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June 30, 2008
'Nuclear deal will affect Muslim votes'
Samajwadi Party General Secretary and MP Shahid Siddiqui speaks on his party's relations with the Congress, the Indo-US nuclear deal and Muslim votes.

June 26, 2008
'They can't hoodwink the Left at every stage'
'This government has time and again proved that they are not worthy of our support. That is why we are talking about withdrawing support at this stage. We have supported it for the past four years. But the government has not proved that it is worthy of our support. So we will have no other option but withdraw support.'

June 25, 2008
'The people of India are for the nuclear deal'
'We are part of a global nuclear embargo. We are subject to global nuclear apartheid. And we want to move on, so that our people get the opportunities that they deserve in the context of another option in the energy sector,' says Science & Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.

June 23, 2008
'We are the masters of our land'
Balochistan's top leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri in a rare interview.

June 19, 2008
'A mullah general can only happen in a Bollywood film'
'Musharraf has never hesitated ordering his F-16s to bomb his own people.’ Mohammed Hanif, author of the amazing novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, in conversation.

June 17, 2008
'I am not interested in barking or biting!'
CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat speaks out as never before!

June 12, 2008
'There's no greater place to live as a human being than the subcontinent'
'India as a subcontinent is a marvel of god's creation. There should never be a communal clash because so much of Islam and Hinduism have been together. We need to bring Kabir's Bhakti movement back, which the British crushed in such a crafty manner that we were left paralysed.' An interview with Tarek Fateh, author of a bold new book on Islam.

June 10, 2008
'McCain will take Indo-US relations in a positive direction'
‘He views a partnership with India as one of the building blocks of our relationships in the 21st century,’ says Randy Scheunemann, director of foreign policy for the John McCain campaign.

June 09, 2008
'The Left parties have lost ground'
RSP leader Abani Roy spoke about the reason for pulling out of the UPA-Left co-ordination committee, the Centre's policies, the uneasy relations with the CPI-M and the Left's prospects in the coming general elections.

June 05, 2008
'Reforms are required, but not the type initiated by the Congress and BJP'
CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat in an exclusive interview to

June 02, 2008
'I wanted to write how war affects civil life'
V V Ganeshananthan discusses her first book Love Marriage, a novel set in Sri Lanka, with Arthur J Pais.

May 29, 2008
'By 2010, 60 % of world's heart patients will be in India'
'People are eating richer food, more oily food, more fat food, and in India we eat lots of carbohydrates,' says Dr Salim Yusuf.

'25 pc of Muslims voted BJP in Karnataka'
'We have faced worse situations. Godhra has to be forgotten and we need to move on. It is time for a new beginning. We have a bright future and we need to approach it with a positive attitude'

May 28, 2008
'We won't yield one inch on the women's bill'
'The women's reservation bill is a tricky bill,' says Davinder Prasad Yadav, RJD MP.

May 27, 2008
'The Indian monsoon is very complex'
'Our weather pattern is difficult. Don't assess the IMD's skill with the skill of the USA. It is like comparing Tendulkar with a school cricket boy,' says Dr Mahadevan Rajeevan, Director, National Climate Centre.

Transcript of interview with Dalai Lama
Tibetans are losing faith in the Dalai Lama's conciliatory 'middle way' because of China's refusal to strike a deal with him over the region's future, the exiled spiritual leader said in an interview with The Financial Times.

May 26, 2008
'Every political matter comes to court'
'If political matters come to the court for judicial review, we have to deal with those matters.' Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan in an exclusive interview.

'It's been a dream story'
'From one seat to a majority in the assembly in 20 years. The evolution of the BJP in Karnataka is a script in itself,' says Arun Jaitley, the party's strategist for the election.

'India has the highest number of hungry people on earth'
'Food grain availability for India's poorest is now approaching levels that haven't been seen since the British left. This has everything, sadly, to do with the rapacity of India's elites,' says Raj Patel, author, Stuffed and Starved.

May 25, 2008
'The BJP indirectly raised Hindutva'
'If you compare the record of the BJP and NDA government they have a pathetic record of tackling terrorism, still they kept on talking about the recent incidents. They had no other issue to talk about because their performance in the Karnataka government was pathetic so they kept talking about national issues in the assembly elections.'

May 22, 2008
'A criminal can't get a job but can be CM'
'The number of candidates in Karnataka with a criminal background has come down by five per cent when compared to the 2004 election,' says Professor Trilochan Sastry of Karnataka Election Watch.

May 21, 2008
'Neither Rahul nor Priyanka has charisma'
'I won't be surprised if Rahul becomes prime minister one day.' Ashis Nandy evaluates Sonia Gandhi’s leadership of the Congress party and UPA.

May 16, 2008
'These 4 years have legitimised Sonia as an insider'
'It was a humane regime. There has been no large scale bloodshed.' Thinker Ashis Nandy assesses the UPA government.

May 15, 2008
JD-S will score a century: Kumaraswamy
H D Kumaraswamy, former chief minister of Karnataka and Janata Dal-Secular leader, says he is confident of defending his political turf.

May 9, 2008
'Politicians can be made accountable'
Karnataka Lok Ayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde, a former judge of the Supreme Court, on how he plans to reduce corruption once the election process is complete.

'Mayawati's voters like her diamonds and silks'
‘Unless Rahul Gandhi comes with a new set of ideas, he won’t challenge Mayawati,’ says her biographer Ajoy Bose.

May 8, 2008
'100 million people in India are malnourished'
The Padma Shri winner and eminent scientist speaks to Senior Editor Ajit Jain.

May 7, 2008
‘Mayawati is not a whimsical autocrat’
Ajoy Bose tells Sheela Bhatt about the woman with a fascinating personal story and a unique political style.

Exclusive: Hillary will make Indo-US ties stronger
Terry McAuliffe, chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, speaks exclusively to Aziz Haniffa.

May 6, 2008
'Inner coterie takes all the decisions in Cong'
Interview with Congress leader Akhilesh Das who quit the party on Friday after blaming the "coterie" around Rahul Gandhi.

'The media has ignored the Bhopal tragedy'
Dominique Lapierre, author, Indophile and now Padma Bhushan recipient, on the continuing suffering and neglect of the survivors of the Union Carbide gas leak.

May 5, 2008
'People of K'taka are fed up with coalition govts'
Karnataka Congress chief Mallikarjuna Kharge on the party's prospects in Karnataka, his aspirations on becoming chief minister and issues pertaining to state election 2008.

May 2, 2008
'Dangers of ignoring India's poor are greater'
Author Arvind Adiga discusses his new book and describes how he got the idea for it

April 30, 2008
'JD-S has given K'taka some of the best CMs'
'There is a certain amount of respect for the JD-S as compared to the other parties. The plus point for the JD-S is the rule of H D Kumaraswamy as chief minister for 20 months. He is considered as the best chief minister of Karnataka till date.This will work in favour of the JD-S and thanks to this factor the party will earn a considerable number of votes.'

April 24, 2008
'My father would have backed my decision'
Mamatha Nichani speaks about her political ambitions, her thoughts on the political scenario and her decision to join the Congress, a party which her father, Ramakrishna Hegde, had opposed all his life.

April 21, 2008
‘The Dalai Lama is a realist’
'Tibetans want the Dalai Lama to be a rebel and bring down the Chinese as Gandhi brought down the British...' Pico Iyer rells Arthur J Pais.

April 17, 2008
'The BJP will break all records in Karnataka' caught up with the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa and spoke to him about his plans both before and after the elections.

April 16, 2008
‘Why can’t India speak out against China?’
‘The human rights situation in China has worsened,’ says Amnesty International's T Kumar.

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