All stories by Aziz Haniffa
US confirmed Uri attackers were from PakistanRediff.com30 Sep 2016
Immediately after India launched its surgical strikes, sources said, it had informed the US of its action.
No surge for Clinton, but she may have wooed the undecidedRediff.com28 Sep 2016
The fight was for the more than 10 million millennials, the undecided and the independents and Clinton clearly came out on top, feels Aziz Haniffa.
What Democrat vice president pick thinks of India and ModiRediff.com25 Jul 2016
Rediff.com reproduces this 2014 interview with Tim Kaine where in he discusses the new opportunities to foster Indo-US trade and the improvement in ties.
Pakistan's terror plan: 'This is not simply about Kashmir'Rediff.com15 Jul 2016
'Just this week, the Indians killed a Kashmiri terrorist, who is a member of Hizbul Mujahideen.' 'This is a nasty terrorist organisation, and did Pakistan welcome this killing?' 'No, in fact, they denounced it and referred to him as a Kashmiri separatist.' 'These Kashmiri terrorist groups have been aided by the Pakistani State.'
'All we're doing is rewarding thugs': US Congressman on aid to PakistanRediff.com14 Jul 2016
'Why do we continue giving them money when we know of all the bad things they are doing?'
Former US envoy: 'Pakistan is a State sponsor of terror'Rediff.com14 Jul 2016
'Pakistanis are very clever in manipulating us,' former Bush administration official tells US lawmakers.
In US, Gadkari outlines plans to halt road accidentsRediff.com12 Jul 2016
The minister has sought the help of US technology, expertise and innovation to make road safety a priority in India.
'The new singers can't sing good'Rediff.com11 Jul 2016
'There were no singers like Lata, Kishore, Rafi or Mukesh. And until now, there is nobody. Nobody with that kind of voice, nobody with that kind of brain to learn. Not only to learn, but to improvise. We improvised music, we improvised the songs. Nowadays, they just listen and copy.'
'Modi hit the ball out of the park'Rediff.com9 Jun 2016
'The speech he delivered had a profound impact on my colleagues,' US Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, tells Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in an exclusive interview.
'You can't stand on a podium and preach to India'Rediff.com9 Jun 2016
'India is no longer the India of the '70s and the '80s.' 'It's a large country with the fastest growing economy.' 'In working with India, you just can't go and humiliate the nation publicly.' USIBC President Mukesh Aghi tells Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com about how he advises American companies to do business with India, what he thinks of Modi's government and the way forward for the India-US relationship.
'They respect each other as doers and not talkers'Rediff.com8 Jun 2016
The camaraderie between Modi and Obama has taken the India-US relationship to unprecedented and transformative levels.
Senator: Why is the US backing India's NSG membership?Rediff.com27 May 2016
Making nuclear exemptions for India, says Senator Edward Markey, 'only infuriates Pakistan and leads them to further increase their own nuclear capacities.'
Indian Muslims stay away from ISIS: USRediff.com27 May 2016
'We have seen in India that radical ideology has by and large not been successful in taking root.'
US senators critical of India days before Modi's visitRediff.com25 May 2016
India comes under attack over religious intolerance, human trafficking and slavery at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
India-Iran camaraderie raises red flags in WashingtonRediff.com25 May 2016
US Senators want Obama administration to clarify what India's 12 agreements with Iran are all about.
Modi may sign Logistics Agreement on US visitRediff.com25 May 2016
'Of all the areas that define the future for a strong US-India partnership, none is more important than our defence and security ties.'
'Sale of F-16s to Pak in limbo'Rediff.com12 May 2016
Diplomatic and Congressional sources tell Rediff.com that for all intents and purposes, the F-16 sale is dead.
New bill in US Congress to ease arms sales to IndiaRediff.com11 May 2016
In a powerful signal to New Delhi that the United States is a reliable defense partner, Senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn introduced US-India Defense Technology and Partnership Act in Senate
US Congressman Ami Bera's dad admits to election fraudRediff.com11 May 2016
Babulal 'Bob' Bera, US Congressman Ami Bera's 83-year-old father, faces five years in prison.
'How's Asha?'Rediff.com7 May 2016
What did Narendra Modi tell former Utah governor Jon M Huntsman when he met him? Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com reports from Washington, DC.
Now, US may sell F-16s to IndiaRediff.com6 May 2016
'One of the great assets that India has is its enormous intellectual content, enormous intellectual developmental content, and some of the things we need to be working on are unmanned systems, for example, the enormous opportunities for us to jointly partner and develop -- not simply sell our equipment to India -- but actually partner and develop in areas like drones, areas like advanced aircraft and even areas around certain missile systems, where we can have a win-win.'
What name do we give the India-US relationship?Rediff.com6 May 2016
'A lot of people,' says India's Ambassador to the US, 'are struggling how to define this relationship.' Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com reports from Washington, DC.
'Address to US Congress big opportunity for Modi'Rediff.com5 May 2016
'This is going to be an opportunity to hear from the prime minister of the new India and the progress made in the last two years of the growing cooperation between the US and India in several areas, including areas that would have seemed implausible a few years ago.' US Congressman Ed Royce, who led the campaign to have Prime Minister Modi address a joint session of Congress, speaks to Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in an exclusive interview.
'US doesn't need to choose between India and Pakistan'Rediff.com26 Apr 2016
Senator John Cornyn, founder and Republican co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, strongly defends his vote against a resolution to block sale of American-made F-16s to Pakistan.
'We are here because of Modi and Obama's vision'Rediff.com26 Apr 2016
'Big countries do not agree on every set of issues.' 'Look, one of the differences in the relationship is that when we do not agree, we are sitting down and talking to each other.'
Lots of top jobs for desis in Hillary White HouseRediff.com25 Apr 2016
'She will recognise the talent of the Indian-American community.'
US Congressmen want PM to address Congress in JuneRediff.com20 Apr 2016
Obviously having gotten the green light from the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi that if they lobby the Speaker to address a joint session of Congress, which he has not been able to do despite his three visits to the US, the Congressmen informed Paul Ryan that 'It is our understanding that if invited, the prime minister would accept.'
Major India-US defence deals to be signed next weekRediff.com9 Apr 2016
Members of his team and industry were right now in India, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter disclosed, 'looking at the potential co-production of fighter aircraft.'
'We have much more to do with India today than Pakistan'Rediff.com9 Apr 2016
'The days are gone when we only deal with India as the other side of the Pakistan coin or Pakistan as the other side of the India coin.'
'Wonder what they are trying to hide'Rediff.com21 Mar 2016
'The Indian government has accepted and is a party to international agreements, standards and conventions on religious freedom.' 'We did not force it on them. We are not trying to impose something on them that they haven't already agreed to...' 'India has never allowed us to visit, which is very disappointing for such a wonderful country with such a rich democratic tradition. They seem to be afraid to let us in.'
Exclusive! Why Tulsi Gabbard doesn't want Hillary as PrezRediff.com16 Mar 2016
'A vote for Hillary means a vote for endless wars of trying to overthrow governments and rebuilding foreign countries.' 'A vote for Bernie Sanders means an end to these interventionist wars, and instead spending our money and precious resources rebuilding our own country,' Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu-American in the United States Congress, tells Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com
Despite anger against Pakistan, US Senate delivers blow to IndiaRediff.com11 Mar 2016
'The Senators were playing safe, not angering either the pro-India lobby or the pro-Pakistan lobby, but perhaps more importantly, the military-industrial complex -- the most powerful lobby of all -- which the majority of Senators are beholden to in terms of largesse to their campaign coffers.'
Exclusive! US Ambassador Richard Verma's journey so farRediff.com10 Mar 2016
'The past year has yielded extraordinary results in the strategic, commercial, and people-to-people components of the India-United States partnership, US Ambassador to India Richard Rahul Verma tells Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in an exclusive interview.
Why Washington is moving close to ColomboRediff.com25 Feb 2016
'What we have heard from the Sri Lankans is their desire to have a foreign policy that allows Sri Lanka to best advance its own interests rather than a foreign policy that relied solely on one relationship.' 'We think this is an attitude that makes a lot of sense. India and Sri Lanka have many areas of shared interests, and it's certainly welcomed by us to see that deepening of those ties.'
Is he Obama's nominee for the US Supreme Court?Rediff.com16 Feb 2016
Judge Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan is the front-runner to replace the late Justice Anthony Scalia on the US Supreme Court.
Terror attacks: 'India can be restrained for only so long'Rediff.com5 Feb 2016
'Pakistan has to take responsibility and start cracking down on terrorists.'
Pakistan knows India is on a different level with the USRediff.com3 Feb 2016
'Both India and Pakistan are now, for the first time in history, very closely allied and connected with the US -- economically and politically.'
US rules out putting India, Pakistan in same basketRediff.com2 Feb 2016
'The US-India relationship is in a different league altogether,' Obama administration officials tell Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in Washington, DC.
US: Not enough to ban LeT, Pak must bring 26/11 killers to bookRediff.com17 Dec 2015
'We think Pakistan has moved decisively against terrorists that threaten Pakistan internally, but still needs to devote attention to those that represent a threat to their neighbours.'
US Congress attacks Pakistan: 'Acts only an enemy would commit'Rediff.com17 Dec 2015
'The clique that runs that country is treating us like suckers. We are very foolish, giving people money who involve themselves in activity that's harmful to America.' 'When you look at the cold hard facts, Pakistan is not an ally to the United States. They have facilitated, they have encouraged, they have been a protector of enemies.'