Interviews
Internet.org doesn’t violate Net neutrality
, Mark Zuckerberg  - Mint
Over the past week in India, there has been a lot written about Internet.org and Net neutrality. I’d like to share my position on these topics here for everyone to see. First, I’ll share a quick story. Last year I visited Chandauli, a small village in northern India that had just been connected to the Internet.
It spells the end of the Congress old guard. But who cares?
, Rahul Gandhi  - Business Line
One would have been elated if, instead of dwelling on the relative merits of Sonia Gandhi’s continuation in the Congress President’s office as opposed to Rahul Gandhi’s imminent coronation, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had announced her own candidature for the job. Alternatively, Captain Amarinder Singh’s shenanigans in Punjab would have found my wholehearted support if he had gone where no man other than PV Narasimha Rao has ever gone before.
We’ve broken the J&K jinx. If PDP has allied with us today, NC may tomorrow
, Ram Madhav  - Financial Express
Madhav was, and is, BJP’s man in J&K. In doing the impossible—forging an alliance with the PDP to form a government in the state—Madhav showed his negotiating skills. But given the fragile alliance, these will continue to be put to test. The BJP general secretary and former RSS spokesman was also the driving force behind gathering the Indian community in the US and Australia to host a lavish reception for Prime Minister Modi when he visited those countries.
'We have restored India's global credibility in terms of its politics, governance & economy'
, Narendra Modi  - Hindustan Times
The first 10 months of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's term have been eventful. They've been marked by high-profile international diplomacy-visits to India by US President Barack Obama and China's Xi Jinping, Modi's own visits to the US and the G20 summit, and his reaching out to SAARC. At home too, there have been stormy sessions in Parliament, the new government's first full Budget, and mixed results for his party in state and local body elections.
MK Stalin likely to lead DMK in future
, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi  - Economic Times
Endorsing MK Stalin as the successor for leadership of the DMK, his half-sister and women's wing president Kanimozhi Karunanidhi has said that there is no resistance in the party to his elevation. In a rare newspaper interview, she takes on the Tamil Nadu government and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, claiming administration has come to a standstill in Tamil Nadu.
'People want to punish Nitish for instability in state'
, Sushil Modi  - Times of India
Bihar will be the next frontier in the battle between BJP and its opponents. BJP's defeat in Delhi has given its rivals hope of humbling the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team in the politically sensitive state and their determination is evident from the move for the merger of "secular" parties.
Our greatest progressive writer
, Terry Pratchett  - Business Standard
The writer of the greatest contemporary political novels in English died last month. Millions mourned his passing, finding the years of anticipation did not blunt the grief. And given his stupendous commercial success, the mainstream press also had to take note of his departure.
India needs high bandwidth connections
, Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Skype  - ToI
Gurdeep Singh Pall is corporate vice president of Microsoft's voice and video calling service Skype. The Birla Institute of Technology and Science alumnus has over 20 patents to his name. Pall joined Microsoft in January 1990 as a software design engineer. Currently on a visit to India, he spoke to TOI about net neutrality, Skype's plans for India, and about the recently launched Skype Translator, which translates call conversations in real time.
Proof of Kudankulam: 4 more units, cheap power
, Alexander Uvarov, Russian nuclear expert  - ToI
CHENNAI: Kudankulam may provide the Russian nuclear plant supplier Rosatom an early bird advantage in India's nuclear power market. Having demonstrated the working of a recent reactor design ahead of French and US firms in India, Rosatom says work will start on two units at Kudankulam in 2016. Speaking on behalf of Rosatom to TOI, Russian nuclear expert Alexander Uvarov says up to 70% of the equipment for new plants may be manufactured in India.
Winning at home and becoming No. 1 is a double treat
, Saina Nehwal  - Mint
Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon did not stand a chance. Saina Nehwal had become the World No.1 badminton player a day before their final at the India Open Super Series, and her swagger on court was evident from the start. Nehwal smashed her way through Intanon, the 2013 champion, in straight sets. For Nehwal, it was homecoming: She had won the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold here at the Siri Fort complex in New Delhi, triggering a run that had seen her become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in badminton, win a string of Super Series titles, and reach the final of the All England Championship.
It is time to speak up against the Hinduphobia of foreign writers
, Vamsee Juluri  - Times of India
Vamsee Juluri, professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco, speaks up for the anonymous Hindu who, he says, was silent all those years of colonial rule only to be criticized as an ‘oppressor’ post-Independence. His new book ‘Rearming Hinduism’ seeks to restore to the millennia-old faith its intellectual heritage by reintroducing Hinduism to Hindus. Juluri tells Narayani Ganesh that foreign ‘experts’ have only contributed to the misconceptions.
The 'all's possible' leader
, Lee Kuan Yew  - Pioneer
Like most great men and women who live in public memory for ages after they leave their physical being, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father and first Prime Minister, will be remembered for showing us how to make possible, the impossible. When Lee Kuan Yew took over the reins in 1959, Singapore was a small, malaria-infested, British trading post with no natural resources.
Al Gore showed climate’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ – PM Modi offers convenient path
, Prakash Javadekar  - Times of India
Prakash Javadekar is India’s environment, forests and climate change minister. With momentum for Paris’s climate negotiations building and India facing heat over pollution, Javadekar spoke with Vishwa Mohan about India’s comparative emissions, its leadership role, what developed countries must commit to – and PM Modi’s suggested methods to tackle climate change.
People have high expectations and want change immediately
, Shivraj Singh Chouhan  - Economic Times
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, three times chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, is an RSS favourite, a man many BJP insiders say may yet play a bigger role on the national stage and currently a CM battling Congress charges over a recruitment scam.
An Editor from beginning to end
, Vinod Mehta  - Pioneer
It would often be said of Vinod Mehta that he was so fiercely independent that he could only work in publications conceived and moulded by him. Indeed the only journalistic designation he held through his long years in the profession was Editor.
The comeback king
, Jagmohan Dalmiya  - Financial Express
He had just returned from a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) special general meeting in Jaipur that had decided to expel him from the set-up by a 29-1 mandate. The charge against him was an alleged misappropriation of ‘PILCOM’ (the organising committee of the 1996 World Cup) funds. Even an arrest warrant was issued against him. Ouster from his own association, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), followed.
Kerala is on the cusp of change
, Oommen Chandy  - Financial Express
The Kerala government, led by CM Oommen Chandy, has been facing criticism all around—be it the slow pace of infrastructure development, sluggish job creation or internal bickerings within the United Democratic Front (UDF). In an interview with Darlington Jose Hector and M Sarita Varma, Chandy talks about his plans to bring Kerala to the forefront of development despite mounting financial constraints.
From separatist to a mainstream neta
, Sajjad Lone  - Times of India
English-speaking Sajjad Lone has always straddled the conflicting worlds of being sympathetic to separatists as well as attempting to be a mainstream Kashmiri politician at the same time. Sajjad, 47, comes from a distinguished family and became chairman of the People's Conference after his father, Abdul Gani Lone, once an ally of Sheikh Abdullah who subsequently broke with him, was assassinated by militants in 2002. 
If we continue like this for 10-15 years, it is possible to drive poverty out
, Arun Jaitley  - Indian Express
A government’s tenure is five years, over which the economy has to be shaped. We can make our economy the fastest growing in the world. If we continue like this for 10-15 years, it is possible to drive poverty out of the nation. Second, we had to worry about the poor too, had to allocate money for them, in addition to giving money to the states. 
Depoliticization of railways has begun with this budget
, Suresh Prabhu  - ToI
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu spoke to TOI after presenting his first budget. The 61-year-old minister counts delinking politics from the budget by keeping out announcements related to new trains and projects from his speech as major achievements. Excerpts:
‘India should be a model for genetic research’
, Eric S Lander  - Hindu
On April 25, 2003, a group of geneticists representing six countries announced that it had mapped every one of the three billion letters making up the human genome. What had taken scientists of the Human Genome Project 13 years and $3 billion to achieve can be done today for $3,000.
I think it was a mistake to quit as Bihar CM
, Nitish Kumar  - ET
Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar talks about the latest political crisis in Bihar in an exclusive interview to Ashok Mishra. 
Do you regret anointing Jitan Ram Manjhi as your successor? 
He was a big let down as far our expectations were concerned. He was put at the helm of affairs to implement the credo of good governance adopted by the JD(U) government.
A PDP-BJP govt is historic opportunity for India
, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  - ToI
DP's Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has been J&K's unofficial CM-in-waiting for two months now. There's no hurry, he tells Sagarika Ghose, as he fields a range of questions on the alliance with BJP and more. 
Is the deal between BJP and PDP almost done? 
Not yet. I can understand that it's a paradigm shift for them. In many ways, BJP's foundations lie in Jammu & Kashmir. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee's arrest, the Jammu versus Kashmir mindset. There is a certain history. There may be some RSS pressure too.
We will introduce Jan Lokpal Bill in the first assembly session
, Arvind Kejriwal  - Economic Times
The overwhelming victory that came the way of Aam Aadmi Party stunned even its founder Arvind Kejriwal, who confessed that it was actually "scary". Now the focus shifts to Kejriwal 2.0 as the chief minister. Will he set a new gold standard so much so that his inevitable re-entry into the national political platform happens sooner than later, or will he trace the old way of politics of agitation?
EC brought millions of young voters in – they vote for jobs, not community
, SY Quraishi, Former Chief Election Eommissioner  - Times of India
Every party raises questions over EVMs – but when they win, EVMs are fine! At least then, they should endorse EVMs which have multiple checks. These are standalone machines, like a basic calculator. You can’t hack these – they’re not networked. A committee of independent experts, IIT professors, vet every technical process.
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