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‘Revised edition’ of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Raj Dharma & Santa’s ‘gift’ for farmers

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
File photo of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi on 19 May, 1996

To understand Vajpayee’s economic worldview, look at his first choice for finance minister

In ‘Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India’, Shakti Sinha writes that Vajpayee was a difficult PM to understand, but his reforms spoke for him.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi with former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee | Narendra Modi/Facebook

How Modi helped pressure US to sanction Pakistan during Kargil — new book on Vajpayee reveals

In new book ‘Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India’, the late former PM’s private secretary of many years, Shakti Sinha, details the highs & lows of his tenure in office.
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RSS ideologue Vaidya was so committed to agenda, he proposed replacing BJP with new party

Sangh and BJP leading lights remember M.G. Vaidya, who died Saturday, as one who not only shaped Hindutva ideology, but ensured no one deviated from it.
File photo | Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with BJP senior leader LK Advani at a protest rally in New Delhi in 2004 | PTI

When Advani and Vajpayee founded BJP, they knew RSS needed to be kept at arm’s length

In 'Jugalbandi', Vinay Sitapati writes that Vajpayee-Advani knew BJP would need to couple Hindu nationalism with the policies of Jayaprakash Narayan.

Guns, Swedes and the Gandhis — how the Bofors scam tested the limits of the CBI’s power

In ‘A Road Well Travelled’, former CBI chief R.K. Raghavan writes about investigating the 2002 Gujarat riots, Bofors scam and cricket match-fixing scandal.
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On this day 69 years ago, 200 leaders formed Jana Sangh. It is now the BJP

On 21 October 1951, delegates from all over the country congregated for a convention in central Delhi to form the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Its later avatar is now ruling dozens of Indian states.
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Modi’s worry is not opposition, it’s Yogi Adityanath. Being Vajpayee is the answer

BJP’s expanded social base among backward classes and Dalits is faced with the growing perception about ‘Thakurwad’ or pro-upper caste leanings.
Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

Vajpayee took journalists, analysts to Kargil frontlines. In 2020, Modi can’t even say ‘China’

In 1999, the government allowed the world to see Pakistan’s Kargil invasion and the Indian army's resolve. But Narendra Modi has reversed gears on transparency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waving to the crowd | Photo: Arun Sharma | PTI File Photo

On 15 August, Modi will become India’s longest-serving non-Congress prime minister

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India for a total of 2,273 days. Modi will level up with that record on 14 August.

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