Minhaz Merchant
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The writer is the biographer of Rajiv Gandhi and Aditya Birla. He is a media group chairman and editor. He is the author of The New Clash of Civilizations

POLITICS

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How the combination of Ram and welfare benefits will serve BJP in the upcoming polls

The construction of the Ram Mandir has been carefully timed: it is expected to be ready to admit its first devotees three months before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

POLITICS

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Why it is now time for India to play Tibet and Taiwan cards against China

As the world unites against Beijing over the draconian security law it has imposed on Hong Kong, India has two potent diplomatic weapons in Tibet and Taiwan.

POLITICS

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Why Hong Kong is Xi Jinping’s new Achilles’ heel

The brazen modus operandi Beijing has employed to thrust the draconian national security law on Hong Kong could turn the tide against China.

POLITICS

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Why China's aggression in Galwan may backfire

In overplaying its hand in the Galwan Valley, Beijing has made a close US-India alliance all but inevitable.

POLITICS

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How India must keep China guessing

Given China’s unpredictable leadership, India should follow Sun Tzu’s advice in eastern Ladakh. We need to be patient, inscrutable, deceptive and keep our plans unfathomable.

VARIETY

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When lockdowns become counter-productive

India’s challenge as the fourth lockdown winds down on May 31 will be to pursue a revival of economic activity without setting off infection spikes in red zones.

MONEY

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How Finance Minister gave liquidity lifeline for the economy but not the structural reforms India needs

Nirmala Sitharaman's economic package does not quite amount to the deep structural reforms India needs. It is a crisis liquidity fund to put the economy back on its feet.

VARIETY

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How coronavirus has stirred a new Cold War

The Covid-19 pandemic has set the stage for a long-term geopolitical conflict between China and the United States-led Western alliance.

MONEY

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Post-coronavirus, how India can bounce back

Most estimates place India's GDP growth in 2020-21 at below 2 per cent. Even that will be hard to achieve unless there is a quick rebound in economic activities.

VARIETY

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Lessons to be learnt as India battles the Covid-19 challenge

Ten days into the 21-day nationwide lockdown, there is a cause though for optimism as the number of Covid-19 deaths remains low in India.