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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Murder leaves BJP groping for leader

Party has lost the only figure with true mass appeal

Monday, 8 May, 2006, 12:00am

The difficult challenges ahead in India

After more than a decade of market-oriented reforms, there are two sides to India. One is characterised by the new information technology parks of Bangalore and Hyderabad, populated by clean-cut yuppies churning out software or manning call centres for corporations around the world. This is the 'India shining' of outgoing prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's election campaign.

15 May 2004 - 12:00am

Muslims allege India poll irregularities

Claims come as Hindu party takes clear early lead

India's Muslim voters, including one of the stars of India's cricket series victory over Pakistan, have reported widespread electoral irregularities.

22 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Just the first innings of the peace process

It was only a few years ago that India and Pakistan had a million soldiers facing off at their shared border and nuclear weapons aimed at each other. This makes the cordiality of the just completed cricket matches between the two countries - the first in 14 years - all the more remarkable.

18 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

BJP plan to woo Islamic vote could pay dividends

Muslims keen to be on the winning side contemplate the unthinkable: backing the Hindu party in next month's poll

Indian political analysts are thinking the unthinkable about April's elections: that a significant number of India's 120 million Muslims could bury years of loathing and boycotts to vote for the Hindu revivalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

1 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

BJP makes bid for middle-class vote

Indian government slashes duties on consumer goods, a sign the ruling party wants an early election

An early general election is now almost certain following yesterday's virtual mini-budget aimed at pleasing middle-class voters by making fridges, cell phones, washing machines, luxury cars, computers and DVDs much cheaper.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Rivals should focus on areas of mutual interest

The early signs were not encouraging as the South Asian regional summit began in Islamabad this week. Although there was a breakthrough in the works on the question of a seven-country free-trade zone, the region's two most influential powers, India and Pakistan, denied speculation that there would be any talks between their leaders on the sidelines of the meeting.

9 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Indians left out in the cold

There are thousands of people of Indian origin in Hong Kong but none are eligible for the gift of dual citizenship being showered by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's government on ethnic Indians in select countries.

23 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

India's right to build a fence

I refer to 'India's monument to distrust' (Sunday Morning Post, August 17), by Asad Riaz Ahmed, which contains some inaccuracies in both tone and content.

24 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Let's work together on technology, Indian PM tells Chinese firms

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday pushed for closer business ties on the final stop of his mainland visit, calling for an 'effective alliance' with China in the field of technology.

27 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

India's water sell-off enrages activists

The decision by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's government to throw open the drinking water sector to multinational companies has outraged activists, non-governmental organisations and trade unions across the country.

3 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Vajpayee's five years in power show coalitions can rule India

THERE USED TO be a jinx in Indian politics, a jinx on any party other than the Congress staying in power for more than a couple of years at the most. The Congress party's domination was unassailable. It was the only party capable of completing a full term.

By celebrating five years in power last month as a non-Congress prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee has broken that jinx.

6 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Vast potential untapped as reform pace falters

If India can achieve a 6 per cent growth rate without doing much, 'just imagine what could happen if it put its mind to it'. United States-based marketing guru C.K. Prahalad made this point during a recent visit to New Delhi for a bash to persuade the Indian diaspora to invest more in their homeland.

26 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

India's media fill vacant opposition roll, say analysts

In India, 2002 was the year of the media, as analysts noted that the emergence of a strong and vociferous press was transforming the country's democracy.

Newspapers, 24-hour television news channels, magazines and Web sites are even said to have taken the Congress Party's place as the main opposition.

6 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

The workers who were paid to do nothing

For 20 years, staff at a government fertiliser plant in India have clocked in every day at the start of their shift and clocked out at the end - without doing any work.

19 Dec 2002 - 12:00am