Margaret Thatcher

  • PM Narendra Modi more like Deng Xiaoping, says Fareed Zakaria 4 days ago

    Strategic Affairs Expert Fareed Zakaraia said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not like Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan, he is more like Deng Xiaoping. CNN-IBN Executive Editor Bhupendra Chaubey was speaking to Zakaria on India's global image and how the world perceives Modi. ...
  • Advisers to Modi dream of a Thatcherite revolution April 6, 2014

    New Delhi: When Opposition leader Narendra Modi gave a speech on the virtues of smaller government and privatisation on April 8 last year, supporters called him an ideological heir to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died that day. Modi, favourite to form next government after elections starting on Monday,...
  • Operation Bluestar: Lieutenant General Brar denies UK claims February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could turn into a headache for the Congress party, Britain has officially admitted that they had an advisory role in Operation Bluestar. The revelation comes even as Sikh groups are demanding an SIT probe into the 1984 riots. However, Lieutenant General Brar who led Indian troops...
  • Not aware of any advice by UK on Operation Bluestar: Lt Gen Brar February 4, 2014

    Reacting to the British statement on Operation Bluestar, Retired Lieutenant General Kuldeep Brar said, "I am not aware of any advice by UK govt to India on Operation Bluestar. UK played no role "limited" or otherwise in Operation Blue Star. I came into the picture on June 1, 1984." ...
  • Britain admits it advised India on the 1984 Operation Bluestar February 4, 2014

    London: Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday an official investigation had shown Britain did advise India on planning Operation Bluestar in Amritsar in 1984, but said its advice had limited impact. Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review into the matter last month after newly released official papers suggested that...
  • Britain to lift turban ban at highrisk workplaces January 26, 2014

    Britain is set to scrap a ban on turbans at highrisk workplaces next week, a move that some Sikh groups see as a "sweetener" to deal with the fallout of the Margaret Thatcher government's alleged role in Operation Bluestar in 1984. The Department for Work and Pensions is to announce that...
  • Indira Gandhi 'quick to take offence': UK file on Operation Bluestar January 15, 2014

    London: The newlydeclassified file that has set off a storm over Britain's alleged involvement in planning Operation Bluestar in 1984 speaks about concerns over the attitude of Indira Gandhi who was "quick to take offence at slights". A background briefing document contained in the file PREM 19/1273 and marked 'UK/India Relations'...
  • Sikhs fume after new documents surface in UK on Operation Bluestar January 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: The claims by a Sikh member of the House of Lords in London that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher helped in Operation Bluestar has created furore in Punjab and also within the Sikh community in the United Kingdom. British MP Indarjit Singh had demanded an explanation after recently...
  • Lt General Brar rubbishes UK involvement in planning Operation Bluestar January 14, 2014

    Lt Gen (Retd) KS Brar, who led the offensive, rubbished charges that British special forces were involved in planning attack on Golden Temple in 1984. He said that Operation Bluestar was planned and executed by Indian military commanders. ...
  • IndiaUK ties were 'bad during Operation Bluestar', says former BBC bureau chief Mark Tully January 14, 2014

    Operation Bluestar has come back to haunt the Congress after 30 years. Declassfied British documents reveal that the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked for Britain's help to deal with the raid on the Golden Temple. ...
  • Operation Bluestar hero Lt General Brar calls UK documents fictitious January 14, 2014

    Amid the raging row over claims that Margaret Thatcher's government had aided India in the Operation Bluestar to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984, Lt Gen (Retd) KS Brar, who led the offensive, on Tuesday said it was planned and executed by Indian military commanders. "I am quite...
  • Government should come clean on UK's help during Operation Bluestar: Arun Jaitley January 14, 2014

    A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984. ...
  • India to ask UK for details of claims of help during Operation Bluestar January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped her the then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out terrorists holed...
  • UK to probe Thatcher's association with Operation Bluestar January 14, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameroon has directed his Cabinet to investigate the claims that Margaret Thatcher's government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple 1984. A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest that...
  • British PM orders probe into Thatcher's link with Operation Bluestar January 14, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has directed his Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts behind claims that Margaret Thatcher's government may have helped Indira Gandhi plan Operation Bluestar in 1984. Labour MP Tom Watson and Lord Indarjit Singh had demanded an explanation after recently declassified documents indicated that Britain's Special Air...
  • Thatcher colluded with Indira for Operation Bluestar, claims Labour MP January 13, 2014

    A British MP on Monday claimed that top secret documents suggested Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out militants from the shrine, an operation that left more than 1,000 people dead. Tom Watson, the Labour lawmaker from West...
  • Margaret Thatcher visited hairdresser 120 times in 1984, reveals diary January 3, 2014

    She might be known as the iron lady but former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was particular about her looks as her appointments diary for 1984 shows she visited a hairdresser 120 times. Thatcher, who was premier from 1979 to 1990 and died in April 2013 at the age of 87,...
  • Minister's resignation note to Margaret Thatcher sounded like a love letter October 7, 2013

    A newly released resignation note by Margaret Thatcher's Defence Secretary John Nott reads more like a love letter in which he gushes about the former British Prime Minister's looks and charm. John, who led Britain's forces in the 1982 Falklands War, expressed his admiration for Thatcher effusively when he stood down...
  • Margaret Thatcher makes final journey on a gun carriage April 17, 2013

    London: Borne on a horsedrawn gun carriage, the coffin of Margaret Thatcher made its final journey from the centre of British political power on Wednesday past thousands of supporters who lined the streets of London to bid farewell to the "Iron Lady". The former prime minister was honoured with a gun...
  • Britain stages grand funeral for Margaret Thatcher April 17, 2013

    London: London will stage its biggest political funeral in almost half a century on Wednesday when Britain's governing elite join the Queen and global leaders to bid farewell to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, better known as the "Iron Lady". In an event comparable to that of Winston Churchill's funeral in...
  • Thatcher's body lies in chapel as funeral debate rages April 17, 2013

    London: A coffin bearing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was placed in a chapel in Britain's parliament before her funeral on Wednesday as a debate about the ceremony's scale and guest list deepened. Draped in the red, white and blue British flag, Thatcher's casket was driven through London's...
  • Big Ben to be silenced after 48 years for Thatcher's funeral April 16, 2013

    London: For the first time in 48 years, London's iconic Big Ben will fall silent on Wednesday as a mark of respect for 'Iron lady' Margaret Thatcher's funeral. The former Conservative Prime Minister died of a stroke in London on Monday aged 87. She will be given a ceremonial funeral...
  • Thatcher's death puts Cameron's leadership in spotlight April 15, 2013

    London: Margaret Thatcher's funeral this week may be the costliest political advert in history, if critics are to be believed but her death is reminding Conservatives that their current prime minister pales against her ideological conviction and power. Pollsters say David Cameron may get a small lift in the polls...
  • UK: Thatcher memorial library planned in London April 14, 2013

    London: Plans to create a mega librarycummuseum and training centre in memory of Margaret Thatcher are being devised in the lead up to the funeral of the former British premier on Wednesday. Supporters of the 'Iron Lady', who died of a stroke aged 87 last week, aim to raise around...
  • AntiThatcher party in London's Tarfalgar Square April 14, 2013

    London: Hundreds of opponents of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher partied in London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate her death, sipping Champagne and chanting "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead." Thatcher's most strident critics had long vowed to hold a gathering in central London on the Saturday following her passing, and the...
  • BBC under fire for compromise over Thatcher's 'The witch is dead' song April 13, 2013

    London: Britain's public broadcaster came under fire on Friday for compromising over the song 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' that was sent flying up the UK charts by a campaign to celebrate former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's death. The song from the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz' is vying...
  • Over 2,000 to get invite for Margaret Thatcher's funeral April 12, 2013

    London: More than 2,000 people are being invited to attend the ceremonial funeral for former British prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher next Wednesday, an initial list released by Downing Street said on Thursday. Thatcher, Britain's first woman and longest serving prime minister of the 20th century, died on Monday aged...
  • Cameron says Thatcher made Britain great, others snub her April 11, 2013

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered an emotional tribute to Margaret Thatcher in parliament on Wednesday, but political opponents boycotted the debate on her legacy, underlining how divisive a figure she remains even in death. MPs were recalled from their holidays for the first time for the death of a...
  • Thatcher: Admirers mourn death, opponents celebrate April 10, 2013

    London: Admirers of Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday mourned the "Iron Lady" who as Britain's longest serving prime minister in over a century pitched freemarket capitalism as the only medicine for her country's crippled economy and the crumbling Soviet bloc. World leaders past and present, from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev...
  • The Last Word: Was Margaret Thatcher one of the most influential world leaders of the 20th century? April 9, 2013

    Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. Was Thatcher one of the most influential world leaders of the last century? And what made her so...