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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How Britain and US enabled genocide in Yemen

There is no accountability for the starvation and killings of civilians in Yemen. And with the western states, the western media is entirely complicit in this genocide.

VOICES

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Where's the Emergency, bro? Suleiman from Saudi Arabia asks his friend Anwar in India

'Everything seems so calm and normal. It doesn’t look like an undeclared Emergency.'

POLITICS

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PM Modi's unfulfilled pledge: Maximum governance, minimum government

Instead of turning India into a nanny state, the government should concentrate on its real job: good governance.

POLITICS

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Why Modicare is not another jumla: Busting myths about Ayushman Bharat

Building healthcare centres across India for 50 crore patients — and not budgetary allocations — is the real challenge.

POLITICS

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Why Modi's India is not a republic of fear

If the BJP leader wants to forge his own legacy, he must make the republic of hope the reality for all Indians and the republic of fear a fantasy for those who see fear lurk everywhere and hope nowhere.

POLITICS

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Why 2019 will see a 'khichdi' government, but cooked in Modi’s kitchen

The Mamata-Mayawati-Rahul-Akhilesh-Pawar-Gowda national mahagathbandhan is likely to fall short of a clear majority.

POLITICS

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Why India needs an expanded Lok Sabha

In the 2019 election, 545 MPs will represent over 1.30 billion people in Lok Sabha; each MP representing 23.85 lakh citizens.

VARIETY

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The deafening echo chamber: Why it's vital to open up areas of discussion to those who disagree

Until journalists, activists and authors learn to engage with those who hold different views, the level of intellectual debate will continue to fall.

POLITICS

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Lok Sabha election 2019: Opposition's pre-poll nationwide grand alliance may prove counter-productive

A more sensible tactic for the Congress would be to nurture two parallel national alliances.

POLITICS

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Lethal in-swinger, deadly outlier - The evolution of Imran 'Taliban' Khan

If the cricketer-turned-politician wins the the blood-soaked Pakistani general election, India will have to raise, not lower, its guard.