Minhaz Merchant

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

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

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

5 reasons why Modi could end up as Leader of Opposition in 2019

The silver lining for Modi comes in two shades of grey — one of which is Rahul Gandhi.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

The toxic Lutyens’ consensus: Media, politics and power. Where does PM Modi fit in this?

Modi tried to change the Delhi idiom of corrupt power brokers, complicit media and politicians. He hasn’t succeeded. Yet.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Rafale debate: Rahul Gandhi may have bitten off more than he can chew

Is India’s feudal culture allowing dynasts like Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and even a few from the BJP, to behave with impunity?

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

How ‘seculars’ disempowered two generations of Indian Muslims

Real secularism empowers. Fraudulent secularism disempowers. Guess which version we've been seeing for decades?

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Why it would be good for India if the mahagathbandhan won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Narendra Modi could well end up as a one-term prime minister who frittered away his mandate.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Rahul Gandhi is not a changed man

The real problem with Rahul’s makeover is that it isn’t one. Flashes of the old, bumbling Rahul emerge every now and then.

HUMOUR

 |   6-minute read

In search of the liberal Indian: Suleiman Khan and Anwar Sheikh spend X-Mas Eve in Lutyens' Delhi

“Oh, Pakistan!” The journalist’s eyes glazed over. “That’s my favourite country! The food, the men, the culture!”

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

The great theft of India by imperial Britain – Part 2

Here’s why compensation is so important 71 years after the end of British colonial rule in India.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

The moment of truth for Modi

At 48, Rahul Gandhi exudes energy that sits well with young aspirational Indians.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Why Christian Michel has put corruption back in the 2019 Lok Sabha election narrative

A European arms dealer in an Indian jail sends out a subliminal message: even those with powerful connections to Indian politicians will not be spared.