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POLITICS

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Mirage 2000, George Fernandes, Jaish-e-mohammed, Operation parakram

A Balakot that wasn’t: Vajpayee planned strike post Parliament attack in 2001

A Prime Minister to Remember written by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar reveals the aftermath of the brazen terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament and the ill-timed Operation Parakram.

POLITICS

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Salman Khurshid, Shashi Tharoor, Congress president

Is Congress in a coma? The only person who really seems to care is PM Modi

The grand old party seems adamant to cling to the Nehru-Gandhis and not reinvent. But PM Modi's continuing obsession with the Congress also indicates that perhaps all isn't lost for it.

POLITICS

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lok Sabha elections 2019, Lucknow, Rajnath Singh

In Vajpayee's Footsteps: Why Rajnath Singh is striking a chord in Lucknow, just like a former BJP leader

Singh is reaching out to every section of society, including Muslims, despite knowing he stands a very easy chance at winning.

POLITICS

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Babri Masjid demolition, Rath Yatra, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Narendra Modi

The Karmic Cycle: Did LK Advani's karma boomerang and lead to his sidelining in the BJP?

There are many who say that Advani’s was a "gentler kind of communalism" and he is appalled by what the BJP has now become. That is absolute nonsense.

POLITICS

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Liberals, Communalism, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lok Sabha elections 2019

Convenient Secularists: How those who called Vajpayee 'communal' first later hailed him as a 'statesman'

Political narratives are all about convenience. You are 'secular' when you talk of caste groups or the Muslim-Yadav combination. But you are 'communal' when you speak of the Hindu vote bank. What drives such selective standards?

POLITICS

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Jaswant singh, Maulana masood azhar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Hijacking

Hijacked Logic: As politics over 1999's IC 814 rages now, are we really different today?

It's said that PM Vajpayee acted under pressure, releasing Maulana Masood Azhar in exchange for Indian hostages. But what would an Indian PM do today?

POLITICS

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Kamal Nath, Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Don’t write off Shivraj Singh Chouhan just yet. Here’s how he is scripting his comeback

Sources close to Chouhan say he fancies himself in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mould.

POLITICS

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BJP, Ram mandir, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Babri demolition

December 6: The Ram Temple dramatis personae and the Vajpayee ambiguity 

While other BJP leaders were militant about the Ayodhya movement, Atal Bihari Vajpayee both scorned, and used, it.

POLITICS

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Assembly elections 2018, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi

As the political rhetoric on all sides worsens, one can only ask, 'Ye andaz-e-guftagu kya hai?'

Polls now are seeing terrible language used for political rivals, and even their families, by all sides. There was, however, a gentler time in politics when politicians behaved like gentlemen

POLITICS

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Ram Temple, Jawarharlal Nehru, Yogi Adityanath, Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Why the Yogi Adityanath government is in an overdrive to claim Atal Bihari Vajpayee's legacy

It seems the party somewhere realises that all is not as hunky dory in Uttar Pradesh as it was in 2014.