Articles by Ajaz Ashraf
Jan 21, 2018
Ajay Maken's anti-AAP stand embodies Congress' comeback plan: Weaken parties that seek secular voteUnlike with Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh or Mayawati, Congress has no problem attacking Arvind Kejriwal, because it believes weakening AAP will increase its chances of defeating BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Jan 04, 2018
Triple talaq: BJP's MJ Akbar told Rajiv Gandhi to overturn Shah Bano case in 1986, has now switched positionMinister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar has received fulsome praise for his speech in Parliament supporting the adoption of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017.
Dec 28, 2017
'BJP here to change Constitution': Anant Hegde's remark echoes Ram Bahadur Rai's call to rejig framework18 months before Anant Kumar Hegde created a furore by saying BJP is here to change the Constitution, Ram Bahadur Rai too had echoed the same sentiment.
Dec 19, 2017
Gujarat Assembly Election Results: Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh signify the frustration of youth with BJP's idea of IndiaHardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor are a counterfoil to Indian politicians, who fade away rather than retire. Each represent a separate meaning, but together convey a sense of daring and hope.
Dec 17, 2017
Sonia Gandhi overcame her caste and religion deficits as a politician, but chose Congress' interests over governanceAs the president of Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi constructed a political personality for herself that transcended caste and religion, and precisely what the founding fathers of the Indian Constitution had hoped for
Dec 07, 2017
From 1855 to 2010: A legal history of how the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was turned into a temple for Lord RamWhether pronouncements were legally right or wrong will be known once SC decides who holds the title to the spot where once the Babri Masjid and now a makeshift temple, having the idol of Ram Lalla and other deities, functions.
Nov 24, 2017
As Congress president, Rahul Gandhi's challenge will be to win Hindu hearts without becoming poor Hindutva copyThe principal tasks before Rahul Gandhi as Congress president will be to evolve strategies for countering Hindu nationalism without alienating the Hindus and ensuring Other Backward Classes (OBC) politics doesn't stump the party
Nov 20, 2017
Padmavati controversy: Beneath Rajput anxiety over depiction of Padmini lies a deep-seated complexThe depiction of the legend of Padmini (immortalised in Padmavati) has triggered the anxiety of Rajputs because it can challenge their self-definition in the eyes of others
Nov 09, 2017
Delhi pollution: Toxicity of constitutional arrangement between L-G, state government is choking citizensDelhi’s air is turning poisonous because its politics too has. The crisis underscores the perils of having as government an unelected entity–which the Lieutenant Governor is.
Nov 03, 2017
Secret Superstar: How Advait Chandan's film critiques Saudi Arabia, and nudges Hindus of GujaratSecret Superstar’s charm lies in conveying a range of meanings without taking recourse to preachy dialogues. This is why its critique of Saudi Arabia is compelling, it nudge to Gujarati Hindus inoffensive.