|December 31, 2008|
You can't just wish away problems in Kashmir|
Just because we had a good election, if we think the Kashmir problem is over then we are taking things too much for granted. Somewhere or the other serious issues will start cropping up. It can be in the assembly, it can be by coalition partners, it can be by the Opposition parties and it can be raised by separatists or it can be by artificial insemination by Pakistan, says A S Dulat.
'As Opposition, PDP should follow NC's footsteps'
Interview with former JK chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad feels all his good work as the chief minister was wiped clean by the emotional and divisive politics unleashed by the father-daughter duo of Mufti Mohd Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti.
|December 29, 2008|
'It's not just a numbers game in J&K'|
The Congress has a lot to consider before taking a decision on which party to align with in Jammu and Kashmir, says PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
'An eye for an eye is against our culture'
Any action that is undertaken without inner peace only leads to regret. And peace does not mean inaction. One has to use all methodologies to curb terrorism. We have to do it through education and persuasion. Force should be used only when nothing else works, says spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
'Great injustice is being done with Uttarakhand'
Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri speaks about containing dissidence in state BJP ranks, Sixth Pay Commission and his party's chances in the forthcoming general elections.
|December 26, 2008|
|'Mumbai model for future terrorist attacks'|
India will have to prepare for many more attacks like this. India will have to do something to prevent something like this from happening again. Or at least India should try to minimise the impact of such attacks, says Professor Bernard Haykel.
|December 16, 2008|
|'Mumbai attacks were directed at US too'|
'The fact that these guys had planned and executed the attacks before the Indian elections, the fact that the attackers were also looking for foreigners with American and British passports, the fact that they were attacking a Jewish establishment, and that the fact that they came from Pakistan... all these things are very important,' says New Age guru Deepak Chopra.
|December 15, 2008|
|'Al Qaeda is a corporate entity'|
‘The terrorists were the labourers… A lot of money is needed for this. I don't think Lashkar has that money.’ Former IPS officer Y P Singh speaks out!
'Despite attacks, Mumbai's image has not changed'
'Parents in the city don't worry about their young professional daughters coming home late at night in public transport. Having said that, there is no guarantee that this -- a better law-and-order situation in the city compared with other metros -- will protect you from a terror attack.'.
|December 12, 2008|
Exclusive interview: Rakesh Maria, the man investigating the Mumbai terror attacks
'If you get impressed by the indoctrination of these youth that turned them to terrorism and brought them to Mumbai from Karachi, then you very well trust us too. We underwent three years of the Indian police's rigorous training and 27 years of experience in dealing with criminal brains. Don't underestimate our investigative skills.' Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the man investigating the Mumbai terror attacks case, in an exclusive interview.
'Where was the question of negotiations?'
'They are cold-blooded killers. They sat in a taxi, while one was talking to the taxi driver another was placing a bomb below his seat.’ Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the lead investigator in the attacks case, in his first interview on the acts of terror. Exclusive to rediff.com.
'The Pakistan connection is beyond doubt'
'This indoctrination of uneducated youth that is going on in Pakistan is a danger to the whole world, not just to India.' Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria, the lead investigator in the attacks case, in his first interview on the acts of terror. Exclusive to rediff.com.
'Fahim Ansari is a prized catch for the Mumbai police'
'It was only after what happened that we started looking back into his files. And today, we have reason to believe that those maps had deeper meaning that anyone could have then imagined,' says UP ATS Deputy Inspector General Rajiv Krishna.
'Unless you sacrifice, you can't fight terror'
'The country must learn to sacrifice some rights to fight terror. While fighting terror, you cannot have the same freedom,' says intelligence specialist Colonel R Hariharan (retd).
|December 10, 2008|
'Terrorism has always been a low priority'|
‘Anti terrorism activity does not have much scope for bribes as other investigations do.’ Former police officer Y P Singh assesses the Mumbai police's responses to the terror attacks.
'Lashkar training in US, Canada, UK, Australia'
Lashkar, one of the largest powerful organisations in Pakistan, receives a fair amount of international financial assistance, says Stewart Bell, a Canadian journalist who has visited the terrorist group's camps in Pakistan.
|December 05, 2008|
'The Lashkar-e-Tayiba has gone rogue'|
'I don't see any relationship between them and ex-army or ex-ISI as has been happening in the past,' says strategic analyst Shuja Nawaz, who is convinced the Pakistan army and its intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence, are not complicit in the Mumbai terror attacks.
|November 27, 2008|
'You believe in your army'|
'And be confident that we will do a successful operation... Don't ask for a deadline. It is very difficult to say in such cases,' says Major General R K Hooda, who leads the military operation against the terrorists.
|November 18, 2008|
'I am a Kashmiri and my politics are different'|
'A teenager in Kashmir doesn't have the life of a teenager in Lahore, Delhi or Bombay.' Novelist Basharat Peer speaks out!
'Nehru paved the way for extinction of Nehrus'
Nehru's birth anniversary brings to light an old biography, which is perhaps the best-written work on him, says historian Ramachandra Guha.
'There is no sympathy for the LTTE in Tamil Nadu'
Everybody would like the Sri Lankan Tamils to live in peace first and with equal right to the Sinhalese. Even I, a vehement critic of the LTTE and also very much against the Centre intervening the military action against the LTTE, have been saying that the Indo-Sri Lankan accord must be implemented in full by Sri Lanka, says political analyst Cho Ramaswamy.
|November 17, 2008|
'Malegaon blast probe is not politically motivated'|
All I have to say is that the narco-analysis reports came in very late and by the time we started to look into it, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation. We however got to know that those involved in the Nanded blast were also part of the Parbhani blasts case, says K P S Raghuvanshi, former chief of the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad.
|November 14, 2008|
'Don't fight terror on basis of religion'|
Let us keep religion aside and deal with it as a problem that our country is facing, then this problem can be wiped out to a large extent. Another aspect that needs to be taken care of is these pseudo-nationalists who term themselves as patriotic and do otherwise, says Dr Suresh Khairnar.
|November 12, 2008|
'My daughter Pragya is innocent'|
Dr Singh, a committed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker for the last 35 years, spoke from his home in Surat about why he believes his daughter is innocent.
|November 10, 2008|
'We are training youth to fight terror'|
Look at the Hubli case where so many terrorists were arrested. These arrests helped in cracking a nation-wide nexus of the Students Islamic Movement of India. It was our boys who gave information about these terrorists and on the basis of our information the police nabbed these anti-national elements, says Shri Rama Sena chief and founder Pramod Muthalik.
|November 07, 2008|
'Indians are yet to take advantage of Right to Information'|
The greatest obstacle is people's lack of awareness. Even though the RTI Act has been passed, Indians are yet to take full advantage of it. We are yet to contemplate RTI as our birthright. Indians either don't put forth their grievances or don't question inordinate delays, says Shailesh Gandhi, CIC
'It's too late to contain Raj Thackeray'
Professor Dr Puniyani speaks on various burning issues of the day including Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray's actions, terrorism, forcible conversion and the Sangh Parivar.
|November 03, 2008|
'Separating Tamil people and LTTE is foolish' |
Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, one of the most vocal supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, speaks on the civil war raging in Sri Lanka.
|October 31, 2008|
'We are not linked to Malegaon blast accused' |
Pankaj Phadnis who co-founded Abinav Bharat, says that it is not his fault if the men alleged to be accomplices of arrested Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur had used the name of his organisation.
|October 27, 2008|
'There is no such thing as Hindu terrorism'|
Sanatan Sanstha spokeperson Abhay Vartak told rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa about the demand for the ban, Hindu terrorism and also the activities of the organisation in the wake of the Maharashtra government alleging that they were into terror activities.
|October 20, 2008|
'Militarily, Colombo is at an advantage' |
Professor V Suryanarayan is described as one of India's leading specialists in South and Southeast Asian Studies, especially on Sri Lanka speaks about the current situation in the island nation.
|October 16, 2008|
'Mass conversions are deplorable'|
A few glass panes were broken and you call that terrorism. In Karnataka not a single person was injured. What are these people talking about? It is ridiculous. Glass panes of cinema theatres are broken due to certain disputes. Can you call this terrorism? Did the Union government react in this manner? The people are just protesting against those indulging in forcible conversion, says D N Murthy, VHP's general secretary.
|October 15, 2008|
'I am a Communist who believes in God'|
In a country like India, where religion has deep roots, it is important for the party to make the stand clear on religion. It is not a question you can shy away from. The party should be open for a debate and then publicly announce a renewed stand, says Marxist MP Abdullakutty.
|October 10, 2008|
'We have to select our judges carefully'|
Justice Srikrishna spoke to Rujuta Paradkar about the Mumbai riots report and some of the biggest problems faced by the judicial system in India.
|October 07, 2008|
'How many terror masterminds are there?'|
'The Lashkar-e-Tayiba says it has nothing to do with the Indian Mujahideen. It is just the police which seems to be going on and on about this new outfit. Sometimes I wonder if it is a creation. No one is sure who is doing what. The police ought to come clean on all the allegations that they are making before any of us can jump to any conclusion,' says SAR Geelani.
|October 06, 2008|
'Once polls are announced all will fall in line'|
'We have conducted elections in even the most difficult times when the militancy was very high. It is not that elections cannot be conducted but we have to take reasonable precautions in conducting the elections,' says former CEC T S Krishnamurthy.