic doctrine, talk-talk/fight-fight doesn't change.

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RIP Lt-Gen VK ‘Tubby’ Nayar, the ‘hero’ of Northeast

He was tough when his troops faced battle, but generous in the extreme with Nagas of all strata.

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Inviting ISIS home: India should stay away from European Islamophobia

The problem of Islam in the Middle East is peculiar to the region.

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Bihar is not Gujarat: How Modi-Amit Shah misread 2014 verdict

It was the model of growth not polarisation that won BJP the Lok Sabha election.

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Anupam Kher's public protest against a protest is awful neo-fascism

The essence of tolerance is tolerating the right of others to disagree.

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Modi will now face serious heat

If the BJP is the new Congress, the opposition won't take 40 years to unite against it.

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Why Edhi Foundation refused Modi's one crore

Abdul Sattar Edhi would take contributions even from drug-smuggling mafiosi, but he can't be seen taking money from any government.

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#IndVsSa: Why I am angry with BCCI as a fan

It's evident Indian cricket does better on pitches that give its bowlers a better chance, but the board doesn't get it.

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How a story on JP's detention during Emergency almost cost me my job

Ironically, now his memory and legacy are being resurrected by PM Modi as an election plank in Bihar.

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India must honour its soldiers with a war memorial

I hope it will be solemn and soldierly rather than jingoistic and militaristic.

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Hindu or Muslim festival, slaughtering mercilessly is wrong

Ostentation and piety do not go together.

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An amazing chapter in 1965 war that both India and Pakistan agree on

It was an audacious para-commando attack with the intention of crippling three of IAF's most crucial airbases in Punjab that ended as a rout.

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1965 war: Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif should be ashamed

You would have expected him to speak on war with a greater sense of circumspection and responsibility.

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Why neither India nor Pakistan can claim victory to 1965 war

The historic war ended without any conclusion, except that wars do not solve anything.

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Why Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh's book on 1965 war is important to read today

It discusses how India whittled down the Pakistani military, but could not destroy it.

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Shekhar Gupta: What made me never want to trust Indrani Mukerjea professionally

I asked if it was correct for her to come pitching to the CEO of a company to help him hire key personnel, but also try hiring him out instead?

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Was Hamid Gul actually brokering peace between Pakistan and India?

Ex-RAW chief Anand Verma has revealed former ISI head was close to settling several disputes, and it may have led to Gen Zia's assassination.

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Modi fan or not: Hardik Patel has no future in Indian politics

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti head is a demagogue who flaunts firearms and harks back to a totally outdated politics.

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Modi sarkar must use OROP crisis to usher reforms

This is the time to revisit the idea of making at least 50 per cent of all new recruitments to the central paramilitary forces out of ex-servicemen.

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How not to hold India-Pakistan talks

Negotiations between significant neighbours can't be held like a T20 cricket match with a strategic timeout.

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Why government is not keen to put an end to FTII fracas

If the film institute was an IIT or an IIM, popular anger would have been greater.

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If Modi knows what's best he shouldn't waffle on OROP

In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, his party had politicised Indian soldiers unlike any other had done in the past.

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The violent, self-destructive legacy ISI chief Hamid Gul leaves behind

He really came into his own as his friend, idol, mentor and military-spiritual guide, General Zia-ul-Haq rose to the top.

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Government's handling of OROP has been terrible: Only Modi can fix it

The solution must come from within the top of the government, not through 'negotiations'.

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