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India: Table A. Selected Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Full Party Names
Country Study > Table A. Selected Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Full Party Names


ABSU - All Bodo Students' Union

AGP - Asom Gana Parishad (Assam People's Assembly)

AIADMK - All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (All-India Anna Dravidian Progressive Federation)

AIDS - acquired immune deficiency syndrome

ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (see Glossary)

ASLV - Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle

Arabsat - Arab Satellite Communication Organization

BAMCEF - All-India Backward, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and Minority Communities Employees Federation

BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party)

BKD - Bharatiya Kranti Dal

BLD - Bharatiya Lok Dal (Indian People Party)

BPAC - Bodo People's Action Committee

BSP - Bahujan Samaj Party (Party of Society's Majority)

ca. - circa

CCN - Cable News Network

CFD - Congress for Democracy

Congress - Indian National Congress

Congress (I) - Congress (Indira)

Congress (O) - Congress (Organisation)

Congreess (R) - Congress (Requisition)

Congress (S) - Congress (Socialist and Secular)

Congress (U) - Congress (Urs)

CPI - Communist Party of India

CPI (M) - Communist Party of India (Marxist)

CPI (M-L) - Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)

CSIR - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

DK - Dravida Kazhagam (Dravidian Federation)

DMK - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (Dravidian Progressive Federation)

DMKP - Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Party (Oppressed Workers' and Peasants' Party)

DNA - deoxyribonucleic acid

DRDO - Defence Research and Development Organisation

ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the UN (qv)

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization (see Glossary) of the UN (qv)

FY - fiscal year (see Glossary)

GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

GDP - gross domestic product (see Glossary)

GNP - gross national product (see Glossary)

GSLV - Geostationary Launch Vehicle

HIV - human immunodeficiency virus

IIT - Indian Institute of Technology

IMF - International Monetary Fund (see Glossary)

INA - Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj)

INS - Indian Naval Ship

Insat - Indian National Satellite System

Intelsat - International Telecommunications Satellite Organization

IPF - Indian People's Front

IPKF - Indian Peace Keeping Force

ISRO - Indian Space Research Organisation

Jana Sangh - People's Union

Janata - Janata Party

Janata Dal - People's Party

Lok Dal - People Party

LTTE - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

NISTADS - National Institute of Science, Technology, and Development Studies

OPEC - Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (see Glossary)

PSLV - polar satellite launch vehicle

PSP - Praja Socialist Party

r. - reigned

RSS - Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteer Organisation)

SAARC - South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (see Glossary)

Samajwadi - Samajwadi Party (Socialist Party)

Samajwadi Janata - Socialist People's Party

SSP - Samyukta Socialist Party

Swatantra - Swatantra Party

Telugu Desam - Telugu National Party

ULFA - United Liberation Front of Assam

UN - United Nations

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

VHP - Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council)

VSTOL - vertical and short takeoff and landing

WHO - World Health Organization

Data as of September 1995

Last Updated: September 1995

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for India was first published in 1995. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

Note that current information from the CIA World Factbook, U.S. Department of State Background Notes, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Country Briefs, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Country Profiles, and the World Bank can be found on

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