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

POLITICS

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Astrologers, poets and politicians: How key figures saw India's Subh‐e-Azadi dawning on August 15

Some astrologers considered August 15 inauspicious, but for Mountbatten, it was final. His hurrying Partition scarred the subcontinent. Gandhi tried healing but freedom came with a wound.

POLITICS

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What makes Sonia Gandhi tick? And with Rahul Gandhi's alternative ideas for Congress, can she do the trick?

When Indira was AICC chief, Nehru said it wasn’t great to face the Congress chief at the breakfast table every morning. Will family be aid or impediment to Sonia reviving the Congress now?

POLITICS

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When The Hand Shakes: Congress looks incredibly weak and unsure. The Article 370 moment has hit it the hardest

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appears a joke; Rahul Gandhi tweets when he should be mum. And the CWC fails to mention the Congress' past achievements. Can a new leader even help?

POLITICS

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How to make a Congress President: What Shashi Tharoor should know about the Congress Working Committee

Tharoor apparently asserts that the CWC can't decide the next party president as it's not an elected body. But over the years, the CWC made crucial decisions on the Congress leadership.

POLITICS

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Speak softly, tweet less: A few items Rahul Gandhi should borrow from Sonia's survival kit

Sonia sharpened her attacks on the Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt, while learning to choose her words cautiously. Rahul must learn this too, for his and his party's political survival now.

POLITICS

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When Sheila Dikshit gave up the chance to be India's Home Minister for a role in Delhi

The unsavoury leaking of letters from within the Congress must have caused a lot of pain to the former Delhi chief minister in her last few days.

POLITICS

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45 years after its dissolution, here's what opposition parties must learn from Swatantra Party

'Indira Hatao' made Indira Gandhi stronger. 'Modi Hatao' made Modi look invincible. The opposition can refuse to ignore this at its own peril.

POLITICS

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Where's MP's 'Mama'? Could Shivraj Singh Chouhan's liberal image be barring him from a Yeddyurappa-like role?

The former CM is making attempts to give the Kamal Nath regime a tough time in Madhya Pradesh. But his own party isn't fully backing him. Many wonder why.

POLITICS

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When netas beat us up: Why BJP's Akash Vijayvargiya and other politicians like 'justice', Sanjay Gandhi-style

Akash Vijaywargiya is the latest entrant to this hall of fame. From Biju Patnaik to Imran Hussain, many politicians have shown a tenderness for beating up people.

POLITICS

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Rahul Gandhi quits: But the Congress still has a future with hope in it. It's up to the party to unearth that

With Rahul Gandhi quitting, and Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi apparently choosing to take a back seat for now, the Congress stands at a crossroads in political time.