Interviews
We need healthier PSU banks; wait for a few days
, Arun Jaitley  - Business Standard
Moving away from the “policy paralysis” in the past few years of the preceding United Progressive Alliance government, Jaitley claimed the NDA had plucked low-hanging fruit such as opening up of foreign direct investment, allowing telecom spectrum trading and tweaking the mining and minerals regulatory law to put the economy back on track.
When was the last time telcos did not shed tears on spectrum price?
, Ravi Shankar Prasad  - Financial Express
As the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government completes two years in office, communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad feels that the contours of Digital India are in place. Tele-density at 82.93% and rural tele-density at 50.60% are impressive. Operators have started rolling out 4G services. State-owned BSNL is inching towards a turnaround, posting its first operating profit after around five years.
I can protect the sugar mills but not give them the freedom to loot
, Ram Vilas Paswan  - Business Standard
Ram Vilas Paswan is one of the most experienced ministers in the Narendra Modi government. As the government moves towards a regime of better-targeted subsidies, Paswan, as in-charge of food and consumer affairs, is playing a crucial role in reforming the decades-old public distribution system. In an interview with Sanjeeb Mukherjee, the eight-time Lok Sabha MP says he would ensure that no one in the country dies of starvation, no matter how severe the drought is.
Both DMK and AIADMK are corrupt; Tamils yearning for a leader like Narendra Modi
, Prakash Javadekar  - Economic Times
Though three major partners — DMDK, PMK, MDMK — have abandoned BJP since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party's election incharge for the state, Prakash Javadekar, remains unfazed. In an interview to ET, he slams the leading Dravidian parties and claims that BJP is very much in the contest.
At 88, a master politician
, LK Advani  - Indian Express
Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to put him to pasture, L K Advani, even at the age of 88, remains a consummate politician. Recently, Advani celebrated his wedding anniversary and claimed it would be an apolitical affair, so unlike his birthday celebration, he wouldn’t invite ministers or journalists.
Uday to absorb coal cess impact
, Piyush Goyal, Power Minister  - Economic Times
The corporate sector is 'delighted' by the Union Budget as it would generate demand, has corrected the inverted duty structure in items to make raw materials cheaper and given people a chance to declare concealed income, says Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.
Budget 2016 maintained a very fine balance between Bharat and India
, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance  - Economic Times
The NDA government is pro-poor and to be pro-poor it is a pro-markets government, says minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha outlining the nuances of the Budget. In an interview with Deepshikha Sikarwar& Vinay Pandey, he says there is room on the monetary side now because of the Budget measures.
Ram temple will become a reality; Hindus will help Muslims build mosque if they want
, Subramanian Swamy  - Firstpost
Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Subramanian Swamy is confident of a positive verdict from the Supreme Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi case and is hopeful that the construction of Ram Mandir would begin in Ayodhya by year-end.
The man who sang to live
, Abdul Rashid Khan  - Indian Express
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan performed till his last breath. He woke up in the early hours of Thursday, had his morning tea at his residence located inside Kolkata’s 200-year-old ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), and began his riyaaz. The notes, however, were interrupted by bouts of breathlessness.
Power sector stress is just short term
, Piyush Goyal, Power Minister  - Economic Times
The stress in the power sector will continue in the short term since the reforms initiated by the government aim at long-term solutions and not a quick-fix. But the power ministry is pushing states to sign power purchase agreements to give relief to generators, power minister Piyush Goyal tells ET in an interview.
Internet should not become monopoly of a few
, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communications & IT Minister  - Economic Times
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad backed the telecom regulator's new rule barring discriminatory pricing of data services, saying Internet cannot be restricted to a few. Speaking to ET's Romit Guha, Prasad said the government is committed to non-discriminatory availability of the Internet. He said the government was awaiting Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai's) proposals before taking a final view on net neutrality.
Leadership is more important than gender
, Archana Ramasundaram, Director General Sashastra Seema Bal  - Economic Times
The first woman chief of a paramilitary force, Archana Ramasundaram says leadership quality is more important than gender for tackling challenging assignments. In an interview with Rahul Tripathi, the 58-year-old IPS officer says she would work on increasing the representation of women in the force and discusses the roadmap for SSB.
Narendra Modi is an ascetic, he hasn't disappointed
, Nassim Nicholas Taleb  - Economic Times
A year later, he didn't disappoint. He seems to have delivered over the past year. Let's look at the numbers. From what we saw, numbers seem to be healthy or not degrading. The zeitgeist continues so it doesn't seem like a revolution but a systematic approach to reform. Maybe you do more here and less there but overall it is the trend that matters.
Lt Gen JFR Jacob, last of 1971 war trinity, dies at 92
, Lt-General Jacob Farj Rafael Jacob  - Times of India
Lt-General Jacob Farj Rafael Jacob (retd), the last surviving general from the trinity which led India to its greatest military victory till now, passed away after prolonged illness at the Army (R&R) Hospital here on Wednesday. He was 92.
The Quintessential Statesman
, Atal Bihari Vajpayee  - Pioneer
Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Churchill was a famous man and his quote is as famous, but it fits only partially on another famous personality: Atal Bihari Vajpayee. India’s former Prime Minister did stand up for something (more than once) sometime in life, but he had no enemies and at best only political rivals. This is not the only template that goes awry on the charismatic leader who could well have been the focal point of the country’s politics even today had ill-health not compelled him to pull out of public life.
The man who turned political wisdom on its head
, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  - Mint
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on Thursday, seven weeks before the first anniversary of the historic coalition government he forged in the strife-torn northern state. He was 79.
There are sufficient laws to end betting, legalisation can be debated later
, DV Sadananda Gowda  - Economic Times
The recommendation to legalise betting in cricket has not cut much ice with Gowda, who says effective implementation of existing laws can help eliminate such betting to a large extent. Gowda tells ET's Raghav Ohri in an interview though that he finds weight in the recommendations of the Law Commission to abolish death penalty for all crimes except those related to terrorism.
Modi-Obama hit it off, India can be a Pacific power
, Strobe Talbott  - Times of India
Strobe Talbott is President of the well-known Brookings Institution in Washington DC and former US Deputy Secretary of State. Speaking with Nalin Mehta, Talbott discussed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy moves, his personal bonding with President Barack Obama, the prospects of India-Pakistan peace developing today – and whether Donald Trump could be America’s next president.
This Nehru-Gandhi family is totally Anti-National
, Subramanian Swamy  - Swarajya
Subramanian Swamy—economist, teacher, politician, irrepressible “trouble maker” and relentless hounder of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The case he lodged in 2012 against the Congress’ supposed illegalities involving the little-known but very-wealthy newspaper called National Herald, has reached the Delhi High Court now, which has asked Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to appear before it.
A towering scientist and his love for Bengaluru
, CV Raman  - Hindu
Perched in full bloom of yellow flowers that attempts to reach the cloudy skies, the Roseodendron tree towers among its neighbours — perhaps apt, for it carries with it the memory of a scientist who once towered over others in the country, and even now, continues to affect the scientific landscape of the city.
PM Narendra Modi is not making short-term decisions for instant gratification
, Tom Nides, Morgan Stanley  - Economic Times
Tom Nides, vice-chairman of Morgan Stanley, not only has a ringside view of the world of finance, but also the global geopolitics, thanks to his association with the US Democratic Party. The former deputy to Hillary Clinton (when she was the Secretary of State) in an interview with ET's MC Govardhana Rangan tells what's in store for India, and how terrorism threatens global economy.
I have given states an offer they can't refuse
, Piyush Goyal  - Business Standard
Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state for coal, power and renewable energy, talks to Business Standard on the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme, saying that with the states taking on a part of the debt, they will be fiscally responsible to pay it back.
Architect of Ram Temple movement, role model, inspiration for pracharaks
, Ashok Singhal  - Indian Express
With the death of Ashok Singhal, the Sangh Parivar has lost one of its sturdiest pillars. Within the Sangh Parivar he was considered a role model for pracharaks as a man who had identified his mission in life and knew how to achieve it.
Poll outcomes will not hit reforms
, Nirmala Sitharaman  - Hindu
The NDA government’s latest move to liberalise the foreign investment regime is part of an ongoing process and such economic reforms will continue irrespective of any adverse state-level poll outcomes for the alliance or the BJP in the future.
Award return was a conspiracy for Bihar polls – is India facing riots or civil war? But feudal few targetted Modi govt
, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  - Times of India
Well, in a democracy, the decision of the voters is ultimate. During elections, political parties do accuse each other. Jungle raj, mangal raj, all sorts of jumlas come out – but the mandate of the public is final and political parties abide by it. That is the beauty of Indian democracy.
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