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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.
Indira Gandhi

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.
Minoo Masani giving a speech | Photo: Author

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.
File image of C. Rajagopalachari | Twitter

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.
File photo of Lokanath Misra | naveenpatnaik.com

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.
C. Rajagopalachari with Bhim Rao Ambedkar

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.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a meeting with World Bank Group chief David Malpass in Washington D.C on 15 October 2021 | Twitter/@FinMinIndia

Climate financing still area of worry, says Sitharaman, flags questions on $100 bn pledge

The remarks came ahead of the upcoming COP-26 Summit to be held in UK. Leaders of nearly 200 countries will gather at the summit in Glasgow to discuss climate action.

Defence

Two mo​​re soldiers including JCO killed in J&K’s Poonch, toll rises to 9 for the week

The soldiers were killed in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation at the Surankote forest, Thanamandi in Rajouri & Mendhar in Poonch.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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