22 Days in May: The Birth of the First Lib Dem-Conservative by David Laws

By David Laws

David legislation used to be one of many key Lib Dem MPs who negotiated the coalition deal, and the ebook contains his in-depth, backstage, account of the talks with the Conservative and Labour groups after the overall Election, in addition to the debates inside his personal occasion approximately how the Lib Dems should still reply to the demanding situations and threats of a hung parliament. The Liberal Democrats' and Conservatives' determination to shape a Coalition govt has replaced the face of British politics. This ebook units out the interior tale of the way this momentous occasion spread out, and the way - jointly - the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have began to tackle the problem of a huge govt price range deficit.

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Chapters 3 (on Indian domestic politics and security drivers in relation to foreign policy formulation) and 4 (on India’s economy and its role in shaping India’s contemporary international relations) both contain significant historical sections that cover much of the post-1947 ground, some of which is also attempted in the chapters on individual and regional partners and on India’s approach to international organizations and groupings. Among the basic decisions attending the planning of this book was whether to devote a chapter to Pakistan or to fold Pakistan into a wider discussion of 11 Introduction India’s neighbourhood.

The negotiations were thus difficult on both sides, as India could neither renounce its nuclear capabilities nor its historic decision to seek strategic parity with China after the 1962 war; nor could the USA lightly cast aside non-proliferation arrangements it had earlier deemed essential. Thus, talks first engaged between 14 Scope and organization of the material Washington and Delhi under President Clinton and Prime Minister Vajpayee in the late 1990s (after further nuclear tests by India, followed by an echoing set in Pakistan) only came to full fruition a decade later, in 2008, at the tail end of the tenure of President Bush and of the first term of Prime Minister Singh.

The kingdoms of south India (together with Sri Lanka) are mentioned in the second and thirteenth edicts of Asoka. 29 By the time of Bindusara, the second Mauryan emperor, who came to the throne in 297 BC, large parts of the 24 India as a saga of empires? subcontinent had come under Mauryan control although relations with kingdoms of the far south and today’s Sri Lanka, that were not a part of the empire remained cordial. But the Mauryan Empire encountered sustained hostility in the kingdom of Kalinga on the east coast (on the territory of what is now Orissa), which was eventually conquered by Bindusara’s son Asoka.

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