Idea Exchange with UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Aadhar has been a debatable topic since its inception and concerns over data protection and failure of authentication still persists. As the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India, Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey has been at the centre of the data security debate. In this edition of the Idea Exchange, he insists that […]

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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 in a conversation with Indian Express, said the aim is to ensure that there are no casualties from cyclones. Talking about Fani, he said that it won’t impact the monsoon this year.

“Polls are about ‘Modi versus who?’ Where there is no answer to ‘who’, it will be Modi all the way”, Ram Madhav

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav talks about Modi's campaign strategy and the issues that BJP has been raising in their election campaign. All this and more in this edition of Idea Exchange.

‘Govt should be close to industry, not individual industrialists… Hear industry, but do what’s right’

Co-chairman of Forbes Marshall Naushad Forbes gives his view on employment statistics, says that they are “flat” and that jobs have been created in the informal sector. He believes that government's decision to block the NSSO survey backfired.

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

With a few days to go for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has been raising the national security issue in its campaigns. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the Opposition questioning Balakot strikes is a poll issue.

‘In Chhattisgarh, we dispelled notion that Amit Shah is an election winning machine. There is no fear nw. Will do it in LS polls too’, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel believes that BJP's move to replace its incumbent MPs in driven by 'fear'. He also calls PM Modi's promises 'jumla' and asserts that people's trust in Rahul Gandhi is growing. All this & more in this Idea Exchange.

Muslims from Assam, UP, Bihar different… Fight is against Bangladeshi Muslims, not Indian Muslims

Finance Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, believes the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will not affect the BJP’s prospects in the state, says national security is not the only issue in Lok Sabha elections.

‘2019 won’t be 2014, irrespective of what PM Modi, Amit Shah do… BJP numbers will fall sharply: Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma, talks about the challenge of catching up with the “well-funded” BJP’s digital campaign, accuses the Centre of deflecting discussion on real issues by focusing on national security, calls PM Modi “clueless” on terror and Pakistan

‘There’s frustration in businessmen, a fear… They wanted more from govt. There’s a dissonance’, global investor & author Ruchir Sharma

In this edition of Idea Exchange, global investor & author Ruchir Sharma says that national security will not be the only narrative in Lok Sabhpolls and he believes that the Opposition has ‘understood the game’ this time.

‘The market is not creating pressure on the private sector to work towards skilling people’ – NSDC CEO, Manish Kumar

In this edition of Idea Exchange, The NSDC CEO says the problem is not jobs but wages, notes that while automation is leading to loss of jobs, it is also creating many, & stresses the need to introduce skilling courses in schools.

‘NGMA is a space for artists, they should be allowed to say what they have to say’: NGMA Director-General, Adwaita Gadanayak

The NGMA Director-General says Amol Palekar had every right to say what he wanted but he was misinformed, denies any move to curtail space to independent artists, explains why new work have not been added, & talks about bringing art to children

‘Why does a boy pick up the gun? It’s not about Burhan Wani… need to address idea behind him’

In this edition of Idea Exchange, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti dismisses any future alliance with the BJP, asserts that there has to be some dialogue with separatists and also acknowledges that Pakistan is important in resolving the Kashmir crisis.

Gehlotji is 28 years older than me. He can say what he wants. I accept it with humility: Sachin Pilot

In this edition of Idea Exchange, Sachin Pilot says the decision to make him Rajasthan Deputy CM was collective and he is optimistic that an opposition led by Congress will defeat BJP is Lok Sabha polls.

Idea Exchange | Senior Lawyer H S Phoolka

Idea Exchange | Senior Lawyer H S Phoolka

‘Think of it the other way, not about govt raiding RBI, but how RBI could have behaved differently’

In this edition of the Idea Exchange, Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian talks about demonitisation, defends GST, explains the reasons why growth has not been robust and reflects back on his tenure as Chief Economic Adviser of India.

‘The notion that your neighbour is your kin, regardless of faith, is a real thing in South India’

Historian Rajmohan Gandhi talks about the need to chronicle Southern history and why he feels that the region is ‘losing voice’ in Delhi. In a discussion with journalists from Indian Express, he calls the recent lynchings ‘tragic, shameful’.

Public interest is court’s concern. What the public is interested in should be left to govt: Justice Kurien Joseph

Former Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph talks about the January 12 judges press conference, delay in collegium appointments earlier, PM Narendra Modi's visit to CJI’s court and reflects on constitutional morality in faith-linked cases.

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".

‘Left to me, I would make Mayawati PM now: Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar at Idea Exchange

Chandrashekhar AzadBhim Army co-founder and chief talks about where his organisation fits into the politics of the country, his views on the Congress and the BJP.

‘Modi a big leader, but difficult to generate 2014-style hype again. 2019 won’t be a wave election’

JD(U) vice-president Prashant Kishor explains why he decided to join the JD(U) and why it is going to be difficult for the BJP to generate a 2014-style hype again in 2019.

‘It doesn’t help when 14-16 leaders sit on stage and blast PM Modi. It allows him to play victim… Must work at state-level’

In this edition of Idea Exchange Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah expresses concern over the recent political killings in Jammu and Kashmir and says that the Centre's lack of clarity on J&K is worrying.