EDITORIAL

The Nation Seeks Salvation from Saffron Suffering

Six months ago, the BJP used to project itself as a party with a difference. It used to plead with the electorate to give it a single chance to govern. Today it is mortally scared of being singled out by

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Oppose President’s Rule in Bihar – Combat the Spectre of Fascism with the Vision of People’s Democracy

Defying all democratic opposition and liberal counsel, Bihar has eventually been placed under President's rule. PR in Bihar is de facto BJP rule, and it is directed not just against PJD but primarily against the growing political assertion of the

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Long-term Challenges, Mid-term Poll

AFTER thirteen months of saffron misrule, the twelfth Lok Sabha finally stands dissolved. The stage is now all set for the next battle of ballots. As for our Party, we were literally in the midst of the second phase of

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Democracy in the Shadow of Kargil

With only three months to go for the Lok Sabha elections, political temperature in the country should have started rising by now. In fact soon after the dissolution of the twelfth Lok Sabha, a shrill campaign had already ensued around

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Don’t procrastinate, resume talks

Usually victors are not supposed to be wary of talks with their vanquished opponents. If Indian claims of victory in Kargil — both diplomatic and military — are true, then it should reflect as a higher level of self-confidence. Strangely, this doesn't

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A serious challenge is ahead Take it up in all vigour

The Independence Day speech of Atal Bihari Vajpayee sounded like a renewed war cry — “We'll deploy Agni-II”. Seen in the backdrop of rising temperatures between the two hostile neighbours following the shooting down of a Pakistan surveillance plane, it was

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The coup d’etat in Pakistan

General Pervez Musharraf has snuffed out democracy in Pakistan as easily as blowing out a candle. Under Mr. Nawaz Sharif's 'democratic' rule, editors were jailed, opposition leaders were hounded out of the country, the judiciary was blackmailed and the opposition

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Towards strategic vassalage to the US

THE US Congress passed an unusual resolution on November 18, 1999 calling for 'strategic partnership' with India by an overwhelming majority of 396 to 4. This clearly bi-partisan endorsement of 'strategic partnership' points to something beyond mere Congressional concern over non-proliferation and a possible

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The next millennium will be ours !

DO you know that at the turn of our century 130 crore women and men live below the poverty line while assets of the richest 200, already fabulous in '95, doubled up in the next three years ? Or that the income disparity

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Saffron stocks on the downslide

The new year began on an ominous note for the BJP. Everything seems to be going wrong for them since then. The deal with the hijackers was widely perceived as an ignominious surrender. The Vajpayee government could not come out

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Four Ex-PMs in Search of An Elusive Platform or, How Not To Make A Third Front

SIX characters in search of a play-wright. This is the title of a celebrated play by a famous European playwright. In a lighter vein one could perhaps similarly describe the recent moves of VP Singh et al as four ex-PMs

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May 11 and after

THE MAY 11 Bharat Bandh will go down as a major milestone in the series of popular struggles against saffron fascists in the first year of the new millennium. Coming in the wake of the January strike wave and the brisk

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