Naghma Sahar
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Author is a senior fellow at Observer Research Foundation.

POLITICS

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Neither BJP, nor voters will let Congress forget Rahul Gandhi's Masood Azhar 'ji' gaffe

The election pitch will reach a crescendo with BJP branding Congress as a 'terror sympathiser', one that raised questions over the IAF strikes in Balakot as well.

POLITICS

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What IAF air-strikes in Balakot and their aftermath teach us

There are several crucial learnings here, including the truth that wars are not fought in newsrooms and India’s anger against Pakistan cannot turn inwards.

POLITICS

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Women in politics are just politicians. They are not saris, jackets, or a particular kind of laughter

Commenting on a female politician's gender, looks or attire reflects the misogynistic mindset of our politicians. This is seen across the political spectrum, from the 'traditional' BJP to 'new-age' neta Rahul Gandhi.

POLITICS

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Narendra Modi's 'surgical strike' goes astray, but Mamata Banerjee is no moral victor either

Bengal will be a major battlefield in 2019 and the Modi vs Didi clash so far shows the gloves are off and the fight will only get nastier. Alongside, the rhetoric will grow more pious.

POLITICS

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How America is hastily exiting Afghanistan, leaving it to the the Taliban, China and Pakistan

Even a flawed Afghan government will be better than the Taliban rule, but the US appears to accept any deal in a hurry to get its "boots on the ground" out of Afghanistan.

POLITICS

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Will Priyanka Gandhi succeed in chasing away ‘panic-stricken’ rats?

There is a lot of talk about Priyanka's possible political impact. But the fact remains, Priyanka's face-off with Narendra Modi in the 2014 elections failed to stop the Modi wave.

POLITICS

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Why Akhilesh Yadav is willing to step back to accommodate Bua Mayawati's demands

Despite the newfound bonhomie, the two leaders are very different in terms of experience, style of functioning and ideology.

POLITICS

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Rafale may not prove to be 'BJP’s Bofors' – and the reason would be the Congress

There’s a key difference between Bofors and Rafale. That may be the BJP's battle strength, despite it losing a war of words.

ART & CULTURE

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There's something majestic about Shah Rukh Khan. One 'Zero' can't take that away from the King

Life is not all about perfection and success. This is the underlying message of 'Zero', which will be vindicated if SRK shines rising above Zero's success or failure.

POLITICS

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Assembly election results: Rahul emerges victorious. But Indian secularism doesn't

Constantly questioning Rahul Gandhi's 'Hindu-ness' seems to have hurt the BJP. Rahul's use of 'soft Hindutva' helped the Congress, but not our larger polity.