SYCOPHANTS AND DEMOCRATS, The Telegraph [Saturday, January 22nd, 2005]

One day in the nineteen seventies, Leonid Brezhnev was in a town on Lake Baikal, attending a Politburo meeting. The Soviet Union was in its pomp, whereas the rival superpower was scarred at home by the scandal of Watergate, and abroad by the experience of defeat in Vietnam. Contemplating these events, Brezhnev was naturally feeling [...]

 
 
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  THE FORGOTTEN PRIME MINISTER, The Hindu [Sunday, January 2nd, 2005]

Debates may rage on who was India’s best Prime Minister, but there can be no question of who has been its most unjustly forgotten Prime Minister: Lal Bahadur Shastri. This remains so even in this, the centenary year of his birth. His memory was briefly exhumed on his hundredth birthday, 2 October 2004, when, at [...]

 
 
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