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Starting: Thu 01 Jan 1998 - 01:07:27 EST
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  • A Ghosh, Houston, USA
    • India's anti-nationals   The Observer - January 3, 1998
      • >>>On December 1, 1997, the Asia Society of America held "An Evening Talk" on India in New York, to celebrate the country's 50th independence anniversary. The speakers were Salman Khurshid (the grandson of Zakir Husain, ...
  • Amita Verma
  • Anil Saxena
    • Muslims should test us, we are their friends   The Times of India - January 26, 1998
      • >>>The maverick BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh hopes to steer his party to victory in UP during the Lok Sabha poll. According to him the entrance of Sonia Gandhi in politics will have no effects on BJP's fortunes in the state. Mr Singh's agenda appears to be to send a record number of BJP MPs from UP ...
  • Arun Shourie
  • B N Uniyal
  • By Swapan Dasgupta
    • BJP's Early Surge (INDIA TODAY-ORG-MARG POLL)   India Today - January 5, 1998
      • >>>On December 4, the President flagged off the campaign for the 12th general election by dissolving the Lok Sabha. Having produced a fractured mandate in 1996, the question uppermost in the minds of voters is: will 1998 also result in the same uncertainty? To gauge the popular mood at the outset of the campaign, INDIA TODAY commissioned ORG-MARG to ...
  • D N Mishra
    • Chidambaram praises Manmohan   The Observer - January 5, 1998
      • >>>Recently, a book on former finance minister Manmohan Singh was released in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion. finance minister P Chidambaram praised his predecessor sky high. He said that he had the honour of working with Singh and also gave full credit to him for the liberalisation process. Moreover, Chidambaram ...
    • Decisive opinion polls   The Observer - January 5, 1998
      • >>>It is understood that Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi had entrusted a reputed pollster to conduct an extensive opinion poll in the state. He has decided that the results of the survey would be published by the daily owned by DMK. But when the results came, he just stopped the publication. Why,? Because ...
  • Devsagar Singh
    • Manoeuvring took the centrestage   The Financial Express - December 31, 1997
      • >>>It has been a roller coaster drive through 1997 for major political parties, thanks to a fractured verdict of the electorate in 1996. Congress was on the run, BJP was in the thick of an untouchability syndrome till the end of the year, and the motley group of regional formations, better known as the United ...
  • Dina Nath Mishra
    • Clutching at a straw   The Observer - January 29, 1998
      • >>>For the last fortnight, Sonia Gandhi is getting prominence on the front pages of newspapers. Magazines have devoted cover stories to her. Electronic media too is treating her as if she is already the Prime Minister. Even on the occasion of the Republic day speech of President K R Narayanan, Doordarshan gave the first ...
    • Campaigning with monumental lies   The Observer - January 22, 1998
      • >>>he media has been extraordinarily excitable, more than willing to do business on our terms. Frankly, it has been eating out of our hand. No hard questions have been asked... It has no option but to fall in for glamour/charisma themes... So far, only the junior reporters have travelled to Sriperumbudur, Bangalore, ...
    • Ascendant BJP has LF worried   The Observer - January 15, 1998
      • >>>Even while having the outside support of Congress for the UF government, the Left Front, specially the CPM, still treated the Congress as a political untouchable. So much so that it did not allow the apex coordination committee to be formed, as promised to the President of India by Congress president Sitaram Kesri ...
    • Exhausting the Sonia card   The Observer - January 1, 1998
      • >>>Would election campaign by Sonia Gandhi mean a fortune for the Congress in the impending mid-term poll? This question is presently foremost in the minds of all concerned. To my mind, it would have three-fold impact as far as Congress is concerned. Sonia Gandhi's related announcement has come at the time when ...
  • Dinesh Kumar
    • We should have on overt N-weapons programme   The Times of India - January 19, 1998
      • >>>As chief of staff, of Eastern Command in 1971, Lt Gen J R F Jacob was among the architects of India's victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war which led, to the creation of Bangladesh. His account of the war as published in his book Surrender at Dhaka: Birth of a Nation last year came as an eye opener and exploded several myths ...
  • Diwakar
    • Barking up the wrong tree again   The Economic Times - January 25, 1998
      • >>>Election not only galvanise politicians but also the members of the ,secularist' intelligentsia. After a 18-mouth period of inaction coinciding wit h the UF's rule during which they focussed more on themes of globalisation, nuclear disarmament and the depleting ozone layer, these intelligentsia have turned their ...
  • Dr Rajendra Prasad
    • Secularism : The Indian concept   The Times of India - December 25, 1997
      • >>>There was unanimous opinion in the Constituent assembly as indeed allover the country, that the State should be secular in the sense that there would be no State religion nor would there be any discrimination of its citizens on the basis of religion. The question now arises as to why do we have this sharp controversy ...
  • E. Jayakrishnan
    • Banking on versatile skills   The Observer - January 3, 1998
      • >>>For the Kumaramangalam clan, the circle has been squared. With Rangarajan Kumaramangalam joining the BJP, the family has now been part of all the three political formations in the country today, the Left, the right and the Centrist parties. ...
  • Editorial
    • Anarchy in Assam   The Hindustan Times - January 16, 1998
      • >>>ULFA and Bodo extremists appear to be vying with each other in grabbing newspaper headlines through sheer terror and banditry. This week the two have struck ferociously. While suspected ULFA militants gunned down a senior Army officer in Guwahati on Wednesday and earlier made an attempt on the life of the IGP, ...
    • Another massacre   The Asian Age - January 28, 1998
      • >>>The latest massacre in Kashmir is yet another proof of the desperation across the border to jeopardise the peace process in the Valley. Words are not strong enough to condemn the mowing down of Kashmiri pandits who had refused to leave their village and the only solace, if it can indeed be called that, is that the ...
    • Massacre at Wandhama   The Indian Express - January 28, 1998
      • >>>There was a method in the massacre of 23 Kashmiri pandits at Wandhama on Sunday night. The idea was to drive home the Message, on the eve of the country's Republic Day, that Kashmir is still very much a disturbed territory, no matter how many tricolours are unfurled in Srinagar; no matter if the state's ...
    • Challenge in Kashmir   The Times of India - January 28, 1998
      • >>>If this Republic Day was distinguished by the posthumous conferring of Ashok Chakra, the highest gallantry award, on 2nd Lieutenant Punit Datta for his exceptional heroism in fighting the terrorists in Kashmir, it was also the day 23 pundits, including women and children, fell to terrorism. This is more ...
    • Calculated madness   The Observer - January 28, 1998
      • >>>The burst of gunfire that drowned the Ramzan prayers on Sunday night in Wandhama village on the outskirts of Srinagar has mischief written across it. That it was calculated to wipe out the last four families of Kashmiri Pandits comprising 23 people, including 10 women and four children, is obvious enough. But ...
    • Riddle of out times   India Today - January 12, 1998
      • >>>The buoyant mood in the Congress following Sonia Gandhi's decision to campaign for the party is understandable. Since political communication in India is disproportionately dependent on a party's ability to sell imagery, the Congress naturally feels it is on to a good thing. The party is still not the odds- ...
    • Qualifying norm   The Pioneer - January 2, 1998
      • >>>Recently BJP spokesperson Sushma Swaraj attacked the Congress saying that in the US a person had to be an American citizen by birth to qualify to become the president. Now Soniaji's blessings have electrified the Congress party and even the normally unflappable Congress spokesperson V N Gadgil has adopted a tough ...
  • Express News Service
  • Financial Express Bureau
  • Gabriel Vaz / Agencies
  • Harinder Baweja (Associate Editor)
    • I only have a widow   India Today - January 19, 1998
      • >>>He is 80 years old and he is conscious of that. His hold on tire party is slipping and he is aware of that. Congress President Sitaram Kesri is under pressure and it is showing. In an interview with Associate Editor Harinder Baweja, he was introspective, forthright and on a short fuse. Excerpts: ...
  • Harish Gupta
    • Beg, Borrow or ......   India Today - January 19, 1998
      • >>>A bankrupt party now finds donors playing elusive Congress are eternal optimists; but Ahmed Patel, the party's treasurer, may be stretching the definition a little too far. Patel, who took charge of the Congress' finances in October 1996, ...
  • HINDU JAGRITI KENDRA
  • Inder Sawhney
    • It's not compromise, but practical idealism   The Times of India - January 12, 1998
      • >>>Kodipakkam Neelameghacharya Govindacharya, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, came to the BJP from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on "loan" before the parliamentary elections in 1989 when the party had just two seats in the Lok Sabha. reputed to be a high-powered think-tank, Mr Govindacharya ...
  • Janak Singh
  • Jay Dubashi
  • K V Lakshmana
    • Goal saver on different turf   The Observer - January 3, 1998
      • >>>Aslam Sher Khan, former Narasimha Rao aide in the Prime Minister's Office as a junior minister, represents a new trend among minority leaders - that of embracing Hindutva forces with a hope it will protect and promote interests of the Muslims. ...
    • From khakhi to saffron   The Observer - January 3, 1998
      • >>>Former IPS officer Anadi Charan Sahu came into contact with the BJP during the November-December crisis that consumed the Inder Kumar Gujral Government. New in politics, Sahu was among the Congress members who were in ...
  • K.P.Nayar
    • To Russia with love   The Telegraph - January 14, 1998
      • >>>Prime minister I.K. Gujral had an unexpected visitor in Chennai last week. For Gujral, the visitor was not o unexpected but also very important. The prime minister considered his unscheduled meeting with the Russian ambassador, Albert S. Chernyshev, on the fringes of the Confederation of Indian Industry's partnership ...
  • Kamil Zaheer
  • Kanchan Gupta
    • "I dream of a strong, prosperous India"   The Times of India - December 25, 1997
      • >>>At a political rally addressed by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as the veteran leader took the mike, somebody from the audience shouted, "Desh ka pradhan mantri kaisa ho?" and the other responded with "Atal Bihari jaisa ho!" Mr. Vajpayee, in his inimitable style, began his speech by saying, "Sawal yeh nahin hai ki pradhan ...
  • Kathy Gannon
  • Kushabhau Thakre
    • Task during poll campaign   BJP Today - January 1-15, 1998
      • >>>This past fortnight has witnessed hectic political activity and several changes in the political scenario. These changes are neither surprising nor unexpected. But the speed at which they have occurred is amazing. ...
  • L. K. Advani
    • Atal Bihari is today's Syama Prasad   The Times of India - December 25, 1997
      • >>>Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee entered Parliament for the first time in 1957, after the second general elections. Addressing party MPs recently at a training camp organised for them at Jhinjholi in Haryana, Atalji quipped that elections was for him a three-in-one experience! The Jana Sangh had set up Shri Vajpayee from three ...
  • Legal Correspondent
  • M. V. Kamath
    • Gearing up for the battle   The Free Press Journal - December 25, 1997
      • >>>No two elections are alike. In the very nature of things they can't be. Situations change. The political scenario does not remain the same. Fresh parties come into being. New alignments take place. As they say about a river that one can't put one's finger in the same river twice, so it can be said about politics ...
  • M.G. Radhakrishnan
    • Unholy bills   India Today - January 26, 1998
      • >>>To the audience at the Kumaraswami Hall in Thiruvananthapuram the scene was as dramatic as it was unfamiliar. A tough-looking sanyasi thundered in Sanskrit-laden Hindustani: "Hey, nastik Nayanar, kholo tere nayan and see for yourself that the Himalayas have come down to the Indian Ocean! When it happened last time, ...
  • M.V. Kamath
    • As Pakistan sees us   Organiser - January 18, 1998
      • >>>On the night of August 14, 1997, several hundred Indians, led by, among others, Shri Kuldip Nayar, a close friend and confidant of Shri Inder Kumar Gujral, gathered at the Wagah border, in the hope of shaking hands with Pakistanis across the divide in celebration of 50 years of Independence. On the Indian side, ...
  • M.V.Kamath
  • Madhvee Inamdar
  • Mayank Mishra
  • Mohammad Sayeed Malik in New Delhi
    • Manmohan Singh to take on Vajpayee   The Sunday Observer - January 4-10, 1998
      • >>>Former Union finance minister Dr Manmohan Singh will be the Congress party's prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The party will shortly project Singh, reputed for his integrity and administrative acumen, as its candidate for the top slot, against Bharatiya Janata Party ...
  • N P Chekkutty
    • CPM to go soft on Congress, the lesser evil   The Indian Express - January 4, 1998
      • >>>Indicating a softer approach to the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, CPM general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet today said the Left forces must demarcate the crucial difference between the BJP - a communal force threatening national unity - and the Congress - a bourgeois party which has ...
  • N Sathlya Moorthy
  • Naseem Naqvi
    • It's time for a changed agenda   The Pioneer - January 21, 1998
      • >>>We as a nation have a unique quality. We take simple facts and turn them into something new. That this tendency has crept into the body politic proves its versatility and significance. What are these facts? Expediency. for one, which after conversion is called blackmail. Whenever it is resorted to without any ...
  • Neeraj Mishra
  • Observer Political Bureau
    • RSS to collect funds to check N-E conversions   The Observer - January 1, 1998
      • >>>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Prof Rajender Singh will launch a 15-day door to door fund collection drive here on Thursday to finance Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram to step up its programmes in North Eastern states in order to check the activities of foreign Christian missionaries. A target of Rs 1 crore has been fixed.
  • Paul Johnson
    • Stalin and Hitler: Equals among firsts   The Asian Age - January 19, 1998
      • >>>It is already horribly clear that, in important moral respects, the new Labour government is no improvement on its lamentable predecessor. As the Formula One and Robinson cases show, it can neither avoid sleaze nor, when it is exposed, deal with it promptly. There are, I predict, much bigger scandals ahead. It is ...
  • Pioneer News Service
  • Political Bureau
  • Posted By Krishnakant Udavant
    • Turning point in India's history   BJP Today - January 1-15, 1998
      • >>>The following Political Resolution was adopted by the BJP National Executive in Bhubaneswar on December 20, 1997. The National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party views the coming mid-term general election as an unique opportunity for the ...
    • 'For Islam, I can kill non-believers'   The Asian Age - January 4, 1998
      • >>>Pakistan's new President belongs to the Tableeqi Movement, which is devoted to preaching Islam around the world and espouses the veil for women, segregation of the sexes and a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Unlike the hard-line Taliban militia in neighbouring Afghanistan, however, the Tableeqi ...
  • Prajnan Bhattacharya
    • UP Council poll results indicate electorate mood   The Observer - January 15, 1998
      • >>>The morale boosting majority of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party In the Uttar Pradesh council elections (through local bodies and Panchayat Raj institutions) has not only given a clean chit to the Kalyan Singh-led Government In the State, but also a fair amount of political mood of the electorate In favour of the BJP.
  • Prakash Joshi
  • Prakash Nanda
    • Trial by secularists   The Times of India - January 22, 1998
      • >>>There is a story that when apartheid was alive and kicking in Rhodesia -present-day Zimbabwe -a white truck driver passed a group of idle natives and muttered, "They are lazy brutes". A few hours later, he saw natives loading 200 pound sacks of grain onto a truck, singing in rhythm to their work. "Savages", he grumbled, ...
  • Pramod Kumar
    • Nationalists will come to power   Organiser - January 20, 1998
      • >>>Working President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad [VHP] Shri Ashok Singhal describing the election '98 as the historic has expressed the hope that the pseudo-secular forces would be defeated and the nationalist forces would come to power so as to give a new direction to the nation. Talking to the Organiser representative, ...
  • Pratap Thorat
  • R. K. Bajaj
    • Sonia's Italian passport   The Daily - January 15, 1998
      • >>>When part of the Congress says that they are not utilising Sonia Gandhi's appeal properly I tend to agree. Till today no one in the Congress has made even an attempt to project Sonic Gandhi's commitment to India or the fact that of the 51 ...
  • Rajendrasinhaji
    • Swayamsevak with a poet's heart   The Times of India - December 25, 1997
      • >>>The first time I saw Atalji was in 1944. I was a lecturer in Allahabad University when I attended a debate competition. As the debate was going to close, a young man entered the hall and told the judges that he was late because the train that carried him >from Lucknow had arrived behind schedule. Since he had come all ...
  • Ramu Bhagwat
  • RK Mani
    • In the name of national interest (a letter)   The Pioneer - January 2, 1998
      • >>>It is in the national interest that the UF Government has crumbled under internal contradictions. The only common manifesto which united the disparate and bitterly fighting parties was to prevent the BJP from coming to power. The Congress supported the disunited UF solely to protect its leaders from being prosecuted.
  • Sandhya Jain
    • It's time the Sphinx called it a day   The Pioneer - December 29, 1997
      • >>>Even as the possibility of Ms Sonia Gandhi hitting the campaign trail waxes and wanes over the Congress party, astute politicians and observers know that like the moon. Ms Gandhi may be alluring, but she lacks inner luminosity. In other words, she merely reflects the glory of an illustrious family with which she ...
  • Satiricus
    • Distinctly democratic dynasty   Organiser - January 18, 1998
      • >>>Like all Indians Satiricus is at heart a hero worshipper. So he likes to read the lives of great men. Such reading improves his small mind with its ennobling influence. It is therefore quite natural that Justice Jain's biography of Shri Rajiv Gandhi should profoundly affect him. It has also disabused his mind ..of so ...
  • Satyindra Singh
    • That dynastic subversion of the Navy   The India Express - January 30, 1998
      • >>>When the emergency was clamped on the nation in June '75, most of the instruments of the state had been debauched. Indira Gandhi had pretty much killed the Congress party, which was one vehicle, especially under her father, Nehru, of ensuring that a vast country like India was ruled by consensus. She destroyed the ...
  • Sharat Pradhan, Lucknow
    • 'We have no intention of playing the Ayodhya card'   Sunday - January 4-10, 1998
      • >>>"Log Musalmano ko gumrah kar rahen hain, hum unhe humrah karna chahte hain (While others have been misguiding Muslims, we want them to come with us). "Astonishingly, this comes from none other than the Bharatiya Janata Party's national vice-president and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, whose party has ...
  • Shivani Singh
  • Shyam Khosla
    • Ideology and alliance   Organiser - January 11, 1998
      • >>>Bharatiya Janata Party is a national party seeking a decisive mandate from the electorate in the '98 elections on its distinct ideology, policies and programmes no less than on the quality of its leadership and performance. While it is confident of securing a majority in the 12th Lok Sabha, it is aware of the ground ...
  • Srinand Jha
    • BJP set to swear by 'Swadeshi'   The Observer - January 7, 1998
      • >>>In continuance of the Sangh Parivar's plans of having the Bharatiya Janata Party make the Swadeshi issue as its major poll plank in the coming general elections, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has released a document seeking a national consensus on the Swadeshi concept of development.
  • Sudheendra Kulkarni
    • Let's give BJP a chance   The Asian Age - January 26, 1998
      • >>>It took the collapse of the Congress party on the one hand and the collapse of the Babri structure on the other to effect a qualitative change in the BJP-Indian Muslim relationship. It is not generally recognised by political pundits, but the unmistakable consequence of these two developments has been the ...
  • Sultan Shahin
    • Secular enough to be divisive   The Indian Express - January 5, 1998
      • >>>So the secular balloon has finally burst. When Naresh Aggarwal split the ecular UP Congress legislative Party and took away more than half of its members to help the 'communal' BJP form a government, it was dismissed by many a secularist as a flash in the pan. But the same pattern has been repeated in the length and ...
  • Suresh Nautiyal
    • Baghpat Jat clasps kamal   The Observer - January 3, 1998
      • >>>What would a hardcore Jat politician do if he is dubbed as a 'desk politician'? Try to remodel the impression. Som Pal, former RJD Rajya Sabha member, is one such politician wishing to do away with such a stigma. ...
  • Swapan Dasgupa
    • Left luggage   India Today - January 12, 1998
      • >>>Neither Rome nor Ram, today's issue is stability. The construction of the temple is no longer a BJP issue; today, it is the last refuge of the secular forces. The BJP President, L. K. Advani, is understandably angry that a ...
  • Swapan Dasgupta
    • A problem called Sonia   The India Today - January 19, 1998
      • >>>There is always a ready market in India for conspiracy theoriesthe more outrageous the better. As such, it is curious that no statement-issuing politician thought it fit to link last week's visit of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi-ostensibly to promote "economic and political" cooperation-with Sonia Gandhi's s ...
  • Swati Chaturvedi
    • The Kathmandu connection   The Indian Express - January 17, 1998
      • >>>Anyone looking at Pakistan with suspicion will find the job easy in Kathmandu. For, Nepal, thanks to a liberal immigration policy and a porous border with India, is serving not only as a transit for those on the run but also as a haven for Pak-sponsored terrorist activity.
  • T.J.S. George
  • T.V.R. Shenoy
    • Such a must spectacle   The Indian Express - January 17, 1998
      • >>>er campaigning shall definitely make a difference," P. Chidambaram mused aloud at a press conference. Before the assembled media's raised eyebrows had time to drop, he grinned and continued, "in other states." I don't need to spell out the identity of that enigmatic 'Her', do I? But I must say the ...
    • Questions for the Sphinx   The Indian Express - January 3, 1998
      • >>>hat walks on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs at dusk?" was the famous question posed by the Sphinx. The answer, as Oedipus figured out, was Man. A modem Sphinx may pose a more contemporary question: "What stands on its feet in the morning, sinks to its knees by noon, and crawls ...
  • Times of India News Service
    • SP leaders debunk Sonia's claim   The Times of India - January 18, 1998
      • >>>In an unusually hard-hitting attack on Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, the Samajwadi Party virtually called her a liar and declared that her statement on Babri Masjid demolition was a pack of lies. Leader of the Opposition in the UP Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan said that Sonia Gandhi's statement that her late husband ...
  • Varsha Bhosle
    • Advantage Advani   The Sunday Observer - January 11-17, 1998
      • >>>He lives in middling government quarters. In the twilight, the street looks deserted, there's no sign of the Black Cats. It's a simple house, unexpectedly middle elms - dunlop sofas, Ganpati icons, beaded torans... A wife, a son, a daughter: Chhota parivar, sukhi parivar. No, not that parivar. The son, a ...
    • Saffron, khaki and Reds   The Sunday Observer - January 4-10, 1998
      • >>>In December, Chief Election Commissioner M S Gill wrote to Prime Minister I K Gujral, urging the promulgation of an ordinance to permit defence personnel to cast their votes by proxy, instead of through the usual postal ballots. Apparently, postal ballots invariably reach too late, often after the counting of votes is ...
  • Venkatesh Kesari
  • Vijay Chalwa

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