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April 30, 2004

'Indians by nature are very secular'
'I think the educated middle-class Indian has to take a stand and understand that the only thing which can stop India from being the greatest superpower in this world is the misuse of communalism,' says Shah Rukh Khan.

'Every law under the sky that is related to elections has been flouted'
Rajiv Pratap Rudy speaks out on Chhapra rigging.

'The BJP's seats will not come down'
Lalji Tandon, in the eye of a storm over the Lucknow sari stampede, speaks to George Iype.

'PM has disregard for suffering'
'I don't think a person of his insensitivity should again be a claimant for the prime minister's chair,' Kapil Sibal tells Tara Shankar Sahay.

April 29, 2004

'There is a Priyanka-Rahul wave'
'Their campaign has made all the difference to the Congress in UP and other parts of the country,' says Captain Satish Sharma.

'Rajni a firm believer in Hindutva'
'I still believe the NDA will come back to power, and that too, without any post-poll alliance.' Cho Ramaswamy on his friend Rajnikanth and Election 2004.

April 28, 2004

'Krishna river will flow full of blood'
'This IT is all humbug. It is a myth that Chandrababu Naidu has created. What have we got out of IT?' Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhar Rao in a freewheeling interview with A Ganesh Nadar.

April 27, 2004

'Some states will create a chamatkar'
'Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi. In these states there will be a clear setback to the NDA.' Exclusive! Sharad Pawar on Election 2004.

April 26, 2004

'Young people must know the reality'
'Those who opposed computers when they were introduced to India by Rajiv Gandhi are now taking credit for the IT revolution,' says Sunil Dutt, Congress candidate for the Mumbai Northwest Lok Sabha constituency.

April 23, 2004

'I will create a new brand of politics'
'The so-called foreign origin of my mother is a non-issue. I have always seen my mother as an Indian,' Rahul Gandhi tells George Iype in an exclusive interview.

April 22, 2004

'The PM is fooling the people'
'Where is India shining?' asks Congress MP Akhilesh Das, standby candidate against Vajpayee. 'The people do not have power, water, and food.'

'Laws in India breed corruption'
'India is governed by those who were born when India was not free and whose thinking reflects that era, not the thinking of free India,' says IPS officer-turned-politician Sanjay Pandey.

April 21, 2004

'Muslims are not minorities'
'Our Muslim leaders are not allowing the community to come up because they are afraid they will be sidelined.' The Prince of Arcot explains why he opposes government sops for the community.

April 19, 2004

'Maybe girls feel less in control of their lives'
'The suicide rates are so high that if this happened with a disease, you would actually conclude that something has to be done immediately,' says Dr Anuradha Bose.

'Muslims should cast away crutches of political parties'
'Muslims will be used like a football being kicked from one net to another,' says the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari.

April 15, 2004

'Monsoon forecast has nothing to do with elections'
'It has everything to do with science only. We forecast the monsoon irrespective of elections,' says IMD DG Dr S K Srivastava.

'Laloo a great politician'
'The operative word is 'politician.' Perhaps the best this country has. He may be a terrible administrator but he holds the people in his hands. That's a great skill,' feels pollster Dorab R Sopariwala.

April 15, 2004

'Does the Constitution not apply to Gujarat?'
'You change the guard in Gujarat with President's rule for six months and you will see a sea change. The only reason we are seeing this is because the VHP men are not dealt with strictly,' says Teesta Setalvad, campaigner against communalism .

April 13, 2004

'In India, politics is a business'
'Who do you leave your business to? Your son or daughter -- right? It is a way to make money,' says pollster Dorab R Sopariwala.

'How can Sonia not be called an Indian?'
'If 60 percent of India today is below the age of 35, Sonia Gandhi has been in India longer than most of this 60 percent,' says Congress strategist Jairam Ramesh.

April 12, 2004

'BJP must guard against losing cricket match'
'A defeat depresses people. If happiness goes down... 10, 15 seats could move because many seats are closely contested,' says pollster Dorab R Sopariwala.

'We are hunting Americans like pigs'
'We have set up a special suicide squad that consists of 2,000 Taliban. This squad will make life a hell for the US, says Mullah Omar in an exclusive interview.

April 8, 2004

'I don't think the NDA will get 400 seats'
'Since 1980, no individual party, except on the back of an assassination, has got more than 200 seats,' says pollster Dorab Sopariwala.

April 7, 2004

'Muslims haven't joined BJP in large numbers'
'A few nice words will not make Muslims change their perception of the BJP,' says Syed Shahabuddin.

April 6, 2004

'We are a thinking party'
'We express our stand in an idiom which suits the moment,' says Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley.

April 05, 2004

'Divide in LTTE will weaken it'
'If Karuna continues to oppose Prabhakaran, it will certainly be a problem for them,' Sri Lankan army chief Lt Gen Lionel Balagalle tells Ramananda Sengupta.

April 01, 2004

'LoC will fall like Berlin Wall'
Pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani explains why he is opposing the dialogue between the Centre and the Hurriyat Conference.


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