November 6, 1999 |
In his first visit to India in 13 years, a frail Pope John Paul II was welcomed with pomp today by government leaders eager to play down tensions between Christians and majority Hindus. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President K.R. Narayanan greeted the pope at the presidential mansion with the trappings of a state visit, including cavalry officers in white, gold and red dress uniforms and a gun salute that reverberated among the red sandstone pillars.
August 18, 1999 |
Indian officials Tuesday made public a proposal for a national nuclear doctrine under which only the elected prime minister would have the power to authorize a nuclear strike and India would use such weapons only if attacked by another nuclear power.
April 26, 1999 |
India appeared likely to call new elections after Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi gave up Sunday on trying to form a new government. Ousted Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee met with President Kocheril Raman Narayanan, but it did not appear that the ceremonial chief of state had given Vajpayee the nod to try again at forming a government. If so, that would force India to call its third election in as many years.
April 24, 1999 |
India's Congress party, thwarted in its bid to form a minority government, sought more time Friday to win key support from a clutch of regional and communist parties. Four parties from a patchwork of regional, caste-based and leftist groups on which Sonia Gandhi's Congress was relying, would not declare their support. Gandhi said after meeting President K.R.
April 18, 1999 |
India's Hindu nationalist government resigned Saturday after losing a confidence vote by a single ballot, a margin that signaled continued political turmoil as Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi prepared to try to form the next government. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee gave his resignation to President Kocheril Raman Narayanan but agreed to stay on as caretaker until a new government is formed. "I accept the house verdict with all humility," Vajpayee said.
February 21, 1999 |
A golden bus crossed from India to Pakistan on Saturday bearing an old rival and the hopes of a subcontinent tired of war. Prime Minster Atal Behari Vajpayee rode in from India to meet his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, spurring talk that a new trans-border bus route could open an era of friendliness between their historically hostile countries. Vajpayee and Sharif planned two days of meetings aimed at bridging the differences between the world's two newest nuclear-armed states.
January 11, 1999 |
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited a violence-hit region in western India on Sunday and demanded severe punishment for anyone attacking houses of worship, after Hindu militants burned or demolished churches there. "Exemplary punishment should be awarded to perpetrators of such crimes," he said in Ahwa, a town in the western state of Gujarat, a region that has been marked by more than 100 acts of violence against Christians in the past year.
January 9, 1999 |
A new wave of assaults against India's Christians has brought the first hints that the country's Hindu nationalist leaders are prepared to squelch the violence. This week, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced that he will visit a western Indian region that has been marked by more than 100 acts of violence against Christians in the past year. Vajpayee joined a chorus of denunciations against the perpetrators, and local police announced the arrest of at least 45 suspects in the attacks.
November 29, 1998 |
India's right-wing ruling party was routed in elections in three states, according to early results Saturday, suffering a major setback in its first political test since forming a coalition government eight months ago. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee acknowledged the defeat for his Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, but he insisted the results would have no bearing on the stability of his 19-party coalition. The election was held Wednesday, but final results were not expected until today.
June 2, 1998 |
India on Monday unveiled a budget plan that doesn't do enough to spur domestic and foreign investment to reverse the country's economic slowdown, analysts and investors said. Finance Minister Yaswant Sinha's fiscal blueprint not only slows the pace of reform set in the last three budgets, but it reverses some of the opening of India's market to trade by raising import tariffs. "He has run out of ideas to kick-start the economy," said A.K. Kinra, corporate vice president for finance at J.K.