Thursday, 1 December, 2022
TopicJanata Party

Topic: Janata Party

Morarji Desai – India’s oldest PM who always had time for media questions

Morarji Desai, the first leader of a non-Congress government in India, could be quite curt and blunt with sycophants.

You are an OBC if you score 11/22 — We traced nearly 100 years of caste in Indian census

Rajiv Gandhi called Mandal report a ‘can of worms’. India has tried to open it five times and shut it as quickly.

West read Emergency wrong. India’s democracy mattered little to US, UK, Russia

Archival documents on the Emergency show the incredible ease with which national capitals across the world pivoted to the new realities of India’s constitutional autocracy.

How we ensured ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ premiere had drinks, with Janata Party govt in power

In ‘On The Move’, entrepreneur Hari Khemka writes about the Rajasthan Yuva Manch and hosting the all-India premiere of Raj Kapoor’s mega film in 1978.

Long before RTI Act, the Janata Party was already pitching for ‘openness’ in govt

In ‘Capturing Institutional Change’, Himanshu Jha writes about the Official Secrets Act and the Janata government promising ‘openness’ after Emergency.

Indira Gandhi vs Morarji Desai: How JNU was at the centre of battle to capture academia

Under Indira Gandhi, JNU turned a deep shade of red because of curricula and faculty chosen by Education Minister Syed Nurul Hasan from a pool of pro-CPI teachers.

Chaudhary Charan Singh — prime minister for 23 days and champion of India’s farmers

On Chaudhary Charan Singh's 117th birth anniversary today, PM Modi said he was unwavering when it came to safeguarding the rights of hardworking farmers.

The sarkari cola: How Janata govt launched its own fizzy drink after Coca-Cola left in 1977

Unofficially known as ‘sarkari cola’ or ‘satattar’, Double Seven was manufactured and marketed by the govt-owned makers of Modern breads.

Morarji Desai, the prime minister for whom time in PMO was ‘tougher than prison’

Morarji Desai, India's first non-Congress PM, was the only Indian who won the Bharat Ratna & Pakistan's highest civilian award — the Nishan-e-Pakistan. 

George Fernandes was born a Lohiaite, and died one, says Arun Jaitley

George Fernandes was an extra-ordinary leader, a Parliamentarian that many dreaded facing, and above all, a dissenter, Union minister Arun Jaitley wrote in memory of him.

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51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.