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‘The AAP in Punjab is more hype than substance’

Amarinder Singh, the former chief minister of Punjab and state Congress president, wants a drug-free and debt-free state. In an interview to Tanveer Thakur, Capt. Singh explains why political parties are already in election mode though the Assembly elections are 11 months away.

27 Mar 2016 7:31 AM

‘When politics decides your future, decide what your politics is’

Aparajitha Raja, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University unit of All-India Students Federation, tells Sanjay Kaw that fascist forces are hell-bent on portray

16 Mar 2016 7:17 AM

‘Govt swears by the Constitution. Why then is it perpetrating violence ’

Soni Sori, a human rights activist from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, and Aam Aadmi Party leader, talks about the recent attack on her, her fight against Bastar IGP S.R.P. Kalluri, police and Naxal violence and the state of tribals, in an interview with Ishaan Mital.

13 Mar 2016 1:09 AM

‘Admit that you made the draft. Don’t hide behind the MHA & IB.’

G.K. Pillai, former home secretary, minces no words on former home minister P.

06 Mar 2016 12:40 AM

Students must be released as they’ve been arrested without any evidence: Prashant Bhushan

Prashant Bhushan, senior SC lawyer and a human rights activist, says that the attempts to portray JNU students as anti-nationals is part of a larger conspiracy by a section of the BJP and the RSS to s

28 Feb 2016 6:38 AM


‘The BJP wants to consolidate Hindu vote bank... to divide, create, rupture’

Sitaram Yechury was the students’ union president of JNU in 1977-78. Now he’s the Marxist chief, lashing out at the Narendra Modi government and its attempt to whip up nationalism like ‘Hitler and Mussolini’. The CPI(M) general-secretary speaks to Sanjay Basak and Namrata Biji Ahuja on the government crackdown on JNU.

20 Feb 2016 11:53 PM

‘Dalits face Rohith’s ordeals daily... It’s a pity we have no Lincoln’

Udit Raj, Bharatiya Janata Party MP and dalit leader, firm in his belief that untouchability against dalits is all-pervasive, says that Rohith Vemula’s suicide could have been pre

31 Jan 2016 3:39 AM

‘Fixing of the Antagarh byelection was a pilot project of the BJP’

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) president Bhupesh Baghel sees the alleged fixing of the Antagarh byelection as a “pilot project” conceived by the ruling Bharatiya J

24 Jan 2016 6:25 AM

‘The NIA must probe the link of politicians with drug smugglers’

The two terror attacks in Punjab in the last six months have raised concerns about Pakistan-based terrorists using the drug smuggling network. Shashi Kant, former ADGP (intelligence), Punjab speaks with Tanveer Thakur about the nexus between cross-border drug smugglers and politicians.

17 Jan 2016 5:45 AM


‘We must destroy terror network in Pakistan through covert operations’

With the Pathankot terror strike once again rattling the country, Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), former commander of the pivotal Srinagar-based 15 Corps, tells Sridhar Kumaraswami why the situation could have been much worse and some lessons India needs to learn

10 Jan 2016 1:14 AM

‘...govt knew things could go wrong’

In the wake of the flood that rocked Chennai, urban planning, or the lack of it, is being pinpointed as one of the main culprits. N.V.

13 Dec 2015 6:17 AM

‘SAD has a phobia of the Congress’

While stating that the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine has lost control, Capt.

07 Dec 2015 6:34 AM

‘Sangh Parivar is trying to push myths as history...’

Speaking on the rising intolerance in the country, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Lok Sabha MP Mohammed Salim says that the government cannot render a country intolerant, as they are custodians of the country only for a limited time. In an interview with Namrata Biji Ahuja, Mr Salim is of the view that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power has ‘vitalised the Hindutva forces’.

06 Dec 2015 5:55 AM

‘The government needs the Congress... It can’t ignore us.’

K.V. Thomas, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and Union minister of state for agriculture and consumer affairs, food and public distribution, in the UPA government talks about the Winter Session of Parliament and GST in an interview with Manish Anand

29 Nov 2015 12:38 AM


‘The government must not use Chetia’s arrest for political purposes’

According to two-time chief minister and veteran Asom Gana Parishad leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, top Ulfa leader Anup Chetia’s deportation from Bangladesh is a positive development for India. In an interview to Manoj Anand, Mr Mahanta emphasises that the government should take Chetia into confidence and try to include the anti-talks faction of Ulfa in the peace process.

15 Nov 2015 3:35 AM

I don’t want India to become Pakistan: Mangalesh Dabral

In the aftermath of the killing of Kannada writer M.M.

10 Nov 2015 6:01 AM

‘New Delhi has played into China’s hands’

Pushp Ranjan, New Delhi editor of EU Asia News, a Brussels-based news agency, is a senior journalist and an expert on India-Nepal affairs.

08 Nov 2015 6:23 AM

‘What if Indians living abroad are forced to eat beef ’

While National Award winner and Hindi film director Onir doesn’t believe in returning the award, he says there’s a need to respect others’ opinion as well. Following the tremendous backlash against Shah Rukh Khan for speaking out against growing intolerance in India, Onir, in an interview to Mehul Thakkar, feels the liberal space is shrinking.

08 Nov 2015 12:25 AM

‘Castration is not a good suggestion. It will take us back several steps.’

Justice N. Kirubakaran took one year to write his order in an interim case (the case will go back to the trial court now) involving sexual abuse of a juvenile boy by a British national.

31 Oct 2015 10:56 PM