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July 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was declared India's ninth president Thursday, giving a boost to his Congress-I party, which is governing without a majority in Parliament. Sharma replaces President Ramaswamy Venkataraman, whose five-year term ends today. The president is largely a figurehead, but in many ways the federal government acts through the president, including using his power to dismiss state governments and impose federal rule or to delay legislation.
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July 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was declared India's ninth president Thursday, giving a boost to his Congress-I party, which is governing without a majority in Parliament. Sharma replaces President Ramaswamy Venkataraman, whose five-year term ends today. The president is largely a figurehead, but in many ways the federal government acts through the president, including using his power to dismiss state governments and impose federal rule or to delay legislation.
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June 29, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
India's president inducted the first-ever Communist ministers into the government of the world's most populous democracy. Two members of the Communist Party of India--Indrajit Gupta and Chaturanan Mishra--were among 14 new Cabinet ministers from several parties sworn in by President Shankar Dayal Sharma as part of an expansion of the month-old government.
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January 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao brought four experienced men into his Cabinet in a major reshaping of his government to tackle one of the country's worst crises. Rao said he has dropped 14 of his ministers, who handed in their resignations en masse a day earlier, but will not say who they are until President Shankar Dayal Sharma accepts the resignations.
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January 24, 1995
On Thursday, on the broad avenue called Rajpath, the Republic Day parade and celebrations mark the 45th anniversary of India's constitution, which proclaimed it a sovereign, democratic republic. With the nation's titular president, Shankar Dayal Sharma, taking the salutes, members of India's army, navy, air force and other national services will march briskly past.
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October 19, 1995 | From Reuters
Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma brought the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh under his direct rule Wednesday, a day after its low-caste Hindu chief minister lost her majority in the state assembly. The move surprised some political pundits but appeared to form a key plank in Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao's electoral strategy against his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) archfoes before next year's general elections.
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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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January 17, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
As calm returned to Bombay, the government announced Saturday that it will order an investigation of Hindu-Muslim rioting that erupted earlier this month, claiming more than 500 lives. Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao also prepared to reshuffle his Cabinet and accepted the resignation of all 59 ministers Saturday, according to ministers who asked not to be identified. They said the embattled Rao asked for and received the resignations at a dinner he hosted for the ministers at his residence.
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April 21, 1997 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to end a three-week political crisis and reluctant to call new elections less than a year after the last national vote, India's president on Sunday accepted Inder Kumar Gujral as the country's new prime minister. Gujral was sworn in early today.
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May 23, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As of now, predominantly Hindu India has a Muslim foreign minister, a ban on a TV commercial based on Marilyn Monroe's famous billowing-skirt scene and an edict for female newscasters to wear saris that bare less. All of this, and the Hindu nationalist government that willed it into being is expected to be gone with the wind next week.
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May 17, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of India's first Hindu nationalist government, Atal Behari Vajpayee, was sworn in as prime minister Thursday with a conspicuously diverse Cabinet as he battled the clock to widen his support. The televised oath-taking, held in a domed palace built for the British viceroys, was a sterling opportunity for Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party to hammer home that it is blind to religious creeds and caste hierarchy.
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