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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


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In the 14th Lok Sabha elections the people of India have voted decisively for secular, progressive forces, for parties wedded to the welfare of farmers, agricultural labor, weavers, workers and weaker sections of society. 

In keeping with this mandate, the Congress and its pre-poll allies that include the RJD, DMK, NCP, PMK, TRS, JMM, LJP, MDMK, AIMIM, PDP, IUML, RPI(A), RPI(G) and KC(J), have come together to form a United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The UPA Government supported by the Left parties will have six basic principles for governance.

News Analysis

•  The Hindu’s Dubious Survey Analysis

•  Rural Employment Scheme in Shambles


•  Common Minimum Programme

•  One Year UPA Govt.

•  Congress

•  CPI

•  DMK



The UPA Government formed common minimum programme (CMP). It is, by no means, a comprehensive agenda. It is a starting point that highlights the main priorities, policies and programmes. The UPA is committed to the implementation of the CMP. 

The UPA makes a solemn pledge to the people of India: to provide a government that is corruption-free, transparent and accountable at all times, to provide an administration that is responsible and responsive at all times. 


Coalition governments have been celebrated as giving adequate representation to regional interests at the Centre, which is necessary in a diverse and multicultural country such as India. But recent remarks by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh highlight . . . (Coalition Blues, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 07, 2007)

Democracy without the liberty to choose the form of participation in public affairs - even if it be a bandh, hartal, dharmaghat or strike by the people - is meaningless. (Not What People Want, Times of India, SHIKHA MUKERJEE, Nov 07, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Battling a stiff Left resistance, an apparently confident Congress-led UPA government declared today that the civil nuclear cooperation with the United States of America and other countries, as and when it succeeded, would strengthen the . . . . (‘N-Deals Will Boost Energy Security’, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Recent events in the markets confirm the suspicion that the stock market tail is wagging the economy dog as never before. (Tail Wagging The Dog, Frontline, V. Sridhar, Nov 07, 2007)

The Prime Minister, Dr Manomohan Singh, has once again retreated into his academic shell, giving vent to thoughts which are a professor’s delight but which, really, have no value whatever to practising politicians. (Through A Prism, Business Line, Ranabir Ray Choudhury , Nov 07, 2007)

The latest issue of People’s Democracy has an editorial on the Gujarat riots in the wake of Tehelka’s sting operation. (No Closure, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Breaking the ice with the BJP, the UPA government has made its first move towards addressing the principal Opposition party’s concerns on the nuclear deal. (Reaching Out, Nsa & Kakodkar Meet Advani, Indian Express, Pranab Dhal Samanta, Nov 07, 2007)

With the spectre of an early election not ruled out yet, the UPA government is rushing through with a truncated housing scheme for the urban poor so that it gets rolling from January next year. (Polls In Air, Upa Fast-Tracks Houses For Poor: Won’T Build, Will Give 5% Interest Subsidy, Indian Express, Amitav Ranjan, Nov 07, 2007)

Can coalitions provide the unity of purpose that nation-states need, Manmohan Singh asked today. (Pm Lays Bare Coalition Cuffs , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and former national president M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday opined that the Andhra Pradesh should be separated into two and Telangana state formed at the earliest to avoid confrontation in future. (Bjp To Pressure Upa On Statehood For Telangana Region , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday criticised Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M. Karunanidhi for “showering praises” on the slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader Thamilchelvan. (Dangerous Tribute: Bjp, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday struck a somewhat discordant note at a conference on federalism when he lashed out at the regional political parties saying "narrow political considerations based on regional or sectional loyalties could distort nat (Pm Lashes Out At Regional Parties , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The political crisis in Karnataka reached its last leg on Monday with Governor Rameshwar Thakur landing in Delhi with his "final" report on the political situation in the State and the BJP-JD(S) MLAs reaching Delhi on Tuesday for a parade before . . . (Karnataka Drama Moves To Delhi , Pioneer, KUMAR UTTAM, Nov 06, 2007)

The spectre that haunts India has claimed fresh victims even as the Government seems utterly clueless as to how to tame it. There is no end to the spate of terror unleashed by the Maoist menace, with 16 policemen who died on November 1 in . . . . (Maoists On Rampage, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's writing elegy to slain LTTE leader Tamilselvan has kicked up a major controversy with the Congress disapproving it without criticising the DMK chief and the BJP questioning how a Chief Minister could beat . . . . (Karuna Under More Fire For His Elegy To Slain Ltte Leader , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

There was something obscene about Pakistan Army soldiers entering the hallowed precincts of the country’s Supreme Court where they had no business to be, going to the Chief Justice and saying to him his services were no longer required. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 06, 2007)

The sixth meeting of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-Left committee on the contentious India-US civil nuclear deal is likely to be delayed as both sides are adamant on their stance and it will be impossible for the panel to come out. . . (N-Panel Meet May Be Delayed, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

As the President summoned the Winter session of Parliament for November 15 on Monday, the Opposition BJP gave notices for a discussion on the Indo-US nuclear deal under rules 184 and 193. While rule 184 warrants voting, rule 193 entails just a discussion. (Bjp Gives Notice For Vote, Debate On N-Deal In Winter Session, Indian Express, Pradeep Kaushal, Nov 06, 2007)

A dirge penned by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as a tribute to LTTE’s political wing leader S P Tamilselvan, who was killed in a Sri Lankan air raid at a militant hideout has raised many questions. (Mourning Tamilselvan: Crying Foul Over A Dirge , Deccan Herald, S Murari, Nov 06, 2007)

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