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Uttarakhand’s Bane

The Congress high command’s choice of ND Tiwari as Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister seems like another decision based on political expedience that belies the serious problems afflicting the political class in Uttarakhand. Beyond the ridiculous fact that for both the BJP and Congress, the centre ultimately…

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A Caveat From The People

Outlook Magazine February 24, 2002 For pollsters, psephologists, and even the BJP and the Congress the result in Uttaranchal may have come as a big surprise. But definitely not for the citizens of the newly created state, who very consciously used the ballot to express…

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A wave of discontent

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI in Dehra Dun Frontline, Volume 19 – Issue 04, Feb. 16 – Mar. 1, 2002 IF the general public perception and mood are any guide, the Bharatiya Janata Party is in serious trouble in Uttaranchal, which will have its first Assembly polls…

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In the hills, out in the cold

The women who helped birth the new state of Uttaranchal have been relegated to the backrooms of power. Santwana Bhattacharya reports S. Bhattacharya Indian Express. February 15, 2002 EVERYTHING seems idyllic in the hamlets — little chocolate-box affairs from this distance, sometimes a mere three…

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Despair in the hills could be BJP’s doom

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 NAINITAL, FEBRUARY 11: IT’S a state whose dreams have died young. In Uttaranchal today the predominant poll issue is a sense of betrayal which no threat of war, religious fervour or film star can diminish. After convulsing over the demand for…

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The Cold Shoulder

Davinder Kumar Outlook Magazine February 4, 2002 The very first assembly elections in Uttaranchal is likely to throw up some surprises. When it was part of UP, the hill districts which now comprise the new state were seen as a BJP bastion. It voted loyally…

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Jolts Likely For The BJP

THE first election to the 70-member Uttaranchal assembly may well see several shock reverses for the BJP and some shocks for some Congress(I) big guns too, with some independents, regional parties and may be a few Left candidates just about making it. Not only this,…

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CPI(M) To Fight For Alternative Development Model

Vijai Rawat January 20, 2002 THE CPI(M) in Uttarakhand took an organisational step forward with the announcement of its decision to constitute a separate State Organising Committee of the party for the new state. The announcement was made by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, Prakash…

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The Rock of the Doon Valley

Man of the Year: Avdhash Kaushal Law is his weapon in his feisty crusade for empowerment His soft voice and love for the Sufi strains of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan camouflage his battle-readiness. So does his age. At 67, Avdhash Kaushal’s grandfatherly mien-and his occasional…

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A political celebration

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttaranchal celebrates the State’s first birth anniversary with a hail of election promises. PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI in Dehra Dun Frontline Volume 18 – Issue 24, Nov. 24 – Dec. 07, 2001 ALTHOUGH with an unimpressive track record, the Bharatiya…

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