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March 31, 2004

Election Special: Know the BJP
The party, then and now.

Meet The Strategists
Who makes sure the BJP and Congress take the right direction?

March 30, 2004

Even blindness couldn't crush his spirit!
When C S P Anka Toppo left Ranchi way back in 1989 to become a doctor, little did he know that he would have to fight blindness and heartless officialdom on the way.

An MP earns more than a MBA!
Find out what an MP makes!

March 29, 2004

'How Can Youth Be a Liability!'
A 27 year old takes on a veteran in India's most prestigious constituency.

March 27, 2004

Major ally for one, major worry for the other
Indian officials fear Pakistan's new 'major non-NATO ally' status will open the floodgates for a massive flow of American military wares.

March 26, 2004

Guide: What is Proxy Voting?
Defence personnel can nominate any eligible voter from his constituency.

A Pandit's fight for Kashmiriyat
Kishen Khosa will contest as an independent from Srinagar, from where Omar Abdullah is also in the fray.

How much does an election cost?
A general election in India is equivalent to conducting polls in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia all at once!

March 25, 2004

Inshallah, yeh dosti hum nahi todengey
Can anyone ponder about the Bomb when Sachin is at the crease or Shoaib at the top of his run-up?

'He always felt he was not given his due'
Arvind Parikh, Ustad Vilayat Khan's oldest student, pays tribute to the late maestro.

How do parties collect money?
Last month Congress Treasurer Motilal Vora sent requests to 25 industrial houses, asking for donations to fight the Lok Sabha election.

March 23, 2004

How the BJP stays on top
Find out what goes on at the party's war room.

Rahul Gandhi: Up Close & Personal
Congress leaders say Sonia has been grooming Rahul politically over the last five years.

'You know what kind of place this is, right?'
An evening in a dance bar.

March 22, 2004

In search of a new sugar daddy
Political parties in Karnataka face a funds crunch, with two of their biggest financiers entering politics.

Rahul's entry energises Sonia-weary party
'Sonia is now realising that her foreign origin is posing huge problems for the party.'

1st farmer to win Grasim Mr India!
'I proved you can win the competition by speaking Hindi. I wanted to make my mark,' says Sunil Mann, Grasim Mr India 2004.

In Chandni's bar
Some girls stood to one side, others scattered here and there, observing each customer closely. Some were discreet; others were not as adept.

March 18, 2004

The man who is taking Advani places
Asked how he bagged the prize assignment, Harish Dagur says, 'Experience and party loyalty. I am a BJP worker. I am a good driver.'

When the stars wept
If compassion speaks a universal language, it took on a distinct American twang.

Tina Turner too 'sexy' for Goddess Shakti?
'For a devotee Durga is like his mother. Who wants to see his mother half-naked?' asked one angry Hindu.

Managing elections, Congress style
Ehtasham Khan finds out what goes on in the Congress party's war room.

March 16, 2004

'He raised Indian classical music to a much higher standard'
Pandit Ravi Shankar's tribute to Ustad Vilayat Khan.

'The sitar and Vilayat Khan were synonymous'
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan salutes the legendary Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan.

March 15, 2004

Who thought Hegde would lose?
The year was 1991 and the battle was for a Lok Sabha seat.

Know the NCP
Will the NCP do better this time?

South India: World's suicide capital
Some 50,000 people in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry kill themselves every year.

Meet Sonia's new whizkid
'NRIs contribute to so many good causes in India. Why not make politics a good cause too?' asks Rajeev Gowda.

March 11, 2004

'More ruthless than Prabhakaran'
The outcome of any confrontation would depend upon how many LTTE fighters obey Karuna and disobey Prabhakaran

Caught in the POTA trap
A look at some of the strange and high-profile cases filed under POTA.

'Who could have imagined such cooperation a decade ago?'
'Military cooperation remains one of the most vibrant, visible and pro-active legs powering the transformation of US-India relations,' says a senior US official.

March 10, 2004

LTTE: seeds of discontent
The Tamils in the east are reportedly irked by the north's high-handed attitude and lack of gratitude.

A life dedicated to art
A tribute to the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale.

What is the Phalcon?
rediff.com presents a ready reckoner on what India's new weapon can do.

Jharkhand has more POTA detenues than J&K!
The home ministry says 234 people have been arrested in Jharkhand. J&K, which has been plagued by terrorism, is second with 181 arrests.

Sanskritising the IITs
IIT Delhi will give undergraduate students a glimpse into the information contained in ancient Sanskrit texts.

March 9, 2004

Prabhakaran' s eastern challenger
The open revolt by Colonel Karuna poses a challenge to LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran.

What's the secret of L K Advani's energy?
Those who have known him closely for the last 15 years say the reason for his high fitness levels are his long walks.

March 8, 2004

'I'm very opposed to our war in Iraq'
'As time has gone by and we have seen what a terrible mistake has been made, more and more people are coming forward with more courage to say this is wrong.' Jane Fonda, exclusive to rediff.com.

The EC wins when they lose badly
Losers lose not just their hearts in elections but also, sometimes, their money. But the gainer is always the Election Commission

Healing hearts
'All this is organised by a Jewish organisation. The airfare for the children and their parents is being taken care of by a Christian organisation. The patients are Muslims and the operation is being done in India, a secular country.'

March 5, 2004

Godhra case hits a dead-end
'The rulers in Gandhinagar and Delhi have lost political interest in the Godhra investigations,' one police officer admitted, 'specially after the peace moves with Pakistan.'

A Q Khan fall guy for Musharraf: Benazir
'Khan was asked to fall on the sword in the name of national interest, which means cover up for Musharraf,' says former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in a world exclusive interview.

March 4, 2004

What is the Model Code of Conduct?
The rediff election guide to poll procedure.

'One day Saddam will sit on my throne'
Mukhtiar Singh, furniture shop owner in Delhi, shared a special bond with the deposed Iraqi president. Ehtasham Khan reports.

March 3, 2004

'No one can take her place'
Adyar K Lakshmanan pays tribute to his guru, Rukmini Devi Arundale.

March 02, 2004

'She moulded us into good human beings'
Krishnanveni Lakshman pays tribute to her guru, Rukmini Devi Arundale.

March 01, 2004

'Rukmini Devi was a banyan tree under whom everyone flourished'
Shanta Dhananjayan pays tribute to her guru, Rukmini Devi Arundale.


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