Forty Years Ago, April 25, 1978: Janata In Bengal

The supporters of P C Sen, who has resigned from the party, have formed the West Bengal Panchayat Parishad, which will work for the success of “partyless” candidates in the panchayat election.

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Revisiting AFSPA

Centre’s decision to lift the Act from Meghalaya must revive a larger conversation on its limits

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The same son-rise

Karnataka campiagn is distinctive and unique. But dynasty is the great leveller

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The third tier

As Panchayati Raj Act turns 25, country must debate why grassroots churn has not found expression in politics above

Forty Years Ago, April 24, 1978: George To Industry

Two senior ministers of the Janata government, Biju Patnaik and George Fernandes, favoured the broadbasing of entrepreneurship in large industrial houses so as to avoid the evils of family ownership.

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Closing the field

India loses by its stubbornly swadeshi stand on players with other nationalities

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Power to consumer

Delhi scheme to provide compensation for power outages is promising. Much will depend on way regulator reads policy

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It’s good to talk

Proposed meeting between India’s PM and China’s President is enormously welcome. There is no alternative to dialogue

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Stuck in a rut

CPM party congress revealed a party still divided on ways to arrest its own decline, still obsessing on relations with Congress.

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Reaching out

PM’s journeys abroad showcase continuing foreign policy innovation. But it is not insulated from turbulence at home.

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April 23, 1978, Forty Years Ago

Justice Shah ordered his trial before the chief metropolitan magistrate under sections 178 and 179, IPC.

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April 21, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Push For Federalism

Law minister Shanti Bhushan and I&B minister L K Advani pointed out the difficulties that would crop up in case the demand is accepted.

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Not this way

CJI Misra has questions to answer, crosses to bear. But the notice to impeach him is misguided and ill thought through

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Redress, not revenge

Death penalty for sexual crimes against children is the wrong answer. It is also a dangerous evasion

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In pursuit of justice

Justice Rajinder Sachar seamlessly blended a life in law with public action

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The case in point

Now that apex court has ruled on judge Loya’s death, attention must turn to need for due process in Sohrabuddin trial

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A promise of reform

Proposed Defence Planning Committee aims to institutionalise a new decision-making system on national security

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Cuba without a Castro

Elevation of Miguel Díaz-Canel to head of government in Havana marks a new beginning for the Caribbean nation

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April 20, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Trains Collide In Bombay bay

The worst accident on the suburban section of the Western Railway, 50km off Bombay, claimed 31 lives, injuring over 100 others. Among the dead were 28 women, all office-goers, a three-year-old unidentified child and a 19-year-old youth.

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April 19, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Simla Talks

Amidst shouts and vociferous protests from Congress I and Congress members, Vajpayee took the plea of public interest at the end of a lively battle of points of order on whether he could be forced to place on the table of the House documents relied on by him.