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

ELECTION

 |   5-minute read

Bye-Bye Dynasty: The Modi tsunami and the end of an age of privileged entitlement

The ‘Modi Wave’ has swept the nation. It has ended dynastic privilege and entitlement. What it has consolidated is far more powerful.

POLITICS

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An economic blueprint for the new Prime Minister: How remonetisation is the only solution

By keeping interest rates artificially high, RBI governors Raghuram Rajan and Urjit Patel squeezed the life out of the economy. Demonetisation administered the last rites. India's new PM must aggressively reform and remonetise.

ELECTION

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Smells like Khichdi: Will the 2019 General Elections produce a ‘khichdi government’ or will there be a clear majority?

This has happened before - but could it happen again? A hung parliament is not a rare occurrence in India. If there is no clear majority, could the regional satraps rise to power, much like Deve Gowda and IK Gujral?

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

It doesn't add up: Tracing the Congress’ Utopian road to 100 Lok Sabha seats

There is a theory that if the Congress wins 100 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP can be kept down to 200 seats, effectively ending its quest for a second term. The theory is complete nonsense.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Computers, Cronies and Corruption Charges: Deconstructing Rajiv Gandhi’s legacy

Known for Bofors and the anti-Sikh pogrom, less known for peace accords and modernising the armed forces. Famed for coteries, including an Italian one, the Rajiv years echo in our politics even today.

POLITICS

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The Good, Bad and Portentous: Narendra Modi's five-year report card, and how this compares to Mrs Indira Gandhi

Since Modi’s leadership has been closely compared to Indira Gandhi’s, what lessons can he learn from her rise, fall and rise?

LIFE

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Race to the Bottom: How racism infects sport, education, film and everyday life all around us

Prejudice is global. India is not immune. But the truth is indisputable. With slavery, colonialism and the treatment of aboriginal people, the West practiced racism on an industrial scale.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Dynasty Vs Democracy: How feudal political families have ruined India's governance and representation

So feudal is our politics now, even single politicians like Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati have 'heirs'. This has ruined inner-party democracy and lowered standards of national governance too.

POLITICS

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Annul Article 35A: This Article has crushed economic development, and a lot more, in Jammu and Kashmir

The basis of Article 35A and Article 370 is to protect J&K’s demography. But from what? The rest of India? From non-Muslims? 35A is based purely on discrimination. Imagine if such an Act existed in the rest of the country.

POLITICS

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NYAY: Why the math doesn’t add up

Congress leaders, including loquacious P Chidamabarm, have been careful to be as vague about the details of NYAY as possible in the party’s manifesto.