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Dhirendra K. Jha

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India
It Happened One Night

Ayodhya, 22-23 December, 1949. This is the untold story of that fateful night, when a small group of religious activists stole into the Babri Masjid to place an idol of Ramlalla under the main dome, the night that shaped India’s modern political history. This is the testimony of the few who survive to tell the tale.

03 December 2010
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India
The Congress and Its Fear of Elections

Even Rahul Gandhi can’t get the party to shed its nomination culture

05 November 2010
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India
Ayodhya Gives Lalu His Comeback Chance

The court verdict tilts the odds of Bihar’s electoral outcome as Muslim disquiet becomes a factor in favour of the ‘clown prince of Indian politics’

07 October 2010
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India
Caste Calculus Held Hostage

The recent hostage crisis may have shifted Bihar’s delicate caste equations. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reason to worry.

09 September 2010
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India
Old Tricks, New Battle

The VHP’s call to a Hindu ‘awakening’. Mob violence in Uttar Pradesh. Fearful minorities. The Ramjanambhoomi Movement is back. Whether it will work is less certain.

09 September 2010
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India
In Defence of the MPs’ Pay Hike

It is utterly graceless to grudge parliamentarians their pay hike—for a variety of reasons that matter to the future of Indian democracy.

26 August 2010
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Books
Red Alert

The fate of West Bengal is linked in many ways to how the CPM deals with the confusion that has gripped it over the years.

25 August 2010
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India
Arjun Singh’s Final Act

A master manipulator of the politics of perception, this one-time Congress bigwig seems unwilling to bow out without staging a closing piece of drama.

20 August 2010
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India
Prelude to a Parting

After the CPM’s Vijayawada meet, Prakash Karat has made a declaration of party unity. But insiders hear a bugle call to war.

13 August 2010
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India
Operation Cleave Ho

With a nod from the Congress, an RJD leader rebels against Lalu Prasad. This is an event that reveals a somewhat unsettling aspect of the grand old party’s gameplan to win Bihar.

07 August 2010

Authors

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is an MP and the author of, most recently, Gandhi’s Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah’s IslamWhile

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of ‘JNU: Nationalism and India’s Uncivil Wars’. Views are personal.

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