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May 31, 2006

'Your navy is world class'
Admiral Gary Roughead, who heads the world's largest combined fleet command, on what the Indian and American navies propose to do together, and why.

May 24, 2006

'We can't build the nation with 19th century mindset'
'There is nothing wrong with the quota system if applied judiciously and at right levels. It cannot become a blanket solution for all time to come,' says Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Knowledge Commission.

May 22, 2006

'Middle class only bothers about itself'
'When it comes to the upliftment of the OBCs/STs/SCs, the middle class say looking after the poor is the government's business,' says Knowledge Commission member Dr P M Bhargava.

'The common Muslim wants the clergy in politics'
'If Muslims decide to stand united under one banner, they can overcome any obstacle,' says Maulana Kalbe Jawaad, president of the new party for Muslims in UP..

May 22, 2006

'Sachin will be fine'
'He knows what his body is telling him but he has had some bad luck recently; that's all!' says former India physio Andrew Leipus.

May 19, 2006

'India is buzzing'
'Even in the slums I do sense a sense of possibility that wasn't there before,' says the BBC's Stephen Sackur.

May 16, 2006

'What more do the upper castes want?'
'They have 50 per cent of total seats whereas the upper class population is just 15 per cent. I think that is good enough.' says Udit Raj, Chairman, SC/ST Federation.

'It's a lie that CPI-M is anti-reform'
'Our reform policies are always people friendly. The problem with the Congress government is that its reform policies are only meant for the party leaders to make money,' says V S Achuthanandan, Kerala's next chief minister.

May 11, 2006

'CPI-M not out to destabilise UPA'
'We are 61 parliamentarians in a House of 542. We are very clear what our strength is. Our victory ensures that now you cannot bulldoze any policy, which is not pro-people,' says CPI-M MP Brinda Karat.

May 08, 2006

'I will not loot the people'
'The others have been looting the people all these years. If you don't do that, you can do a lot for the people,' says Tamil star politician Vijayakanth.

May 05, 2006

'The Naxalites only want to kill the police and CPI-M'
'They do not want us to construct roads or to conduct health camps. I see no logic in their demands,' says West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

May 02, 2006

'Group of regimented Stalinists has ruined WB'
Justice has ceased to exist in the 29 years of Communist rule, feels Sougata Roy.

April 28, 2006

'Mahajan will pull through'
'After six to eight months he will be able to devote time for party work as he did before,' says BJP President Rajnath Singh.

April 25, 2006

'Getting into the Indian police service had a motive'
'I know what hardships the poor undergo while dealing with the police,' says Uttranchal DGP Kanchan Chaudhary.

April 24, 2006

What Preity Zinta wants in the new India
Excerpts from a BBC interview with actress Preity Zinta.

'Why do you say Maoists are not terrorists?'
'It is not a civil war, as yet. But it can lead to serious conflict, says former IB chief Ajit Doval in the second part of his interview.

Significant Indo-Uzbek links ahead: Tayal
Indian ambassador to Uzbekistan Skand R Tayal explained the importance of the visit to Deputy Managing Editor Ramananda Sengupta.

April 21, 2006

'We are not after power, this is for an ideology'
‘Our major thrust will be in providing a corruption-free government and making it more efficient,’ says the Lok Paritran’s candidate from Mylapore assembly constituency in Chennai

'Bangladeshi inflitration is the biggest threat'
An interview with Ajit Doval, former IB chief, on the extent of Indian internal security threats.

'Marxists don't know what is development'
'Marxist V S Achuthanandan is the anti-development hero of Kerala,' Chief Minister Oommen Chandy tells George Iype.

April 19, 2006

‘The Uzbek people love India’
‘In almost every Uzbek family you may listen music from the most popular modern Indian movies,’ says Uzbekistan’s charge d’affaires Prof Saydakmal S Saydaminov ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the country.

April 18, 2006

'The Congress is dying in Tamil Nadu'
Former Tamil Nadu Congress chief Tindivanam Ramamurthy tells Shobha Warrier why the party has no future in the state.

April 11, 2006

'Both India and China look down on each other'
'The Indians feel they have a much stronger intellectual system, a much stronger political system, with debates, and courts and freedom. The Chinese think the Indians kind of waste their time on all these debates and things,' says China expert James L McGregor.

April 04, 2006

'Manmohan is India's Deng Xiaoping'
'I think he had a lot of help from two factors: Software and China,' says China expert James L McGregor.

'Investment is like a chappati'
A stockmarket legend's guide to investing.

'Sachin is special'
Test legend David Gower rates Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Tendulkar.

April 03, 2006

Why China will change: The Tibet factor
'The Tibetan issue can have a profound impact on tomorrow's China. This sentiment is shared by many Chinese,' says the Dalai Lama's envoy Lodi Gyari.

'India has something going for it'
'The success of India is success for all of us,' says Richard C Holbrooke.

'India doesn't need FDI'
'FDI is not a big issue because Indians are in now a position to raise big money,' says stockmarket legend Nimesh Kampani.


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