Saba Naqvi

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

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

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

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

 |   6-minute read

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

 |   5-minute read

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

 |   5-minute read

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

 |   5-minute read

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

 |   6-minute read

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

 |   6-minute read

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.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

#MeToo: Surviving the badshah of the newsroom

Now in politics, he was once called God's gift to the press. But his real gift seemed to lie in hunting female journalists and treating them as 'prey'.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Mayawati’s googly: The BSP game plan in 2018-19

By rejecting tie-ups with Congress in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the sharp political player is keeping her options — including with BJP — wide open.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

How LK Advani's plans to 'fix' RSS in the aftermath of Jinnah remark controversy backfired

[Book extract] Vajpayee feared the party would go into the hands of hardliners and that would signal the end of the NDA.