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December 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Indian President Kocheril Raman Narayanan dissolved Parliament, opening the way for early elections after the country's fractious parties were unable to cobble together a government to replace the one that fell last week. The move means elections must be held for the 545-seat Lok Sabha--the only chamber of Parliament directly elected by voters--three years ahead of schedule. The vote is likely to be held in late February or early March, news agencies said.
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December 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Indian President Kocheril Raman Narayanan dissolved Parliament, opening the way for early elections after the country's fractious parties were unable to cobble together a government to replace the one that fell last week. The move means elections must be held for the 545-seat Lok Sabha--the only chamber of Parliament directly elected by voters--three years ahead of schedule. The vote is likely to be held in late February or early March, news agencies said.
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July 18, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
For the first time, a member of the lowest class in Hinduism has been selected this nation's president, a symbolic victory for millions of Indians once labeled "untouchables." Kocheril Raman Narayanan, 76, was elected by members of the national and state legislatures. Although the vote was conducted Monday, ballots were not counted until Thursday. Narayanan, currently the vice president, received 4,231 votes. His nearest rival, T. N. Seshan, got 240.
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July 18, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
For the first time, a member of the lowest class in Hinduism has been selected this nation's president, a symbolic victory for millions of Indians once labeled "untouchables." Kocheril Raman Narayanan, 76, was elected by members of the national and state legislatures. Although the vote was conducted Monday, ballots were not counted until Thursday. Narayanan, currently the vice president, received 4,231 votes. His nearest rival, T. N. Seshan, got 240.
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October 1, 2000 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee added six members to his Cabinet on Saturday, including one of India's most popular female politicians, just before two other ministers resigned to protest a hike in oil prices. Mamata Banerjee, the federal minister for railways, announced her resignation in the eastern city of Calcutta along with her Trinamul Congress party colleague Ajit Kumar Panja, the junior foreign affairs minister, United News of India reported.
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February 24, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Hard-line Muslim cleric Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Tuesday withdrew his threats against British author Salman Rushdie, who plans to visit his native India later this year. Bukhari threatened last month that Muslims would harass Rushdie throughout his visit. In a speech about Rushdie to thousands of followers during Friday prayers last month, Bukhari said: "The punishment for blasphemy is death." India was the first to ban Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses"--the novel called blasphemous by Muslim leaders.
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April 26, 1999 | Associated Press
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.
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April 15, 1999 | Reuters
India's president Wednesday asked Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to prove his parliamentary majority in a vote of confidence after a key ally withdrew from the ruling coalition. "The president has advised the prime minister to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha [lower house]," a statement from President Kocheril Raman Narayanan's office said after opposition parties urged to Narayanan to act.
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April 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Lawmakers in India approved an anti-terrorism bill Tuesday after a day of heated debate in a highly unusual joint session of Parliament, only the third since the country's independence. The government said the legislation is crucial after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States and a Dec. 13 attack on the Indian Parliament. "We cannot score a decisive victory against terrorism unless a special law of this kind is enacted," Home Affairs Minister Lal Krishna Advani said as he presented the bill.
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July 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
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November 10, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
K.R. Narayanan, a former president of India who brought a deeper meaning to the largely ceremonial position when he rose from the bottom of the country's ancient caste system to become the first "untouchable" to hold the office, has died. He was 85. Narayanan, who had been suffering from pneumonia and kidney failure, died Wednesday at an army hospital in New Delhi, a spokesman for India's defense ministry announced. He had been on life support since Oct. 31.
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