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‘No major riot in last 5 years... If lynchings create fear, doesn’t this create a sense of security?’: Arif Mohammad Khan

Ex-Union minister Arif Mohammad Khan explains why he doesn’t agree with the civil-criminal debate on triple talaq, says events have to be viewed against history, finds hope in Muslims giving importance to education, and asks what Cong-appointed panels achieved

Idea Exchange: ‘DU is like Stanford... it’s linked to opportunities’

Dr Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, and Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, acting principal of Miranda House, on the challenges of addressing a diverse classroom, matching up to private universities, and the syllabus controversy in under-graduate courses.


Idea Exchange | ‘Why did Rahul leave? Should have owned up defeat’, says Aparajita Sarangi

46 women are first-time MPs — including Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi and Karur (Tamil Nadu) MP S Jothimani. Both of them made it to the Lok Sabha without any political connections.

In the process of introspection, there should be some casualty. Sooner it is done, better for party: Congress' Veerappa Moily

Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily explains why the Congress ‘doesn’t need to get disillusioned or disappointed’, admits there was no churning within the party after its loss in 2014 and says the Congress should work out an alternative to the BJP, ‘not imitate them’.

Can’t run world’s fastest growing economy on employment support...Must create employment: PMEAC member Rathin Roy

Dr Rathin Roy, member of PM’s Economic Advisory Council, blames ‘structural problems’ lasting years for plateauing domestic consumption, believes smart policy and not expensive schemes will help meet targets, and explains why he thinks railways and smaller cities are collapsing

Coastal roads, shelters, warning, response... We’re at a stage where we can save most lives: IMD Director General K J Ramesh

IMD Director General K J Ramesh says the aim is to ensure that there are no casualties from cyclones, says Fani won’t impact the monsoon, points out that the Met Department’s rainfall predictions are “getting better”, and details how they are improving systems for other hazards


Supriya Sule: ‘I win by 1 vote or 5 lakh... Jo jeeta woh sikandar. BJP eyeing Baramati means I did a good job’

Baramati MP Supriya Sule sees defections from party as erosion of ideology, terms BJP a regressive party and says nothing wrong in Sharad Pawar’s “personal relations” with Modi, lists jobs and agriculture as prime poll issues, and says Cong-NCP will do better this time

There is no alternative leader... Indians know how to distinguish between state, LS polls. BJP will win: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad questions methodology of NSSO survey, clarifies the govt stand on judicial appointments, says Women’s Reservation Bill needs debate and calls for Ram temple hearing to be expedited

Anand Sharma: We respect SP-BSP decision, but we can’t euthanise ourselves. We can’t kill Congress in UP

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma talks about the challenge of catching up with the “well-funded” BJP’s digital campaign and says the Congress won’t cede seats to Opposition parties in states where there is a direct contest with the BJP.

‘The market is not creating pressure on the private sector to work towards skilling people’

The NSDC CEO says the problem is not jobs but wages, puts the difference in salaries of individuals after skilling at Rs 12,000 annually, notes that while automation is leading to loss of jobs, it is also creating many, and stresses need to introduce skilling courses in schools.

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Tried to connect Modi with every booth in UP: Amit Shah at Idea Exchange

Bharatya Janata Party's poll in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah was the guest at the Idea Exchange programme on Tuesday.


Today in pics: Idea Exchange with Piyush Goyal

PM Narendra Modi met Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Why a leader is aligning with someone is more important that who aligns with who; Mamata Banerjee has a major role: Amit Mitra, Bengal Finance Minister

Bengal FM Amit Mitra talks about demonetisation, the problems with GST, failing Centre-state relations, the need for protecting and building institutions such as the RBI and CBI, investments in the state, and what the BJP “doesn’t get about Bengal".


'The patriarchal notion that women are not in the right place when working outside homes, persists... Need sensitisation in every workplace'

Justice (retired) Sujata Manohar talks about the importance of #MeToo as a women's empowerment movement, why there is a need for 'fresh thinking' on the 2013 sexual harassment guidelines and more.

'Capital is the best way to fight caste. Market and money will defeat anti-capital Marx and Manu'

Chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Milind Kamble says the word ‘Dalit’ binds the country emotionally, asserts that the 4 per cent procurement law ensures social, financial inclusion of Dalit entrepreneurs, urges the government to push harder to meet Stand Up India targets, backs the US model to encourage Dalit SMEs […]

Idea Exchange With Ramdas Athawale

A prominent Dalit leader from Maharashtra, Ramdas Athawale has been raising the issues concerning the Dalits in the government. In this edition of Idea Exchange, he talks about the community’s issues and answers questions on how India can counter cas

India is the biggest, most influential, growing democracy: South Korean Ambassador

Ambassador of South Korea to India Shin Bong-kil said that he believes PM Modi's pledge to make India a $5 trillion economy is not just propaganda and calls for a new economic partnership with India.


Our levels of cooperation & friendship with India are increasing: Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu

Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu talks about the ‘exponential increase’ in India-Japan ties and the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Idea Exchange With TRAI chairman R S Sharma

TRAI chairman R S Sharma also said that monitoring apps is not within TRAI’s domain, and blamed inadequate investment and overloaded networks for increase in call drops.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore On How ‘Khelo India’ Will Be Beneficial For Indian Sports

Before being a Minister Of State, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was an ace shooter who represented India at the world stage numerous times. Since taking Charge as MoS, Youth Affairs and Sports, and I&B, he has been busy implementing and promoting various sports schemes, including the ‘Khelo India’ initiative. In this snippet from the Idea Exchange […]

Idea Exchange With Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Before being a Minister Of State, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was an ace shooter who represented India at the world stage numerous times. Since taking Charge as MoS, Youth Affairs and Sports, and I&B, he has been busy implementing and promoting various sports schemes such as ‘Khelo India’, ‘Target Olympic Podium’, etc. In this edition of […]