1998 was the year of the nuclear blasts and missile tests in India and Pakistan, the year
of the Clinton - Lewinsky scandal, the bomb blasts and subsequent retaliation by the US on
Afganistan and Sudan, and the year of US-Iraq tension.
In India, the RSS -- backed BJP came to power, and sectarian strife
gripped the country. All these events affected Akhilesh's writing.
The Itihaas articles from 1998 are in the links on the left. In addition
to them, Akhilesh also published a chapter about Indian