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

POLITICS

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Post-Budget Blues: Why the Modi govt must lower taxes to revive growth

The mindset of bureaucrats in the Ministry of Finance remains stuck in the past. It is here that Modi could learn from Donald Trump.

POLITICS

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Entitled and how! Dear BJP, as you accuse Lutyens’ Delhi of entitlement, just know that you too suffer from the same disease

BJP can take a ‘holier than thou’ stance all it wants, but most of its politicians reek of entitlement, much like Lutyens’ Delhi.

POLITICS

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The 'D' Delusion: What the collective Congress meltdown says about India’s feudal family politics

The Congress is having a breakdown facing political life without the direct running of the Gandhis. There are very important lessons for other political parties here.

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POLITICS

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What's really biting Kashmir: Separatists have softened their stand with Modi 2.0. But the problem is deeper

Home Minister Amit Shah has made the Modi 2.0 govt's tough stand on Kashmir amply clear. This extends to dealings with Pakistan as well. But the Valley faces a whole new threat.

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Xi Jinping and Trump are having a bad year. Modi isn’t and he should capitalize on it during the G20 Summit

With heightened tensions between US and Iran, and India slapping tariffs on US exports, Modi will have to adopt a clear-eyed strategy at the summit.

POLITICS

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From Chits to Doctors' Prescriptions: Saving Bengal from Mamata Banerjee, a note at a time

The recent doctors' strike signals danger for Mamata Banerjee. In her tenure, Bengal saw fervent minority appeasement, harsh political violence and deep corruption. Can it be cured?

POLITICS

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The Shah of India: The challenges, and the comparisons, that now face Amit Shah

From Kashmir to Ayodhya, Citizenship Amendment Bill to Naxalism, India's new Home Minister has no dearth of tough issues to take on. He also has a host of comparisons riding on him.

POLITICS

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The next step for Rahul Gandhi 2.0

After a humiliating defeat, Rahul is in a quandary. Should he defy his family, courtiers and stick to his decision? Or should he take the easy way out, set in motion a half-hearted effort to find a replacement

POLITICS

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An Evening in Khan Market: Suleiman Khan and Anwar Sheikh encounter the famous 'Khan Market Gang'

“In the Congress, we are very tolerant, very democratic, except that we don’t take kindly to public dissent,” they said. “Charming couple,” Suleiman grinned.