Sunday, 7 August, 2022
TopicSwatantra Party

Topic: Swatantra Party

SubscriberWrites: Does Indian politics have space for libertarians?

There is a new wave of a combination of populism, and fiscal irresponsibility, masqueraded as ‘new welfarism’, sweeping through our politics today, writes Vibhav Kavoor.

Minoo Masani is India’s forgotten liberal who went against Nehru’s all-pervasive socialism

Masani's commitment to individual liberty extended beyond economics—he was deeply invested in defending autonomy in different forms.

Swatantra Party had a lot to say on China after 1962. If only Nehru had heard them

The reaction of Swatantra Party leaders C. Rajagopalachari, Minoo Masani, K.M. Munshi and N.G. Ranga during the 1962 War should be emulated today.

When a Singaporean critic of Marxist socialism took Indira Gandhi to court

The day after Indira Gandhi nationalised banks, R.C. Cooper air dashed to New Delhi to challenge the ordinance.

No accident India forgot Swatantra leader & my father Minoo Masani, the beef-eating Parsi

It’s hard to imagine Rajaji and Minoo’s liberal values being tolerated, let alone heeded, in Hindutva-led India today.

60 years ago, a Right liberal Swatantra Party had challenged Nehru’s socialist Raj

It was a sign of Swatantra Party's political acumen that many of its policies would be adopted by Narasimha Rao 17 years after its demise in 1974.

Lokanath Misra: Politician who opposed freedom to propagate religion as fundamental right

Lokanath Misra served as governor of three 3 northeastern states. As member of the Constituent Assembly, he highlighted need to protect Hindu culture & religion.

When Maharajas, business tycoons and peasant leaders joined the mundu-clad Rajaji to form the Swatantra Party

The Swatantra Party wandered in the wilderness for a few years and then disappeared but it succeeded even as it failed.

On Camera

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Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
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Highest rate hike by Bank of England since 1995, country warned of long recession ahead

England’s consumer inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.4% in June, over 4 times the Bank’s 2% target. Putin’s weaponisation of gas supplies will drive inflation even higher, some feared.

Defence

The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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