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March 26, 2003

No Voodoo Archaeology, Please
'The Ayodhya issue couldn't be decided with finality by history. It won't be settled by archaeology either. The excavation may only dig up more confusion,'

March 18, 2003

War For Hegemony, Not Justice
'Nobody in their right mind can believe an impoverished, sanctions-battered, half-broken, Iraq with its rusty weapons and crude missiles poses a military threat to the US from a distance of 8,000 km!'

March 10, 2003

BJP back on downswing
'The lesson for the BJP is that the Hindutva horse isn't worth flogging beyond a point and that the Gujarat experiment cannot be replicated.' says Praful Bidwai.

March 3, 2003

Atlantic Divide & Cow Politics
'The debate is not really about protecting cows. Indian society has failed to look after its cattle. The real debate is about scoring political points on an emotive issue,' says Praful Bidwai.

February 25, 2003

A historic moment for peace
'The US's intentions go well beyond disarming Iraq. They have to do with oil, Islam and Israel,' says Praful Bidwai.

February 05, 2003

Drop those sterile policies
'India must take a calculated risk and grasp the nettle right now,' says Praful Bidwai.

January 23, 2003

Politics of Exclusion Inclusion
'How can we extend citizenship to foreign nationals, but deny civil and political rights to those we claim are our citizens -- Kashmiris from the valley, Muslims from Gujarat, people from the Northeast?' asks Praful Bidwai.

January 13, 2003

Creating The Nuclear Command
'Military preparations and exchanges of cavalier, dangerously irresponsible, statements amidst a situation of intense strategic rivalry, mean the threshold for an India-Pakistan nuclear confrontation has fallen to a new, dangerous low.'

January 8, 2003

Halting Hindutva's March
'No party has endangered national security as severely, as the BJP, by dividing the nation and severing it from the very people who constitute it. And none has tried to drive such a wedge between Hindus and others, and among the Hindus themselves.'

December 24, 2002

Gujarat shames us all
'Never before has an Indian politician made such huge electoral gains on dead bodies. For the moment, Vajpayee is speaking the language of the VHP-RSS.'

December 18, 2002

Fighting Terror, Upholding Law
'What is being officially advocated today is an unbalanced, warped approach -- of yet greater coercion, through more repressive laws and procedures. This approach is being assiduously promoted in the guise of fighting terrorism.'

December 9, 2002

Break the ice now!
'India (or Pakistan) cannot make SAARC hostage to particularistic individual concerns, or bilateral disputes. Nor should India cancel a summit citing cross-border terrorism.'

December 2, 2002

The iron in our souls
Prescribing capital punishment for rape could be a case of the cure being worse than the disease. Rape is a gross violation of a woman. But clearly, it is different from, and not quite as vile as, taking her life.

November 25, 2002

Hindutva vs Sanity
'If the BJP loses in Gujarat, after raising the stakes sky high, it will experience the rudest shock of its political life after the 1999 Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh. Indeed, that loss will be even more damaging.'

November 18, 2002

Encounters, real and fake
'The posture --- that you are either with the VHP-BJP or against the Indian nation --- is rooted in unspeakable arrogance. It equates crass Hindutva with genuine patriotism.'


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