Saba Naqvi
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Eminent political journalist and writer. Author, most recently of Shades of Saffron: From Vajpayee To Modi

POLITICS

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Why Girish Karnad wasn't the 'Khan Market Gang': Because intellect never rests on the cushions of power

The 'Khan Market' tag came about because Delhi always had a hybrid of the socially networked with easy political access, but true intellectuals like Girish Karnad are known simply by their ideas.

POLITICS

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AAP Fights Back: Despite the huge BJP win, the Aam Aadmi Party is not letting the opposition die

From booth to booth reviews to offering women free metro and bus rides, here’s how AAP is making Delhi difficult for the BJP to conquer.

POLITICS

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Sins of the father: Rajiv Gandhi, not Rahul, is responsible for where the Congress is today

Rahul Gandhi never inherited a party that had much internal coherence or ethical power. Rajiv Gandhi had weakened the Congress through the choices he made. It's unfair to blame only Rahul today.

POLITICS

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Understand Narendra Modi: Because he understands us

Whatever the outcome of Lok Sabha 2019, one figure has been the central issue of this election, so much so that even BJP's identity has been entirely subsumed in one man, Narendra Modi.

POLITICS

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‘Divider in chief’: Time and again, Time Magazine has targeted Indian Prime Ministers from the BJP. Why do they get so unnerved?

Why does Time Magazine in particular get under the skin of BJP politicians when, in fact, it mostly states the known about Indian Prime Ministers? Its latest issue is no exception. Neither is the furor over it.

POLITICS

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Woman versus PM: Shalini Yadav is challenger to PM Modi in Varanasi, fighting him where Congress faltered

In the crucial Benaras election, locals are mystified about the Congress' choice of Ajay Rai. Meanwhile, the rooted Shalini Yadav takes on PM Modi as the gathbandhan's candidate.

POLITICS

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No democracy for the poor? Data shows richer candidates have a much higher chance of winning Indian elections

BJP is now the richest political party in India. With wealth raining in, often from crony capitalist sources, hidden in schemes like electoral bonds, money is changing our politics for the worse.

POLITICS

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Narendra Modi in Benaras: Why it is likely that for a change, the Prime Minister will include and name his regional allies in his Varanasi show

The BJP will need to overcome the sheer arithmetical superiority of the grand alliance in more seats in Uttar Pradesh. And it will have to assuage allies who feel the party is a one-man show.

POLITICS

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No, there is no Modi wave. Nor a Hindutva frenzy in UP

Early in the elections, Uttar Pradesh has mirrored many paradoxes. Modi has superstar status. That might not get him votes. The BJP has built a non-Yadav, non-Jat voter base. But many could swing back to familiar caste and community voting patterns.

POLITICS

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