Monthly Archives: November 2010

‘The Congress’ record in power reeks of corruption’

BJP General Secretary & MP Ravi Shankar Prasad tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that a JPC should probe recent scams Why is the opposition blocking Parliament from functioning even after A Raja’s resignation? Resignation is not the point. The point is, it is the biggest scam in 60 years of India’s independence — Rs. 1,76,000 crore. We Read more »

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Irom And Her Sisters

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s visit eclipsed an epic moment in India’s history. On 4 November, 38-year-old Irom Sharmila marked a 10-year fast to protest the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that has been imposed in Manipur since 1961 and most of the Northeast since 1972. The State has ignored Sharmila’s vigil and the increasingly Read more »

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‘America can play a role in solving the Kashmir issue’

Pakistan’s Kashmir Affairs minister Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo tells KUNAL MAJUMDER the Indo-Pak dialogue should restart PM Manmohan Singh said India is not afraid of the K-word and will talk to Pakistan. How will Islamabad reciprocate? It is good news that US President Barack Obama mentioned Kashmir and asked India and Pakistan to resolve the issue. Read more »

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‘Where is the change? Obama is no different’

CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that the Left will hold protests against Obama’s policies Why isn’t the CPM planning to boycott US President Barack Obama during his India visit? We are not into the business of boycotting. Our MPs are not even boycotting the joint session of Parliament. When George Bush had Read more »

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10 People Obama must meet: The Soldier

ON 4 JULY, 2008, a car laden with explosives rammed into the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing around 60 people. As the news spread, Col (retired) Ravindra N Kharbanda, who had just started work seven months ago at the new Afghanistan-India Vocational Training Centre, had one question on his mind — would he be able Read more »

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