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Saeed Naqvi

  • From the possibilities of Narendra Modi sarkar to a fourth term for CPM's Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

    Narendra Modi has not just yearned for India's prime minister ship, he has willed it. It has happened - well, almost. Alas, the spectacular variety of India may obstruct his path. This has caused deep consternation among those who keep a steady gaze on the world's markets. The rating agency Moody's...

    Friday, 2 May 2014 - 7:14pm
  • Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Between Wave and Reality, the Shadow of Figures

    Anil Trivedi, tall, with an unkept grey beard, settles down over a cup of tea in my Indore hotel room, putting aside his AAP cap. His companion, Gaurav Chandak, a younger man, is an Indian Institute of Technology graduate and a committed social worker. He "had to vote" for the BJP in the December...

    Friday, 28 March 2014 - 6:14pm
  • Can Narendra Modi strike a bargain of decency on Varanasi?

    Of course there will be some sophistry by which the current scramble for Varanasi will be justified, but there are finer reasons for which the city should be more frequently remembered. My earliest memories of Benaras go back to the 60s when my architect friend Satish Grover, a passionate student...

    Friday, 21 March 2014 - 5:39pm
  • AAP sets the cat among the pigeons

    "Maen akela hi chala tha Jaanibe manzil magar Log saath aatey gaye aur Karavan banta gaya" (I was alone when I set out towards that destination, But people kept joining in and it became a bustling caravan) Majrooh Sultanpuri

    Friday, 13 December 2013 - 7:27pm
  • Why is rape in Goa different from rape in Muzaffarnagar?

    State election results have taken Tarun Tejpal off prime time shows and the front pages. This is something of a relief. On Nov 7-8, past midnight, after extensive partying at what was billed to be a THINK fest at a five star hotel in Goa, the feisty proprietor editor of Tehelka magazine...

    Friday, 6 December 2013 - 3:09pm
  • Could Narendra Modi be grounded before take off?

    Recently, the Indian Express published two news items on the same page. On the top, across five columns, was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appeal: “All Secular Forces Must Unite Against Modi”, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

    Friday, 4 October 2013 - 3:16pm
  • Sinister happenings in Muzaffarnagar while administration sleeps

    The script which eventually brought Narendra Modi to power in Gujarat is being tried out in Muzaffarnagar and, at the time of writing, even in Meerut which is still closer to the national capital. What is frightening is this: the political class is in deep slumber. Nero fiddled while Rome burnt;...

    Saturday, 14 September 2013 - 10:38am
  • West Asia: Would Nehru, Vajpayee have remained silent?

    If the sound of war drums over West Asia is receding, it is because the people have spoken up. British parliamentary democracy looked credible, after the Blair lapse, when 30 Tory MPs voted against their own party. Russia, China, Iran and others who matters applied the brakes. Has India...

    Friday, 30 August 2013 - 8:01pm
  • Durga Shakti Nagpal walked into a trap laid by sand mafia

    What is the Durga Shakti Nagpal story all about? Is it about a 28-year-old IAS officer, sub-divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, trying to live up to her name? The question does suggest itself when you visit her office. At the end of a long verandah, her name and designation in Hindi, are...

    Friday, 9 August 2013 - 2:15pm
  • Narendra Modi will lose now to win hereafter, in Biblical style

    Have they fallen in line with the Goa decision because they have realized that Modi is not the party's prime ministerial candidate for 2014?

    Friday, 19 July 2013 - 6:59pm