Rasheed Kidwai

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

Journalist-author Rasheed Kidwai is a visiting fellow of ORF]

POLITICS

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POLITICS

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Why Congress should never forget that Mayawati is a 'miracle of democracy'

A weak Congress is ideal for the BSP chief's bid for the prime ministership in 2019.

POLITICS

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Why Congress, and Rahul Gandhi, must take a clear stand on religion now

In trying to counter the BJP's narrative, Congress is offering soft Hindutva. But it could fall between the Mahatma and Nehru on secularism, and get nowhere.

ART & CULTURE

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Was actor Mithun Chakraborty one of the original 'urban naxals'?

[Book extract] Like thousands of impressionable Bengali youth in late 1960s, the actor too was swayed by the extremist ideology.

POLITICS

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How triple talaq ordinance could make ‘political football’ of a crucial Muslim cause

The fight against the social evil was started by Muslim women. But it has since been tugged viciously between Muslim clergy and Hindu right.

POLITICS

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POLITICS

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Had Randeep Surjewala been in the Congress of 1950s and '60s, he would have been sacked

Jawaharlal Nehru was supportive of reservations for SCs and STs, but instinctively, he was against the quota system.

POLITICS

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A true democrat, an unsparing critic and a friend of political rivals

The former Prime Minister had strong political views but warm personal ties. He never hesitated in praising 'Pandit ji', giving credit to Indira Gandhi, even helping Sonia Gandhi develop her political skills.

POLITICS

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Why row over Rahul Gandhi's 'Muslim party' remark has potential of affecting 2019 Lok Sabha polls

It is very well to talk about Muslim plight, issue tweets and statements, but it takes guts and a lot of moral courage to fight communal forces on the ground.