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Sunday, May 09, 2004
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The electoral battle that was
Whatever the final count, the election to the 14th Lok Sabha will have been one that was almost evenly fought, says Harish Khare.
The generals and their commanders
The two warring sides'fortunes came to be linked with the regional commanders and their capacity to mobilise resources on the day of the battle.
THE SINGLEMOST "independent" factor that asserted itself in the electoral battle of 2004 turned out to be the exit-pollster. A small bunch of (mostly) men, armed with numbers, tables and computers, virtually dictated the mood, and increasingly ...
Rain-makers and drizzle-makers
BEHIND THE generals and field-commanders was a band of "rain-makers," men and (sometimes) women who seek to manipulate the public mood and opinion in favour of their political party. It was the success of the BJP's "rain-makers" ...
Daunting agenda for new rulers
By K.K. Katyal
A tough round of neighbourhood diplomacy awaits the new Government which is due to assume office soon. The job will be formidable for the NDA, in case it returns to power. It will be tough for a non-NDA Government, for it will not have the ...
Rot in apolitical armed forces
By Inder Malhotra
In the midst of the excitement and suspense over the fourth and final phase of the election, the shameful shenanigans of an Army unit in Siachen, the world's highest and coldest battlefield, have come as shock and have caused dismay. ...
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