Express Interviews

Listen to interviews and discussions organised by the Indian Express across our events and series, diving into the minds of public figures, artists, writers, experts and celebrities.

Express InterviewsListen to interviews and discussions organised by the Indian Express across our events and series, diving into the minds of public figures, artists, writers, experts and celebrities.
Episode 26 July 15, 2019

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on the Jal Shakti Ministry, water conservation and treatment

Listen to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat talk about water conservation efforts, traditional water bodies, water-treatment solutions, business models in the sector and more.

Episode 25 July 1, 2019

Ramesh Chand on agriculture policies, production and investment

Listen to NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand talk about agriculture, the Essential Commodities Act, government policy, increasing corporate investment in agriculture, GM crops and more.

Episode 24 June 24, 2019

Veerappa Moily on the Congress party and 2019 elections

Listen to Senior Congress leader, Veerappa Moily, talk about the direction of the Congress party and what their performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections means for the party.

Episode 23 June 17, 2019

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on minorities, communalism and WhatsApp

Listen to Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi talk about the definition of minorities, education, the elections, communalism, WhatsApp, social media and more.

Episode 22 June 10, 2019

Paddy Upton on coaching, mental toughness and his biggest professional mistake

Listen to Rajasthan Royals head coach, Paddy Upton talk about his stint as mental conditioning coach with the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team, why Dhoni’s "strategic brain", myths around mental toughness, his biggest professional mistake...

Episode 21 June 3, 2019

Kailash Vijayvargiya on BJP success in Bengal and communal politics

Listen to BJP general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargia talk about his reasons for why the BJP was successful in Bengal during the 2019 general elections, communal politics, center-state relations and much more.

Episode 20 May 27, 2019

Dr Rathin Roy on the economy, jobs and the development

Listen to member of the PM's Economic Advisory Council, Dr. Rathin Roy, talk about the structural problems with the Indian economy, why government schemes don’t work for the long term, how to stimulate job growth,...

Episode 19 May 20, 2019

Chandrashekhar Azad on the Bhim army, BJP and prison

Listen to the co-founder and chief of the Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad talk about the formation the Bhim Army, why dalits are disappointed with the BJP, life in prison and more. 

Episode 18 May 13, 2019

K J Ramesh on cyclones, rainfall distribution and IMD data

Listen to IMD Director General K J Ramesh, talk about cyclones, dealing with extreme weather events, how unregulated development is a huge cause of flooding in cities, Monsoon predictions and commercial applications of IMD data

Episode 17 May 6, 2019

Rajmohan Gandhi on South Indian history, the BJP and islamophobia

Listen to historian Rajmohan Gandhi, talk about South Indian history, soft v hard hindutva and how the BJP promotes Islamophobia.

Episode 16 April 29, 2019

Ram Madhav on the elections, Pragya Singh Thakur and Kashmir

Listen to BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, talk about BJP campaign, the next phases of the election, Pragya Singh Thakur, Jobs, the Citizenship Amendment Bill and Kashmir.

Episode 15 April 22, 2019

Naushad Forbes on jobs, manufacturing and growth

Listen to Naushad Forbes, the co-chairman of Pune-based manufacturing company Forbes-Marshall, talk about jobs, democratic institutions, investment and growth in manufacturing, the current political climate in the country and more.

Episode 14 April 15, 2019

Arvind Subramanian on demonetisation, GST, loan waivers and the welfare state

Listen to Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian talk about the effects of demonetisation, problems in the way GST was implemented, the efficacy of loan waivers and why (in a welfare state) subsidies are an...

Episode 13 April 8, 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad on the 2019 elections, jobs and women’s reservation

Listen to the current Union Minister for Law and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad talk about the upcoming 2019 elections, nationalism, jobs and unemployment, the Balakot air strike, women's reservation and more.

Episode 12 April 1, 2019

Bhupesh Baghel on Chhattisgarh, the 2019 elections and Naxalism

Listen to Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and Member of the Indian National Congress, Bhupesh Baghel talk about the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, and also tackling Naxalism in Chhattisgarh.

Episode 11 March 25, 2019

Himanta Biswa Sarma on the Citizenship Bill, Bangladeshi migrants and the BJP

Listen to BJP MLA from Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma talk about the Citizenhip (Amendment) Bill 2016, BJP's position in the North East, Bangladeshi migrants and more.

Episode 10 March 18, 2019

Anand Sharma on jobs, the 2019 elections, and secularism

Listen to Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma talk about the upcoming 2019 elections, secularism, what issues the congress will be focussing on and what makes a decisive leader.

Episode 9 March 11, 2019

Milind Kamble on social inclusion and Dalit entrepreneurs

Listen to the Chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Milind Kamble talk about the need for social and financial inclusion of Dalit entrepreneurs, how the US model can help encourage Dalit...

Episode 8 March 5, 2019

Ruchir Sharma on Indian democracy, reforms and elections

Listen to global investor and author of the book 'Democracy On The Road', Ruchir Sharma, talk about the need for economic reforms vs. the onslaught of govt schemes, how businesses in India fear the govt...

Episode 7 February 25, 2019

Dr. Manish Kumar on skill development, job creation and education

Listen to the CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation, Dr. Manish Kumar, talk about how skill development is related to job creation, how it is in the private sector vs the public sector, what...