Articles by: Nilofar Suhrawardy

Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Simply electoral destiny of key parties in fray is not at stake during Gujarat Assembly elections. What also bears political significance is “leadership” of these very parties. Heading the list is of course, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nearly the same importance is held for another key Gujarati leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Gujarat is[Read More…]

by 25/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Elections to Himachal Pradesh Assembly may be viewed as a symbolic example of what Indian political system and its socio-democratic fibre seem to be heading for. Given the importance accorded by certain leading politicians to try propagate use of religious cards at various levels in several parts of country, one is tempted to deliberate on their relevance in Himachal Pradesh.[Read More…]

by 17/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

There is nothing surprising about recent suggestion of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding photographs of Hindu deities on Indian currency notes. This “suggestion” has come just ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. It has certainly succeeded in gaining substantial media coverage and political attention. Usage of this electoral-card –laced with religious appeal to apparently win Hindu[Read More…]

by 01/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

Having taking over United Kingdom’s government as its youngest Prime Minister in 200 years, the first Brown and Hindu to do so, Rishi Sunak is certainly not gifted with a magical wand or any other power to resolve the chaotic problems faced by his country and its citizens. The importance given in Indian circles to his religious identity and colour[Read More…]

by 28/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

What can be said about speculations and questions being raised about democratic nature of Mallikarjun Kharge’s election as President of Congress Party? He won 7,897 votes against 1,072 secured by his rival Shashi Tharoor out of 8,969 votes. Of 9,385 votes 416 were declared invalid because of errors such as incorrect marking. Prior to results being officially declared, Kharge’s victory[Read More…]

by 21/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

Continuity of Ukraine-crisis may be viewed as harsh illustration of what display of extremism by leadership at certain levels can lead to. At the outset, refusal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from continuing war-strikes against Ukraine stands out. It also marks failure of diplomatic strength of key powers as well as international organizations supposed to be keenly[Read More…]

by 12/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Decision of Congress stalwart Sonia Gandhi to join Rahul Gandhi’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” for a day in Mysore is perhaps a symbolic but definite acknowledgement of the importance being given to this phase of march. It is possible, she may have stayed away if the yatra was not being applauded as a success. With Rahul earning laurels personally and politically,[Read More…]

by 08/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Right-winged party’s victory in Italy’s parliamentary elections has led to speculations being voiced about political importance being gained by “extremist” or far-right parties in recent years. Prior to Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy securing victory, Europe has witnessed right-winged parties taking over political command in Poland and Hungary. Should it be assumed that this phase of right-winged politics is here[Read More…]

by 01/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Who is to be blamed for ongoing tension in Leicester (United Kingdom) between two groups of people? Given that recent history of this country has not witnessed communal tension of this nature on its own soil, one is prompted to raise questions as to who has failed, where? Understandably, the people responsible for participating in violence and trying to promote[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Would it be fair to assume that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a politically correct path by deciding to undertake his “Bharat Jodo Yatra”? Against endless political problems encountered by Rahul and his party, perhaps it was imperative for him to take such a step. There is no doubt that he has eyes set on forthcoming parliamentary polls.[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Give a thought, if Rishi Sunak had not chosen to resign from cabinet, Boris Johnson may have still remained Prime Minister of United Kingdom. With political turns favoring her, Mary Elizabeth Truss, better known as Liz Truss, is now the third female Prime Minister of United Kingdom. She shares an interesting political bonding with the other two of fairer gender.[Read More…]

by 08/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit Congress party and apparently test his own political standing by forming his party has raised speculations in several political camps. Of course, Congress has a reason to be disturbed by a senior member parting ways and adding to doubts being circulated about this party’s leadership. Prospects of Azad’s “friendship” with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[Read More…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

The nature of communal virus plaguing India even in this era displays political “strategies” still being deliberately manufactured and propagated to spread communalism at cost of secularism. The saving grace lies in questions being raised from secular activists, politicians and certain sections of media criticizing such communal moves. Sadly, some right-winged extremists bear little remorse about spreading communal virus. Paradoxically,[Read More…]

by 21/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Fearing loss of chief ministerial berth and being pushed into political sidelines has apparently prompted Nitish Kumar to break his party (Janata Dal-United)’s alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and once again shake hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). His key concern has for the moment been taken care of, with his remaining Bihar’s chief minister. To a degree, his[Read More…]

by 10/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Seventy-five year old Naveen Patnaik will be nearing 80 when Odisha heads for the next scheduled assembly elections in 2024. He is credited for his sharp political strategies which have helped him stay as state’s chief minister for the fifth consecutive term. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) founded by him on 26 December 1997 is recognized as the most successful and[Read More…]

by 03/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Constitutionally speaking, all citizens are equal before law and nobody can be discriminated against on basis of religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth and other such factors. Constitutional spirit of Indian democracy and secularism also bears this stamp. Against this backdrop, what is suggested by election of Draupadi Murmu as 15th President of this country with emphasis laid on[Read More…]

by 24/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
When Leaders Err..!  

When Leaders Err..!  

Sri Lankan crisis is likely to remain classic illustration for a long time of how “power-holders” can be forced to give in to aggressive command displayed by common people’s “power”. When people decide and choose to exercise their power as they have in Colombo, all “strategies” of curbing the same can burst like bubbles. There is a limit to which[Read More…]

by 14/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

There is nothing astonishing about the alacrity with which President Joe Biden has reacted against US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. Had he not been known as a devoted Catholic Christian, perhaps he may not have taken this step. Irrespective of the fact that he has expressed a similar stand earlier, that of not favouring a legal measure against abortion,[Read More…]

by 27/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

The repeatedly tried measure by certain master-strategists of provoking communal tension, dividing votes along religious lines, polarising vote-banks for electoral gains appears to have backfired considerably this time. Yes, this refers to socio-political and diplomatic reaction to Nupur Sharma’s objectionable comments. Till recently, Nupur- former BJP spokesperson- was hardly known in national and international circles. Now, her “popularity” is reportedly[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Irrespective of whatever is ethnic identity of any shooter leading to violence and/or murders, how can approach towards him be decided by his religion, race, colour or any ethnic as well as national factor? A crime remains a crime. Sadly, double-standards of this nature still prevail. If Salvador Rolando Ramos was an Arab, a Muslim and/or a Black, the rage[Read More…]

by 13/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine is not Afghanistan. Ukraine-crisis is, however, likely to be prolonged with a similar objective responsible for Afghanistan-war lasting for years. Geographically, culturally, historically and at numerous other levels, there is no comparison between Afghanistan-wars fought at different periods by United States as well as former Soviet Union and the ongoing Ukraine-war. The only similarity is that people have suffered[Read More…]

by 25/05/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

True, individuals can be paid, ideals “sold”, dreams “auctioned”, democratic values “bartered”, independence of media “pawned” and more- at a price and at several levels by leaders to spread communal tension. But the same cannot be said of secularism of all Indians. At this stage, attempts by people to display their “secularism” through peace-marches and other moves together with certain[Read More…]

by 15/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Congress party is apparently gambling a little too much on Prashant Kishor. He is not a jinn nor is a miracle-man who can suddenly reverse political fortunes of Congress with his strategies. It may be recalled, his services were of hardly any help to Congress in 2017 Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections. Even his inclusion in the party is least[Read More…]

by 23/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Anti-Muslim noise raised in Karnataka is just a mild indicator of this being a part of certain right-elements’ communal campaign ahead of coming elections. Not much needs to be said about this being directed towards gaining media attention as well as hoping to please top most leaders holding similar communal views. Karnataka is scheduled to face Assembly election in around[Read More…]

by 12/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Despite being voiced aggressively, “Ukraine-Diplomacy” exercised by the so-called friends of this country has so far shown virtually no sign of ending sufferings of Ukrainians and of Ukraine-crisis. This certainly demands deliberation on nature of “diplomacy” at play and its apparent failure. True, innocent citizens must not suffer at the cost of what major powers desire. Violence of any nature[Read More…]

by 30/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly elections in five states are over and results declared. However, several questions have surfaced which perhaps need to be considered seriously. This isn’t simply related to speculations voiced about faulty nature of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Several strong messages conveyed by these results need to be perhaps paid serious attention. Though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has returned to power[Read More…]

by 11/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

United States’ Diplomatic Communication & Ukraine-Crisis! 

United States’ expertise at holding strategic command over controlling operation of diplomatic reins may well be assumed to have fumbled a little at propagation of so-called Ukraine-crisis because of alleged military designs of Russia. Yes, to a considerable degree, greater part of the world still depends on going by what is stated by White House as well as American media.[Read More…]

by 19/02/2022 1 comment World
Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Selection of Charanjit Singh Channi as party’s Chief Minister-face in Punjab may have enhanced chances of Congress faring better in coming assembly elections than was presumed not too long ago. In 117-member Punjab Assembly, 59 seats are needed to form a majority. During the 2017 elections, Congress won 77 seats, two lesser than it secured in 2012. Aam Aadmi Party[Read More…]

by 09/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Masked Leadership & Gandhism!

Masked Leadership & Gandhism!

Rich tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi on his 74th death anniversary (January 30, 2022) are hardly suggestive of similar importance accorded to Gandhism. Undeniably, Gandhi is still remembered “ritualistically”, but little importance is accorded to Gandhism, particularly democratic values promoted by Mahatma in India as well as other democratic countries. Not surprisingly, key power holders are being literally lashed at[Read More…]

by 01/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Not too long ago, it seemed return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister would be virtually a cakewalk for him. Suddenly, speculations about political winds not favouring him but his key rival – Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) have raised questions about Yogi’s credentials. It is possible, state elections may[Read More…]

by 15/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Speaking Out! 

Speaking Out! 

How is anyone responsible for being born where he/she has been and the identity attached to his/her personality primarily because of his/her birth? Whatever is any person’s identity, why is any bias being practiced towards him/her primarily because of this? But this is still happening at this very moment. Prospects of this inhumane trend coming to an end in near[Read More…]

by 31/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Beyond English Channel Tragedy! 

Beyond English Channel Tragedy! 

Death of migrants in the English Channel has hit headlines as “worst disaster on record” with France and United Kingdom’s “war of words” marking a “low point” in their ties, a “humanitarian crisis” and so forth. Who is to be blamed for this tragedy? Little importance has been given to the hard reality that increase in migrants being desperate for[Read More…]

by 03/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

So, communal strategy is apparently being tried once again on the Kashmir-front. Kashmir is clearly viewed as one of those political cards which right-winged, extremist parties can bank upon to whip up communal frenzy particularly when the going seems fairly dismal in other areas. Recent developments, Covid-impact, farmers’ protest and Lakhimpur-case among several others have not helped the party heading[Read More…]

by 13/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

What can the new Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi be expected to achieve within less than a year? Paradoxically, change of guard in Punjab as well as Gujarat doesn’t spell much of a surprise as several other chief ministers have been subject to the same move. One is nevertheless tempted to deliberate on the tendency of respective party heads[Read More…]

by 20/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Congress leaders were probably not prepared for taxing political signals surfacing from Punjab. Political drama kicked by Punjab’s Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and a recent opinion poll survey, predicting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gaining more votes than other parties in coming state polls certainly demand deliberation on what is really suggested by these factors? Undeniably, both pose a major[Read More…]

by 10/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Stakes in Afghanistan!

Stakes in Afghanistan!

Speculations resting on numerous analyses are being voiced on what does withdrawal of United States from Afghanistan and take-over by Taliban really indicate? The former aspect is being viewed by most as defeat of the Superpower and the latter as probable return of terrorism to the country spelling distress for most, particularly women. Let us view the ground reality from[Read More…]

by 19/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Imperialism
Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Let us accept it. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several opposition leaders appear to be stepping towards giving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies a strong fight in the coming parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2024. The breakfast meeting hosted by Rahul for them and their heading together for Parliament on bikes may be viewed as crucial symbolic gestures in[Read More…]

by 06/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Navjot Singh Sidhu has certainly had his way by being selected as the new Punjab Congress president. But his victory certainly doesn’t spell gains for all in the party and Congress itself. Speculations are afloat about intra-party tension still prevalent in state unit of Congress. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was reportedly opposed to Sidhu being given this charge.[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political cards being gradually tried ahead of assembly elections in two crucial states- Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – cannot yet be viewed as symbols of master strategies. The simple explanation is that frustration is quite strongly visible in political parties heading the two state governments. This in itself seems sign of party heads on both sides being a little flustered[Read More…]

by 30/06/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone overboard in turning the political tide in his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s favor in ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. During his campaign, he has tried using Bengali language and has for months moved around donning image of the state’s Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Exuding confidence about his party’s success, he recently[Read More…]

by 06/04/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Social Media & Women!

Social Media & Women!

Of late, a new importance is being accorded to “social media.” The so-called “social media” is allegedly playing an extremely negative role in spread of “socially-approved” abuses targeting weaker sections, particularly minorities and women. Now, is there really such a “social media” or this is just a hype? And aren’t we erring in according it a little too much importance?[Read More…]

by 01/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Patriarchy