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Reviving Congress

ON hearing of the fall of the Bastille in 1789, King Louis XVI asked “Is it a revolt?” The wise Rochefoucauld replied, “No, Sire. It’s a revolution.” In India, the…

Mamata kindles India’s hope

IT was a crucial make-or-break vote that P.V. Narasimha Rao faced when Mamata Banerjee was ushered in in a wheelchair and helped to her seat in the packed and tense…

Judges’ lapses

“LORD Woolf cannot quite make up his mind whether he is a liberal reformer or the shop steward for the only trade union in the country whose members wear wigs…

As Bob Marley’s ‘Buffalo Soldier’

BETWEEN 1840 and 1940, way before Bob Marley would sing Buffalo Soldier in a searing lament to the black men from Africa shipped as slaves to fight Native Americans for…

Party Without Will

Party without will

On Feb 23, Rahul Gandhi, the 44-year-old vice president of the Indian National Congress, stunned his sceptical supporters by announcing that he was going for a few weeks on a…

Party Without Will

Party without will

ON Feb 23, Rahul Gandhi, the 44-year-old vice president of the Indian National Congress, stunned his sceptical supporters by announcing that he was going for a few weeks on a…

Impasse Impossible

Impasse impossible

NDIVIDUALS can sever relations for good. That luxury of self-indulgence is denied to states on a shared planet, especially to neighbours and, even more so, if they have a heavy…

Party Vs Government

Party vs government

In India the established principles of the parliamentary system governing the relationship between the ruling party and its government in power have been subjected to great stress. A recent clash…

It Is 11 O`clock

It is 11 o`clock

Arithmetic obviously matters, for democracy is a game of numbers. But there is a smarter way for a minority government to ensure stability: good governance. Dr Manmohan Singh has the…

Militarism And Democracy

Militarism and democracy

Peace activists opposed to the nuclear weapons tests and other aggressive announcements by India last week should take heart from the truth that in democracies jingoism doesn`t always reward its…