Author Archives: HEMRAJ SINGH



HEMRAJ SINGH

NARSIMHA RAO – I: Economic Liberalization and Babri Masjid Demolition
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NARSIMHA RAO – I: Economic Liberalization and Babri Masjid Demolition

Pamulaparti Venkata Narsimha Rao or P.V. Narsimha Rao – born on June 28, 1921 at Laknepally village in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh in a Niyogi Telugu Brahmin family – had almost retired from a very active political life when the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 forced him to step into the very center of the politically charged atmosphere to hold the reins of...

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24 Jun 2015
NELSON MANDELA – III: The Rise, The Imprisonment And The Presidency
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NELSON MANDELA – III: The Rise, The Imprisonment And The Presidency

Mandela, having been elected a member of the executive committee, ANC, Transvaal, forced the Regional President, C.S. Ramohanoe, to resign when the President went against the wishes of the Transvaal Executive Committee in cooperating with Indians and communists. When after the 1948 general elections, a racialist party came in power, and began practicing racial segregation openly through their policies, Mandela, having gained sufficient influence within...

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24 Jun 2015
NELSON MANDELA – II: The Political Beginning
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NELSON MANDELA – II: The Political Beginning

Nelson Mandela (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela), born on July 18, 1918, went on to become the first ever elected President of South Africa in a fully representative democratic elections in 1994 and remained in office until 1999. Mandela, a militant anti-apartheid activist, was arrested in 1962 and was convicted of sabotage apart from other offences, and was sentenced to life imprisonment, as a consequence of which...

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24 Jun 2015
NELSON MANDELA – I:  Sharpeville and Jallianwala
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NELSON MANDELA – I: Sharpeville and Jallianwala

On April 10, 1919, a demonstration was staged at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, Punjab, demanding the release of two popular leaders of the Indian Independence Movement – Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. The two were part of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement and had been arrested in that connection by the British Government. They were held at a secret location. The demonstrators...

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24 Jun 2015
ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – II
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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – II

To Arundhati Roy it seemed wholly unacceptable that the Supreme Court served notice on her. The Court had displayed “a disturbing willingness to issue notice,” she said. So, the Supreme Court should have automatically assumed that despite being part of a Dharna and shouting slogans against the Supreme Court, Ms. Roy ‘could not have’ committed contempt of court for the simple reason that she was...

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24 Jun 2015
ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – I
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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – I

Arundhati Roy, born on November 24, 1961, shot to fame when she won one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Booker Prize in 1997 for her debut novel, The God of Small Things. Although the Booker Prize awarded to Ms. Roy was hugely celebrated, the events that followed brought her to the forefront of public debates in a much bigger way...

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24 Jun 2015
MARTIN LUTHER KING – III: ‘I Have A Dream’ And The Assassination
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MARTIN LUTHER KING – III: ‘I Have A Dream’ And The Assassination

The Birmingham Campaign employed a number of non-violent methods of protests including sit-ins at public places and kneel-ins by the Blacks at churches used by the Whites. Hundreds of protesters were arrested across Birmingham. Courting arrest was one of the pressure tactics used by the leaders of the Campaign. The idea was to flood the prisons and thereby force the government to act. However, the...

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24 Jun 2015
RAJIV GANDHI: Bofors & Shah Bano
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RAJIV GANDHI: Bofors & Shah Bano

Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944 in Mumbai, became India’s sixth Prime Minister after the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984. However, Rajiv, depite being the elder son of India’s then Prime Minister, had no interest in politics and did not want to become an active politician. It was his younger brother, Sanjay Gandhi, who was actively involved in Indian...

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