Arun Shourie: News

Arun Shourie is a senior journalist, economist, author, politician, and a two-time Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha. He did his bachelor's in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and Doctorate in Economics from USA's Syracuse University. He worked at the World Bank as an economist and as a consultant to the Planning Commission of India. Shourie started writing in Ramnath Goenka's newspaper, the 'Indian Express', in the 1970s against the crackdown on civil liberties during the Emergency (1975-77). Goenka appointed him as the Executive Editor of the 'Indian Express' in 1979. Under him, the paper emerged as a challenger to the might of the Indira Gandhi government. However, in 1990, he was forced to resign from the paper. He continued contributing columns in leading newspapers through the following decades. Shourie emerged as an articulate Hindutva intellectual in the late 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. He joined the BJP and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha for two terms in 1998-2004 and 2004-10. He served as the Minister for Disinvestment and Communication & Information Technology in the Vajpayee-led NDA government. Shourie was bestowed with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982 and, later, the Padma Bhushan in 1990.

09 Mar 2020

West Bengal

Opposition demands 'immediate release' of detained former J&K CMs, leaders

The Opposition on Monday sent a joint resolution to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre demanding the immediate release of all political leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir.

No merit: SC dismisses plea seeking review on Rafale verdict

In what qualifies as a win for BJP-led Centre, the Supreme Court refused to change its December 2018 order, in which it had dismissed pleas seeking an investigation into how the deal for 36 Rafale jets was signed with France's Dassault Aviation.

Ayodhya, Rafale, Article-370: SC to hear important cases next week

The Supreme Court will reopen on Monday, July 1, after its annual six-week-long summer vacation and the first week will be jam-packed with important cases.

Now, Attorney General says Rafale documents weren't "stolen" but "copied"

Two days after he told the Supreme Court that classified documents related to Rafale Deal were "stolen" from Ministry of Defense, Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday clarified that the papers were in fact "photocopied".

#RafaleHearing: 'Secret' Rafale deal files stolen, Center tells SC

The government told the Supreme Court that "secret" Rafale deal-related documents were stolen from the Defense Ministry and petitioners filing review pleas in the matter are relying on classified documents, violating the Official Secrets Act.

20 Jan 2019


Truth v/s hype: Less than 10L attended Mamata Banerjee's mega-rally

While the opposition leaders want people to believe, the mega rally in Kolkata was a success and has laid roots for the end of BJP's rule, data shows otherwise.

19 Jan 2019

West Bengal

Sabka Haath, Sabka Vinash: Yashwant Sinha slams Modi at opposition-rally

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha didn't mince his words on Saturday as he spoke at the mega opposition rally in Kolkata, West Bengal, organized by TMC.

19 Jan 2019

West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee's United Rally: Towering political leaders reach Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee's United Rally in Kolkata, West Bengal, on Saturday which is primarily a show of strength of opposition leaders will be attended by towering leaders of the country, including a former Prime Minister and several ex-Chief Ministers.

#RafaleDeal: Former ministers call for review of SC's decision

Half a month after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the government on the controversial Rafale deal, former ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, along with activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, have requested the apex court for a review of its decision.

14 Dec 2018


What happened after what in Rafale deal case: Brief chronology

The Supreme Court today dismissed all the petitions seeking a probe in the decision-making process of controversial Rafale deal and gave the Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets.

14 Dec 2018


#RafaleDeal: Satisfied with Centre's process, SC dismisses petition seeking probe

The Supreme Court of India, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, dismissed the petition which demanded a probe in the multi-crore Rafale deal, on Friday.

13 Dec 2018


#RafaleDeal: SC verdict on court-monitored probe due for Friday

The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its verdict on a batch of pleas demanding a court-monitored CBI probe into the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal on Friday.

#RafaleDeal: SC reserves verdict on pleas calling for probe

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a bunch of petitions demanding a court-led probe into the controversial Rafale deal.

14 Nov 2018


Supreme Court commences crucial Rafale deal hearing

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court commenced its vital hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation into the controversial Rafale deal involving the procurement of 36 Rafale jets.

02 Nov 2018


#MeToo: MJ Akbar raped me, journalist speaks out after years

Embattled MoS of External Affairs MJ Akbar has been accused of sexual assault by at least 20 women in the last few weeks, and now a journalist has alleged he raped her years ago.

31 Oct 2018


#RafaleDeal: SC asks Modi government to submit details in 10-days

After months of controversy, it seems that there might be some clarity on the details of the Rafale deal at long last.

12 Sep 2018


Rafale deal: IAF chief backs government, says India facing threat

On Wednesday, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa backed the government on the controversial Rafale deal, saying that the procurement of Rafale fighter jets was crucial for strengthening India's weakening air force strength.

29 Aug 2018


Rafale-deal: Slamming RaGa's 'poor understanding', Arun Jaitley asks 15 questions

In his first video interview after resuming charge as Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has slammed Congress and Rahul Gandhi for their 'factually false' allegations about the Rafale deal.

28 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

Surgical strike videos released, shows damage done to terror-camps

Almost two years after the Indian Army conducted the surgical strike on terror camps along the border, videos of the operation have been released, that was broadcast on various TV channels on Wednesday.

29 Mar 2018


Mamata meets Sonia, asks Congress to participate in anti-BJP alliance

Contrary to speculation, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is not working towards an anti-BJP anti-Congress front. Instead, on Wednesday, she met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and stressed that she wants Congress to be a part of the fight against BJP.

Raja slams Vinod Rai, media, BJP in his new book

After being exonerated in the 2G scam case, ex-telecom minister A Raja has made explosive claims against former CAG Vinod Rai and the ruling BJP. This is all part of a tell-all book 'The 2G Saga Unfolds'. This book was released on January 19.

03 Jan 2018


AAP's Kumar Vishwas sulks after being denied RS nomination

In an expected move, AAP's Kumar Vishwas lashed out at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after being denied Rajya Sabha nomination.

03 Jan 2018


AAP finally decides on its Rajya Sabha nominees

After intense discussions, AAP has finally decided on its Rajya Sabha nominees. Delhi's deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced that senior leader Sanjay Singh and lesser-known leaders ND Gupta and Sushil Gupta will be their nominees.

06 Oct 2017


Not ready to back down yet, Sinha attacks government again

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha continued his attacks on the government while sharing the dais with AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Manish Tewari at the release of the latter's book "Tidings of Troubled Times."

05 Oct 2017


Don't get gloomy over one quarter of slow growth: PM

Narendra Modi, speaking at Institute of Company Secretaries of India's golden jubilee celebration, launched a tirade against "people who sleep well only after they spread a feeling of pessimism all around."

After Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie lambastes the government's economic policies

Former minister of Disinvestment, Communication and Information Technology in AB Vajpayee's government and senior BJP leader Arun Shourie has joined the band of leaders from within the party criticizing the government's policies.

27 Sep 2017


Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha derides government's economic policies

Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha lashed out at PM Modi and FM Arun Jaitley for making a "mess" of the economy.