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Minhaz Merchant

Minhaz Merchant

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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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Calling Imran Khan’s bluff: India needs to realign its Pakistan policy

Pakistan wants talks with India without stopping abetment of terrorism against India.

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Farmers: PM Narendra Modi's 2019 challenge

The political solution of granting loan waivers to alleviate farmer distress is akin to administering a painkiller. The pain will return.

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Onerous art of multi-tasking

Over the past two weeks, PM Narendra Modi attended the G20 summit, campaigned in Rajasthan, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, and reviewed dozens of welfare schemes

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Assembly elections 2018: Will Congress' new found Hindu-centricism work at national level?

Ironically, while the Congress is adopting saffron, the BJP is wooing Muslims, especially Shias, Bohras and Memons, seen as being friendlier to the BJP than the majority Sunnis. 

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CBI vs CBI: Cleaning the rot within

No government has had the courage to turn the CBI into an independent investigative agency. It is far too valuable a political tool.

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Imran Khan’s moment of truth

Pakistan’s regional isolation is complete. SAARC has effectively been replaced with BIMSTEC. Afghanistan and Bangladesh have toxic relations with Pakistan. The Maldives is back in India’s camp…

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China on back foot as Silk Route hits roadblocks

BRI, the modern version of China’s historic Silk Route will shrink in size and scope as the complex geopolitical trade battles with the US play out.

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