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April 29, 2003

'People have seen through the BJP'
'The BJP has been losing ground after joining hands with the BSP in UP. The only gainer is Mayawati. She has consolidated her vote bank and her note bank,' says former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh.

April 24, 2003

'Our job is to end wars, not start wars'
'The UN is far bigger than any one issue, even Iraq. For us AIDS, drought, famine in southern Africa, which take away and threaten more lives than the war in Iraq is also important,' says UN under secretary general for communications, Shashi Tharoor.

April 23, 2003

'Time has run out for India-Pak on J&K issue'
'America and Britain want a greater role in sorting out the Kashmir problem which they liken to the Palestine problem,' says Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, former chairman of the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference.

April 19, 2003

'Are we creating private monopolies?'
'We are convinced a section of the bureaucracy believes we should follow the Western model of economic development including the dictates of the WTO,' says RSS Spokesman Ram Madhav.

April 17, 2003

'What's so new in Vajpayee's visit to J&K?'
'The coming season will be one of the most dangerous phases of terrorism,' says Omar Abdullah, president of the National Conference

April 16, 2003

'Contours of terrorism in J&K different from Iraq'
'We have to fight, eliminate and eradicate terrorism from J&K. India is too big a country to want any assistance from anyone.' says Lt Gen Kamal Davar

April 15, 2003

'Drum-beating has no place in the business of intelligence'
'We cannot compartmentalise intelligence. Intelligence has to be seamless. Intelligence must flow in all directions within the intelligence fraternity.' says Lt Gen Kamal Davar

April 10, 2003

'What has the Antony govt done for Kerala?'
'If Antony hopes he can continue to rule Kerala by intimidating my followers and me it is a futile hope,' says former state chief minister K Karunakaran.

April 08, 2003

'Army cannot kill terrorism'
'I have told my commanders, doesn't matter if a terrorist or two get away, do not involve yourself in collateral damage or inconvenience the people beyond a point.'

April 07, 2003

'Foolproof security would make J&K a police state'
'We know the minority communities are targets, but if we try to put them together in a protected place, we would reduce it to a ghetto,' says Lt Gen Vinayak G Patankar, commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps.

April 05, 2003

'Don't condemn the institution of dowry'
'It has only become a pathology because of gender relations,' argues historian Veena Talwar Oldenburg in a startling new thesis.

April 04, 2003

'We have to give Iraq back to its people'
'We have not underestimated the level of resistance we thought we would encounter', says British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

April 01, 2003

'Saddam will never surrender'
'Saddam is looking for his honour, revenge and prestige. If need be he will die like Hitler in a bunker,' says Lt Gen [retd] Kirpal Singh Randhawa, who trained Iraqi officers in the 1970s.


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