Interviews
My aim is to make farming profitable
, Sayantan Bera  - Mint
Agriculture has borne the brunt of weather woes and tumbling product prices, causing distress across the country. Growth in the sector slowed to 0.2% in 2014-15, according to the latest estimates.
He was not a modernist, but radiated hybridity
, Charles Correa  - Economic Times
In the history books from which young architects learn about the story of Modern architecture, there is no space given to Asian architecture. It is as if the Modern architecture of the world belongs to the Caucasian civilisations. Charles Correa’s ideas and work sit in that ‘no space’.
The Count is dead
, Christopher Lee  - Indian Express
Christopher Lee, “the villain of many horror films who later acted in the Star Wars prequels and the Lord of the Rings series…” Let’s not get put off by descriptions like these, which have come up since Lee’s death; the latter part is possibly necessary to help younger film-watchers identify who Lee was.
Nitish Kumar trying to claim the space of good governance a joke for Bihar people
, Ravi Shankar Prasad  - Times of India
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the JD (U)-RJD alliance in Bihar takes away Nitish Kumar's claims of good governance as he has tied up with Lalu Prasad, who is associated with rank misrule in the state. In an interview with Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi, Prasad, who hails from Bihar, says the BJP is "very happy" with the alliance and poised to win the assembly polls. Talks with Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi are on for widening the NDA, he says. 
We are refining Right to Education Act now
, Vasundhara Raje  - Economic Times
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who made news last year for her state's labour laws and land reforms, says amendment to the Right to Education Act is next on her agenda, in an exclusive interview to Akshay Deshmane.
NDA will treat food adulteration like corruption – and we’ll win Bihar
, Ram Vilas Paswan  - Times of India
This alliance will not happen. We’ve been listening to tales of unity for some time now. First, there was talk of a grand parivar. Nothing happened. Then we heard of JDU-RJD’s merger – there’s no progress on that. Rather than alliances, all we hear are these leaders speaking in different voices.
PM Modi kept promise on land agreement
, Syed Muazzem Ali  - Times of India
Yes we did have very good relations with UPA government. When NDA came to power last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his desire to expand our ties further. As a first step, he has kept his promise and cleared the long-pending Land Boundary Agreement (LBA). There were three parts to it — exchange of enclaves involving around 54,000 people, exchange of adverse possessions and the 6.5km undemarcated boundary.
The Shakespeare of economics
, John Nash  - Indian Express
On May 23, as my wife and I drove back to Washington after a weekend in Orange, Virginia, visiting James Madison’s home and the birthplace of the American constitution, our daughter called to give us the news that John Nash and his wife, Alicia, had just been killed in a car accident.
RBI’s job is to build confidence, not play cheerleader
, Raghuram Rajan, RBI Governor  - Business Line
The RBI on Tuesday went for a front-loaded policy (repo) rate cut of 25 basis points following low domestic capacity utilisation, mixed indications of economic recovery and subdued investments in credit growth. The central bank, upped its inflation projection for January 2016 to 6 per cent from 5.8 per cent projected in April.
Clarity in gas pricing has led to investor confidence
, Dharmendra Pradhan  - Financial Express
The Narendra Modi government took charge when the petroleum sector was surrounded by poor investor confidence and several controversial issues—change in domestic natural gas pricing regime, falling output from RIL-operated KGD6, and no clarity in subsidy sharing mechanism between government and upstream companies, among others.
God’s own civil servant
, KC Sivaramakrishnan  - Indian Express
K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, IAS, chairman of the Centre for Policy Research, passed away on May 28. His life surpassed all measures of excellence, achievement and character. A conventional biography would be impressive enough: An IAS officer who exemplified the best that the service was meant to be, in knowledge, dedication and integrity.
Ordinary muslims paying price for acts of Jihadis
, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  - Economic Times
Ordinary Muslims are paying the price for Islamic terror, according to minister of state for minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. In an interview with ET, the minister discusses the BJP government's outreach to minorities, batting for a ban on cow slaughter.
Kejriwal humiliated Assam’s lady officer — Modi governmnent protects northeastern people’s dignity
, Kiren Rijiju  - Times of India
While the war over official postings between Delhi lt governor Najeeb Jung and CM Arvind Kejriwal heats up, Kiren Rijiju, Union minister of state for home affairs, expressed disapproval of AAP government’s behaviour towards lady IAS officer Shakuntala Gamlin, who belongs to the northeast. 
‘What is a suit boot sarkar? Should the poor not wear suit-boot?'
, Venkaiah Naidu  - Indian Express
The atmosphere of despair, hopelessness and frustration has been replaced by one of hope and confidence. Global respect for the government has gone up and investments are coming. The economic revival has begun. Corruption at the political level is not even heard of. The biggest achievements are social security schemes: Jan Dhan Yojana, financial inclusion, Janashree Bima Yojana, Jan Suraksha Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana.
Am I taking on Rahul or is he taking me on?
, Smriti Irani  - Times of India
HRD minister Smriti Irani is once again in the headlines, this time for challenging Rahul Gandhi on his home turf in Amethi. Even as Congress vice-president Rahul was delivering a speech on the land Bill in Parliament, Irani was in Amethi questioning his commitment to his constituency. In an interview to TOI's Sagarika Ghose, Irani said Rahul is squarely responsible for the underdevelopment of Amethi. 
As long as Pakistan had bin Laden alive, it had leverage
, Seymour Hersh  - ToI
Controversy could be Seymour Hersh‘s middle name. The legendary investigative reporter, who has broken some of the biggest stories in journalism going back to the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, and more recently the Abu Ghraib torture, has come under attack lately for loose reporting.
Farewell, King of Blues
, BB King  - Pioneer
At a time when America is struggling with issues of race and prejudice, the demise of Blues legend BB King leaves a gaping void in the subconscious of the nation. The guitarist, singer and music composer almost single-handedly brought black music into the white mainstream, not just in the US but also in the UK where he was equally popular, and around the world.
'Cong positioning itself as anti-growth'
, Arun Jaitley  - Economic Times
Some of the pronouncements of Congress leaders are to the "left of Karl Marx" and the top leaders of the party appear to be opposing legislation without being aware of their content, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said.
The economy is recovering, we are in a positive zone
, Arun Jaitley  - Hindu
In an interview with Puja Mehra following the conclusion of the Budget Session of Parliament, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended the pace of reforms set by the Modi government, which will soon complete its first year. 
In Pakistan, anyone and everyone can be a target
, Fatima Bhutto  - Hindu
Pakistan is a country of ghosts. They are everywhere, the victims and the perpetrators both. On Wednesday morning, six gunmen wearing police uniforms stopped an Al Azhar Garden bus carrying 60 Ismaili Muslims in Karachi. The bus picked up Ismailies from the housing society dedicated to their community on the outskirts of the city and drove them to work. It was a journey the passengers made every day.
Government will have to be a key player in infrastructure development
, KV Kamath  - Economic Times
From where we were a year ago, a lot of things have moved forward. Clearly, a lot of things are yet to happen. So in the excitement of things which are work-in-progress, we try to forget the achievement. There were two or three things that needed to happen then. One was clarity on land issues, and that is a work in progress.
‘We are natural allies’
, Narendra Modi  - Time
The biggest challenge was that I was new to the federal government structures. Different departments tend to work in silos—each department seems to [be] a government in itself. My effort has been to break these silos down, [so that] everybody … looks at a problem in a collective manner. I see the federal government not as an assembled entity but as an organic entity.
Modi is 100% on expectations in his first year term
, Kumar Mangalam Birla  - Business Standard
illionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla is used to restructuring for unlocking value for investors. After cement business rejig, he has merged apparel businesses of parent Aditya Birla Nuvo to provide investors direct holding in a fast-growing business segment. In an interview with Dev Chatterjee and Abhineet Kumar, he explains the rationale behind the restructuring, besides talking about the state of economy and governance. 
Where was Rahul when govt introduced 66A? Will Nitish govern on legacy of “Jungle Raj”?
, Ravi Shankar Prasad  - Times of India
Ravi Shankar Prasad is Union minister of communications and information technology. Speaking with Amin Ali, Prasad discussed Rahul Gandhi’s recent attacks, the land bill, net neutrality – and polls in Bihar.
'We are keen on expanding our strategic partnership with India'
, Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia  - Hindu
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Chennai to inaugurate a new Australian consulate in the city on April 15, 2015. She spoke to The Hindu’s Srinivasan Ramani about a range of issues related to India-Australia ties.
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