October 28, 2010'I don't think Obama's visit will be a success'
'If India does not succeed in making the US recognise the combined threat of the China-Pakistan alliance, there is nothing left in the visit,' says Brajesh Mishra, the former National Security Adviser.
'India disappointed with info on Headley'
Home Secretary G K Pillai talks to rediff.com's
about the lack of information from the United States on Lashkar operative David Headley
October 24, 2010Japan must participate in Indian nuke industry: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday in an interview to the Japanese media in Tokyo that India is confident of signing a 'win-win' civilian nuclear deal with Japan and is looking forward to a comprehensive economic partnership agreement to boost bilateral trade.
October 20, 2010How an Indian doctor beat the scourge of leprosy
'Diseases that affect the rich are given priority. If five people die of H1N1 in the USA, it's an emergency. Every day millions of children die of diarrhoea in Africa, but it's not high priority. Every day 100,000 children die of TB in Africa, but it's not a priority. So many children die before they are a year old, but nobody is bothered.
October 19, 2010'We are putting India on a different plane'
For the first time in 20 years, the World Congress of the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons will be held in India. An exclusive interview with
'Nitish govt has given Bihar its lost identify'
The man who has studied Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar from a vantage position in Patna's corridors of power speaks to Sheela Bhatt about the upcoming Bihar assembly election.
October 13, 2010'Obama won't mention Kashmir during India visit'
Veteran diplomat Howard B Schaffer pinpoints the reasons behind United States's reluctance to get involved in the Kashmir imbroglio, and the changing hues of the insurgency in the Valley.
October 08, 2010Kashmir: 'It's a dangerous situation for India'
Veteran diplomat Howard B Schaffer says if Delhi continues to be in denial, and Islamabad is tempted to stoke the fires as it always has, the Kashmir situation could unravel fast.
October 05, 2010'I can't praise the judgment, but accept it'
Jamiat Ulema e-Hind chief Moulana Mehboob Madani speaks to rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt in an exclusive interview.
October 04, 2010'We saved over 32,000 precious lives'
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' speaks to Shishir Prashant on the situation after the recent cloudburst and floods in the state.
October 01, 2010'BJP not interested in exploiting Ayodhya issue'
Arun Jaitley, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was restrained in his reaction to the Ayodhya verdict delivered by the Allahabad high court's Lucknow bench; but his joy was hardly hidden.
'The court never said it is the birthplace of Ram'
In an exclusive interview with rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt, RSS's executive council member Ram Madhav emphasised on using the judgement for strengthening national integrity but avoided agreeing to building a mosque and a temple at the same site.
1992 home secretary on Ayodhya verdict
'India has moved on in other ways, but the common man in the streets still has a lot of links attached to religion. And till such a time there is a separation of religion from politics we will not be able to move on,' feels former Union home secretary Madhav Godbole.
'The next battle will be before the Supreme Court'
"The matter is to be settled now by the Supreme Court. We cannot accept the sharing formula, which has been ordered/suggested by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court," says Zafaryab Jilani, chief counsel for the Sunni Central Waqf Board, in an interview.
September 21, 2010'Delhi attack unfortunately isn't a surprise'
'We must plan for attacks that are more unpredictable, have little if any warning of occurring and are less targeted,' says Australian security expert Justine Bowden
September 20, 2010The Abdullahs have always sacrificed power: Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recently ruled out the possibility of his resignation and expressed hope that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers would be withdrawn from the entire state.
'Omar is unable to connect with Kashmiris'
Although Omar Abdullah has survived as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister he has been unable to govern, People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti
tells Sheela Bhatt
in an exclusive interview.
September 16, 2010'Asking us to leave the site is no compromise'
'They have only one stand in the matter -- the mosque should be shifted out. Do you call that a settlement?' asks Dr S Q R Ilyas, convener, Committee on Babri Masjid for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
September 15, 2010Separatists should be involved in talks: Mehbooba
In a post meeting chat with rediff.com's Sahim Salim, Mufti talked about the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and 'how the only way forward is to reach a consensus between opposing factions in the Valley.'
'The UPA is all at sea in dealing with J&K'
BJP leader Arun Jaitley on why it is important for the government not to bow to those propagating violence and offers possible solutions to the problems plaguing the valley.
'Muslims ready for out-of-court settlement'
Whether the Ayodhya case is settled through reconciliation or through a judgment is something that remains to be seen.
September 13, 2010'World will look as diverse as Ontario soon'
Ontario's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Dr Eric Hoskins discusses his government's commitment to embracing diversity with Ajit Jain
September 09, 2010Exclusive: Arun Jaitley on the Kashmir issue
BJP leader Arun Jaitley elaborates his party's traditional belief on the Kashmir tangle and spells out its future position.
September 08, 2010Why Tamil Nadu suspended this IAS officer
Did IAS officer C Umashankar's suspension have anything to do with his proposal that Sumangali CableVision, owned by the politically powerful Maran family, be nationalised?
'Even the EC won't know if an EVM is tampered'
J Alex Halderman, leading electronic voting security expert tells
what the problems with India's voting machines are and how to fix them.
September 03, 2010Why this MP rejected the salary hike
'I could not get myself to accept a 300 per cent salary hike when armed forces veterans are forced to take to streets demanding equitable treatment for their pension,' says Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar.
August 30, 2010'Is Election Commission a vendor for the EVMs?'
The arrest of Hari K Prasad, who recently proved that Electronic Voting Machines can be hacked into and stolen, has shocked many.
August 27, 2010'Teaching Sanskrit through Internet is fun'
India Abroad's Ajit Jain finds out how the Sheridan College computer science professor became passionate about teaching Sanskrit.
August 24, 2010'EVM activist Hari Prasad is a hero, not a thief'
The arrest of Hariprasad has come as a major set back for all those activists who are on a mission to prove that the Electronic Voting Machine can be tampered with. Hari Prasad, the technical coordinator of VeTA (Citizens for Verifiability, Transparency and Accountability in Elections), was arrested from Hyderabad on Saturday in connection with the theft of an EVM from Mumbai.
August 19, 2010'TRS not representative of Telangana aspirations'
The big question today is, who represents the movement. We don't know who represents the movement for a separate state. We do not even know if there is a leadership that will do right by Telangana and do right by the Indian Constitution, says Jyotirmaya Sharma, scholar
August 18, 2010'The illiterate farmer becoming thing of the past'
Professor Anirudh Krishna explains the many changes he has discovered in India after meeting 175 families in the nation's villages.
August 17, 2010Exclusive: Kashmir's most wanted woman speaks out!
Asiya Andrabi, the woman separatist leader who is on the Kashmir police's most wanted list, speaks to Rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanabhan in an exclusive interview.
August 11, 2010NIA, IB plotting to finish me off, says Madani
Abdul Nasser Madani, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, who is facing an imminent arrest in the 2008 Bengaluru blast case claimed that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have hatched a conspiracy to finish him off politically. Madani spoke to rediff.com's Arun Lakshman from Anwarassery,in Kerala's Kollam district on Wednesday.
August 09, 2010'Rosaiah has a petty heart'
'On one hand he lays the foundation stone to commemorate YSR's death anniversary and on the other he conspires against the same family,' says rebel Congress leader Ambati Rambabu.
'Kashmir needs compassion, not packages'
There are many factors, many actors to blame for the current situation. But I must admit that actors and the government have spent too much time being involved in situations that were not that important, says Kashmir Congress chief Saifuddin Soz in an interview.
August 03, 2010'For Muslims, the Mishra report was historic'
Shahabuddin, 75, doesn't mince any words when it comes to the condition of the community in India and paucity of elected representatives who have their concerns at heart. Aziz Haniffa catches up with the Muslim leader during his trip to the United States.
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