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

POLITICS

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'Jai Shri Ram' is not a violent war cry. Don't turn it into one now

We can't silence people objecting to Muslims being lynched by regurgitating whataboutery such as, 'What about when Hindus were killed?'

SPORTS

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Should MS Dhoni Walk or Not? How Captain Cool has now divided India into Dhoni bhakts vs Dhoni haters

Aam and khaas fans alike want MS Dhoni to not hang up his gloves. But, critics demand, he should take a break now. The divisive intensity of this debate takes it beyond the cricket pitch.

POLITICS

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Uncle Sam, please don’t preach: India doesn't need Mike Pompeo's advice on secularism. USA should introspect

Irony ran wild as Mike Pompeo tried lecturing India on rights even as children, migrants and hapless minorities suffer abuse, attacks and discrimination in the land of the brave and free.

POLITICS

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The Sound of Dog-Whistling: 'Vande Mataram' itself is not communal. But using it to target Asaduddin Owaisi is

The swearing-in ceremony of Parliamentarians was marred by a contest of religious slogans, taken out of context and used to target. Will Parliament now become a religious akhada?

POLITICS

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A New Idea of India: Congress simply paled before Narendra Modi's vividly saffron new nation

It wasn't so much the Congress' weaknesses as the strength of Narendra Modi's imagined new India, rich, powerful, globally confident and stridently Hindu, that won Lok Sabha 2019.

POLITICS

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No More Jeers: PM Modi’s ‘Khan Market gang' comment is a sharp retort to the elitism of Sam Pitroda and Mani Shankar Aiyar

Modi's phrase signifies the resentment in a sizeable section of voiceless India which has begun to find its voice. And which has started to reject mockery by the elite such as the Congress' venerable elders.

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.