articles by Rasheed Kidwai


I-T raids on Opposition leaders reek of political vendetta; the corrupt need to be punished regardless of political affiliation

In spite of several court directives and guidelines on such income tax raids, the Central agencies chose to publicise and highlight information they purportedly unearthed, sounding like press statements of the rival party.


Priyanka Gandhi hints she may contest from Varanasi: Surprise an important weapon in her armoury

The thrust on 'nation winning elections' indicates Priyanka's priorities and tells a story that she is willing to go to any length to prevent BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to power with ease. Modi factor was a reason for Priyanka to over-rule herself on the issue of joining politics.


The politics of toxic textbooks: History isn't repeated, it's rewritten

If you can’t make history, then just make it up. This strategy, that India’s political parties relish exercising when in power to further their ideological footprints, is a textbook case of what ails the country’s education system


Congress in good shape for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but grand old party needs to do more to take on Modi factor

If Team Narendra Modi is set to make full use of the prime minister’s personal ratings, big projects and reliance on emotive issues like Ram Temple, the Congress and its potential allies are prepared to take the battle to the states.


Rahul Gandhi's 'rejigged' Congress Working Committee a disappointment, could damage party's long-term interests

Within Congress circles, there are expectations from Rahul about some sort of generational change, but the new CWC arguably has far too many veterans.


Congress wary of AAP-L-G slugfest fallout, but party needs to work out stance quickly or risk irrelevance

The ongoing slugfest in Delhi has a crucial bearing on the Congress which is more vulnerable than the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP in the national capital.


Eid al-Fitr: Moon sighting for Muslims should be decided on scientific basis to help people agree on single date

In the 21st century, shouldn't a single date on which Muslims celebrate Eid in a big country like India be an issue worth thinking about?


BJP state govts and Centre take measures for holding simultaneous polls, but Opposition smells opportunism

The BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, are strong votaries of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.


Ramzan ends in a few days, but Iftar loses charm as a platform to woo voters among political class

Out of fashion now, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the Congress, Samajwadi Party and rest of the opposition too ignored Iftars.


Pranab Mukherjee accepting RSS' Nagpur invite could mean he's keeping post-retirement political options open

Pranab Mukherjee consenting to be chief guest at RSS' headquarters should be seen as the Sangh's attempt to broaden its base and appropriate iconic figures.