December 2002

Modi Sworn In, Congress Boycotts Ceremony

Ahmedabad: Narendra Modi has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second time today. Governor Sundar Singh Bhandari administered the oath of office. In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani attended the function in Ahmedabad. Nine cabinet ministers and six ministers of […..]

Muslim Hope: Salvaging Lost Pride in Gujarat

A week after the Gujarat election verdict, the overwhelming mood in the Muslim community is one of insecurity. But there are also strong signs of hope. Vadodara’s Chhota Udepur region witnessed some of the worst communal violence earlier this year. Now, many Muslim families have returned to their homes. They say they have put the […..]

PM Defends Modi, Godhra Rhetoric Dominates Campaign

Ahmedabad: Hitting the election tracks towards the fag end of the campaign in Gujarat, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today came out in full support of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing his first election meeting in Vadodara, Vajpayee asserted that there should be no dispute over religion. Though he avoided making any direct references to […..]

Politics of religion masks poverty in Dangs

Dangs: There is an uneasy calm in Dangs ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections. As saffron motifs have begun dotting the landscape, tension in the communally sensitive region is palpable. But the issue remains of religion, politics and extreme poverty. Religious Divisiveness Two years ago, the town was the epicenter of violent clashes between Hindu […..]

Tribal equations fuel dissent in Gujarat Congress

Vyara: Internal dissension in the Congress party could be a major setback for the party in the upcoming Gujarat elections. Several Congress leaders are contesting these elections as independents, in the process hurting the chances of the party in cashing in on the anti-incumbency factor in the state. Former Congress chief minister Amarsinh Chowdhary made […..]