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LONG before the fuel price increase was announced on June 4, its political dimensions had come up time and again in discussions among partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre. The debate was on even during the run-up to the Assembly elections in Karnataka, which were held in May. The discussions highlighted the global increase in the price of crude oil and the demand from oil companies for governmental measures to tide them over.

WHILE announcing the Rs.60,000-crore debt relief for farmers, it was clear that Finance Minister P.

Until the second week of September, when both the ruling Congress and the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suddenly discovered that the affidavit filed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the Supreme Court on the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project was controversial and hurt religious sentiments, the biggest political ripples created by