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COVER STORY

31-07-1998

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Briefing

The waiting game

Congress(I) president Sonia Gandhi appears reluctant to make the best of a window of opportunity to bid for power at the Centre. Does it ...

Matters of style

SONIA GANDHI'S tenure as Congress(I) president has been marked by the setting up of innumerable committees meant to review and tone up ...

'We are trying to correct our mistakes'

Congress(I) Working Committee member A.K. Antony believes that Sonia Gandhi has brought about a dramatic change in the party's ...

Expecting a positive impact

Sharad Pawar would seem to be trying to put on a brave front with regard to the uproar created by the stunning defeat of the Congress ...

New leader, old feuds

The appointment of a new president of the Tamil Nadu Congress(I) Committee has spurred a new round of factionalism in the party.

On the defensive

The setback the Congress(I) suffered in the Rajya Sabha elections and the subsequent shadow-boxing in the party in Maharashtra have had the ...

Ad hoc arrangement

The replacement of Vayalar Ravi as Kerala Pradesh Congress(I) Committee president indicates a climbdown by A.K. Antony. A BITTER ...

Talking about sanctions

LEFT to themselves, the administrations in Washington and New Delhi would each want to have its way and ask for the moon in the process.

Out for a deal?

JOHN CHERIAN in New Delhi Science & Technology
Talks between India and the United States have strengthened the possibility of the BJP-led Government moving closer to signing the ...

What the Vajpayee Government is up to

N. RAM Other
THERE has been an orchestrated propaganda campaign, and a good deal of hype, in the media over the import of the talks between the U.S.

For four new States

The course of the BJP Government's plan to create three new States is likely to be a difficult and tortuous one; the formation of a fourth one, ...

A confrontation in the Terai

"Udham Singh Nagar hamara aangan hai. Aangan ke bina ghar bana ke kya faida? Udham Singh Nagar nahi hai to Uttarakhand banana hi nahi ...

Unsuccessful strategy

Farooq Abdullah has not been able to use his leverage at the Centre to secure concrete developmental gains for J&K; meanwhile, the space is ...

Militia members under fire

FARID AHMAD MIR had returned from his operations picket in Bandipore for his son's circumcision ceremony last month. A terrorist who had ...

Coping with a regional malady

Hong Kong has celebrated the first anniversary of its return to Chinese rule with quiet confidence, although the economic turmoil that the ...

After the Beijing summit

It is not Pokhran-II as much as the Indian Government's failure to be responsible that ensured that nuclear South Asia would be the lead item ...

The Reang refugees

Reangs, who fled Mizoram in the wake of inter-community violence and are now housed in refugee camps in Tripura, face an uncertain future.

'Reangs should co-exist with other citizens'

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is opposed to conceding Reangs' demand for an Autonomous District Council. Responding to a ...

Laxman's-eye view

Other
V.K. RAMACHANDRAN 50 Years of Independence Through the Eyes of R. K. Laxman, The Times of India, Mumbai, 1998; pages 176, Rs.525.

Hazards unchecked

V. SRIDHAR World Affairs
India's failure to ratify the Basel Convention on the cross-border movement of toxic waste continues to make it a major destination of ...

Unclear responses

The Congress(I)'s reaction to most of the key events of the BJP raj suggests nothing so strongly as a crisis of leadership. A ...

Delicate balance

The Congress(I)'s effort to patch up alliances that could ensure it a majority in Parliament is unlikely to run a smooth course in any State.

The balancing act

The attempt to achieve a "balance of power" in the West Bengal unit of the Congress(I) may fail, given the mutual distrust among leaders of the ...

New leader, old feuds

The appointment of a new president of the Tamil Nadu Congress(I) Committee has spurred a new round of factionalism in the party.

On the defensive

The setback the Congress(I) suffered in the Rajya Sabha elections and the subsequent shadow-boxing in the party in Maharashtra have had the ...

Ad hoc arrangement

The replacement of Vayalar Ravi as Kerala Pradesh Congress(I) Committee president indicates a climbdown by A.K. Antony. A BITTER ...

Due process

Ashok Jain is arrested by the Enforcement Directorate. ON July 3, the Enforcement Directorate (E.D.) arrested media baron Ashok ...

Militia members under fire

FARID AHMAD MIR had returned from his operations picket in Bandipore for his son's circumcision ceremony last month. A terrorist who had ...

The Reang refugees

Reangs, who fled Mizoram in the wake of inter-community violence and are now housed in refugee camps in Tripura, face an uncertain future.

'Reangs should co-exist with other citizens'

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is opposed to conceding Reangs' demand for an Autonomous District Council. Responding to a ...

Laxman's-eye view

Other
V.K. RAMACHANDRAN 50 Years of Independence Through the Eyes of R. K. Laxman, The Times of India, Mumbai, 1998; pages 176, Rs.525.

The 'Ram temple' drama

The mix of Ram and history has come to be a potent weapon for the Hindu communal forces seeking to reap political dividends. FOR ...

A man for peace and tolerance

NEELAN TIRUCHELVAM CHARLES ABEYSEKERA was without question one of the leaders of civil society in Sri Lanka. Many people have ...

Courage and commitment

S. VISWAM NIKHIL CHAKRAVARTTY was no mere individual but an institution. He made friends instantly and those who became his ...

A historian and a teacher

PARVATHI MENON DR. M. ATHAR ALI, who died on July 7, was a leading scholar of medieval Indian history, a teacher of history for 37 ...

India-Pakistan relations in the new era

WE have entered a new era since the 11 nuclear tests of May. Some of the reasons advanced for doing so were disingenuous and/or based on ...

Article 356

Letters
The Cover Story debate on the use and misuse of Article 356 ("Who's afraid of Article 356?", July 17) was exhaustive. Justice V.R. Krishna ...

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