EDITORIAL

The crisis thickens

It is not merely a question of non-performance as the media would have us believe. The crisis of the Vajpayee regime runs deeper. They are unable to manage the Parliament. The frustration is evident in the high-handed measure of debarring

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Learn from Washington’s Folly – Extricate India from the American Stranglehold

What lessons should India draw from the stunning events of September 11? The answer seems to be quite simple and straightforward for the dominant sections of the Indian ruling classes. The propaganda machine of the ruling classes lost no time in

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The saffron hordes are back in the game

THE FOREIGN policy of any regime, it is said, is essentially a continuation of its domestic policy. Nothing bears this out more strikingly than the recent manoeuvres by the saffron rulers. Even as the nation’s attention was riveted on

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Reject POTO in Toto!

DEFYING COUNTRYWIDE protests, the Vajpayee government is desperate to push POTO through. While people like Advani have started accusing all who oppose or criticise POTO of being supporters of terrorism, another section of BJP leadership is trying a ‘persuasive’ approach

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Stop this brinkmanship!

INDIA HAS been steadily upping the ante vis-a-vis Pakistan ever since the dastardly terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament. The latest is the diplomatic adventurism in recalling the Indian High Commissioner from Islamabad; an extreme gesture never resorted to since 1965.

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Save the Republic from Saffron Subversion and American Arm-twisting

REPUBLIC DAY 2002 is being observed against a disturbing backdrop that cannot be obscured by all the pomp and grandeur of the occasion. Over the years, the Day has come to acquire an increasingly aggressive martial overtone and the scaling down

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Gujarat Has Posed the Question, India Must Find the Answer

LAST WEEK, commenting on Vajpayee’s belated Ahmedabad visit in ML Update, we had described it as adding an insult to injury. The proceedings of the BJP national leadership’s Goa session and Vajpayee’s public speech have only added

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India and Pakistan Must Return to the Negotiating Table

WHEN VAJPAYEE exhorted the jawans to get ready for a “decisive battle” while addressing them at the Kupwara brigade headquarters it marked a new stridency in the renewed rhetoric. Asking Ashraf Jehangir Qazi to pack up his bags and leave

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Come up with an offensive response to VHP’s new aggressiveness

THE VHP has done a volte-face again. The Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, after meeting at Hardwar on June 22-23, retracted its earlier promise to abide by the court verdict. In other words, it has reasserted its

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Stop the Modi-Bhandari Brigade, Here and Now!

HAVING WON the battle for Presidency and promoted LK Advani to the Deputy PM's post, the Sangh Parivar has now once again pushed the Gujarat button. In a clear bid to pressurise the Election Commission to order early elections in

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The battle for Gujarat is a battle for the future of India

The BJP’s battle for Gujarat has entered a new and decisive phase. Stung to the quick by the Election Commission’s strong indictment, the government has referred the whole matter to the President and as we go to press,

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Stop these Warmongers, Stand by the People of Iraq!

The Bush administration had planned to ‘celebrate’ the first anniversary of September 11 by mounting yet another murderous offensive on Iraq. As the anniversary approached, the intent was declared quite openly with a combined Anglo-American air attack on Iraqi targets. For

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