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Starting: Sat May 1 05:32:22 1999
Ending: Sat May 29 01:04:24 1999

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  • "I would have declined a second chance to form the government"
    • Saibal Das - India Today - May 10, 1999
        >>>During the campaign for the last general elections, Atal BihariVajpayee had made it amply clear that he would not fight anotherelection. Thirteen months down the line, he has changed his mind. Lastweek, in a 90-minute interview with Editor PRABHU CHAWLA, the primeminister appeared to relish the prospects of another campaign. The.....
  • 'All mainstream parties are secular'
    • Suresh Nautiyal - The Observer - May 24, 1999
        >>>Octogenarian politician and senior Samata Party leader, Abdul Ghafoor,said that the time had come to erase the distraction between communaland secular parties from our political diction as the distinction hadbeen created simply to serve political purpose by the self seekingpoliticians......
  • 'ISI attempting demographic changes'
    • PTI, UNI - Hindu - May 1 , 1999
        >>>Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) is at-tempting to makedemographic changes in Rajouri and Poonch areas of jammu region bypurchasing land belonging to minority community through overgroundworkers, the State Director General of Police (DGP) Mr. GurbachanJagat, has said......
  • 'India is neither in the first, second or third world, India is
    • Amberish K Diwanji - BJP Today - May 16-31, 1999
        >>>Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, whose recently published book,Defending India, has received high praise, talks to Amberish K Diwanjiof Rediff-on-the Net on a wide-range of issues:Q: It is one year since India conducted its nuclear tests. How hasthe situation changed over the past year?.....
  • 'Kashmir is not Kosovo'
    • Sanjay Suri - Mid-Day - April 26, 1999
        >>>The crisis in Kosovo is set to have long-term consequences forKashmir: a debate in Britain's House of Lords early last weekindicated that the West now wants to keep further away from Kashmirthan ever before.Most members of the House of Lords seemed almost to recoil from the.....
  • 'Mrs Gandhi feels these people want to use her' (Interview with
    • Riru Sarin - The Indian Express - May 23, 1999
        >>>Pranab Mukherjee, the senior-most general secretary in the Congress,was frank about the importance of Sonia Gandhi for the Congress. "IfI go, 10 people do not come, if she goes, thousand come," heobserved. Riru Sarin interviews him:Q: Did you have any inkling of the rebellion before May 15?.....
  • 'She wanted to be PM through the back door' (Interview with
    • Neerja Chowdhury - The Indian Express - May 23, 1999
        >>>TARIQ ANWAR has been a Congressman for 30 years, during the course ofwhich he has been the president of the Youth Congress, Bihar PCC chiefgeneral secretary of the party, and political secretary to theCongress president, among other things. Neerja Chowdhury interviewshim:.....
  • 'Sonia may spring a few surprises' (Interview with Madhavrao
    • Smruti Koppikar - The Times of India - May 25, 1999
        >>>Madhavrao Scindia is very worried - about the recent turn of events inKargil, he claims, more than the fast-changing state of affairs in theMaharashtra Congress. Kargil, more than the Congress and SharadPawar, should be exercising people's minds and the media, he says. But like it or not, his time and mind were occupied in Mumbai with.....
  • A fitting response
    • Editorial - The Observer - May 28, 1999
        >>>Occupation of the higher mountain reaches in the Kargil sector ofJammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-sponsored mercenaries had posed a gravechallenge. As the armed forces' spokesmen put it, there is noquestion of allowing such provocative intrusions into the Indianterritory. Apart from the fact that these incursions constitute a.....
  • A game of shifting stands
    • V. Krishna Murty - The Observer - May 29, 1999
        >>>With the launching of the liberalised economic policy regime duringthe 90s, the traditional reservations as to the blessings of privateforeign investment inflows have largely given way to tremendousenthusiasm for them. With a view to facilitate smooth flow ofinvestment into the country, the government has embarked upon the task.....
  • A mystery unveiled?
    • PTI - The Observer - May 15, 1999
        >>>Khajuraho is slowly unravelling a gift for its millennium-old temples,as a ninth-century Chandela temple, larger than any of the existingones, emerges from a mound near here. Excavation by a team ofArchaeological Survey of India (ASI) at a mound near Jatkara, sixkilometres south of Khajuraho, has revealed a 34-metre long sandstone.....
  • A stereotyped view
    • Francois Gautier - The Hindustan Times - May 11, 1999
        >>>(Francois Gautier on foreign reporting of India) FOREIGN JOURNALISTS (and photographers) covering India are generallyinterested in three kinds of India: (a) The macabre and the negative: the widows of Benares, the castesystem as practised in Bihar, Mother Teresa's place for the dying,.....
  • A stereotyped view
    • Francois Gautier - The Hindustan Times - May 5, 1999
        >>>Foreign journalists (and photographers) covering India are generallyinterested in three kinds of India: (a) The macabre and the negative:the widows of Benares, the caste system as practised in Bihar, MotherTeresa's place for the dying, kidneys traffic in Tamil Nadu, the slumsof Calcutta, bride burning, etc. These subjects have their own truth.....
  • Anonymous leader
    • Editorial - The Economic Times - May 26, 1999
        >>>Ms Sonia Gandhi's predictable withdrawal of her resignation asCongress president has ended a week-long drama. But sadly none of theissues involved has been addressed. It is ironic that in moving theresolution thanking Ms Gandhi for agreeing to stay on as president, MrS C Jamir should have also called for inner party democracy. For, the.....
  • Assam project on revival of culture begins
    • Manoj Anand - The Asian Age - April 27, 1999
        >>>Assam, a land nestled in myths, mysteries and legends is fast losingits old traditions and practices. In order to combat this, the Assamtourism department embarked upon an ambitious project to organise theRongali Utsav here on Wednesday to popularise the region's oldcultural heritage. .....
  • BJP lists six issues in three-phase election campaign
    • E Jayakrishnan - The Observer - May 11, 1999
        >>>The BJP has formulated a three-phase election campaign for theforthcoming Lok Sabha polls along with its allies and has identifiedsix "national issues" to take to the electorate.The Vajpayee Government is also engaged in chalking out aministry-wise check-list of programmes, for which the Budget has.....
  • BJP telegenics: Dress smart, lay off Sonia
    • Swati Chaturvedi - The Indian Express - May 25, 1999
        >>>With elections round the corner, the Bharatiya Janata Party is gearingup to cover one weak flank: Telegenics. Acknowledging the Congress'sedge in this vitally important sphere, the party has got together anA-team including politicians Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj andspin doctors Kanchan Gupta and Balbir Punj to work out strategy......
  • Batting for BJP
    • Amulya Ganguli - The Hindustan Times - May 3, 1999
        >>>In his autobiography, My American Journey, General Colin Powell,describing his training as a paratrooper, says that "jumping intonothingness goes against our deepest human instincts." In India,however, the Congress party seems to have largely overcome this fearso far as political adventures are concerned. It does not refrain.....
  • Betrayal of the Sikh Gurus
    • Virendra Parekh - The Observer - May 1,1999
        >>>In projecting Sikhism as a religion separate from and opposed toHinduism, Sikh scholars have betrayed the Gurus. In comparing themwith self-appointed prophets and self-proclaimed saviours, they havedefamed them. In presenting Sikhs as a religious minority a la Muslimand Christians, they have rendered a disservice to their brethern. And.....
  • Cancelled revolution
    • Vir Sanghvi - Telegraph - May 1, 1999
        >>>It now seems virtually certain that the Bharatiya Janata Party willfight the elections on the basis of its record in government. It willpoint to such successes (or what it considers successes) as PokhranII, the bus to Pakistan, the budget, the Cauvery water accord and theabsence of Hindu-Muslim riots. The campaign will focus on Atal Behari.....
  • Common manifesto
    • Editorial - The Indian Express - April 30, 1999
        >>>George Fernandes proposal that a BJP-led coalition of parties contestLok Sabha elections on a common manifesto is excellent. There iseverything to recommend 16 parties which stood together during andafter the vote of confidence going to the people on a common platformFirst, it will help consolidate an existing alliance which, despite.....
  • Communism in Bengal
    • M.V.Kamath - Mid-Day - April 22, 1999
        >>>Communism is dead as mutton in Russia; it is almost dead in China. Itis detested everywhere. But it survives in a part of India called WestBengal in a most ridiculous form.The Jyoti Basu type of communism lies in terrorising the entirepopulace, in ridiculing Hinduism and in running down one of the finest.....
  • Cong returns BJP volley with a defensive stroke
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 13, 1999
        >>>With the BJP's low-key sustained campaign against Sonia Gandhi'sforeign roots seemingly telling on the Congress, what was to be anexercise to clear the air on her status on Tuesday virtually turnedcounter-productive where the party was forced to slip into thedefensive mode......
  • Congress culture
    • Arun Shourie - The Afternoon Despatch & Courier - May 28, 1999
        >>>"WITHOUT Sonia, the Congress is zero," declared a Congress leader whenSonia Gandhi resigned on May 17. "We all feel orphaned," they allsaid. The first element of Congress culture, therefore, remains - acommitment to truth. And then there is sacrifice, the readiness, as they keep saying to lay.....
  • Congress has always manipulated the minorities, says SP leader
    • Times of India News Service - The Sunday Times of India - May 16, 1999
        >>>Forty-three years old, he is already on first name terms with mostsenior national-level politicians. With his razor-sharp mind he isremarkably well-clued into the intricacies of Indian politics, andbelongs to the new breed of yuppie politicians who travel in Mercs andstay in five-star suites. Yet, he can also rough it out in the.....
  • Congress is blamed for 'politicising' Sonia's security issue
    • Mahendra Ved - The Times of India - May 25, 1999
        >>>The Union government is sore that the Congress is "politicising" theissue of security threat to its party chief, Sonia Gandhi, to musterpublic sympathy to counter the Sharad Pawar-led rebellion.It is likely that the BJP and its allies may join issues with theCongress during the pre-poll campaign. A source in the prime.....
  • Congress ousted BJP Govt at foreign forces' instance: VHP
    • Observer Political Bureau - The Observer - May 12, 1999
        >>>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on, Tuesday made a scathing attack onCongress President Sonia Gandhi for "dislodging the VajpayeeGovernment and tarnishing image of the Hindu society, at the instanceof foreign forces."The VHP also declared that it will not spare any effort to stop Sonia.....
  • Congress sidelines ethics committee, stands by Kurien
    • Our Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 11, 1999
        >>>Clearly, giving the wink to the party's ethics committee set up withmuch fanfare after the Pachmarhi conclave, Congress president SoniaGandhi on Monday signalled her support to senior leader and formerparty chief whip in Lok Sabha, P J Kurien who is currently embroiledin a controversy after being summoned by a Kerala court as an accused.....
  • Culture ancient and secular
    • K. Venkatasubramaniam - The Organiser - May 9, 1999
        >>>Before assuming office as the first Vice-Chancellor of the PondicherryCentral University in 1985 I went to the Kanchi Math to seek theblessings of the Paramacharya. My cousin, a retired major in the army,accompanied Me. Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi blessed me andadvised me to spread "True Indian Culture." He also defined Indian.....
  • DMK will consider poll tie-up with BJP, says Karunanidhi
    • R Rangaraj - The Indian Express - April 26, 1999
        >>>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president Muthuvel Karunanidhi isnot averse to an electoral tie-up with the BJP? in the next electionsto the Lok Sabha. In an interview with The Indian Express today,Karunanidhi said an elect oral alliance with that party would beconsidered by his party's executive committee and general council when.....
  • Dangs swami holds Hindu sammelan to check conversions
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Asian Age - April 22, 1999
        >>>Swamy Asimanand from the Dangs said Hindutva is linked to Patriotismand religious conversion of adivasis was dividing the society. He wasspeaking during a Hindu Sammelan in Chopda where adivasis from MadhyaPradesh and other places had converged.The Hindu Sammelan has decided to sea up a Dharma Raksha Samiti in.....
  • Digvijay adds a footnote to resignation
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 21, 1999
        >>>The resignation drama staged by four Congress chief ministers ran intotrouble today when Madhya Pradesh governor Bhai Mahavir publicly posedan embarrassing question: how is it that the state governmentcontinues to function if chief minister Digvijay Singh has alreadyresigned?.....
  • Downbeat Cong mulls over polls
    • Vijay Simha - The Indian Express - May 6, 1999
        >>>For a gathering which represents the core of the Congress leadershipacross the country, today's arrival of PCC heads and CLP leaders at10, Janpath, went almost unnoticed in a curious air of wariness anddiffidence.Party president Sonia Gandhi's day-long discussions with her state.....
  • Early Buddhist settlement found in Kashmir
    • PTI - The Times of India - May 3, 1999
        >>>An ancient Buddhist settlement belonging to second and third centuryAD has been discovered in the forest range of Gurwait-Yarikhan,situated on left bank of Shali Ganga nallah, in Badgam district ofcentral Kashmir, an official said on Sunday.The trial digging by directorate of Archives, Archaeology and Museums.....
  • FB returns Basu salvo on prop-Cong line
    • Statesman News Service - The Statesman - May 28, 1999
        >>>Is refusal to help Mrs Sonia Gandhi become Prime Minister an'irresponsible political stand'? Is refusal to toe the CPI-M line onthis question a "proof of incompetence"?The Forward Bloc has asked these questions in a document whileanswering charges levelled by Mr Jyoti Basu in a recent article he.....
  • First memorial for victory over Europeans
    • Express News Service - The Indian Express - May 17, 1999
        >>>For centuries Indians have lived in the belief that the white skin issupreme and cannot be beaten. But just over 200 years ago, a smallband of Maratha warriors and a Muslim gardi proved that it is possibleto take on the European might and emerge victors.The Treaty of Wadgaon on January 16, 1779 and the preceding decisive.....
  • Fishing among books
    • Hiren K. Bose - The Sunday Times of India - May 16, 1999
        >>>Sita, a Katkari Adivasi, a maidservant in one of the housing coloniesin Naigaon, makes it a point to send her two school-going daughters tothe neighbourhood library every day. "I don't have a TV and the kidsen-joy dabbling with the books," she replies simply. Shashikala Kale,a former sarpanch, visits the library in the afternoons to look.....
  • For a mess of pottage
    • A.P. Venkateshwaran - Hindustan Times - May 10, 1999
        >>>Mahatma Gandhi once defined freedom as the right to make one's ownmistakes. Similarly, when asked what he would choose as betweenCowardice and Violence, he had no hesitation in replying that he wouldchoose Violence! That was because, in his considered view non-violencewas the highest form of courage, whereas cowardice was its very.....
  • For a positive campaign
    • Editorial - The Observer - May 3, 1999
        >>>Prime Minister Vajpayee was only stating the obvious when he said thatthe imminent general election would be a 'do-or-die' one. Everygeneral election is. A caveat is in order, though. And this is toensure that the quality of the campaign remains high and is centred oncritical issues before the nation. Such a campaign note would not only.....
  • Forget Drucker, Embrace Valmiki and Veda Vyasa
    • Anuradha Raghunathan - Rediff on Net - April 30, 1999
        >>>A group of Wall Street analysts, doctors, lawyers and engineers willleave behind their ephemeral worldly worries this weekend and go forlessons on love and leadership -- not from Linda Goodman and PeterDrucker, but from Valmiki and Veda Vyasa. Fifteen Indian men and women in New York who are members of an.....
  • Forget Sonia, let's talk elections, say BJP leaders
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 26, 1999
        >>>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, who sought to rain in itspoint that the goings on in the Congress was just a tamasha, todayasked the party to get down to doing some serious politics. "Now thatthe Sonia brigade has climbed down from treetops, dynasty fans havestopped clean shaving their heads and Congresswomen have stopped.....
  • HC adds 'life' to Muslim Divorce Act
    • Express News Service - The Indian Express - May 6, 1999
        >>>In a judgement expected to have a widespread effect on the rights of aMuslim divorced woman towards claiming maintenance, the Bombay HighCourt on Tuesday expanded the provisions of the 'iddat periodmaintenance' under the Muslim Women's (Protection of Rights onDivorce) Act, 1986 and held that a husband would have to make.....
    • Chander Suta Dogra - Hindustan Times - April 22, 1999
        >>>After Punjab, Haryana is the latest target of Pakistan's ISI sponsoredterrorist organisations. The spate of incidents in recent months,particularly recoveries of explosive devices as also scattered bombblasts in different parts of the State taken together with a serialspell of explosions about two years ago are the basis for this theory.....
  • Heightened conflict
    • Editorial - The Times of India - May 28, 1999
        >>>The shooting down of an IAF fighter aircraft by a surface to airmissile adds a dimension to the massive Pakistani intrusion into theKargil sector. It also confirms the charge that the Pakistaniincursion is being backed by that country's armed forces. 'Rough theIndian Prime Minister had spoken to Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif, and the.....
  • IGNCA's fate hangs in balance as Centre hardens stand
    • Anita Katyal - The Times of India - May 26, 1999
        >>>One fall-out of the ongoing battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and the Congress party has been the government's hardening standon the future of the prestigious Indira Gandhi National Centre for theArts (IGNCA), headed by Sonia Gandhi, which has been in the eye of astorm for some time now. .....
  • India emerges as major exporter of scholarly books on Buddhism
    • Vidhyadhar Date - The Times of India - May 17, 1999
        >>>Even though Buddhism was born in India, It has been all but wiped outfrom the country. Most of the research work in Buddhist studies isalso being done not in India but in the West. However, India hasemerged as a major exporter of scholarly books on Buddhism. Curiouslymost of the manuscripts are imported, published in India and then.....
  • Influx season
    • Editorial - The Times of India - May 24, 1999
        >>>The massive infiltration of Pakistan-supported militants into Kashmiris to be expected in the summer months before the rains set in. Therewas infiltration last year, too, following the nuclear tests and thatwas effectively neutralised and contained by the Indian securityforces. There was no reason to assume that the Pakistani army or the.....
  • Invaders identified as Afghans
    • Dinesh Kumar - The Times of India - May 22, 1999
        >>>Most of the infiltrators occupying large portions of territory in theDras-Batalik region have been identified as Afghans, possibly of theTaliban militia, highly placed sources here said."We have confirmed information that almost all of them are Afghans. They have been conversing over their radio sets mostly in Pushto and.....
  • Kargil to war
    • Editorial - The Statesman - May 28, 1999
        >>>Reflexive Western worries, and the downing of the two Indian jets byPakistan notwithstanding, there's real hope that Kargil win not end ina war. That the two Prime Ministers are - still talking-is onereason. That a war will cripple both economies, and especiallyPakistan's, is another. A third is that what has happened in Kargil.....
  • Language of Indus seals is Vedic Sanskrit: new book
    • Sridhar Krishnaprasad - The Times of India - April 26, 1999
        >>>A new book by two scholars N.S. Rajaram from Bangalore and Natwar Jhafrom Farraka, West Bengal, based on readings of over 2,000 seats ofthe Indus Valley civilisation sourced from the ruins of Mohenjo-Daroand Harappa, will present the conclusion that the language of theIndus seals is Vedic Sanskrit, of the Sutra period of Vedic.....
  • Learning to live with Hindus
    • Firoz Bakht Ahmed - The Economic Times - May 16, 1999
        >>>It is high time that Muslims in India understand that their existenceis linked with that of Hindus and that they cannot separate themselvesand think of living in their own outdated ghettos on the pretext ofsaving their religious identity. Befriending the Hindus and strivingfor understanding even to the likes of the Sangh Parivar is the.....
  • Love for one's own country a natural instinct: Pawar
    • Posted by Ashok Chowgule (ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in) - The Economic Times - May 21, 1999
        >>>Virtually kicking off his election campaign, the expelled Congressleader Sharad Pawar said it was only "natural and right" to continueto have strong emotional ties with the country of one's origin, evenafter accepting the citizenship of another country.Mr Pawar, who addressed a full-capacity audience at the Vasant.....
  • Maharashtrian, first & last (Interview with Mr Sharad Pawar)
    • S Balakrishnan - The Times of India - May 25, 1999
        >>>He has taken the biggest gamble of his 40-year-long political careerby openly revolting against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who hasinherited the dynastic mantle of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Mr SharadPawar is grimly aware of the daunting task ahead of him. But, he isin a rare mood for combat and he is determined to emerge as the key.....
  • Market and democracy
    • Harish Khare - Hindu - May 10, 1999
        >>>When the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, in his address tothe nation" last week mentioned about the presumed Rs. 50,000-croreloss suffered by "small investors" due to governmental instability, hegave respectability to one of the fraudulent tenets of publicdiscourse in recent years. The manipulations by about two dozen big.....
  • Marxists played a bad politics
    • Shankar Sharan - Organiser - April 18, 1999
        >>>In 1975 Smt Indira Gandhi put a Time Capsule under the earth. At thetime people wondered about its content. The next Government dig it upto set the curiosity at rest. Inside them was a funny history of modemIndia, which did not mention even Mahatma Gandhi. Just Nehru, Nehru;Indira, Indira was all in the thousand words history written for a far.....
  • Mulayam justifies shattering Sonia's dreams to be the PM
    • Our Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 11, 1999
        >>>In a clear attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had accusedhim in Lucknow recently of aiding the BJP by withholding support tothe Congress, Mulayam Singh Yadav today justified his party's decisionto not elevate the main opposition to power."For both personal gains and political reasons, Ms Gandhi would have.....
  • One rule for army, another for Sonia? - Part III
    • Surya Prakash, New Delhi - Newstime - May 12, 1999
        >>>As has been stated earlier in this series, Sonia Gandhi had heldshares in two Indians companies in violation of the Foreign ExchangeRegulation Act, 1974 and had even entered the voters' list, whilestill being a citizen of Italy during the years 1980-83. Yet, whenshe applied for Indian citizenship in April, 1983, it was granted to.....
  • Pawar, Anwar, Sangma rebel
    • Vitusha Oberoi - Sunday Mid-Day - May 16, 1999.
        >>>Rebellion broke out against Congress President Sonia Gandhi here onSaturday as a troika of Congress Working Committee (CWC) members ledby Sharad Pawar challenged her credentials to become the primeminister of the country. In a rude jolt to Sonia, CWC members Pawar, P A Sangma and Tariq Anwar.....
  • Plot to kill Sonia leads to further tightening of her security
    • Times of India News Service - The Times of India - May 24, 1999
        >>>Congress has demanded enhanced security for party president SoniaGandhi after the revelation of a plot to kill her. The government'sofficial spokesman said it was the Centre which had apprised her ofthe information, upon which security had already been stepped up.Senior party leaders Pranab Mukherjee and Arjun Singh told a press.....
  • Political upheavals will make ISI busier: Ved Malik
    • By Dinesh Kumar - The Times of India - May 3, 1999
        >>>Chief of army staff General Ved Prakash Malik has said the possibilityof the Pakistani army and the inter-services intelligence (ISI) takingadvantage of the current political situation in order to intensify theproxy war in Kashmir cannot be ruled out."It is our assessment that Pakistan will continue to pursue.....
  • President's move to invite Sonia to form got challenged
    • Political Bureau - The Economic Times - May 15, 1999
        >>>The Dehi High Court today commenced hearing on a petition challengingPresident KR Narayanan's invitation to Congress president Sonia Gandhiand not the leader of Opposition Sharad Pawar, to explore thepossibility of forming an alternative government after the Vajpayeegovernment was voted out......
  • Resigned to rule
    • Editorial - The Times of India - May 26, 1999
        >>>By withdrawing her resignation, Mrs Sonia Gandhi has made it explicitthat she has bowed to the overwhelming sentiment in favour of hercontinuing as Congress president. What is disquieting about the wholeepisode is not that so many Congressmen share each other's view - notso much because unanimity has the knack of degenerating into.....
  • Ruling on Muslim divorce welcomed
    • Law Reporter - The Times of India - May 7, 1999
        >>>Lawyers and activists have welcomed the ruling of a division bench ofthe Bombay high court on Tuesday which says that a Muslim divorcinghis wife would have to make fair and reasonable provisions for herentire life within three months of the divorce.The lawyers and activists say it supports the forward-looking.....
  • SC slaps notice on Jyoti Basu for 'misuse of discretionary
    • The Times of India Service - The Times of India - May 11, 1999
        >>>West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu and five other statefunctionaries are in the thick of a legal battle over misuse ofdiscretionary powers in the allotment of prestigious Salt Lake Cityresidential plots to VIPS.On an appeal by Trinamul Congress councillor Tarak Singh and a public.....
  • SP protected nation from foreign power, claims Mulayam Singh
    • The Times of India Service - The Times of India - May 6, 1999
        >>>Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was inordinately courteousto the Lucknow press on Wednesday, describing it as an inseparablepart of his family. Absolving the media of any wrongdoing over thequestions on his party's likely alignment, he instead blamed theCongress and the BJP for trying to create confusion......
  • Saffron issues BJP can raise
    • Virendra Parekh - The Observer - May 21, 1999
        >>>The Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to contest the forthcomingelections on the basis of the National Agenda of Governance instead ofits own manifesto marks the triumph of political realism over Hindutvafervour that it commonly, though wrongly, attributed to it.It implies that the BJP would not raise issues like the Common Civil.....
  • Sangma leads attack on Sonia at CWC meet
  • Sangma reports to work, says foreign PM a security risk
    • Indrani Bagchi - The Economic Times - May 22, 1999
        >>>The lack of unanimity at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meetinglast night on the expulsion of Sharad Pawar, P A Sangma and TariqAnwar has come as a shot in the arm for the three rebels now. MrSangma, who was in Delhi today after his tour of the US, said thedivision in opinion may signal further support to their cause. At the.....
  • Sneaking into voter's list shows contempt of law - Part II
    • Surya Prakash, New Delhi - Newstime - May 11, 1999
        >>>Sonia Gandhi made a false start in Indian business and industry in the1970s. Her unlawful association with two companies came to lightafter the A C Gupta commission, appointed by the Morarji Desaigovernment, submitted its findings in 1973. Following the report, thegovernment took over the Maruti limited and seriously began efforts to.....
  • So many obvious things to do way to do them
    • Arun Shourie's - The Observer - April 23, 1999
        >>>The mandate is for a coalition government", the pundits declared in1996. "Coalition governments have worked for decades in Europe. Whywill they not work in India?", they demanded. The obvious answer wasthat Indian politicians are not European politicians. That at everyturn the outcome will be in the hands of persons who have no scruple,.....
  • Sonia Gandhi became a voter first, then an Indian
    • A Surya Prakash / New Delhi - The Pioneer - may 11, 1999
        >>>Ms Sonia Gandhi's name first entered India's voters' list in 1980,three years before she became a citizen of India and renounced herItalian citizenship. Following an outcry in 1982, her name was deletedonly to be reinstated in 1983.But even the reinstatement may be questionable. Ms Gandhi was.....
  • Sonia foreign origin will be main poll plank: PM
    • P R Ramesh - The Economic Times - May 22, 1999
        >>>Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today took off the gloves tolaunch a major offensive against the Congress which is facingconvulsions over its leadership's resolve to crush any challenge toits authority.Shedding his diffidence over placing the "swadeshi-videshi" debate -.....
  • Sonia violated law by registering as a voter: BJP
    • Observer Political Bureau - The Observer - May 12, 1999
        >>>The BJP on Tuesday alleged that Congress President Sonia Gandhi, incontravention of the law, had registered herself as a voter in the NewDelhi constituency without giving up her Italian citizenship anddemanded that the Congress clarify the matter.In another statement, the BJP officially said that Uttar Pradesh Chief.....
  • Sonia's double standards: Kurien stays, Vinod goes
    • Express News Service - The Indian Express - May 11, 1999
        >>>Caught in a tricky situation, Congress president Sonia Gandhi gaschosen to back her confidant P J Kurien who is in the midst of anembarrassing reopening of the 1996 Suryanelli sex scandal in Kerala,in which he was alleged to have had a hand.The case is back in the news and Kurien has been summoned to appear.....
  • Speculation rife as hour of closes in on DMK
    • N Sathlya Moorthy - The Observer - April 8, 1999
        >>>The DMK so far has been sitting relaxed, with the Left and the RLMboycotting the Jaya-Sonia high tea. But on Wednesday however, theparty is preplexed as to whether they might have to back an anti-BJPGovernment, which has the AIADMK in it.The party supremo and the State Chief Minister, Mr M Karunanidhi, even.....
  • Stay firm & focused
    • Editorial - The Economic Times - May 28, 1999
        >>>The attacks on two Indian combat aircraft by Pakistan call for a firm,but sharply focused, response. It is clear from the attacks, as wellas the propaganda campaign that Pakistan launched when announcing theattacks, that this is another attempt to internationalise the Kashmirissue. Pakistan may also hope that international opinion will force.....
  • TMC wanted BJP: TN CM
    • Press Trust of India - The Observer - May 22, 1999
        >>>In a sudden disclosure, DMIK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MKarunanidhi on Fri-day said that it was the Tamil Maanila Congress(TMC) which wanted him to back the BJP in the confidence motion soughtby Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in the Lok Sabha on April 17. "Senior TMC leaders had stressed the need for the DMK to take a stand.....
  • The Evangelical Frontiers of Vatican
    • Ashok Mahajan - The Observer - May 8, 1999
        >>>With so much debate in recent months on missionary activities withinthe country, by now it is obvious that the two major provenanceswhence it is generated are the US and Italy.Whereas Western mediamen and. writers such as Francois Gautier, JonStock, Stephen Alter and Barbara Kingsolver have in fair measure.....
  • The Khalsa - then and now
    • Jagmohan - Organiser - April 25, 1999
        >>>It was Guru Gobind Singh's deep attachment to the ideals of justice,liberty, equality and freedom of conscience and religion that broughtthe Khalsa into being 300 years ago. It was a glorious moment in theIndian history when Guru Gobind Singh to use the words of SriAurobindo, "picked up five souls from the multitude and breathed fire.....
  • The Parallel Coup
    • Swapan Das Gupta - India Today - May 10, 1999.
        >>>So the truth is finally out, courtesy Jyoti Basu and SomnathChatterjec. Far from being an upholder of Marxist fundamentalism, theCPI)M) has evolved into a pragmatic and eminently flexibleorganisation. So pragmatic that it is willing to digest dynasticdemocracy when necessary and so flexible as to furtively steal a.....
  • The Riddle of the Sphinx (Excerpts)
    • Aparisim Ghosh - Time - May 3, 1999.
        >>>I should have known to take my phone off the hook last week when itbegan to look likely that Sonia Gandhi would become India's next primeminister. Sure enough, 1 was inundated by calls from Indian friendsand acquaintances, some expressing disgust, others dismay. A fewtalked of giving up their citizenship, and at least one threatened to.....
  • The authors of September
    • T.V.R. Shenoy - The Indian Express - May 7, 1999
        >>>Despite all the advances in technology, the Orwellian Big Brother isnot always watching you. But the author scored a bullseye with AnimalFarm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal thanothers". And never has that seemed more accurate, after the ElectionCommission announced that the thirteenth General Election would only.....
  • The second front
    • Editorial - The Indian Express - May 28, 1999
        >>>The government is going to have to get its act together fast. Theloss of two Indian aircraft in the Kargil sector on day three is thekind of incident that might have been expected in the environment inwhich the Indian airforce is operating. Even so, it represents anescalation of the conflict which the country has not been.....
  • The secular debate (excerpts)
    • T R Gopalkrishnan - The Week - May 9, 1999.
        >>>I have often wondered what our politicians mean by these words. Thedictionary definitions of these words have little in common with howsome of our politicians use them. To many this question will beblasphemy of the worst kind, but let me risk asking it: "In what wayis the BJP 'communal' and how are the Congress, the Left parties and.....
  • The wong Tenggers of Java
    • Yoginder Sikand - The Observer - May 15, 1999
        >>>Perhaps the only country in the world outside the Indian sub-continentwhere indigenous Hindus still survive is Indonesia. While much hasbeen written about the Hindus of the Indonesian island of Bali, littleis known about the small native Hindu population of Java, thecountry's largest island. Numbering some 50,000, these Hindu are.....
  • Timor deal may fragment Indonesia
    • M.D. Nalapat - Sunday Times of India - May 2, 1999.
        >>>The agreement to be signed next week by Indonesian President B.J.Habibie on East Timor may in the next few years lead to thefragmentation of Indonesia amid much blood- shed. Thus far, thecountry's 85 per cent Muslim population has been largely tolerant ofreligious minorities, because of the multi-ethnic, multi-faith nature.....
  • UP a canvas for poster war
    • Sharad Gupta - The Indian Express - May 6, 1999
        >>>The gloves are off in the fight between the Congress and the SamajwadiParty. The stakes are high: the Muslim vote in Uttar Pradesh. And thetactics are low: each camp is preparing posters showing the othercosying up to the BJPSo whole Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Salman Khurshid claimed that he.....
  • Utterly Atal
    • Editorial - The Times of India - May 3, 1999
        >>>For a public inured to the slander and vilification which pass forpolitics in this country, the recent remarks made by Prime MinisterAtal Behari Vajpayee in an interview to a weekly magazine come as abreath of fresh air. Summoning all the wisdom of his long years inpublic life, Mr Vajpayee went out of his way to dissociate himself.....
  • Victorious re-entry but still miles to go
    • Editorial - The Observer - May 26, 1999
        >>>Mrs Sonia Gandhi has emerged victorious from the crisis triggered offby the 'rebellion' of Mr Sharad Pawar and others. As far as theCongress is concerned, her undisputed supremacy within the party andher candidature for the prime ministership, if the party commands therequired numbers after the elections, are a foregone conclusion. .....
  • When Sonia violated Fera 'designing' road rollers - Part I
    • Surya Prakash, New Delhi - Newstime - May 10, 1999
        >>>But for Mulayam Singh Yadav and fate in that order Sonia Gandhi wouldhave realised her dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India a fewweeks ago. Though Congressmen have been fuelling her ambitions, theyknow very little about her and are often irritated even with benign,legitimate and fundamental questions pertaining to her citizenship. .....
    • Surya Prakash, New Delhi - Newstime - May 10, 1999
        >>>But for Mulayam Singh Yadav and fate in that order Sonia Gandhi wouldhave realised her dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India a fewweeks ago. Though Congressmen have been fuelling her ambitions, theyknow very little about her and are often irritated even with benign,legitimate and fundamental questions pertaining to her citizenship. .....
  • When polls come, vote!
    • Atal Behari Vajpayee - BJP Today - May 1-15, 1999
        >>>Well, my countrymen, you sent your representatives to the Lok Sabhafor five years. They are coming back to you in just 14 months.You know the reason for this as well as I do -for the entire drama hasbeen enacted on the open stage.There was no issue, whatsoever, for bringing down the Government. .....
  • Who is the real supporter of BJP?
    • Mulayam Singh Yadav - The Observer - May 21, 1999
        >>>The Congress party, in order to conceal its misdeeds and frustration,has resorted to untruthful means which can only mislead the nation. The Congress, with the help of some functionaries of the media, firstchurned out rumours that the Samajwadi party and I were responsiblefor the dissolution of the Lok Sabha and the mid-term polls......
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