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Impunity isn’t exactly popularity- JAWED NAQVI

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IT’S a common error of perception to confuse political impunity with popularity. The distinction makes a big difference in understanding the core features of...

To draw the battle lines now- JAWED NAQVI

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AN unspoken dispute stalks India’s Congress party. It may define the battle lines for the scattered opposition groups to align against a ferocious...

Changing an unchanging world – JAWED NAQVI

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YEARS ago, in the midst of the village Moharram procession, Askari Mian spotted Maula Halwai ambling to the roadside Shivala to offer a...

A tale of misleading names – JAWED NAQVI

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PRASHANT’ means pacific. Prashant Bhushan is anything but. ‘Rahul’, according to early Upanishads, means conqueror of all miseries. Rahul Gandhi knows he doesn’t...

Ruminations from the TV couch -JAWED NAQVI

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ONE has watched more TV than was the case before the pandemic triggered a flawed lockdown. Even so, avoiding the minefield of Indian news...

There are Hindus and Hindus -JAWED NAQVI

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STREAMS of cultural and religious mingling in the family found me looking after a kindly Saraswat Brahmin in his last days. I had brought...

A date with toxic alchemy -JAWED NAQVI

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AUG 5 will mark a year since India’s annexation of Jammu and Kashmir was carried out with stealth and speed that left the opposition...

Ideology and the pandemic-JAWED NAQVI

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THE niece was in school in the US when she saw Nadia Comaneci live on TV in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In India, one...

The pendulum of tricky times -JAWED NAQVI

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ONE need not look to the deadly scuffle between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the inhospitable terrain of the Galwan Valley to explain the...

Next item, Bihar and onward -JAWED NAQVI

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AS with Inspector Clouseau so with Prime Minister Modi; his adversaries can’t seem to get the better of him, be they from across the...