Karan Thapar

  • Digvijaya credits Rahul for democracy, primaries in Congress 30-03-2014 08:32 PM

    New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh credited party Vice President Rahul Gandhi for internal democracy and holding primaries to elect candidate for Lok Sabha elections. He also defended party's manifesto and various promises made by the party. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome...
  • Congress manifesto can't use 'aam aadmi' as it's a party name: Digvijaya 30-03-2014 08:32 PM

    New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh defended party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections and various promises made by the party. He also gave party Vice President Rahul Gandhi credit for internal democracy and holding primaries. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to...
  • Ashok Chavan not held guilty, free to contest LS polls: Digvijaya 30-03-2014 04:47 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress party has defended its decision to give a Lok Sabha ticket to former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who is an accused in the Adarsh Housing Society Scam. Speakign to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said he's not been held...
  • The Last Word: Are Modi's speeches unethical mixture of personal attacks and grand rhetoric? 27-03-2014 09:30 PM

    Bharatiya Janata Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi scathing attack on Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has generated a sharp criticism. He had called Kejriwal 'AK49' at a rally in Jammu. This is not the first time when he had used such words. At his every...
  • The Last Word: Truth about Kejriwal's claims on progress under Modi? 25-03-2014 08:55 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal questioned BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's claims of development in Gujarat and challenged the latter to have a debate with him. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks a panel of experts what is the truth about Kejriwal's claims debunking development in Gujarat under Modi. ...
  • The Last Word: Is Indian government endangering national security? 24-03-2014 08:55 PM

    Even after a month Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned, it still headless. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks the panel of experts whether the Indian government is neglecting the navy and endangering the national security. ...
  • Congress has been handling corruption, media not fair to us: Sibal 23-03-2014 11:41 PM

    New Delhi: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday lambasted at the media for not being fair to the Congress saying that it's the Congress which has been handling corruption in India. "The media has not been fair, because they have not been putting our point of view to the people...
  • Modi can never be the Prime Minister, says Kapil Sibal 23-03-2014 05:24 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress has out rightly dismissed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a credible challenge in the forth coming Lok Sabha elections. Union Minister Kapil Sibal claimed that no matter how hard the Gujarat strongman tries he can never be the Prime Minister of the country. Speaking...
  • 1999 Interview: Khushwant Singh on his life and career 20-03-2014 09:01 PM

    In an exclusive interview to senior journalist Karan Thapar on BBC's Face-To-Face show in 1999, the noted author and journalist Khushwant Singh talked about his life and career. Khushwant Singh died at 99 this morning. ...
  • The Last Word: Has Rahul regained his reputation with his 2nd interview? 18-03-2014 09:45 PM

    Rahul Gandhi on Sunday rejected the view that the Congress party was an "underdog", saying that there would be a Congress-led UPA III. In an interview to PTI, Rahul had said, "the Congress is fighting a challenging election and we will win the election." ...
  • Left Front tottering but CPI's AB Bardhan confident of 32 LS seats 16-03-2014 09:31 PM

    New Delhi: First, an embarrassing downfall of the 'Third Front' and now its own constituents are unraveling in West Bengal and Kerala. Even as a tottering Left Front tries to hold together ahead of polls, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan is confident that the communists would be able to clinch...
  • Was a mistake to form a third front before elections: CPI's AB Bardhan 16-03-2014 11:18 AM

    New Delhi: Former CPI general secretary AB Bardhan has admitted that it was a mistake for the Left front to attempt to forge a third front alliance before the polls. In conversation with Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, he also said the embarrassment of its premature failure could...
  • The Last Word: Congress leaders not keen to contest polls, is party in trouble? 13-03-2014 11:25 PM

    There is trouble brewing in the Congress as party's senior leaders are reluctant to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party is also not able to cement successful alliances ahead of the polls. The talks between Congress and TRS over an alliance have run into trouble and the regional party...
  • The Last Word: Should Narendra Modi stand from a UP constituency? 12-03-2014 08:57 PM

    Just a month ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata is still hunting for a seat for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh. Sources suggested that Modi may now contest from Lucknow or Allahabad if he decides to contest from Uttar Pradesh at all. The...
  • The Last Word: Should parties refrain from fielding tainted candidates? 11-03-2014 08:56 PM

    Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar discusses with panel of experts whether tainted candidates who face criminal charges but have not as yet been convicted be nominated by political parties for election or, in the wider interest of cleansing Indian politics, should this be prohibited either...
  • The Last Word: Is AAP vs BJP the real political battle this election? 10-03-2014 09:07 PM

    The day the Election Commission announced poll dates, Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party workers clashed in the national capital, Lucknow and Gujarat. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks panel of experts whether the real battle for 2014 Lok Sabha elections was between AAP and BJP. ...
  • Rahul is our leader, nothing wrong in accepting his suggestions: Khurshid 09-03-2014 11:14 PM

    New Delhi: Emphasising on the hierarchy in the UPA, External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leads the government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi heads the UPA and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is the second most powerful in the party. He defended...
  • Rahul Gandhi our leader, the boss: Salman Khurshid 09-03-2014 05:52 PM

    Emphasising on the hierarchy in the UPA, External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leads the government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi heads the UPA and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is the second most powerful in the party. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan...
  • Khurshid refuses to apologise for calling Modi 'impotent' 09-03-2014 07:40 AM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has defended his recent controversial comment calling BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi 'impotent'. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate he refused to apologise for it but said that he was mindful of the the fact that...
  • Devil's Advocate: BJP doesn't indulge in caste politics, says Jaitley 02-03-2014 08:08 PM

    Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said that the BJP is not a party which indulges in vote bank politics. In an interview with Karan Thapar in 'Devil's Advocate,' Jaitley said, "BJP is not a party which will have religious based reservations and will not go...
  • BJP making special efforts to reach out to Muslims: Arun Jaitley 02-03-2014 07:27 AM

    New Delhi: In the run up to the 2014 general elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to mend fences with the Muslim community. Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley admitted that the party has been making special efforts to reach out to the minority community. In conversation with Karan...
  • BJP remains opposed to FDI in retail, won't change stand: Jaitley 01-03-2014 05:27 PM

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled out any change in its policy towards Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail if it comes to power at the centre. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley ruled out any possibility of the party reversing...
  • The Last Word: How serious is the problem affecting the Navy's ships? 27-02-2014 09:03 PM

    There was fire on Navy submarine INS Sindhuratna at the Mumbai harbour early on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned taking moral responsibility for the Sindhuratna mishap and several other tragedies that have taken place since the fire on INS Sindhurakshak in August 2013 that killed...
  • The Last Word: After sting operation should opinion polls be banned? 26-02-2014 06:05 PM

    After the expose by a private news channel revealed alleged malpractices by survey agencies, CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks panel of experts whether opinion polls should be banned in the country or not. ...
  • The Last Word: Has Indian government mishandled the Italian marines' case? 25-02-2014 08:58 PM

    In a major relief for the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012, India has agreed to drop the anti-piracy charges against them. The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that the marines will not be tried under the...
  • The Last Word: Is Arvind Kejriwal's election campaign clever politics? 24-02-2014 08:56 PM

    The Editors Guild of India has issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party for the statements made against media. While launching his party's Lok Sabha campaign on Sunday, Kejriwal alleged that there was a nexus between media organisations and some industrialists. ...
  • Ashamed at the way business transacted in Parliament: Chidambaram 21-02-2014 03:41 PM

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How credible is the governments claim that it has reduced the fiscal deficit to 4.6 per cent of GDP. That is one of the key issues I should explore today with the finance minister P Chidambaram. Karan Thapar: Twenty four hours after...
  • Basis of judgement to commute Rajiv killers' death wrong: Chidambaram 21-02-2014 08:48 AM

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram has questioned the legal basis for the Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of Rajiv Gandhi's killers. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, Chidambaram said, "The basis of that judgment is not correct, the legal basis of the judgement said that delay alone is sufficient...
  • Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities of a good leader: Chidambaram 20-02-2014 11:16 PM

    Chidambaram was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. He also spoke about the state of the Indian economy and the situation in Parliament. ...
  • The Last Word: Fair to criticise Lok Sabha Speaker over Telangana chaos? 19-02-2014 09:02 PM

    The Telangana Bill was on Tuesday passed in the Lok Sabha after dramatic scenes with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party joining hands to ensure its passage. Speaker Meira Kumar stopped the live telecast of the proceedings in Lok Sabha when the Bill was taken up after MPs protested...