In the old days, Pramod Mahajan and L K Advani had developed a personal rapport with the Thackeray family and frequently played the role of peacemakers with their demanding partner.
The Conservative Party has been deeply divided over the Bresxit question, but right now Johnson is asking for a large vote ‘to get Brexit done’. He has negotiated a deal and he needs a comfortable majority to get it through the House of Commons.
Having made Goa the capital of their eastern empire, the Portuguese gradually turned their attention to Diu, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli — two separate Union Territories which were combined into one with a Bill passed by Parliament last week.
The Prime Minister continues to remain silent about this law but his closest confidant, the Home Minister, concentrates on reminding us almost daily that Indian citizenship is no longer anyone’s birthright. It will in future be treated as a privilege, especially for Muslims.
The protagonist may be elected as CM and may deliver an impressive account of governing the state. As long as the protagonist manages the best known — money — all other knowns and unknowns are manageable.
December 7, 1979, Forty Years Ago: George Fernandes denied reports that he was likely to join the Janata Party. He described a Calcutta report attributed to Jagjivan Ram as “Just so much unadulterated nonsense”.
Killing of Hyderabad rape accused by police, voices of support for it in political class, point to a brutalisation that must worry all.
The CAB must be opposed by all those who continue to believe in a plural, egalitarian, and democratic India, where religion is not a brand that can condemn individuals to perpetual second-class citizenship.
The social memories created by the Hindu religion, and the Hindutva version of Ambedkar’s symbol, are creating a situation where the Hindutva parivar is easily accessible to a section of the larger Dalit community.
While Personal Data Protection Bill strikes a balance between privacy and security, one provision does disservice to its objective.
Milan Kundera did not need his Czech citizenship restored. It was an act of contrition for an era of exclusion
The UGC and HRD ministry have rolled back the fee hike and the powerful committee set up by the MHRD has asked the authorities to take decisions only after consulting the stakeholders, including students. Why are these students still agitating?
All stakeholders in the judicial process must sit across the table and take a decision to speed up the trials of rape and murder cases, at least. No encounters should be encouraged by the political leadership.
Does Modi have it in him to break the Indo-Pak “Berlin Wall”, in coordination with General Bajwa and Imran Khan? Or will they allow inevitable provocations to interrupt the peace process, as has so often, and so sadly, happened in the past?
The dream had communicated a message: That if young men armed with just axes, hammers and uncontrollable rage could reduce a 16th-century mosque to rubble as they had done that day, the bare bones of the virtues required to challenge them might lie beyond the boundary of time.
If I ever ran into the parents of the December 12 victim or the Hyderabad vet, I don’t think I would be able to face them without a sense of shame and failure. We simply couldn’t do enough to prevent their daughters from becoming victims.
With natural pace and deep reservoirs of determination and unflappability, Bob Willis forged a terrific if unsung career
MPC opts for status quo, citing inflation concerns. But with growth slowing sharply, it should have continued to ease
Citizenship Bill violates basic structure of Constitution, very foundation of the Republic. Highest court should take note
December 6, 1979, Forty Years Ago: The uneasy alliance between the Congress and the Lok Dal virtually came apart following breakdown of negotiations over seat adjustments in Uttar Pradesh, The Indian Express reported.