Jaswant Singh: News

Jaswant Singh was a former Indian Army officer, a former Union Minister, and a former member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was born in Rajasthan and was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla. He went on to serve in the army but quit in the 1960s to pursue a career in politics. He was one of the founding members of the BJP, which was carved out of the erstwhile Janata Party. Singh was said to be a close aide of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was awarded key portfolios in his Cabinet between 1999-2004. He was the External Affairs Minister from 1999-2002, during which the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked, and jailed terrorists had to be released by India in exchange for the safety of the passengers. Singh was also appointed the Finance Minister in 2002 and continued in the post till 2004. Although he was revered by Vajpayee, the same fondness was not expressed by the rest of the party members. Singh was twice expelled by the BJP: once when he wrote a book that went against the party’s beliefs and again due to differences with the then Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in 2014. A keen reader, Singh penned several books during his lifetime. He suffered a head injury at his home in 2014 and, after a prolonged illness, died in September 2020.

27 Sep 2020


BJP veteran and former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passes away

Jaswant Singh, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians of India and a founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed away at the age of 82, reports said on Sunday.

24 Jun 2020


Reduce High Commission staff by 50%: India tells Pakistan

Already at loggerheads with Pakistan for several years, India on Tuesday decided to reduce the presence of the neighboring country's staff at the High Commission in New Delhi.

30 May 2019


Before Modi takes oath, understanding how Union Cabinets are formed

Who will be a part of Narendra Modi's Cabinet, is a question which has kept political analysts busy since BJP got a thumping victory in 2019 general elections.

11 Dec 2018


#IndiaDecidesOnDec11: Sachin Pilot scheduled to arrive in Delhi

In Rajasthan, Congress will return to power after sitting in opposition for five years, early trends suggest.

07 Dec 2018


#RoadTo2019: After high-voltage campaigns, Rajasthan and Telangana cast votes

In what qualifies as an epic finale for the elections in five states, Rajasthan and Telangana went to polls on Friday to choose the next government.

17 Nov 2018


#RajasthanElections: Ex-BJP leader Manvendra Singh pitted against Vasundhara Raje

Manvendra Singh, a former BJP leader and the son of towering BJP veteran Jaswant Singh, has been pitted against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje by the Congress for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly polls.

14 Nov 2018


#RoadTo2019: Before Rajasthan elections, BJP leader joins Congress

In a major blow to BJP, just days before Rajasthan polls, Harish Meena has ditched the saffron party to join Congress.

02 Nov 2018

Arun Shourie

#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.

28 Oct 2018

Uttar Pradesh

UP: Prime accused in Mailani-range forest guard's murder case arrested

The police on Sunday claimed to have solved the sensational murder case of forest guard Sukhpal Singh in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri.

16 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi

Rajasthan: BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra to join Congress

Manvendra Singh, son of BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh, will join Congress on Wednesday. In September, he had left the BJP at a 'Swabhimaan Rally' in Rajasthan's Barmer district.

23 Sep 2018


In Vasundhara Raje's presence, two BJP leaders attack each other

In an incident which has left BJP red-faced, two of its leaders exchanged blows at a rally in Rajasthan's Alwar in the presence of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

23 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Joining BJP was big-mistake, says Jaswant Singh's son after quitting

In a major blow to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, lawmaker Manvendra Singh quit the Bharatiya Janta Party on Saturday and called joining the party a big mistake.

28 Aug 2017


Delhi: Man blames colleague for developing cancer; shoots him dead

In a shocking incident, Myanmar's Inayat, a 25-year-old cook at a restaurant in Delhi's Uttam Nagar, was shot dead by his colleague.