politics

‘Tharoor is not elitist, has middle-class background; he’s not in the race to lose’
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Ashraf Engineer October 10, 2022 Shashi Tharoor’s campaign to be Congress president has earned him affection, support and opposition in equal measure. What sets him apart? Is he too elitist, as some people believe, or is he the answer the...
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Can the Bharat Jodo Yatra revive the Congress and Brand Rahul?
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Ashraf Engineer October 1, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. Gandhi undertook the Dandi March as part of the Salt Satyagraha more than 90 years ago to energise the freedom struggle and...
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Tharoor must seize this moment for the Congress
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Rohit Tripathi September 29, 2022 Indian democracy is not at a crossroads. It has taken a decisive turn. Measuring the impact of this decision is complex. However, using some first principles like India’s Constitution and other foundational treatises like the...
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‘Nationhood is a journey; concept underscored by justice, dignity’
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Ashraf Engineer August 24, 2022 What exactly is nationhood? How has it evolved in India and what does it mean in these tough, divisive times, to different groups? Priyadarshini Singh – Research Fellow at the State Capacity Initiative at the...
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Audio podcast: No, Hindi is NOT our national language
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Ashraf Engineer May 7, 2022 EPISODE TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. A few days ago, there was an exchange between Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and southern star Sudeep over Hindi as a national...
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Audio podcast: ‘When it comes to hate, people don’t want neutrality; they want an echo chamber’
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Ashraf Engineer November 10, 2021 The politics of hate can be traced back to Partition and even before that but only now has it become so rabid and a matter of pride. Sachin Garg, bestselling author, media columnist and TEDx...
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Audio Podcast Episode 100: ‘India’s resilience stands out’
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Ashraf Engineer September 4, 2021 As the country goes through profound political and social changes, what are common Indians thinking? What do they want from the next decade and what keeps them up at night? Episode 100 of All Indians...
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Hate and violence in India, Part 1: A ‘He, Ram’ list
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This is the first of a three-part series on communal strife and hate crimes in India. The series will comprise two columns and a podcast. Tushar Gandhi February 22, 2021 It’s been 73 years since Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by...
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Audio podcast: 7 things the finance minister didn’t tell you about Budget 2021
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Ashraf Engineer February 5, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. So much was expected from the Union Budget that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented on February 1, 2021. India needs an economic...
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Audio podcast: We need new economic, political thinking
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Ashraf Engineer October 15, 2020 If ever there was a time for bold, break-out economic and political thinking, it is now. Our economy was tanking even before the pandemic and there is widespread social unrest. Time is running out for...
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