Thatcher

  • Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole books, dies at 68 11-04-2014 03:44 PM

    London: British comic author Sue Townsend, the creator of teenage angst-ridden 'Adrian Mole', has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed on Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Born in Leicester, Townsend left school at 15, married at 18, and by...
  • Advisers to Modi dream of a Thatcherite revolution 06-04-2014 11:55 AM

    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...
  • Operation Bluestar: Lieutenant General Brar denies UK claims 05-02-2014 08:01 AM

    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 04-02-2014 09:52 PM

    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 04-02-2014 06:48 PM

    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...
  • Britain to lift turban ban at high-risk workplaces 26-01-2014 12:50 PM

    Britain is set to scrap a ban on turbans at high-risk 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...
  • Indira Gandhi 'quick to take offence': UK file on Operation Bluestar 15-01-2014 10:35 PM

    London: The newly-declassified 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...
  • Sikhs fume after new documents surface in UK on Operation Bluestar 15-01-2014 09:46 AM

    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 14-01-2014 11:23 PM

    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. ...
  • India-UK ties were 'bad during Operation Bluestar', says former BBC bureau chief Mark Tully 14-01-2014 10:10 PM

    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 14-01-2014 09:18 PM

    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...
  • Government should come clean on UK's help during Operation Bluestar: Arun Jaitley 14-01-2014 06:50 PM

    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 14-01-2014 05:01 PM

    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 14-01-2014 02:55 PM

    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...
  • Thatcher colluded with Indira for Operation Bluestar, claims Labour MP 13-01-2014 11:39 PM

    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...
  • Margaret Thatcher visited hairdresser 120 times in 1984, reveals diary 03-01-2014 05:25 PM

    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...
  • Minister's resignation note to Margaret Thatcher sounded like a love letter 07-10-2013 06:13 PM

    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...
  • Re-engineering the Conservatives: Thatcher's legacy and Cameron's challenge

    Kindred mind |  Ayushman Jamwal
    In their book Flight of the Buffalo, corporate gurus James Belasco and Ralph Stayer beautifully state the politics of change when they say, "change is...

  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai 17-04-2013 11:45 PM

    Catch the day's top stories on India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai. ...
  • Margaret Thatcher makes final journey on a gun carriage 17-04-2013 04:30 PM

    London: Borne on a horse-drawn 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...
  • Britain stages grand funeral for Margaret Thatcher 17-04-2013 06:50 AM

    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...
  • Thatcher's body lies in chapel as funeral debate rages 17-04-2013 12:23 AM

    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...
  • Big Ben to be silenced after 48 years for Thatcher's funeral 16-04-2013 01:17 PM

    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 15-04-2013 06:25 AM

    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...
  • UK: Thatcher memorial library planned in London 14-04-2013 07:49 PM

    London: Plans to create a mega library-cum-museum 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...
  • Anti-Thatcher party in London's Tarfalgar Square 14-04-2013 06:57 AM

    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...
  • BBC under fire for compromise over Thatcher's 'The witch is dead' song 13-04-2013 11:17 AM

    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...
  • Over 2,000 to get invite for Margaret Thatcher's funeral 12-04-2013 07:57 AM

    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 11-04-2013 04:47 AM

    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...
  • Thatcher: Admirers mourn death, opponents celebrate 10-04-2013 08:20 AM

    London: Admirers of Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday mourned the "Iron Lady" who as Britain's longest serving prime minister in over a century pitched free-market 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...