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The end of the Modi affair

The end of the Modi affair

Isn’t it interesting that just when the battle for 2019 is about to take off in India, more and more ardent admirers of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are falling out of love with their larger-than-life hero? From the perpetually Congress-bashing Tavleen Singh to foreign policy wonk Sadanand Dhume and from corporate head honcho Gurcharan […]

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The road from Kairana

The road from Kairana

That the tide has started turning against Narendra Modi has been apparent for some time. Nothing demonstrates it more spectacularly than a little known town in western Uttar Pradesh called Kairana, which had been at the heart of a major communal showdown orchestrated by Hindutva groups in the run-up to 2017 assembly elections. The sleepy […]

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Modi and the southern challenge

Modi and the southern challenge

Nothing succeeds like sweet success. And it is doubly sweet when it is snatched from the jaws of defeat as it has been in Karnataka. Working with the Janata Dal (S) and other secular parties, an alert Congress for once has upstaged and outsmarted a power-crazy BJP at its own game, setting the agenda for […]

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This is not about Jinnah

This is not about Jinnah

  Seventy years is a long time in a nation’s history. You would think it is enough to heal the wounds of an unforgiving past. In Europe, which witnessed the bloodiest war in history with more than 80 million deaths, the bitterest of foes have been able to bury the past and embrace a peaceful […]

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Korean lessons for South Asia

Korean lessons for South Asia

What prevents India and Pakistan from shedding their 70 years of baggage and take that leap of faith for peace and a more rewarding future for their people? Much like the two Koreas, the South Asian twins have had an incredibly volatile and difficult past, not to mention the three wars that they have fought over Kashmir.

It’s not every day that you see history in the making. Watching the leaders of North and South Korea, locked in an existential struggle for more than six decades, take those deliberate steps towards peace with great dignity last week was a surreal experience even for distant observers like me. And no, North Korea’s Kim […]

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Missed opportunities and the Gulf El Dorado

Missed opportunities and the Gulf El Dorado

This must be one of those sweet ironies that life throws up from time to time. At a time when there is so much bad news emanating from India about hate attacks, rapes and lynchings targeting its Muslim minority, the World Bank has revealed that India stood first in the world in terms of foreign […]

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The myth of unity

The myth of unity

Commenting on Hindutva’s ambitious project to “unite all Hindus”, Aakar Patel, former editor and the current executive director of Amnesty International, offers an interesting argument. While it should not take much effort and imagination to unify the 85 percent majority against the less than 15 percent voiceless minority, Hindus are not a monolithic community. Far […]

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Waiting for 2019

Waiting for 2019

General elections in India are still a year away. Yet, given the state of the nation today, the electorate cannot wait to throw out the current dispensation that came promising ‘ache din’ (good times), not to mention tall claims like 2 crore jobs, bullet trains, Rs15 lakh in every bank account and, above all, good […]