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Mani Shankar Aiyar

The writer is a former Union minister.

BJP takes on the Sangh Parivar — The turmoil within
Tue, Feb 23, 1999

The lotus grows out of muck. It is the symbol of the BJP. It is also symbolic of the BJP's present problem. Remove the muck and the lotus...

Freedom to profess, practise and propagate one’s faith
Tue, Feb 09, 1999

Twisting and turning, the Prime Minister asks one day for a national debate on conversions, then switches to suggesting that the matter b...

The right to be converted
Tue, Feb 09, 1999

Twisting and turning, the Prime Minister asks one day for a national debate on conversions, then switches to suggesting that the matter b...

Hinduism and Hindutva
Tue, Jan 26, 1999

Secularism, as a way of life, is the celebration of diversity in religion. Secularism, as a Constitutional imperative, is the dissociatio...

Right to education
Tue, Jan 12, 1999

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh hit the nail on the head when he said on the occasion of the release of his state's Human De...

Moopanar’s dilemma
Tue, Dec 29, 1998

Soon after the passing away of K. Kamaraj in October 1975, G.K. Moopanar brought the breakaway Congress (O) back into the Congress fold. ...

A Congress destiny outside the Congress?
Tue, Dec 29, 1998

Soon after the passing away of K. Kamaraj in October 1975, G.K. Moopanar brought the breakaway Congress (O) back into the Congress fold. ...

Skirting the key issue
Tue, Dec 15, 1998

Newspaper reports tell of a briefing by a senior official of the Prime Minister's Office (no prizes for guessing who) at which it was sta...

The grassroots upsurge
Tue, Dec 01, 1998

The vogue now is ``anti-incumbency''. It is a convenient way of escaping the rigours of thinking things through. Of course, democracy is ...

The bus to Pakistan
Tue, Nov 17, 1998

We seem to be about to get a bus to Pakistan. Better, of course, than another Train to Pakistan. But not much more. With the eyes of the wor...

Fraud on the farmer
Tue, Nov 03, 1998

Atal Behari Vajpayee in the opening speech of his electoral campaign in Udaipur cited the alleged resolution of the thirty-year-old Cauvery ...

The real tribute to Amartya
Mon, Oct 19, 1998

If not among the best, I was certainly among the first of Amartya Sen's students. He began lecturing on welfare economics at Cambridge th...

Trampling on a tradition
Tue, Oct 06, 1998

For Indian prime ministers who double as their own foreign ministers, September is the month for grandstanding. The Non-aligned or the Co...

Not sauce for the gander?
Tue, Sep 22, 1998

The much-pilloried Romesh Bhandari, former governor of Uttar Pradesh, is now joined at the stocks by another Bhan-dari, S.S., present Gov...

Ending the `parkati’ problem
Tue, Sep 08, 1998

With the Congress at Pachmarhi having resiled from support to the Consti-tution (84th Amendment) Bill ``as it is'' to ``passage with the ...

Rules should be humane
Mon, Mar 02, 1998

If walls have votes, I've lost these elections. For thousands upon thousands of meters of wall space along the axial roads that criss-cross ...

The intention clearly was to keep Rajiv bottled up in his home
Fri, Dec 19, 1997

December 18: The Indian Express lead story headline in the second of its series entitled ``Jain Jumble'' read: ``Rajiv said he would secure...

Stand up for the truth of Jain’s findings
Sat, Dec 13, 1997

Immediately on reading the endeavours of The Indian Express to jumble the Jain Commission Report, I contacted retired Gen Amar S Kalkat, fo...

A Molotov cocktail
Wed, May 28, 1997

With his Leninist goatee, SFI background and years in Moscow, Inder Kumar Gujral would need no lessons in what makes a Molotov cocktail. Na...

CBI: Our men in Hawala
Wed, May 21, 1997

When Elvis Presley wowed the world with his ``I don wanna be a Tiger / For Tigers play too rough'', I rather doubt that he had in mind Jogi...

The road to Tigerhood — Indonesia and India
Wed, May 07, 1997

My column last week was datelined Colombo and was about one kind of Tiger. My column this week is datelined Jakarta and is about a quite di...

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