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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In times of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, what we can learn from the 'zikirs', Assam's songs of unity

The zikirs were short devotional songs composed by a Sufi known as Azan Fakir in the Assamese language.

POLITICS

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Priyanka Gandhi's focus should be Varanasi. Not Robert Vadra

The BJP has shrewdly moved beyond its own Mandir rhetoric. Priyanka must find a larger vocabulary than just talking about the victimisation of her family.

POLITICS

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POLITICS

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My questions for the BJP, and why I think it has lost its way

Assembly election results are only a reflection of the chaos in the party's so-called 'planning'.

POLITICS

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December 6: The Ram Temple dramatis personae and the Vajpayee ambiguity 

While other BJP leaders were militant about the Ayodhya movement, Atal Bihari Vajpayee both scorned, and used, it.

POLITICS

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Governance for anarchists: The AAP story

Even with continued obstacles, the 'anarchists' who run the Delhi government plod on. Will their efforts lead to a Modi versus Kejriwal face-off in upcoming elections?

ART & CULTURE

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TM Krishna: The concert and the questions

In choosing to sing of all gods with passion, Krishna has evoked an age-old Indian tradition. He’s also left his critics fuming, which is a wonderful note to strike.

POLITICS

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The cretins vs composite culture

Now, as Faizabad becomes Ayodhya, the BJP has proven it is bereft of India's grand fusion traditions, of appreciating its melting poetry, its sharp syncretic wit.

POLITICS

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Another demolition is on the way over Ram Mandir

The BJP needs to divert attention from real issues to Hindutva. The costs could be great. But when has the BJP cared about that?

VARIETY

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Japan's Yen for perfection ( And why the Japanese are the opposite of Indians)

The Japanese believe in quiet hard work and less argument just for the sake of noisy debate. The results show in well how they live.