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If you go to big cities in Punjab such as Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar, you will find almost every second car carrying his (Bhindranwale) picture or poster. It is not that Sikhs based overseas are more supportive. He commands support in India as well

Satish Jacob

Hundreds of Sikh soldiers had taken part in the operation (Blue Star), but militants have gone after the military leadership. Brad had led troops distinguishably

Satish Jacob

The biggest loss during the Partition was that India lost Urdu. There is hardly anything concrete left in name of the language.

Satish Jacob

Until the shifting of the British Capital to New Delhi, St James’ Church was mostly frequented by the East India Company officers and Christians living in Delhi. When, the British took over the city after the mutiny, it assumed significance and the number of worshippers increased

Satish Jacob

All terrorists were known by name to the shopkeepers and the householders who live in the narrow alleys surrounding the Golden Temple the Punjab police must have known who they were also, but they made no attempt to arrest them. By this time Bhindranwale and his men were above the law.

Satish Jacob

The Rajiv I met that night was a man driven. He knew he was on the comeback trail, he was filled with confidence that he would win, and that his second coming would be the chance to redeem himself. 

Neena Gopal

The 1991 election would have been pivotal. If he (Rajiv) had lost, India would have been plunged into chaos. He actually won the polls, albeit posthumously. The votes cast after his assassination propelled the Congress to the kind of victory that they would never see again.

Neena Gopal

Covering hot spots is both exciting and challenging. I remember the first time I was in Kabul after the Taliban had exited, I had to type out my reports and then sit in the cold and dark and dictate my copy [by phone] to a long-suffering sub-editor in Dubai. 

Neena Gopal

The message is that not enough is known about the Indian involvement in Sri Lanka and how Rajiv’s assassination was a direct fallout of the Sri Lankan blunder.

Neena Gopal

In a matter of seconds, a fairly standard report about a charismatic politician on the comeback trail, albeit a Gandhi scion, a former prime minister and barely forty-six at the time, was transformed—tragically—into one of the biggest stories I had ever covered.

Neena Gopal

A bomb, a suicide bomber, let alone the first female suicide bomber on Indian soil, was the last thing on anyone’s mind as Rajiv Gandhi plunged into the crowd of supporters on his way to the podium at the far side of the ground, shaking hands, smiling warmly, as was his wont, at everyone who reached out to him.

Neena Gopal

In my mind’s eye, I can still see Rajiv Gandhi’s gentle smile that showed not the slightest irritation at the less than conducive arrangements at the rally venue. 

Neena Gopal

Half-joking or not, he wasn’t far off the mark. The government’s inexplicable scrapping of Rajiv Gandhi’s security even though the Congress leader’s life was under threat had set Lutyens’ Delhi speculating on whether there was more to the move than met the eye, and had laid him wide open and vulnerable to attack.

Neena Gopal

The message conveyed to Rajiv Gandhi by both these delegations was that there was no threat to his life and that he can travel to Tamil Nadu without fearing for his life. I did a series of articles after his assassination that pointed out how, after these meetings, Rajiv became complacent about his security and broke security rules in more than 40 rallies.

Ram Bahadur Rai (Journalist)

So, Ambedkar did not write the Constitution. In fact, he said, if the Constitution is ever to be set afire, then 'I will be first to do so'.

Ram Bahadur Rai (Journalist)

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