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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets former union minister Arun Shourie at a hospital, in Pune.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee along with author and former Union minister Arun Shourie (R) and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (L) releases former Union minister Yashwant Sinha's autobiography "Relentless" at a function in New Delhi.

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Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha with former minister Arun Shourie and actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha at the release of his autobiography Relentless, at a function in New Delhi.

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Former union minister and one of the review petitioners in the Rafale case, Arun Shourie, leaves after the Supreme Court's hearing on Rafale review petition, in New Delhi.

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Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan with former union minister Arun Shourie at the Supreme Court during a hearing on Rafale deal, in New Delhi.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, RLD chief Ch Ajit Singh and former minister Arun Shourie at a meeting in New Delhi.

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Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan with former union minister Arun Shourie after a hearing on Rafale deal, at Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader P Chidambaram and former Union minister Arun Shourie at the release the book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister" authored by Shashi Tharoor (3rd from left) in New Delhi.

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Advocate Prashant Bhushan with former Union minister Arun Shourie leave after meeting CBI Director Alok Verma in relation to Rafale Deal, at CBI Headquarter in New Delhi.

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Former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha with lawyer Prashant Bhushan after a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Former union ministers Yashwant Sinha (R) and Arun Shourie (L) with lawyer Prashant Bhushan during a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Lawyer Prashant Bhushan with former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha during a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Former union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha during a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Congress leader Saifuddin Soz with former Union minister Arun Shourie (R) and veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar (L) during the launch of his book "Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle", in New Delhi.

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Former Union minister Arun Shourie speaks at the release of his book "Anita Gets Bail", in New Delhi.

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Veteran jurist Fali K Nariman, former CJI Justice (retd) R M Lodha and former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice (retd) A P Shah release the new book of Arun Shourie (L) titled "Anita Gets Bail" in New Delhi. Shourie's son Aditya (in wheelchair) is also seen.

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BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee before their meeting at TMC party office in New Delhi

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Arun Shourie, Fali Nariman, NDTV Co-Founder Prannoy Roy during a meet to protest the CBI raids on NDTV and the attack on freedom of press organized by the Press Club Of India, in New Delhi.

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Arun Shourie, Fali Nariman, NDTV Co-Founder Prannoy Roy, HK Dua, S. Nihal Singh and Senior Journalist Kuldip Nayar during a meet to protest the CBI raids on NDTV and the attack on freedom of press organized by the Press Club Of India, in New Delhi.

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Arun Shourie vs Modi sarkar The soft-spoken but razor-sharp Arun Shourie lashed out at the Modi government for being “Congress plus cow”. Claiming he had never seen a weaker PMO, Shourie commented that people had started missing Manmohan Singh. Ouch. But then, the BJP doesn’t care, right? For Shourie is no longer a member of the party, or is he?

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Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi handing over a book authored by his party colleague Arun Shourie (L) to 'Tukhlaq' editor Cho Ramaswamy at a function organised by Nani Palkhivala Foundation in Chennai.

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On Polished Flooring Amidst fulminating against UPA grandees, Narendra Modi still has time for the Divinity Series—which attempts to present Bharatanatyam in ‘fresh, modern settings'. Foun­der Deepak Shourie (third from left), Arun Shourie and others line up for the end-of-the-show snap in Delhi.

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‘Crusader Shourie’ At the Express office

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Feb 25, 2011: Shourie outside CBI HQ in Delhi

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Not fair, sir Pramod Mahajan objected to Shourie favouring Tatas

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Close knitting Tata, Vajpayee and Shourie in Mumbai in 2004

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External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and BJP leader Jaswant Singh at Parliament House in New Delhi after the presentation of the Rail Budget 2011-12.

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Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie talks to media after being questioned by the CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, outside the investigating agency's headquarters in New Delhi.

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Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie talks to media after being questioned by the CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, outside the investigating agency's headquarters in New Delhi.

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FormerTelecom Minister Arun Shourie comes out of CBI headquarters after being questioned in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, in New Delhi.

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In Absentia
The RS vote on the Women’s Reservation Bill saw at least one BJP MP defying the party whip. The party’s man of letters Arun Shourie did not surface till the day after, and strangely, offered no explanation for his absence. Incidentally, Shourie’s Rajya Sabha term ends after this session of Parliament. As everyone knows, he hasn’t been too happy with the current bjp leadership and famously fulminated some months ago by calling certain leaders “Humpty Dumpty” and other colourful names. He had topped this up with long rants in national dailies quoting freely from Alice in Wonderland. Nobody really understood “ki Shourie ko itna gussa kyon ata hai” but he perhaps felt that he does not get his due in the party. That apart, the question now is: doesn’t the one-time crusader believe the women’s issue was worth his while? Hmmm.

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Jaswant Singh vs the BJP
Jaswant Singh’s book partially exonerating the Qaid-e-Azam of a role in the Partition role stirred up a storm in the BJP. Jaswant finally went, kicking and screaming. Then BJP ideologue Arun Shourie joined the rebellion, managing to get Tarzan, Humpty-Dumpty and “Alice in Blunderland” into one concise 23-minute interview (Part I).

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In the eye of the storm. Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie at a book launch in New Delhi. The simmering crisis in BJP deepened with Shourie'scalling 'BJP Kati Patang, Rajnath Singh Alice in Blunderland' and the top leadership as 'Humpty Dumpty'.

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Thursday 5 MayFormer Disinvestments minister and BJP leader Arun Shourie speaks during a press conference in New Delhi. A day after Finance Minister P. Chidambram informed the Parliament that Shourie took "active interest" in the divestment of two Juhu Centaur hotels near Mumbai airport which were allegedly sold for a price much below of their market value, the former minister dared the government, saying he is ready for any open inquiry that "the PM or FM may deem fit". The CAG, in a report to the Parliament, has also stated that the sale of two hotels took place without the benefit of competition and that valuation and reserve prices and the transactions were not consistent with the practice followed by the disinvestment ministry in other cases. The CAG report said that due to inadequate initial scrutiny of financial strengths of M/s Tulip Hospitality Services Private Ltd, the ministry had to "relax several conditions and made interventions at a later stage to ensure conclusion of the sale, which cannot be viewed as a good practice."

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