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India Packs Up on Iran Under US Pressure

India Packs Up on Iran Under US Pressure The sudden visit to New Delhi by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a meeting on May 14 with the outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the dying days of the Modi government underscores dramatically how much Tehran has been traumatised by the Indian…

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Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS

Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS I entered political life in 1937. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations on the other. On May 1, 1938, we took out a…

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ILO Criticises Venezuela for Raising Minimum Wage

ILO Criticises Venezuela for Raising Minimum Wage Venezuela is being ostracised in every possible conceivable way by Western governments and institutions short of an actual military invasion, although threats to that effect have also been made by the US government.   The newest threat has been issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The organisation…

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The King Who Loved Himself

The King Who Loved Himself Once upon a time there was a king who loved himself to distraction morning, noon and night—24/7 as they say these days—seven days a week, 365 days a year. He preferred leap years because he gained an extra day for self-adulation. To be a narcissist is no mean task, it…

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Hemant Karkare Does Not Need a Certificate From Sadhvi

Hemant Karkare Does Not Need a Certificate From Sadhvi Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, the BJP’s candidate from the Bhopal parliamentary seat, made an irresponsible and controversial statement on April 18. While addressing a meeting of party workers, she targeted the late Hemant Karkare, who had arrested her for her alleged role in the Malegaon blast case…

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The Billionaire Beneficiaries of BJP’s Schemes

The Billionaire Beneficiaries of BJP’s Schemes The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s numerous schemes meant for ordinary Indians—farmers, youth, women and others—have received a great deal of publicity from the government and a fair amount of criticism from the public for their failure.   Yet, there is one highly successful scheme of the BJP government…