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Opinion  /  Published 24.06.19

Lessons from a lull a century ago

As the Congress leadership grapples with the trauma of two successive electoral routs, it might find it useful to rewind to developments that date back to almost a century ago.The Indian National Cong...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 03.06.19

Second-term hubris: Lessons from the past

After the era of Jawaharlal Nehru, who completed three full terms in office with relative ease, only three prime ministers have returned to power after completing a full five-year term: Indira Gandhi,...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 20.05.19

All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh and Bengal

Bengal and the United Provinces, arguably, were the two most important sites of India’s freedom struggle against the British raj. The national movement, to be sure, spread far and wide across the co...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 13.05.19

The Modi cult could threaten the BJP too

A joke doing the rounds this election season is that Narendra Modi set out to rid India of the Congress — or, in his oft-repeated words, ensure a “Congress-mukt Bharat.” He has managed to make i...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 22.04.19

The Modi regime bares its saffron fangs

For the religious Hindu, saffron is the colour of sacrifice, of piety, of renunciation. For proponents of political Hindutva — the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bharatiya Janata Party, Vishwa Hindu P...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 15.04.19

Balakot strike: just for bragging rights?

We, the people of India, must collectively thank Narendra Modi, the chief campaigner of the Bharatiya Janata Party, for making it clear to us why Narendra Modi, the prime minister of the country, orde...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 08.04.19

Advani’s swansong: lacking in conviction

Lal Krishna Advani — the grand patriarch of the Bharatiya Janata Party — issued a statement last week that many regarded as a stinging rebuke to the current leadership of the party represented by ...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 04.03.19

The air strikes haven't made India safer

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader, B.S. Yeddyurappa, said out loud what every member of his party has been salivating about ever since the Indian Air Force carried out pre-dawn strikes on February 26 ...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 25.02.19

Playing at war: Hate is corroding India

Mehbooba Mufti is so right and so wrong. Days after the February 14 attack by a suicide bomber in Pulwama left 40 CRPF personnel dead, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said it was futile...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 18.02.19

After Pulwama, a manufactured outpouring of grief
By Manini Chatterjee in


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