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Saeed Naqvi

Tensions simmer in Tehran, hard times for Bibi

The point is that the Shias latched on to Karbala, a relatively recent event in history, as the ideal for morality and sacrifice.

18 Jul 2019 11:59 PM

Trump still an enigma: So who is starting a war with Iran?

The lazy assumption that the technologies in the Iranian arsenal must trace their origins to allies Russia and China is wrong.

05 Jul 2019 12:10 AM

A new compact needed between media & State

It was brave of the pundits whom the anchors had assembled to keep up the pretence of being in the loop.

07 Jun 2019 12:13 AM

Elections 2019: 187 million Muslims out of the frame

In the communal politics of the 1990s, a searing slogan was “Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain”, or “let us proclaim with pride that we are Hindu”.

24 May 2019 12:05 AM

BJP has NDA, Cong fought UPA allies: Now what?

Muslims are shuttling between caste parties and anyone, even the devil, if he can help to keep the BJP out.

10 May 2019 6:49 AM


Sidestep a fiercely communal campaign, find solace in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir

Once Ram Lalla is born, Madhukar and his rani wave a ‘murchal’, a sort of whisk in slow, pampering motions around the infant.

26 Apr 2019 12:35 AM

To fight inequality, Cong must stay left of centre

If Andhra and Telangana were a little inhospitable for Rahul Gandhi, a seat in Karnataka would have been custom made for the Congress president.

12 Apr 2019 12:05 AM

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern deserves to get this year’s Nobel Peace Prize

Heaven knows the Nobel Peace Prize has in recent years been in urgent need of some value addition.

29 Mar 2019 4:47 AM

Oppn needs to block a Machiavellian war

Indeed, there should be plan in place to protect the nation as well as our armed forces from Machiavellian plots.

15 Mar 2019 12:04 AM

US courts Kim at Hanoi while bullying Maduro

Time magazine considered President Lula as one of the most influential leaders in recent history.

01 Mar 2019 12:10 AM


Should India ignore, condemn or back US meddling in Venezuela?

US national security adviser John Bolton has been salivating on Venezuela for military action.

15 Feb 2019 12:34 AM

In UP, Priyanka’s entry changes everything

Priyanka Gandhi had been given the task in overall, political control of the “fiefdoms”.

01 Feb 2019 12:38 AM

1979: How Afghanistan & Iran changed forever

The plan was to eliminate the Communist parties, which were gaining in influence around President Mohammad Daud in Kabul.

18 Jan 2019 5:08 AM

Mideast in ferment: Riyadh-Doha tussle expands

Hamas were supple enough to mobilise support from another formidable axis — Iran, Hezbollah and Syria.

04 Jan 2019 12:05 AM

Can Rahul’s Hinduism redefine composite culture?

The Indian National Congress has, with unprecedented honesty, embraced its Hindu credentials.

21 Dec 2018 12:04 AM


Of cow urine, gaushalas & Cong’s future

When a lynch mob in Haryana forced two Muslim boys to swallow a paste of cow dung and urine, they vomited.

07 Dec 2018 12:15 AM

A new Mideast game: Trump & MBS vs The Rest

It would be rank bad manners to liken the US President to Caligula, but there’s a difficulty finding other comparables.

23 Nov 2018 12:05 AM

A Sabarimala tale: When the celibate god rewarded an actress for touching his feet

Amit Shah has chastised the Supreme Court for having ruled that young women, whose entry to Sabarimala was banned, be allowed entry.

09 Nov 2018 12:37 AM

Chance for Corbyn if May trips on Brexit

The Conservative Party is in desperate straits over both Brexit and Corbyn. PM Theresa May is looking at the “Exit” door in a sort of daze.

26 Oct 2018 12:08 AM

When subcontinent’s greatest short story writer got just Rs 20 for a masterpiece

“Thanda Gosht”, or “Cold Meat”, another Manto masterpiece, becomes one of the film’s supporting columns.

28 Sep 2018 12:47 AM