Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicAtal Bihari Vajpayee

Topic: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Before 2004 tour of Pakistan, Dalmiya gave players the option to skip. All declared available

In ‘On Board’, former BCCI admin Ratnakar Shetty writes about how Vajpayee wished the Indian cricket team luck, and the players promised him that they would do their best.

Why a liberal Indian needed to write Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s biography

Vajpayee was flawed, weak in many ways, and played cynical politics but he never stopped trying to reconcile diverse groups.

SubscriberWrites: Vajpayee’s statesman politics demands a comeback

Whether Vajpayee was in power or in the opposition, his credibility was neither created nor staggered due to gain or loss of power, writes Nischal Vats.

Rao-Gowda-Gujral-Vajpayee PMO had ‘atom bomb’ files on Pawar, Mulayam & others: ex-IAS officer

In a soon-to-be-released biography of Deve Gowda, ex-PMO official says Narasimha Rao kept some secret files on political personalities who could create trouble.

When Modi returns, photo of him with Pope Francis will stand out. Nothing else will matter

Modi leaves nothing to chance. Not when Goa elections are coming up, and India’s secular credentials are being questioned.

Vajpayee-Advani to Modi-Shah — How 2 BJP govts have dealt with its ‘tainted’ ministers

During Vajpayee rule, leaders accused of corruption were either expelled or denied party tickets. But things have changed during Modi-Shah tenure.

Would Nehru have more Twitter followers than Modi? Decoding personality traits of Indian PMs

In ‘Narcissus or Machiavelli’, Nishant Uppal writes that American scholars have established personality-behaviour linkages for US presidents, but none exist for Indian PMs.

For every Himanta, there’re Scindias, Bahugunas — why defecting to BJP isn’t always a ticket to power

Two leaders have recently moved to the BJP despite a growing unease in the party about this ‘politics of defections’. But defections now aren’t the same as they were earlier.

Between Vajpayee and Modi era, RSS has learnt many political lessons

If during the Vajpayee government RSS showed its desperation to control its ideological protégé, the BJP, it now seeks to build on the political capital of Modi.

Privatisation gets mega push in Budget 2021, most ambitious plan since Vajpayee era

Only four sectors will be classified as strategic, CPSEs in other sectors will be privatised. Two banks and one general insurance firm will also be privatised in FY22.

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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Shehbaz Sharif on 7 April | Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

The four-point plan to revive Pakistan’s economy—from land reform to real estate

Pakistan must reduce non-productive expenditures like defence. The country's political economy has been overdetermined by the imperative of 'national security'.

Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.