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    ...And mission accomplished, he's now announced his resignation as leader of the anti-Europe UK Independence Party (UKIP).The British often complain that their politicians are dull and colourless. Nobody could say that of Nigel Farage. ...

    NDTV on July 5, 2016, midnight

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    ...The referendum's outcome marks a people's revolt - a kick in the teeth to the country's establishment, who are seen as having lost the moral authority to lead.Of all the political parties represented in the House of Commons, only two - with just seven MPs between them - formally support withdrawal from the European Union. ...

    NDTV on June 24, 2016, midnight

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    ...Prime Minister David Cameron and his allies, who are arguing for Britain to remain in the European Union, have warned that exit would increase the risks of war and worldwide recession. Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, responded by comparing the EU's supposed desire for a federal Europe to Hitler's vision for the continent.This fear-mongering on both sides has not impressed the voters. Nor has it done much for the standing of a whole clutch of politicians at the helm of the contending campaigns. One of the few to come out well from the referendum contest is Priti Patel, the 44-year-old Employment Minister who also happens to be the most prominent Hindu in the House of Commons.As the daughter of migrants, it is at first glance surprising that she is a staunch supporter of the "Brexit" campaign, which is making a lot of noise about the need to cut sharply the numbers entering the UK. ...

    NDTV on June 6, 2016, midnight

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    ..."Andrew, thank God you are here. I am so worried - just how bad is it?" she asked. "It's the map! I think we've got Kashmir wrong!" In her hand she had, hot off the press and with the launch imminent, a copy of Imran Khan's autobiography. She opened it on the page of maps in the preface and thrust it urgently into my face. "Someone says we've given Kashmir to India. Please tell me it isn't so!" A quick glance, and I had to confirm my friend's foreboding. "It looks like this is the Indian version of how to map Kashmir", I told her. "And in a book by a prominent Pakistani public figure, that's probably not too good!" "Oh Lord, oh Lord!" she responded, "what on earth shall we do!" And she hurried away in even more of a tizz, leaving me with that copy of the memoirs with the "rogue" map. I have it still. A collector's item perhaps. That edition of the book was recalled, I believe, and the maps amended for those copies destined for sale in South Asia. ...

    NDTV on May 20, 2016, midnight

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    ...And he won comfortably. This is a political landmark - the closest Europe has got to an Obama moment. It's the first time a Muslim has been elected Mayor of a major western capital. The Mayor of London has limited powers but a high profile, and Sadiq Khan now has the biggest personal mandate of any British politician. The new Mayor has faced as much scrutiny in recent weeks about his religion as about his policies. His Conservative opponent, Zac Goldsmith - the Eton-educated son of a business tycoon - alleged that Khan had on several occasions over the years shared platforms with Islamic hardliners who advocated or tolerated violence. In the week before voting day, Goldsmith wrote an article for the right-wing Daily Mail newspaper which bore the headline: "Are we really going to hand over the world's greatest city to a Labour party that thinks terrorists are its friends?" ...

    NDTV on May 7, 2016, midnight

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    ...His father was a bus driver. He was brought up, and continues to live, in Tooting, one of the less fashionable districts of south London, best known for the remarkable array of South Indian eating places on its high street. London is at root a Labour city, and although it's had a Conservative mayor for the past eight years - the maverick Boris Johnson - the smart money is on Labour retaking the post.But the battle for the Indian vote is being fought with vigour. The Conservative candidate for London mayor, Zac Goldsmith, is Sadiq Khan's polar opposite in just about every way. ...

    NDTV on April 26, 2016, midnight

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    ...In cases of contested ownership, possession is nine-tenths of the law. And what's more, however dodgy Britain's case - and there are plenty a lot more questionable - no government is going to handover, in the most literal of meanings, the jewel in its crown.So - sorry! This outsize diamond will be staying where it is. Set in a royal crown, and on display to the millions of tourists (not many Brits bother to go there these days) who troop around the Tower of London.The Indian government knows this, of course. It has for entirely political reasons decided to set aside the statement of its own Solicitor General, who came to the perfectly reasonable conclusion that India has no claim on the diamond because it had been " neither stolen nor forcibly taken by British rulers ". ...

    NDTV on April 20, 2016, midnight

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    ..."She has created political space for women in a traditional society where in spite of the high literacy rate, women still feel suffocated in expressing themselves. "As yet, very few women have ventured into that political space in Kashmir. Women probably have higher status in the Kashmir Valley - and greater educational opportunities - than in much of India. But politics remains overwhelmingly a male preserve, more so than in Delhi or Lucknow or Chennai or Kolkata. The two prominent exceptions in recent decades have been members of the Valley's twin, rival, political families.Begum Abdullah, Sheikh Abdullah's wife, served two terms in the Lok Sabha - and while she was much more than a Rabri Devi-style stand-in, she was clearly contesting as a proxy for her husband. ...

    NDTV on April 4, 2016, midnight