1. GHOST OF 1984: Contradicting Rahul Gandhi’s assertion that the Congress government did everything it could to stop the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi in 1984, the then President Giani Zail Singh’s press secretary alleged that the riots were “orchestrated and sponsored” and claimed that the then PM Rajiv Gandhi did not even take calls from the President when he tried to get in touch with him to discuss the situation.
Manoj CG reports that ‘Rajiv Gandhi didn’t take calls from President after 1984 riots broke out’
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Will quit politics if Telangana Bill is tabled in Parliament: Andhra CM, report by Janyala Sreenivas
3. EXPLORING INDIA: In 1956, at the height of the Cold War, two young PhD scholars, Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph, took an unusual route to their research topic: Indian democracy. Instead of relying on academic tomes, they decided to drive from Austria to India, in their Land Rover. Fifty-seven years on, that journey still continues.
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4. CHALLENGING VERDICT: A week after the Supreme Court ruled that “delay is a ground for commuting death penalty to life sentence”, the government is set to file a review petition against the verdict.
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5. WHAT AAP MUST DO: An anti corruption campaign has to identify corruption-prone sectors, analyse factors that enable it and eliminate them. Administrative reform should be AAP’s focus, not sting operations.
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