She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks
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Monday 08 March 2010
Saturday 06 March 2010
Monday 25 January 2010
Jyoti Basu, who has died aged 95, was a staunch Marxist and a towering figure in Indian politics for six eventful decades. In 1997, he came close to becoming the county's first Communist Prime Minister. But the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo decided against participating in the United Front government, a decision Basu later described as an "historic blunder". Others felt it was a manifestation of the insecurities of the Indian Left typical since the fall of the Soviet Union. In the end, H.D. Deve Gowda, of the Janta Dal party, became the premier.
Monday 18 January 2010
Saturday 26 December 2009
The literary end of publishing in Britain has a lazy habit of keeping stories, and formats, neatly separate. It prefers a place for everything, and everything in its place. So a first novel by a Calcutta-born critic who lives in London might, according to the usual categories, revisit the Raj at the turn of the 20th century, as a sympathetic Englishwoman seeks to shed the bonds of class and race and make connections with nationalist circles in Bengal.
Monday 14 December 2009
Saturday 21 November 2009
Saturday 21 November 2009
Sunday 06 September 2009
Friday 21 August 2009
Take three kids and a flute. Anne says the flute should be given to her because she is the only one who knows how to play it. Bob says the flute should be handed to him as he is so poor he has no toys to play with. Carla says the flute is hers because it is the fruit of her own labour. How do we decide between these three legitimate claims?
Sunday 02 August 2009
More than 60,000 ageing vehicles, from motorised rickshaws to taxis, were ordered off the streets of eastern India's largest city over the weekend in an attempt to ease the city's chronic air pollution.
Monday 20 July 2009
Saturday 04 July 2009
A descendant of India's last Moghul emperor has been saved from a life of utter destitution after she was discovered working at her mother's tea stand in the slums of West Bengal.
Tuesday 26 May 2009
A cyclone slammed into parts of Bangladesh and eastern India on Monday, triggering tidal surges and flooding that forced some half a million people from their homes and killed almost three dozen people.
Monday 25 May 2009
A cyclone hit the eastern Indian state of West Bengal today, flooding villages and forcing thousands of people from their homes, officials said.
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