February 28, 2011'2G: The PM did not present a plausible defence'
'For any government in India the core ideological issue as far as governance is concerned is very straightforward; which is how do you produce growth of 9 to 10 percent and then use the proceeds of that growth to create a more inclusive society. Unfortunately, for the UPA government there are too many internal ideological divisions for them to be able to tell this large story very clearly,' says Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president, Centre for Policy Research.
February 23, 2011I'm still the VC; I've not lost powers: Vastanvi
His remarks against Narendra Modi nearly cost him his job, but Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi will for now remain vice chancellor of Asia's largest Islamic seminary,Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh.
February 14, 2011'Whoever praises Narendra Modi is cruel, brutal'
Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, the new vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband tells Gyan Varma that he never praised Narendra Modi
February 11, 2011CBI probe was full of lapses: Talwar's lawyer
In this interview with Rediff.com's Sahim Salim, the Talwars' counsel, Satish Tamta, says that CBI's investigations were shoddy, have a lot of loopholes and some deliberate lapses.
February 10, 2011When Vajpayee opposed nuclear tests...
Strategic guru K Subrahmanyam
, who passed into the ages recently, discusses the history of India's nuclear weapon programme in a fascinating interview.
February 05, 2011'Nandan Nilekani is subverting the Constitution'
Human Rights activist Gopal Krishna speaks at length to
on what ails the UID project and why he thinks it should be scrapped.
'There is no room for complacency in India'
New York-born S Mitra Kalita moved to Delhi to experience Indian life. On her return to the US she wrote a book about her unpredictable two-year adventure.
February 04, 2011Future tense for Maharshtra government?
In an apparent bid to put pressure on the Congress high command over "injustice" against former chief minister Ashok Chavan a group of 40 Congress MLAs from Maharashtra are planning to meet party President Sonia Gandhi with a charter of demand in a couple of days.
January 31, 2011No pressure on me, says judge probing 2G scam
Justice Shivraj Patil, former Judge of the Supreme Court, who was appointed to probe the lapses in the sale of 2G spectrum submitted his report to the government a while ago. The one-man committee headed by Justice Patil also gave suggestions to streamline the policy regarding the sale of spectrum in the future.
January 28, 2011'Maulana Vastanvi is caught in a turf war'
Editor of the Milli Gazette and former president of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat Zafrul Islam Khan tells rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa that this entire controversy is the result of a war between two factions of the Darul Uloom.
January 25, 2011Omar, Congress added hype to BJP yatra: Geelani
SAR Geelani, the Delhi University lecturer who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case and has been closely associated with the Kashmir issue, told Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa that the Ekta Yatra is an indication that the BJP does not want to win over the hearts of the people in Kashmir, but wants to rule over them.
R-Day special: 'Indian democracy is in crisis'
'We are collectively ignorant about our intellectual legacies,' says writer-historian Ramchandra Guha.
January 24, 2011'BJP's Lal Chowk plans not in national interest'
Communist Party of India-Marxist's top leader in Jammu and Kashmir Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami tells rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanabhan about Bharatiya Janata Party's plans to hoist the national flag at Srinagar's Lal Chowk on Republic Day, and how 'it will disturb the region's fragile peace.'
January 21, 2011'Omar will insult tricolour if he stops BJP yatra'
In an exclusive interview with rediff.com's Onkar Singh, Thakur claimed that the Constitution gave him the right to hoist the tricolour anywhere in India.
January 19, 2011'20th century saw high ideals, terrible slaughter'
An interview with author Ken Follett, one of the world's ten highest paid writers.
'Aseemanand wants to bring Hindus, Muslims closer'
The confession of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak Swami Aseemanand about, his involvement in the blasts in Hyderabad's historic Mecca Masjid, Ajmer's Khwaja Moinuddin Dargah and many other places, has surprised his followers and detractors alike.
January 18, 2011Union minister denies he's quitting govt
'I have been with the party for 30 years. Why would I think of crossing over?' asks Union Minister Sai Prathap about reports that he will join Jaganmohan Reddy.
'Digvijay Singh's statements will only help BJP'
Crticising Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh for his "reckless" remarks, GVL Narasimha Rao, advisor to MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh tells Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa that the state government had no role in shielding the slain Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak Sunil Joshi and his two aides Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange.
January 17, 2011Sri Sri speaks on sex, spirituality and afterlife
Spiritual guru and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar talks to rediff.com's
about life, death, sex and the prospect of peace in the Indian subcontinent.
January 08, 2011'We want people's Telangana not of a Reddy or Rao'
In this interview with rediff.com's
, Lateef Mohammad Khan -- the convenor for the Muslim Forum for Telangana -- sums up his views on the report saying, 'Khoda pahaad nikla chuha, woh bhi mara hua (Dug up a mountain to find a rat, that too a dead rat)
'Policemen provoke and then fire on students'
Joint Action Committee head Professor M Kodandaram says that looking at the atrocities being committed on students by the Andhra Pradesh government, the political JAC has decided to act fast and not wait until February to start their aggressive campaign for a separate state.
January 07, 2011'K Chandrasekhar Rao is fooling Telangana people'
Dr Sangam Prithviraj, who leads the students at the Osmania University in Hyderabad, says that they were foolish to trust TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and that now all students in all the 10 districts of Telangana will take the movement forward themselves.
'All promises on Telangana have been broken'
In this interview with rediff.com, Professor K Jayashankar -- considered to be the idealogue of the movement since the year 1952 -- speaks about the report, the future of the movement while terming the commission's formula as the most unacceptable one.
January 03, 2011'Most corrupt men bribe whoever is in power'
'A few rich people, because of their proximity to powerful people, are able to gain unduly,' says journalist
'Government must listen to the people'
'The people of the Jaitapur have understood the impact. Unfortunately, this matter is being discussed in New Delhi when in reality it should be discussed directly with the people of the area,' says social scientist Mahesh Kamble of the government's plans to set up a nuclear plant in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
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