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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.

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

File photo of ships during the Malabar naval exercise

First phase of Quad members’ Malabar exercise from 3-6 November in Bay of Bengal

Last week, India had announced Australia will take part in the exercise along with US and Japan, making it a drill by all 4 member nations of the Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.