December 24, 2010'India has gained added leverage in Afghanistan'
Senior journalist Haroon Siddiqui says that his main contention since 2006 has been that the American mission in Afghanistan has failed.
'The PM is guilty of a conspiracy of silence'
'If Parliament had not been obstructed, even the Indian media would not have realised that such a monumental scam had taken place,' says Arun Jaitley.
December 23, 2010'PM's PAC offer a master act of deception'
Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, takes on the government, especially Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister P Chidambaram.
December 13, 2010'JPC probe needed on functioning of Parliament'
In this exclusive interview with Parliament expert C V Madhukar, Founder and Director of PRS Legislative Research, he tells rediff.com's Sahim Salim that there is a need for a JPC to look into the smooth functioning of the Parliament, if for nothing else.
December 10, 2010Exclusive! Interview with 2G scam probe judge
'Pressures come to those on whom pressure can be brought upon. I have had no such instance in the past. So pressures do not matter to me,' retired Supreme Court judge Shivraj Patil tells Vicky Nanjappa.
December 02, 2010'Nobody fears Sonia Gandhi'
'The way Congressman feared her, they don't fear her now. That is why you see how she took time to take action in Andhra, Maharashtra and corruption in the Commonwealth Games,' says Arun Shourie
'Lashkar poses the greatest danger to India'
'Lashkar clearly poses the greatest danger to India,' says Stephen Tankel, author of a book on the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
December 01, 2010'Babri Masjid, Urdu status are non-issues'
In an interview with rediff.com's Arun Lakshman, scholar, writer, teacher and social activist Professor Hameed Chendamangalur says that the people of the state have given a befitting reply to such organisations in the recently held local body polls.
November 30, 2010Remembering Omar Khalidi
Eminent Muslim scholar and author Omar Khalidi, whose controversial book Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India had created a furore in Parliament in 2006, died in a road mishap in Boston, United States on Monday.
November 29, 2010'Jagan didn't quit, the Congress made him'
Jaganmohan Reddy's resignation from the Congress has had Andhra Pradesh buzzing. Ambatti Ram Babu, one of his closest aides, who has been at logger heads with the Congress for quite sometime, says that the resignation was prompted due to a 'betrayal by the Congress'.
November 26, 2010'Terrorists had military precision'
'The manner in which the terrorists moved around the targets it looked as though they had visited the places earlier.' Former NSG chief J K Dutt discusses the 26/11 operation.
November 25, 2010'Lalu should not have projected himself as the CM'
The defeated Rashtriya Janata Dal's top upper caste leader and its face of development, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, is disappointed with his boss' poll strategy.
November 15, 2010'PM, government ignored my warnings about 2G scam'
Back in 2007, Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar had raised the issue and questioned the government's decision to allot 2G spectrum without calling for tenders. Chandrasekhar had warned the prime minister about the non-transparent methods of Raja and the scam that was brewing. He also wrote to all political parties to create a consensus on the issue
November 12, 2010'Obama is not going to mollycoddle Pakistan'
'He has sternly warned Pakistan to perform. He has sent a very calculated message to Pakistan from India, says Naresh Chandra, head of the National Security Advisory Board.
November 07, 2010'We want Obama to hear what we say'
While the Left will listen to what Barack Obama has to say in Parliament, he should also listen to their concerns, says CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury.
November 04, 2010Obama visit: 'Expectations should be reasonable'
In this exclusive interview to Aziz Haniffa, Inderfurth says that, however, 'Obama can certainly leave his own mark in the relationship with continuing to build on what his two predecessors have done.'
'Just the fact of Obama's stay at Taj matters'
'In the struggle India is going through, the US must be seen very clearly as being in India's corner. Pakistani-based terrorism is not a problem that India faces alone. It's part of a common problem that the US faces as well,' says India expert Ashley Tellis.
'Obama won't change the world'
'He is not as starry eyed about India as George Bush was. But within some limits he would like to do good to India,' says political thinker Ashis Nandy.
November 03, 2010Temple to English Devi runs into hurdle
Chandrabhan Prasad is persistent in the belief that by revering Goddess English, uneducated Dalit mothers will make sure that their children learn English.
November 01, 2010India, US: What the future may look like
'We want to see a balance of power be preserved in Asia and as China grows in influence, a stronger India and a stronger India working together with an America that has a presence in Asia is to the good in maintaining that balance,' says Richard Fontaine, the key man behind the recent report, Natural Allies: A Blueprint for the Future of US-India Relations.
Hindus, Muslims are separate nations: Geelani
Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the Jamaat-e Islami of Jammu and Kashmir talks about the Kashmir conflict and its possible solution in this 2 part interview with Yoginder Sikand.
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