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

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Because The Emergency ended. Didn't it? Prashant Kanojia and Priyanka Sharma cases have us wondering

From Jawaharlal Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi, powerful assaults on our freedom of speech have been made by famed netas. Narendra Modi criticised this. But how does he explain the Prashant Kanojia event?

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Was there a 'Bofors flavour' in the Agusta deal? Raju Santhanam’s book 'The Untold Story of Christian Michel' makes startling suggestions

Rajiv Gandhi’s alleged proximity to Christian Michel’s father, Wally, is closely discussed in the book. It raises as many questions as it answers.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

Wooing The Minority: Overlooking India's Hindu majority was only one reason why Congress missed the bus to power

The Congress has been suffering from a steady breakdown in ideological clarity for decades, evident in its confusion over secularism, appeasement politics, even Pakistan. It is now paying the price.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Lok Sabha Results 2019: The 3 mistakes of Priyanka Gandhi's life

The BJP did not have to do too much as Priyanka Gandhi and the Congress wrote their own doom in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

So not funny, Mani: What exactly ails Mani Shankar Aiyar?

From calling Narendra Modi ‘neech’ to now screaming cuss words at journalists, the Congress leader has adamantly refused to grow up. He flaunts his undergraduate education but has Mani Shankar Aiyar really learnt much?

POLITICS

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Time for a break: From blue lagoons to national parks, Rajiv Gandhi's vacations shocked 1980s India

It was the first time India had a happily married PM. And one who believed in flamboyant holidays with family and friends.

POLITICS

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Delhi's Political Bazaar: How the non-NDA parties have started working out their post-May 23 equations

If the BJP doesn't get a majority, several players will be in high demand in Delhi's political bazaar. These include Mayawati, KCR and Mamata Banerjee. These also include the Congress vying for key ministries.

POLITICS

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Democracy's 'Dhartipakad' Davids: Far from celebrity politicians, meet candidates who contested elections all their lives, not to win, but to fight

Aside from Arvind Kejriwal, as many as 42 people contested elections against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014, knowing fully well that they would lose. So, why do they fight? What's in it for them?

POLITICS

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'No If, No But, Only Jatt': But will the Jat plus glamour mix of stars Dharmendra and Hema Malini actually help Sunny Deol in politics?

Dharmendra and Hema Malini have each had starry but stormy political innings thus far. As Sunny Deol now enters the raajneetik fray, will he call upon their appeal or go it his way?

POLITICS

 |   16-minute read

India's Most Famous Saas-Bahu Saga: Why Indira Gandhi's household produced eternal bitterness between her daughters-in-law

As Maneka and Sonia Gandhi hit the headlines for their political moves, a look back at when the two women were just daughters-in-law to PM Indira Gandhi, in whose home a relationship of bickering and an eventual break in embittered ties began.