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Much hyped Third Front offers more bark than bite

Article Date: 
18 Mar 2009

Last week, Indian politics saw the attempt to create an anti-Congress and anti-BJP Third Front for the upcoming elections. Ten regional and leftist parties huddled near the southern city of Bangalore to discuss alliances, policy directives and possibly the prime minister's post.

Article Author: 
Aaradhana Jhunjhunwala
Article Source: 
Open Democracy

Transcript & Translation of Varun Gandhi's Remarks

Article Date: 
18 Mar 2009

The following are excerpts from speeches that Varun Gandhi is shown as delivering in at least two locations earlier this month in Pilibhit, from where he is contesting as the BJP candidate. The speeches figure in a video recording viewed by The Indian Express. On the directions of the Election Commission, the police today registered a criminal case against Gandhi.

Article Source: 
Indian Express

Bangladesh mutiny: India moves more troops to WB

Article Date: 
4 Mar 2009

India has airlifted "elements'' of its para-brigade based in Agra to Kalaikunda in West Bengal to deal with any contingency which
arises due to the internal turmoil in Bangladesh.

Sources said over a battalion strength (over 1,000 soldiers) of the 50 Independent Parachute Brigade was moved on Sunday from Agra to Kalaikunda, which has a large IAF base.

"Depending on the situation, more could follow. With Bangladesh army progressively taking over from the paramilitary BDR in posts along the Indo-Bangladesh border, it's a precautionary move,'' said a source.

Article Source: 
Times of India

Sonia asks state units to collect relief material for Lankan Tamils

Article Date: 
24 Feb 2009

The hardening of global opinion against terror — a welcome development from India's point of view -- and the loss of whatever sympathy the Tigers once had in international capitals have eliminated leeway for New Delhi to do anything more than express sympathy for the distressed Tamilians.

Sending relief material seems to be the party's way of making a gesture to Tamil sentiments, without resiling from its stand against terrorism and redrawing of boundaries of sovereign nations.

Article Source: 
Times of India

Stoking the Flames

Article Date: 
26 Feb 2009

Tamil Nadu is certainly seething. Chennai’s streets are pasted with posters of dead Sri Lankan women and children. In the villages, black flags hang from houses and daily protests are held. From his hospital bed, the state’s invalid 84-year-old chief minister, M. Karunanidhi, has threatened to go on a hunger strike over the furore.

Article Source: 
The Economist

India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone.

Article Author: 
Praful Bidwai
Article Source: 
Inter-Press Service

Behind the violence in Gujarat, Gaza and Iraq is the banality of democracy

Article Date: 
11 Feb 2009

When last week in Ha'aretz the Israeli historian Tom Segev judged Israeli "apathy" towards the massacre in Gaza as "chilling and shameful", he brought on deja vu among Indians. In 2002 the Hindu nationalist government of Gujarat supervised the killing of more than two thousand Muslims. The state's chief minister, Narendra Modi, who green-lighted the mass murder, seemed a monstrous figure to many Indians; they then watched aghast as the citizens of Gujarat - better-educated and more prosperous than most Indians - re-elected Modi by a landslide after the pogrom.

Article Author: 
Pankaj Mishra
Article Source: 
The Guardian

Cops issue shoot-at-sight orders in Tamil Nadu

Article Date: 
21 Feb 2009

District SPs have been empowered to carry out the order, a release from the DGP's office said last night. Appropriate action would be taken against those who trying to damage vehicles or involve in other illegal activities, it said.

Lawyers, police fight pitched battles in Madras High Court

Article Date: 
20 Feb 2009

The chain of events was set off by the police attempt to arrest a group of advocates involved in the attack on Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and some policemen in the court complex on Tuesday. A group of advocates demanded that Dr. Swamy be also arrested for abusing one of their colleagues on caste lines.

Article Source: 
Hindu

Woman held for attacking lawyer

Article Date: 
7 Feb 2009

Gayathri from Thiruvanmiyur, who had filed a divorce application on the grounds of physical abuse by her husband, Karthick, was enraged when her husband’s lawyer sought an adjournment, which was granted by the court...

Irked by the adjournment, Gayathri reportedly shouted at Balasubramanian outside the family court and a heated exchange ensued with Gayatri reportedly attacking him with her slippers.

Article Source: 
New Indian Express
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