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My book shouldn’t be seen as attacking Mrs Gandhi: Margaret Alva

Margaret Alva (Photo: G.N. Jha)

After over four decades of an active political career and lately having been a governor, Margaret Alva in her autobiography — Courage & Commitment — sheds light on key events of India’s post-Independence history, from the imposition of Emergency and rise of Sanjay Gandhi to lack of trust between former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

In an interview to Manish Anand, Ms Alva recalls the working style of Sanjay Gandhi that harmed the Congress, and says that outside interference led to the undoing of the UPA-2 government led by Dr Manmohan Singh.

Margaret Alva book reveals Sonia Gandhi, Narasimha Rao differences

Margaret Alva

Congress veteran Margaret Alva in her autobiography Courage & Commitment has revealed a deep lack of trust between former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and party president Sonia Gandhi.

RSS to launch mobilisation programmes

With key elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab next year, the RSS affiliates are set to launch major mass outreach programme in the coming months in a bid to help the BJP build campaign in poll bound

Wrap-up: Shake-up is wake-up call for Team Modi


As Prakash Javadekar replaced Smriti Irani as the HRD minister, he said that he is not in a hurry and would draw further road map in consultation with the Prime Minister.

VHP wants separate law, ministry to protect cow

Claiming that the Atal Behari Vajpayee government was ready with a draft law on cow protection, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked the Narendra Modi led NDA dispensation at the Centre to comple

‘Arrogant’ Smriti Irani loses plum HRD portfolio

Smriti Irani with new Cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar after a Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Within a fortnight of her writing a Facebook page where she signed off as “Aunty National”, Union minister Smriti Irani lost her high-profile job as the head of the ministry of the human resources dev

New rail body to delink fares from politics

The Centre is set to constitute a Rail Development Authority (RDA) that will not only recommend passenger and freight fares but also lay down a road map for the transformation of Indian Railways.

Maoist violence ebbing, vikas reaching villages

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das has warned all those involved in the religious conversion of tribals that the state will take strong action against such activities and, if need be, a strong law will be put in place. While 22 out of 24 districts in Jharkhand are declared affected by Left-wing extremism, Mr Das, in an interview to Manish Anand, claimed that Maoists have mostly been tamed and only goons are now engaged in extortion.

Centre may drop separate Rail Budget

The Central government is thinking about doing away with a separate Rail Budget.

How 29th state was born. And the what-ifs...

Jairam Ramesh	(Photo: Bunny Smith)

Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh, author of Old History, New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, claims if TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu had made TRS chief K.

If there’s one thing that is clear about the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, it’s that all parties are facing a huge dilemma.

A figure familiar to Mumbaikars is currently leading a march in Pakistan in support of Kashmir’s freedom from India.