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January 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
India's new government ordered the mass resignation of the governors of the country's 25 states, the interior minister said. It was the first major purge ordered by new Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh. Governors, appointed by New Delhi, have a mostly ceremonial role but can assume executive power in a political crisis.
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May 19, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the massive Maharajah of Mysore rumbled into the dusty hamlet of Banni Kuppe one morning last week, the villagers awoke to their elders shouting through megaphones: "Your king has come! Your king has come! Come hear him! Hear the words of the king!" Quickly, they left their huts, put off the cows and the chores until later and flocked to the clearing near the village well, where they bowed, stared reverently and heard a most unusual message.
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June 17, 1988
A gun battle between rival political factions left one person dead during parliamentary by-elections in India that are widely viewed as a referendum on Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's government. Despite the death in northern Haryana state, All-India Radio called the voting "by and large peaceful."
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November 10, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran dissident Chandra Shekhar was named India's new prime minister Friday, ushering in an era of political uncertainty after waves of religious rioting and suicides that have left hundreds dead and polarized Indian society.
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July 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh won a power struggle with his deputy, ending a crisis that had paralyzed his minority government for three days. Singh's victory came with the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal's son, Om Prakash Chautala, as head of government in Haryana state. Chautala was forced to quit the post in May after 12 people died in repeated election violence there.
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October 1, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Indian Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh survived a leadership challenge when his parliamentary party gave him a vote of confidence and backed a job plan that has sparked Hindu caste riots. But former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, one of the founders of the ruling Janata Dal party, resigned from Parliament in protest, and a group of dissidents demanded that Singh step down. Not only did Singh prevail, but his policy of reserving government jobs for low-caste Hindus was reaffirmed.
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December 13, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
India's new government said it is calling a conference Sunday of all of India's political parties to discuss proposals for ending the Sikh insurgency in Punjab state. The insurrection has taken more than 5,000 lives since 1983. A spokesman said the Dec. 17 date was set by a special Cabinet committee formed by Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh as part of his pledge to restore peace to both Punjab and the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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December 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
India's new prime minister made a dramatic peace overture in the strife-torn northern state of Punjab, praying in the holiest Sikh shrine and expressing regret for years of bloodshed. The streets of the Sikh holy city of Amritsar were clogged as tens of thousands of people welcomed Vishwanath Pratap Singh, who rode in an open jeep, stopping to shake hands and hug people. Thousands of people have been killed since Sikh militants began a ruthless campaign for an independent homeland.
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September 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Indian Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh fended off pressure to scrap plans to help low castes as police shot and killed six people and a student committed suicide in protests across northern India. Indian news agencies said that a conclave of Singh's party, Janata Dal, renewed majority backing for his plan, which would raise the quota of government jobs reserved for outcastes and low Hindu castes from 22.5% to nearly half.
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June 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Former Defense Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh scored a convincing victory Saturday in off-year parliamentary elections, setting up a possible national challenge to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Gandhi's Congress-I Party won only two seats in Thursday's voting, according to results announced Saturday. It had held all seven seats that were contested in the elections.
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November 9, 1990 | From Reuters
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi turned down an offer Thursday to lead India through violent turmoil and economic crisis, while the man who wants the job waited for an invitation. Veteran socialist Chandra Shekhar, who has been offering all week to form a government, said President Ramaswami Venkataraman had still not asked him to become prime minister. "There is no appointment for Mr. Chandra Shekhar tonight," a presidential spokesman said Thursday.
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November 8, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Indian Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh fell from power Wednesday after a crushing parliamentary defeat, paving the way for a government headed by one of Singh's most bitter rivals and backed by his former enemies in India's long-ruling Congress-I party. Singh, a 59-year-old socialist, survived just 11 months as the head of a shaky coalition amid rapid economic decay and widespread religious violence.
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November 6, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
India's political crisis deepened Monday as Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh's ruling party split over his handling of two key issues that together touched off waves of religious clashes and suicide protests in which hundreds have died in recent weeks.
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November 6, 1990
Indian Prime Minister V. P. Singh faces a no-confidence motion Wednesday that most analysts expect him to lose. Singh lost his parliamentary majority when a coalition partner withdrew in protest over the use of troops against fundamentalists intent on tearing down a 16th-Century mosque and replacing it with a temple to the Hindu warrior god Rama. If Singh's government does fall, it may be replaced by a caretaker administration or a new coalition including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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November 3, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
India plunged deeper into religious conflict Friday as police opened fire on mobs of Hindus attempting a second assault on a disputed mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya, and dozens more clashes erupted between Hindus and Muslims throughout the country. At least 30 people were killed Friday, bringing to more than 250 the total killed in the spiral of religious violence that began nearly a week ago.
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October 24, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Indian Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh, culminating a campaign to block construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a 16th-Century Islamic mosque, pushed his government to the brink of collapse Tuesday with the arrest of the leader of the party that forms a key element in his political coalition.
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April 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh accused Pakistan on Friday of "evil designs," as tensions between the two countries rose after skirmishes along their disputed border in Kashmir. The Indian leader told a public rally in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar that Pakistan was behind a recent bomb blast at a Hindu procession and an incident in which the head of a cow, sacred animals to Hindus, was thrown at a religious place in Kashmir.
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October 20, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monica Chadha, a 19-year-old student, looked up from her morning newspaper, which described a rash of protest suicides by Indian teen-agers, and announced that she was going to kill herself. Monica "told us she was going to burn herself to death--just like that," her elder sister Sonia recalled the other day. "I told her, 'Monica, come on, you're joking.' And she said, 'No, it's not a joke. I am very serious.
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October 1, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Indian Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh survived a leadership challenge when his parliamentary party gave him a vote of confidence and backed a job plan that has sparked Hindu caste riots. But former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, one of the founders of the ruling Janata Dal party, resigned from Parliament in protest, and a group of dissidents demanded that Singh step down. Not only did Singh prevail, but his policy of reserving government jobs for low-caste Hindus was reaffirmed.
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