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Minhaz Merchant

Minhaz Merchant

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Article 370 abrogation: Foreign media’s India bias

Global media coverage of Kashmir is just the latest example of how misinformed, inaccurate and biased Western reportage on India can be. 

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With many shibboleths shattered, big challenge for India now is to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan has used Jammu and Kashmir to prosecute its 30-year-long proxy war with India. The end of J&K’s special status has dealt Islamabad an existentialist blow. 

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Taliban could give Pakistan a short-term win in Afghanistan

Pakistan and the Taliban would then seek to establish an interim government with Taliban representatives forming part of a patchwork administration. 

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Economic reforms and welfare schemes are key if India is to make fullest use of its demography

To reflate the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must focus on structural reforms — tax, foreign investment, privatisation, labour and land. 

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China’s moment of truth: Trade, Taiwan and Hong Kong are rattling the dragon

Each of these events has the potential to erode China’s global credibility as it seeks to replace the United States as the world’s preeminent economic superpower.

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How Narendra Modi's prime ministership will evolve over the next five years

Narendra Modi's welfare schemes have been successful and contributed significantly to the BJP’s landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election 

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PM Narendra Modi must play his cards deftly when he meets Donald Trump at G20 Summit

India is the only country with a large economy and military that can help Washington contain China in the Indo-Pacific.  
 

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In his second term as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi must build the party’s bench strength

The new BJP MPs in the seventeenth Lok Sabha that will be constituted later this month must be encouraged to contribute more both in Parliament and outside.

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Pakistan banking on a Chinese incumbent to keep itself off the blacklist

China’s Xiangming Liu takes over as president of the FATF on July 1, 2019 – just in time to save Pakistan from being blacklisted.

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Inducting lateral professional skills into the cabinet by Narendra Modi government is a welcome step

The lateral selection of nine professionals as joint secretaries is a welcome development. 

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Pakistan army is obsessed with India because it justifies its indispensability

Pakistani army’s terror proxies — Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen — launch periodic attacks on Indian targets to ensure that the low-intensity conflict continues. 

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Jawaharlal Nehru's decision to 'favour China' for UNSC seat led to Chinese aggressive behaviour

The US plan to unseat China as SC member and to put India in her place didn’t find favour with Jawaharlal Nehru.

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India-Pakistan tension: Unless nation presents united front, terrorism will not be defeated

There is no doubt that the days of Pakistan-based terror groups enjoying relative immunity from strong Indian retaliation are over. 

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India’s new Afghan challenge

The biggest villain in the plot, of course, is Pakistan. It not only created the Taliban, but has nurtured it, protected it and used it to terrorise the Afghan people.

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Mayawati holds the key to 2019

Today Mayawati could prove the biggest obstacle for Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his bid to lead the anti-Narendra Modi mahagathbandhan .

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