August 11, 2005 |
An Indian minister implicated in the killings of thousands of Sikhs after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 resigned after the current prime minister pledged to further investigate. Jagdish Tytler, the minister of state for overseas Indian affairs, told reporters, "I want my name to be cleared." Tytler was implicated by a government commission that investigated the massacres. The minister's resignation was accepted by President A.P.J.
July 26, 2002 |
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a missile scientist who advocates nuclear weapons as a war deterrent, was sworn in as India's president Thursday. In his acceptance speech, Kalam said India should brace itself to face the growing threats posed by terrorism, internal conflicts and unemployment. Kalam was elected July 18.
July 19, 2002 |
A missile scientist who advocates nuclear weapons as a war deterrent was elected India's ceremonial president Thursday. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam won 89.58% of the votes cast by 4,896 members of Parliament and state legislatures. The only other candidate was Lakshmi Sehgal, an 87-year-old woman proposed by leftist parties. Although born to Muslim parents, Kalam, 71, does not describe himself as Muslim. He reads Hindu scriptures each day and is a vegetarian.
March 1, 2007
Re "Film on an India pogrom boycotted," Feb. 25 Having lived in India for several years as an expatriate, I have to say I am shocked by The Times' India coverage. Believe me, I have been to several countries in the Middle East and in the neighborhood of India. Indians -- who are majority Hindu -- are the most tolerant people on this planet when it comes to religion. The Times tries to paint the picture otherwise. Just note that the president of India is a Muslim (A.P.J. Abdul Kalam)
August 16, 2002
The president of India plays a largely ceremonial role, subordinate to the prime minister, but a smart politician can create power from symbolism. The new occupant of the office, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, displayed that skill in picking a state torn by religious rioting for his first official visit, signaling his concern for the nation's Muslim minority. More than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in riots in the western state of Gujarat in February and March.
May 17, 2004 |
Italian-born Sonia Gandhi plans to be sworn in as India's prime minister this week even as Hindu nationalists threaten to launch street protests if she becomes the country's leader. Gandhi's Congress Party and its allies elected her leader of an alliance that will form the core of a new government, one of her top party officials, Manmohan Singh, told reporters here Sunday. Gandhi is set to visit Indian President A.P.J.