articles by Minhaz Merchant

Opinion

Head-on | Modi@8: Has Prime Minister Narendra Modi sculpted a new idea of India?

Since political commentary in India is sharply polarised, there is often little analysis of Modi’s past eight years that is clinical, objective and clear-eyed. A forensic examination of Modi’s political balance sheet has credits and debits

India

Head-on | Scrap sedition law: Why Section 124A must go

Using colonial-era laws to suppress dissent while letting terrorists off the hook only emboldens India’s enemies

India

Head-on | PM Narendra Modi needs to do plain speaking in Europe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day blitz through Germany, Denmark and France will not lead to substantial advancements on trade. But Europe has got the message: India is not to be lectured to

Politics

Head-on | How Muslims are used as cannon fodder by power obsessed politicians

Recent incidents of communal violence in Khargone and Jahangirpuri were carefully orchestrated

World

Head-on | Why US needs ‘swing’ power India in a rapidly changing world order

In the evolving new world order, as the 2+2 strategic dialogue and Modi-Biden talks underscored, India is fast emerging as the pivot on which the balance of global power will turn

World

Head-on | US double-standards on invasive wars need to be laid bare

The Russia-Ukraine war is an intra-Slav conflict, but remote-controlled by Saxons in Washington and London. Their destructive capacity remains as unparalleled in the modern world as it was throughout history

India

Head-on | The hijab case has allowed some to subvert the meaning of secularism

When the Supreme Court hears the hijab case, it is unlikely to be swayed by subversive arguments that attempt to replace constitutional secularism with an oxymoronic religious secularism.

Politics

Head-on | 2022 Assembly election results: Modi magic holds sway as Yogi bucks 37-year-old jinx in UP

Punjab goes the AAP way as Kejriwal ensures he doesn’t repeat the mistakes he made in the last election when his party won just 20 seats out of 117

India

Head-on | Beyond the hijab: Modernising the Muslim mind

The hijab is an instrument in the hands of one-eyed clerics who want to keep their flock blind. India must stand together to defeat them and their supporters who have weaponised the hijab

India

Head-on | India at 75: Why former foreign secretary Shyam Saran misses the point

Shyam Saran, while analysing India’s journey as an independent nation in the past 75 years, is right to stress inclusive growth. But he misses the larger point

India

Head-on | Of serving foreign, not Indian, interests: How Hamid Ansari is symptom of a deeper malaise

Modi-itis is an affliction that deranges minds in a group of ageing former power brokers, durbaris and dalals deprived of privilege and pelf

Politics

Head-on | Why Uttar Pradesh Assembly election will decide CM Yogi Adityanath’s future national role

If the BJP wins over 270 seats in the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Yogi Adityanath could look at a larger national role in the 2024 Lok Sabha election campaign

Politics

Head-on | Is Uttar Pradesh still an 80:20 contest, as Yogi Adityanath says, or have the odds shortened?

The Samajwadi Party hopes to build a Yadav-Muslim-OBC rainbow coalition, unravelling Yogi Adityanath’s 80:20 formula

Politics

Head-on | Why Pratap Bhanu Mehta is wrong on ‘there is no alternative’ to Narendra Modi

The real alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi will emerge in the fullness of time and from unexpected quarters

Politics

Head-on | How Yogi Adityanath’s rise to national prominence has been the outstanding political feature of 2021

In 2022, India’s chief concerns are principally three-fold: One, controlling the spread of Omicron; two, tackling the malign China-Pakistan terror nexus; and three, forging deep but autonomous alliances with the US-led West

India

Head-on | Why judicial accountability can’t be swept under the carpet any longer

Unless judges know that they will be held to account for their judgments, and the delays in delivering them, India’s broken criminal justice system that favours the rich and punishes the poor will not be mended

Politics

Head-on | Mamata Banerjee is on the march, but electoral math of 2024 may stop her in her tracks

An alliance between the TMC, a Congress-led UPA and regional parties is a theoretical possibility

India

Head-on | Three reasons why the Modi government should not have repealed the three farm laws

By repealing these laws designed to modernise agriculture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a step back in his reformist agenda

India

Head-on | Strategic self-interest: India’s geopolitical levers of power

As President Putin visits Delhi next month, India is resetting its geopolitical ties with global powers. From a policy of strategic autonomy, India is moving towards a nuanced policy of strategic self-interest

World

Head-on | Action on global warming is critical, but India can’t be cleaning West’s pollution

India, the target of the rich world to cut its carbon emissions, has emitted 48 billion tonnes of CO2 since 1751 — just 3 per cent of the cumulative global total