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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.
Former Union minister Jaswant Singh passed away Sunday after having been in a coma for six years | Photo: Pankaj Nangia | By special arrangement

Jaswant Singh — communicator, crisis manager, man of letters and a student of history

Jaswant Singh, a former Army officer, served as external affairs, defence and finance minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's governments from 1998 to 2004.
File photo of former minister Jaswant Singh | Commons

Former Union minister Jaswant Singh dies at 82, PM Modi tweets condolence

Jaswant Singh, a BJP leader, had served as the external affairs and finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government.
File photo of former President Pranab Mukherjee | Commons

Pranab Mukherjee & Jaswant Singh, in the same hospital, suffered eerily similar medical crisis

Former President Pranab Mukherjee and former defence minister Jaswant Singh are both at Army Research and Referral Hospital. Both suffered similar accidents, six years apart.

Why Vajpayee govt chose to swap 3 terrorists with 160 passengers of IC 814 two decades ago

For 55 minutes, when it seemed that the hijacked plane could land in Amritsar, the crisis management group in Delhi acted without urgency.

‘Hijack baby’: How IC 814 Kandahar tragedy shaped Jaswant Singh grand-daughter’s life

After listening to people’s views for years, I now wish to ask my grandfather Jaswant Singh about his personal experience of the Kandahar hijack episode.

When Indian Navy helped catch Japan’s stolen ship – and what Vajpayee did

Operation Alondra Rainbow began as a routine interception at sea but within a few hours the situation had acquired serious international implications.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee

VG Siddhartha case shows Modi govt must opt for lighter touch towards citizens

India needs statutory protections that citizens can be assured of, and institutional safeguards that buttress them, not more power for central officials.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Lame duck or populist? Here’s how India’s interim budget works

India watchers are waiting to see if Modi will betray convention and announce tax concessions to win votes.

Congress fields ex-BJP MLA Manvendra Singh against Raje to ‘avenge insult to father’

Manvendra Singh, the son of former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh, had quit the BJP to join the Congress in September.

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