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  • Opinion: It Would Be Cruel To Wish Modi 'Happy New Year'
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Modi has not seen acche din in 2015. First, he lost the assembly elections in Delhi at the start of the year and then the Bihar elections at the end of the year. Clearly, his much-vaunted charisma has taken a deadly blow, for these two major election losses took place notwithstanding his personal involvement in both of them.
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  • Opinion: Modi Goes From Lion To Lamb On Pak
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The Great Showman has taken yet another turn upon the stage. By fetching up from Kabul in Lahore on his way back to India on the day we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif - not to mention Good Governance Day! - Modi has certainly ensured that the spotlight remains on his highly persona...
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  • Opinion: What Modi Got Grossly Wrong in Paris
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The real problem for us lies not in the international arena of verbose and obscure diplomatic jargon but in the very real steps that will have to be taken on the ground in India to give credence to Modi's INDCs as we convert them into pledged NDCs requiring Plans of Action.
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  • Opinion: What You Should Know About National Herald Case
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    This is not an attempt to pre-empt judicial proceedings in the matter but with a view to educating a confused public, an attempt to place before readers the outlines of the defense so that readers might be better able to follow matters in the courts with informed understanding.
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  • Opinion: A Modi-Made Disaster Hits Nepal Hard
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    What Bush did to Iraq pales in comparison to what India is doing to Nepal.
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  • Opinion: Modi, Will You Ignore Aamir Khan Too?
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Bollywood has always preserved us from the poison of Hindutva. No wonder the Hindutva trolls take to 140 characters of character assassination, particularly of any Bollywood star, and above all, Muslim screen heroes, who speak their mind about public affairs.
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  • Opinion: What India Should Learn From Paris Attacks
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    If terrorism is to be conquered, it has to be understood. Merely condemning terrorism is not in itself an answer.
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  • Opinion: None Less Than Modi Owes SRK an Apology
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The Bihar election results overshadowed the Shah Rukh Khan episode, but the issues raised are of such far-reaching significance that I return to it with deep concern.
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  • Opinion: Thank You, Nitish
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Bihar saw that Modi knows nothing about development and everything about dividing people and society.
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  • Opinion: What Bihar Result Will Mean For Modi
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    What is it that takes the BJP's language of politics to that level and pushes Nitish into responding that he, for his part, "can't stoop to that level?" Is it merely that Modi's sense of humour has failed him? Or is Modi turning hysterical as he foresees that defeat in Bihar will call into question his entire strategy of taking and keeping power?
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  • Opinion: The Importance of Nitish Kumar
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    He is proving himself a leader of not just state relevance but of national importance.
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  • Opinion: Dear Minister Jaitley: Open Letter from Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    When silence was not an option, you chose to remain silent and have kept silent for over a decade. The passage of years does not take away from the pogrom you have never found fit to deplore and make amends for.
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  • Opinion: Real Agenda of RSS Pracharak-Turned-PM
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    What a contrast to Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru before and after Independence and Partition. One seems to hear today what Gandhiji cited at his prayer meeting in Birla House on 22 December 1947: "I always like to be with a minority, for a minority as a rule does not commit mistakes, and even if it does, it can be rectified. But a majority is drunk with...
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  • Opinion: A Giant Flop Scheme Courtesy Modi
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    In the words of an expert, Prof. Dean Spears, "Modi's Swachch Bharat Abhiyan is essentially the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan of the previous government and the Total Sanitation Programme with a new name".
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  • Opinion: After Pakistan, Modi Isolates Another Neighbour
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Modi's propaganda machine, never far behind Goebbels', swung into action when Modi visited Nepal in August 2014, proclaiming that Modi had visited neighbouring Nepal within weeks of becoming PM whereas Dr. Manmohan Singh had failed in ten years to go to Nepal even once.
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