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‘CAG has a culture of suspecting everything. A mindset change has to happen’

Veerappa Moily speaks about the power situation in the country, sedition law and why “it’s not possible to unbundle” the Koondankulam project.


‘We are not the HR manager for the BJP. Everyone has to run their own organisation’

Sunday , 9 September '12

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks about the RSS’s relevance in modern times, its relationship with the BJP and swadeshi in the age of globalisation.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is guest at the idea exchange, an initiative of The Indian Express, in Mumbai. (IE Pho...
Idea Exchange: RSS isn't BJP HR manager: Mohan Bhagwat

Wednesday , 5 September '12

Bhagwat is often called upon to mediate and resolve differences between senior BJP leaders.
‘Neither BJP nor Congress wants a discussion (on coal allocation). Because many skeletons from many cupboards are going to tumble out’

Sunday , 2 September '12

In this Idea Exchange moderated by Special Correspondent Manoj C G, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury speaks about coal block allocation, the logjam in Parliament and why he thinks CAG hasn’t exceeded its brief
‘I am looking forward to changing the colour of my medal in Rio’

Sunday , 26 August '12

Gagan Narang speaks about the sport, the gold medal he missed and his academy in Pune.
‘If we keep focusing on trust deficit between India and Pak, then you miss out the doables’

Sunday , 19 August '12

Salman Bashir, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India and former foreign secretary, speaks about India-Pakistan relations, 26/11, and why it’s important for both countries “to start changing the narrative”.
‘The strength of this government is not its performance, but its ability to manipulate the political class’

Sunday , 12 August '12

BJP leader Arun Jaitley speaks about the 2014 elections, coalition politics and why the Third Front is a “failed idea”.
‘Let (Rahul Gandhi) choose when he should join the government, when he should come to the mainstream’

Sunday , 5 August '12

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh speaks about the Kokrajhar violence, governance in UPA-II and Rahul Gandhi’s role in the party.
‘I realise the pluses and minuses (of contesting), but I am not a sacrificial animal’

Sunday , 29 July '12

NDA’s Vice-Presidential nominee Jaswant Singh says the constitutional offices of President and Vice-President have become “victims of the political system”.
‘Everywhere I went in India, I saw tremendous growth. It didn’t feel like a 5 per cent growth’

Sunday , 22 July '12

British High Commissioner to India Sir James Bevan speaks about the optimism he sees in India, the Vodafone case and the London Olympics.
Journalist, former editor and writer Kuldip Nayar
‘If I have rubbed people the wrong way, I have also been rubbed the wrong way’

Sunday , 15 July '12

Journalist, former editor and writer Kuldip Nayar speaks about his autobiography Beyond the Lines, Emergency, and journalism then and now. The session was moderated by Contributing Editor Coomi Kapoor
Union minister Virbhadra Singh
‘I will be acquitted long before the assembly elections are held’

Sunday , 8 July '12

Union minister Virbhadra Singh speaks about the controversial CD that led to his resignation and his plans for the Assembly elections
‘It should be left to states (to implement FDI in retail). In the interest of farmers, we should go ahead with it’

Sunday , 1 July '12

In this Idea Exchange moderated by Senior Assistant Editor Maneesh Chhibber, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda talks about his development agenda, revamping the Congress and the state’s water dispute with Delhi
‘We are not fixing the IIT system. We are fixing an aberration that has children sitting for 30 different exams’

Sunday , 24 June '12

HRD and telecom minister Kapil Sibal speaks about the reforms in the education sector, the move towards a single exam for entry into engineering colleges and the investment sentiment in the country.
‘I consider Anna Hazare my dear friend and a senior. No one is ahead of the other. We are together on this revolutionary path’

Sunday , 17 June '12

Baba Ramdev speaks about his campaign to bring black money back to the country and his association with Team Anna.
‘I will not be happy if I score 30 hundreds and never help India win a series overseas’

Sunday , 10 June '12

In this Idea Exchange, moderated by Assistant Editor G S Vivek, India’s opening batsman and KKR captain Gautam Gambhir speaks about his kind of captaincy, retirement of senior players and what matters most to him as a cricketer
‘Iran must know that there is a very high price tag attached to its military nuclear ambitions’

Sunday , 3 June '12

In this Idea Exchange moderated by Deputy Editor Pranab Dhal Samanta, Israeli ambassador Alon Ushpiz speaks about the Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in Delhi and says Iran is going “in a systematic way after diplomats. This is not a rare phenomenon, this has become a policy”
‘Muslims, SCs, a Sikh, a woman have all occupied the top post of president. Only ST is left out. Why?’

Sunday , 27 May '12

NCP leader P A Sangma says why he thinks a tribal should be President of India
Director General of the National Archives and historian Mushirul Hasan
‘Ambedkar is too great a man and his contribution is recognised. How is his reputation going to be lowered by a textbook cartoon?’

Sunday , 20 May '12

Mushirul Hasan talks about the row over the Ambedkar cartoon and preserving history.
'BJP should groom young leaders now or it will be difficult in the next 5-10 years'

Sunday , 13 May '12

In this Idea Exchange moderated by Assistant Editor Swaraj Thapa, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar speaks about winning the Goa elections and his plans for the state