'All the tournaments I played in recent times had a lot of bad moments, but the Candidates was a perfect tournament.' 'Everything about the World Championship was very depressing.' Five-time World chess champion Viswanathan Anand speaks to Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier about his defeat to Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship last year and his recent Candidates triumph, which has earned him a rematch with the Norwegian. Though Viswanathan Anand is a five-time World chess champion, many wrote ... Rediff.com, 14 hours ago
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'Do you know there is a 500 page report prepared by an inquiry committee headed by myself? When I placed the report in Parliament, have you heard any single Opposition leader give a notice for discussion?' 'Why are they not demanding a discussion in Parliament on the report? They could have established that there was a scam. Today, a Parliament Committee report is as good as a Parliament report and this report says the 2G scam is no scam. Our government is suffering because of the media hype on ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'Though federal, the Constitution is unitary in nature. All matters relating to revenue are centralised. It is necessary that matters related to finance have to be decentralised.' 'States need more freedom in designing schemes with their interest in mind. There has to be a Constitutional amendment to give more powers to the states. A special session of Parliament should amend the Constitution, especially the 7th Schedule,' Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier.Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'Bribing voters is very, very less in Kerala; I would say, almost zero... Across the border, there is so much of money power during the elections.' 'People of Kerala do believe that politics can bring in good governance.' "It is like a war. People see you only on the day of the war, but how well you prepare during peacetime determines how well you face the battle," Nalini Netto, the Chief Electoral Officer (and Additional Chief Secretary) of Kerala, below, left, tells Rediff.com's Shobha ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'I told him when I started my political career seven decades ago he was not even born.' 'His political activities, the protests he organises and the way he fights the biggest corporate of India, the Ambanis, give hope to all people who are progressive. My desire is that such a party must grow, and I wished him all success for its growth.' V S Achuthanandan, the senior-most Communist in India, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier why he turned down Arvind Kejriwal's invitation to join the Aam Aadmi ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'When the world was refining itself, India was going backwards culturally with so many rape cases and other atrocities against women, children and the elderly.' 'The growth of evil forces was very bad in the last 10 years,' Malayalam movie star Suresh Gopi, who met Narendra Modi recently tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier in this exclusive interview. Suresh Gopi, the Malayalam movie star known for his social activism and forthright views on politics and other issues, found himself in a tweet ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'We are a national party that wants to remind people about Bharatiya sanskruti, which, at the moment, is being remote-controlled by an Italian lady and her agents.' Former Union minister O Rajagopal, the BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram who will challenge Shashi Tharoor, speaks to Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier. Bharatiya Janata Party veteran O Rajagopal was the minister of state for Parliamentary affairs in the Vajpayee government. Rajagopal, below, right, the BJP candidate from the ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'I was with the UN for 29 years. I don't know whether I will have 29 years in politics, but I don't intend to end with just 5 years,' Shashi Tharoor tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier in a frank interview. When Dr Shashi Tharoor became a candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency in 2009, nobody expected him to win with a margin of almost 100,000 votes. His good looks, brilliance and appeal impressed voters tired of the same faces and same style of politics. He has, to a large ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'Shashi Tharoor has publicised whatever little he has done, far more than what he has actually done. Some of the bigger promises he made could never be implemented.' Ajit Joy, a former police officer and Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier that he is a more attractive candidate in his constituency than sitting MP Tharoor. Ajit Joy, left, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, represented by Congress Member of Parliament Shashi ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Congress is on the defensive about scams and corruption charges.' 'The media is against the UPA.''The Nehru family is not just another family; it is a national wealth.' Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy speaks to Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier in an exclusive interview.Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy is busy these days and that's not because he is out campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.Kerala votes on April 10. Yet Chandy, right, below, looks relaxed and confident as most surveys have ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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