Will Mamata’s anti-bandh credo rub off on hartal-weary Bangladesh?

August 19, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Will Mamata’s anti-bandh credo rub off on hartal-weary Bangladesh?

Mamata Banerjee’ two-day visit to Dhaka presents Bangladeshis with a golden opportunity to pick her brains about hartals, or bandhs. Mamata considers strikes such a bane that she plans to ban them.
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Sonia Gandhi’s angst – and mine!

August 12, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Sonia Gandhi’s angst – and mine!

There is a smart cookie in Shiekh Hasina’s office; most probably a woman because women are usually smarter than men. A single word – angst – in Hasina’s get-well-soon official message to Sonia Gandhi was a dead giveaway!
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Dalit billionaires stun caste-ridden nation

August 5, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Dalit billionaires stun caste-ridden nation

For centuries Dalits or Harijans lived with spit on their face and shit on their head at the mercy of upper castes in Hindu society. They were the untouchables — of course that did not prevent Brahmins and Rajputs from raping Dalit women while their men folk carried on their heads iron buckets filled...
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Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

July 29, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

A young Pakistani woman has given more joy to Indians than any visitor from Islamabad in a long while. The beautiful Hina Rabbani Khar came, saw – and conquered! She has flown back to her country which has fought three and a half wars with India.
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Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

July 21, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

I won’t be surprised if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to know why India so often fails to secure the extradition of criminals who slip out of the country. It is worth constituting a high-powered government panel to find out.
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Saluting a secular freedom fighter

July 14, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Saluting a secular freedom fighter

There would have been no Bangladesh — or for that matter Pakistan — if Subhash Chandra Bose had his way. Before nationalist Bangladeshis explode in anger, let me quickly explain!
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The mother of all gaffes

July 8, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
The mother of all gaffes

I am biting my tongue. In my last column I wrote that India’s ruler is bound to cast his shadow on neighbours. And lo and behold Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promptly made such grossly adverse remarks about Bangladesh that he must be now regretting those. His comments have shocked the secular intelligentsia in both...
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Is India ripe for Rahul Rajya?

June 30, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Is India ripe for Rahul Rajya?

I am not sure if Bangladeshis are avid Rahul Gandhi watchers. But I won’t be surprised if they do keep an eye on him. Rahul is surely worth watching because he is a potential prime minister of India — a nuclear power encircling Bangladesh on the east, north and west. And the ruler of...
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Husain’s death in exile blots India’s copybook

June 23, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Husain’s death in exile blots India’s copybook

Maqbool Fida Husain’s death and burial far away from his motherland is so depressing as it exposes yet again predominantly Hindu but constitutionally secular India’s failure to take the bull of majority fundamentalism by the horns to save Muslims from being trampled or being gored to death.
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Sen’s nonsense

June 9, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Sen’s nonsense

Faridpur-born eminent Indian film director Mrinal Sen is being pilloried as a communist lackey. Normally celebrities like Sen are surrounded by lackeys. But after the ignominious fall of the communist regime in West Bengal, the 89-year-old is suddenly exposed to public scorn and ridicule in Kolkata — the city he migrated to as an...
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Why the toiling masses kicked the communists out

June 2, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Why the toiling masses kicked the communists out

I was in the Delhi studios of TIMES NOW television channel when votes were being counted across West Bengal on May 13. And the trend was pretty obvious by 10 am — within two hours. Communists were trailing practically everywhere – from Cooch Behar to Raidighi – as Trinamool...
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Protective instinct of ordinary people is Mamata’s USP

May 26, 2011
S. N. M. Abdi
Protective instinct of ordinary people is Mamata’s USP

I gave Mamata Banerjee a good close look when she bent down and hugged Mahasweta Devi minutes before she was sworn in as chief minister. The Magsaysay-award winning author sat in the front row with Amla Shankar, Pranab Mukherjee and P. C. Chidambaram. From my vantage point in the second row, I scanned Mamata’s...
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