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September 30, 2008
'Once a Hindu converts, his loyalties shift'
'Regarding the attacks on churches, I can say that most were politically motivated. When some activists were protesting against conversions, vested interests in some cases have taken advantage and gone on a rampage. I blame the politicians for this,' says M B Puranik, VHP's Karnataka convenor

We're all entitled to the same atmospheric space'
'When you say the per capita argument is catastrophic, it appears to us that we have not the same rights than others,' says Indian ambassador to France Ranjan Mathai.

September 29, 2008
'No tangible proof of Muslims' involvement in terrorism'
The same security and intelligence agencies which did not know anything about an impending attack a minute before it took place, suddenly and within minutes know every detail of the persons, organisations, funders etc behind the incident. They want to cover up their abject failure, and as the Muslims are the weakest section at this moment, the blame is safely pinned on them, says Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan.

'India values its nuclear partnership with France, Russia'
'France has been very supportive of India, particularly during the NSG negotiations,' says Ranjan Mathai, India's ambassador to France.

September 25, 2008
'We have assured Christians of safety'
Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar about the situation in the state, the visit by the central team and the remarks made by the Archbishop of Bengaluru.

September 22, 2008
'Terror was there during Ram Rajya also'
'There may be some fringe element like SIMI and others but by and large people want peace and want to live in harmony with other communities. There is a sharp decline in communal clashes in the country. There are some aberrations. Wherever they occur it is unfortunate. In Kandhamal the tension is on but it is not of the intensity of the late '70s and early '80s. That time in one single day 100s of people were killed', says Home Ministry official Mahendra Kumawat

'Vested interests are hitting back at Christians'
The attacks on the Christian community are not restricted only to Mangalore or Orissa, but have spread to other states like Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and even the national capital, says activist Jospeh Dias.

September 18, 2008
'We have busted 400 terror modules'
'When fire has erupted all around your house, how can you have the luxury of a cool home? We have Pakistan and Bangladesh where 67 blasts took place in 2005. In Nepal they had huge insurgency, now Maoists have come to power. In Sri Lanka, what people called the most deadly terrorists outfit, the LTTE, is there', says Home Ministry official Mahendra Kumawat

September 15, 2008
'The US has not shut terror havens in Pakistan'
Barack Obama said recently that Pakistan is using money the US gave it to fight terrorism to 'prepare for a war against India'. Sheela Bhatt spoke to Charles Michael Johnson, who produced two reports on the lack of oversight during the disbursal of US funds to Pakistan. An exclusive, startling interview.

September 01, 2008
'Our message resonates with the people'
The Democratic Party's rising star spoke to Aziz Haniffa.

August 27, 2008
'Jammu is treated like a pariah, because we are patriots'
Tarun Vijay speaks to Leela Karan Sharma, president, Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti.

August 21, 2008
N-deal: 'We can pull it off at NSG'
There's a strong sense inside the Democratic leadership that if you care about India, now is the time to stand up for it, says Graham Wisner, counsel at the top international lobbying firm Patton Boggs.

August 14, 2008
'The youth are restless'
Exclusive Independence Day Interview/A P J Abdul Kalam

August 07, 2008
'Chinese success in Olympics will be our success'
‘There is a medium to high probability of acts of violence… The US, Israeli and Danish teams will be vulnerable,’ says B Raman, who has advised the Chinese on security.

August 06, 2008
'Clean waiver for nuclear deal is a fantasy'
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Washington, DC-based Arms Control Association believes India's expectation of a 'clean exemption' at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting scheduled for August 21 is "a fantasy"

August 03, 2008
'BJP & Congress should think beyond polls'
The National Conference is expecting a clear win in the coming elections, party Member of Parliament Omar Abdullah tells Aasha Khosa.

July 28, 2008
'Terrorism and riots are not interlinked'
It does not make sense to believe that an event in 2008 took place because of an event in 2002. There is no logic behind this argument, says Gujarat's Minister of State for Home Amit Shah.

July 25, 2008
'One should talk of a global nuclear deal, rather than a India-US nuclear deal'
'France is working actively in favour of an early conclusion of the deal in IAEA and exemption by the NSG. 'An exclusive interview with French Ambassador in India Jerome Bonnafont.

July 24, 2008
Poppies, Burma and Bollywood
With his seventh novel, Amitav Ghosh has announced one clear intention: He is not about to retire.

July 20, 2008
'The MIM has been given Rs 5,000 crore'
'I am not kidding. The prime minister has promised to look into our demand for the implementation of the Fatimi committee report on the Sachar committee findings.' says MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

Shahid Siddiqui: Why I joined the BSP
Siddiqui said since he had given an elaborate interview to as an SP general secretary, he explains why he shifted allegiance to the Bahujan Samaj Party and what his views on the issues now are.

July 19, 2008
'No amount of money can change my stand'
'Ideally, Gowda should ask for a Cabinet berth in the Union government. This would help us build the party and a tie-up for us with the Congress is always good, keeping in mind the forthcoming elections.' says Janata Dal-S MP Shivanna.

'We should not be afraid of the US'
Shahid Siddiqui, who defected from the Samajwadi Party, sang a different tune two days ago when he defended the nuclear deal in an exclusive interview with

July 18, 2008
'It has become like a game of the mafia now'
'Why is a party with a 123-year-old history stooping to such a level?' asks Trinamul Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi.

'The BJP is approaching our MPs'
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi speaks out in an exclusive interview.

July 17, 2008
'Non-communal BJP? You must be kidding!'
West Bengal's stormy petrel Subhas Chakraborty in an exclusive interview.

July 16, 2008
'History will decide on Dr Manmohan Singh'
'We are at the fag end of the government's tenure. There is more curiosity when there are chances of a mid-term poll than now. Here, the only curiosity is whether Dr Singh will be able to garner those votes,' says former BJP MP Ram Naik.

July 10, 2008
'Deal or no deal, the Left would have withdrawn'
'The fact is they have their own agenda and compulsions. In West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, the Congress is their main opposition. They think going with the Congress would hamper their electoral prospects. It is this compulsion that has forced them to withdraw support, nothing else,' argues Congress leader M Veerappa Moily.

'I want to see the 7/11 perpetrators punished'
'The persons who are arrested are the ones who have played an active role in the blasts.' Maharashtra Director General of Police A N Roy defends the investigation into the July 11, 2006 blasts in Mumbai.

July 10, 2008
'We failed to get anything from the government'
'Relief and rehabilitation has been a disaster, especially from the state government.' BJP leader Kirit Somaiya on the plight of the July 11, 2006 blast victims.

July 09, 2008
'We need to talk to the Kashmiris'
'Kashmiris are very adaptable people. They will wait. From India's point of view, I think we have lost a great opportunity. I don't think we should keep talking to Pakistan. We should talk to the Kashmiris. Ultimately, this matter has to be settled between New Delhi and Srinagar,' says A S Dulat, expert on Kashmir.

July 08, 2008
Not enough time to pass n-deal in US
'It certainly doesn't have to be accomplished at the end of the year. It will not turn into a pumpkin after some days! The next president and next Congress can take this up,' says expert K Alan Kronstadt.

July 07, 2008
'We have to address the Kashmir dispute'
'The PDP has all the time stressed that the semblance of peace and normalcy it has brought in the valley must not be taken for granted. There is no substitute for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The problem is still there,' says the PDP vice president.

July 04, 2008
'Prabhakaran shoots people who disagree'
LTTE child soldier Shobasakthi, whose book Gorilla was translated into English earlier this year, talks about life as a refugee, LTTE chief, Prabhakaran, the future of Tamil Eelam and much more.

July 03, 2008
'PM's reputation is in some jeopardy'
Foreign affairs expert M K Bhadrakumar on why he is opposed to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

July 02, 2008
'The Left wants to humiliate the Congress'
‘Karat's objective was to humiliate the prime minister and Congress so that its allies lose confidence. He presumably expects that the Third Front parties would gain at the expense of the Congress and there can be a Third front government which the Left can dominate,’ says K Subrahmanayam.

July 01, 2008
'Our job is to train leaders'
'I tell my cadets, make all your mistakes here because at war, you will lose lives,' says National Defence Academy Commandant Air Marshal T S Randhawa.

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