Interviews
Thinker and political narrator
, Deendayal Upadhyaya  - Pioneer
In the introduction to his The Jana Sangh: A Biography of an Indian Political Party (1969), one of the few sympathetic and scholarly work on the evolution and history of the Jana Sangh from its founding up to 1967, American scholar Craig Baxter made an interesting observation.
We've vested interest in peace, but the outrage is selective
, Venkaiah Naidu  - Times of India
The government will not be dis tracted from its agenda of de velopment even if a section of intellectuals and Congress, discomfited by the rupture of a cozy consensus that excluded any view other than their own, claims that intolerance is growing, urban development minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said during an interaction with Rajeev Deshpande. 
A self-made hero, and a mentor
, Brijmohan Lall Munjal  - Economic Times
Brijmohan Lall Munjal was one of the tallest business leaders this country has ever seen. His passing away leaves a deep void in the Indian industry at large and the automobile sector in particular. Father of the Indian bicycle and two-wheeler industry, Brijmohan-ji was an institution builder par excellence.
On land law changes, Tamil Nadu model is a template for other states
, Arvind Panagariya  - Financial Express
While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the 12-notch jump for India in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ rankings should have been better because it doesn’t reflect some of the recent steps including changes in the Arbitration Law.
Modi's a force of nature ... not communal at all
, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  - ToI
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds himself the target of criticism for the perceived growing intolerance in the country, he gets a thumbs up from a crucial ally, PDP. Ahead of the PM's visit to Jammu & Kashmir, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed tells TOI that the alliance between the BJP and PDP is very strong and that when Modi speaks at a public rally in Srinagar it would be the perfect opportunity for him to reiterate his faith in India's diversity and plurality.
The day Nitish, Lalu, Congress declared tie-up, BJP got 2/3 majority…we were surprised
, Amit Shah  - Indian Express
If foreigners are observing the Bihar election, it proves that in the last one-and-a-half years, Narendra Modi has taken India’s position on the world stage to a new level.
A man of endless curiosity
, Angus Deaton  - Telegraph
The Nobel Prize is just the icing on the cake. It goes to people who have achieved something, which would usually have brought them honours already from their professional colleagues. The Nobel adds a notch to their fame, and takes it across the world and beyond their subject.
Security Council should be more democratic — disappointing if India-Pakistan don’t talk
, Ban Ki-moon  - Times of India
It’s true that negotiations and consultations among member states for reforms of the Security Council have taken longer than two decades. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, i have seen and heard from member states huge expectations that somehow, there should be changes in the way Security Council is working, in the way Security Council should be structured to better respond effectively to changes in situations.
‘BJP alone will win 120 seats in Bihar’
, Amit Shah  - Outlook India
Look at the size of the rallies being addressed by party leaders, look at the enthusiasm the crowds show. It would leave no doubts in any observer that the NDA is set for a landslide and will bag two-thirds of the seats. There’s a discernible wave for change. People are looking for a better dispensation.
The utterly carefee genius
, Virender Sehwag  - Swarajya
His shots came out of nowhere. A disciplined good-length delivery, and he could make it fly over the third man for a six. A yorker, and the ball could split the cover field and race away for a four. A gentle full toss, that gift every batsman desperately wants, and it could be gently driven back to the bowler.
‘For Amaravati... sky is the limit’
, N Chandrababu Naidu  - Asian Age
The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh (AP) gave me an opportunity to build a world-class city. The very selection of Amaravati is unique. Nowhere in the country will you find such an ideal location. Bifurcation of states had earlier led to formation of cities like Gandhinagar, Naya Raipur and Chandigarh. AP has had three capital cities since 1953. Amaravati will be its fourth.
Nitish Kumar’s ghamand is he is the only Bihari here
, Radha Mohan Singh  - IE
The first reason is that after 15 years of misrule, the people of Bihar had thrown out the jungle raj of Lalu Prasad and his wife. Bihar got free of it in 2005 and went in the direction of progress. But two-and-a-half years ago, the chief minister committed a breach of trust with the people and joined hands with the same jungle raj.
India can lift the world economy
, Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister  - India Today
Reposing faith in Indian economy and the initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi aimed at the financial inclusion of the marginalised sections, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Monday: "Today is very good, tomorrow will be better."
An organ appointing itself, believing it has a monopoly on all wisdom and virtue, Is permanent priesthood
, Dr Nagabhairava Jaya Prakash Narayana, founder, Lokstatta NGO  - Swarajya
Dr Nagabhairava Jaya Prakash Narayana, founder of the Lokstatta NGO and founding president of the party, general secretary of the Foundation for Democratic Reforms and eminent thinker, is disturbed by the Supreme Court’s rejection of the National Judicial Appointments Commission.
The Rani of reforms
, Vasundhara Raje, CM Rajasthan  - Swarajya
The Thar desert in Rajasthan is known for its severe dust storms, which can shift sand dunes and change the landscape of an area. In the state’s capital, Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who came to power in December 2013, is whipping up a storm of her own, one which is attempting to change the regulatory landscape and bring in a new culture of governance.
Minorities not alienated under Modi govt — let communities choose uniform civil code, beef ban, don’t impose
, Najma Heptullah  - Times of India
Well, before NDA led by PM Narendra Modi came to power, there had been propaganda that if Modi comes, there will be no minorities ministry, it’ll be dissolved. It’s been a year and a half since BJP came to power. Neither was the ministry dissolved, nor was its budget slashed — in fact, the budget has been enhanced.
No impediment from BJP to her (Mehbooba) taking over
, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  - Indian Express
Last year, when elections in Jammu and Kashmir saw a massive turnout bringing to power Mufti Mohammad Sayeed once again, it seemed that Mufti, in his last lap of a long political career, hoped to break new ground with BJP in a government of opposites, pinning his hopes on Narendra Modi being another Atal Bihari Vajpayee for Kashmir.
Any Bihari will be CM…no leader from UP or Gujarat will, nor will anybody born in Italy
, Sushil Kumar Modi  - Indian Express
Sushil Kumar Modi, who maintained a moderate face in the BJP for the last few decades, earned his stature while taking part in the JP movement. Years later, he was attending a function in Rajkot when current BJP chief Amit Shah travelled all the way from Ahmedabad only to collect Sushil Modi’s autograph. Today, it is under Shah’s strategic guidance that Sushil Modi is leading the Bihar election.
Industry must go beyond seminars and invest
, Arun Jaitley  - Times of India
After a hectic day despite it being a government holiday, finance minister Arun Jaitley sat down with TOI late Friday evening for a wide-ranging interview on the the black money law, state of the economy, the reforms process, and the bureaucracy. 
Leftist media’s confusing people, targeting Hindu groups – we’re against terrorists, not Muslims
, Nitin Gadkari  - Times of India
Nitin Gadkari is Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and veteran leader from Maharashtra. Speaking with Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Gadkari discussed whether Maharashtra’s famous rationalism is under threat today, why he thinks there’s a campaign against Hindu organisations, managing the rocky Shiv Sena-BJP alliance – and what his ministry will do about killer potholes.
Lalu cheated as Bihar CM and rail minister — polls will end caste politics
, Manoj Sinha  - Times of India
History will remember Lalu only for Jungle Raj and terror in Bihar for 10 years – his claims about a railway turnaround was a myth, orchestrated by apparent misuse of official machinery. A CAG report confirmed the profit theory was false and calculations based on ungrounded projections to misguide the public.
Nitish himself gave ‘Jungle Raj’ term – i’ll work for Bihar’s development, not CM’s chair
, Chirag Paswan  - Times of India
Chirag Paswan is leader of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and son of veteran politician Ram Vilas Paswan. Speaking with Rohit E David, Paswan discussed why he thinks Nitish Kumar let Bihar down, caste politics and grand alliances – and whether LJP might yield Bihar’s next CM.
Muslims have experimented with everyone, will go with BJP now
, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  - Indian Express
Our candidates are not on the basis of caste or community. The idea is to ensure participation, political empowerment of all sections. We are in the arena on the promise of good governance and in that everyone is a stakeholder; whether they are upper caste, or backward, Dalit or Muslim is not a criteria.
Most in Bose family junk crash theory
, Surya Kumar Bose  - Times of India
These files will have a positive effect on the declassification movement. Mamata Banerjee has taken a bold move to not only open up the files but also provide them in digital form for people to see for themselves the criminal activities carried out by a so-called independent India's successive Congress governments. 
Cricket’s game changer
, Jagmohan Dalmiya  - Economic Times
When a rewarding life comes to end, it is almost obligatory to throw in expressions such as ‘at the cusp of change’, ‘saw his world evolve’, ‘moment of transition’. Very rarely are these expressions genuinely appropriate. For even illustrious folk often exist and prosper within an existing framework, rather than reorder that framework.
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