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October 27, 2004

'Ideas are not Delhi's preserve'
'We want to nurture resources from all parts of India.' Think-tank chief Rishi Kumar Mishra explains the aims of the Observer Research Foundation.

'Indira was uncomfortable with educated people'
'In her insecurity, she destroyed the institutions of democracy.' 20 Years On: Khushwant Singh on Indira Gandhi.

October 25, 2004

'Can we call the Palestinians terrorists?'
'Five million Indians are working in Arab countries. It is because of the emotional and cultural relations we have had with the Arabs,' says Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed.

'We want Manmohan to hold talks'
'They want us to talk to Shivraj Patil. Vajpayee appointed Advani for talks with us. Advani had a certain standing,' says Hurriyat leader Moulvi Abbas Ansari.

October 21, 2004

I was telling myself, 'calm down... calm down...'
Exclusive Interview: The Man Who Got Veerappan!

October 19, 2004

'The STF has been waiting since 1992'
'Remember, they are all volunteers unlike other forces, and they said they would not come out of the forest until they finished the job. That was the kind of dedication and perseverance they had.' says former STF boss Walter Dawaram.

October 18, 2004

'We don't want the Taliban to re-emerge'
'We would like to ensure there is no foreign intervention in Afghanistan,' says NSAB convener Satinder Lambah.

October 16, 2004

'Fiscal mess Sena-BJP legacy'
'During their tenure most of the expenditure was of the unproductive kind,' says Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

October 15, 2004

'Anybody can point a finger'
'People have been writing and saying that Manipur is burning. But is it really burning?' asks Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

October 14, 2004

'I advocate a trade policy that is good for America and good for the world'
'I will make sure criticism of business practices which harm American workers doesn't generate a backlash against Indian Americans.' John Kerry, in an exclusive interview to

October 13, 2004

Cross-border terrorism must stop. Period'
'The support Pakistan has given to terrorist actions in Kashmir -- official or unofficial -- must cease.' John Kerry, in an exclusive interview to

October 12, 2004

'I will recognise India's vital global role'
'I will work closely with New Delhi to strengthen a relationship built on shared values and interests.' Senator John Kerry, in an exclusive interview with

October 09, 2004

'India has no choice but to trust Musharraf'
People-to-people contact will force the Indian and Pakistani governments to move away from their stated positions on Kashmir, believes Pakistani journalist Mariana Baabar.

Exclusive! The tehelka judge speaks out!
Justice S N Phukan on why he will think twice before taking up such an assignment.

September 28, 2004

'Sonia will quit politics'
'From November 2, to December 18, conspiracies against her can be hatched,' predicts astrologer Lachman Das Madan.

September 23, 2004

'Census vindicates demand for Muslim quota'
'There has not been any decline in the Hindu growth rate. The decline is among Muslims,' argues All-India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman S Q R Ilyas.

Meet the Indian Jain Fonda!
'If I depended on the Indian community for business, I would be dead by now,' says Masala Bhangra Girl Sarina Jain.

September 22, 2004

'I have always questioned whether Partition was a good thing'
'Pakistan has not always been able to come together as a confident, modern State capable of carrying out straightforward, coherent policy.' Former US deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott in the concluding part of an exclusive interview.

September 21, 2004

'Jaswant achieved more of his objectives than I'
'There was never any thought that India was going to be taking one step backward with regard either to having tested or having proclaimed itself to be a nuclear weapons state.' Strobe Talbott in an exclusive interview.

September 20, 2004

'There is a North-South divide in women's status'
'Muslim literacy in South India is more than the literacy of Hindus and the growth rate amongst the two communities is almost the same.' Deputy Registrar General R G Mitra says the critics have not even studied the India Census report.

September 8, 2004

'I was prepared to die'
Driver Tilak Raj recounts his terrifying experience as a hostage in Iraq. An exclusive interview.

September 7, 2004

'Kerala has to be saved from protests'
'I have no time to listen to unnecessary criticisms. I will do only things within my own limitations.' Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy lists the tasks on hand in an exclusive interview.

September 3, 2004

'Economic isolationism is not the right way'
'Global trade is vital to the success of our economy and job creation. We need to continue to expand trade and work to open markets for American goods and services,' President Bush tells Aziz Haniffa in the final part of an exclusive interview.

'LoC is a very good border'
The most disastrous thing about the India-Pakistan conflict is to think that we are in the same predicament as the Israelis and Palestinians, argues analyst Vice-Admiral Verghese Koithara (retd).

September 2, 2004

'We are not a mediator in Kashmir'
'Our relationship with India exists on its own merits, and is independent of our relationship with Pakistan,' President Bush tells in his first interview to a South Asian media outlet.

September 1, 2004

'I am committed to an enhanced relationship with India'
In an exclusive interview with -- his first with any South Asian media organisation -- President Bush lauded India for being "an outstanding partner in the global war on terror."


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