Minhaz Merchant

OPEN TO OPINION

Biographer of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla. Ex-TOI & India Today. Media group chairman and editor. Author: The New Clash of Civilizations

POLITICS

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Shashi Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' analogy is an electoral gift to BJP

The Congress MP's remark, like Mani Shankar Aiyar's chaiwala jibe, may to the party's dismay dent its chances of winning.

POLITICS

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How India can benefit from Trump's trade war on China

While Beijing and Washington contest the future, India must use this window of opportunity to create its own global nous.

POLITICS

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Has the noose really tightened around Vijay Mallya?

British justice is relatively swift, but it does not move at the speed India would like it to.

POLITICS

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The West needs rising India - but it can't stand the thought

Foreign media has for long taken western geopolitical, military, intellectual and cultural hegemony for granted.

POLITICS

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How BJP is repeating the same mistakes that eroded Congress' vote bank

A campaign for building the Ram Mandir will win votes but cow vigilantism will not.

POLITICS

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Here's why Emergency won't ever happen again

The anniversary should not be an opportunity for BJP to score political points over Congress, but reflect within.

POLITICS

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Why Modi's government's Kashmir policy is deeply flawed

While Aurangzeb and Shujaat Bukhari were killed, the Pakistani army violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control during Ramzan at will.

POLITICS

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What we know about 2019 general elections as things stand of today

A Modi-II government, if it is formed in 2019, will likely resemble a UPA-II government when the Congress won 206 seats and its allies lifted it past 272 seats.

POLITICS

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Why Modi government has been a disappointment

The PM has little time to live up to promises before the people announce their verdict in May 2019.

POLITICS

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Modi and Amit Shah for the first time have something serious to worry about

The results of the by-polls, especially in Kairana, are a reminder that, against a united Opposition, the ally-short BJP will be severely tested in 2019.