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  • Devil's Advocate: Javed Akhtar on MF Husain's rights April 9, 2010

    In Devil's Advocate this week, Karan Thapar speaks to author, poet and activist Javed Akhtar and tries to find answers to some critical questions that have been raised by the controversy surrounding painter M F Husain and writer Taslima Nasreen. Karan Thapar: Mr Akhtar, let's start with first principles. As you...
  • I'm not tainted: General accused of land scam April 9, 2010

    In Devil's Advocate this week, Karan Thapar speaks to Lt General Avadesh Prakash, one of the main accused in the Sukhna cantonment land scam case. The Armed Forces Tribunal has ruled that the Court of Enquiry conducted against Lt General Prakash was unfair. Lt General Prakash, who has maintained silence...
  • 10 pc growth for 10 years must for India: Pranab February 27, 2010

    The Budget has been hailed by almost all quarters as positive and more importantly, 'balanced'. In his exclusive interview with Network18's Raghav Bahl, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said fiscal policies and developmental allocations went hand in hand. However, he said the time had indeed come 'for India to think big...
  • I can't satisfy all because I'm not God: Mamata March 27, 2010

    Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee says her 2010 Budget is "historic" and satisfies "99 percent of the people". Banerjee believes that though Railways will never allow privatisation, private companies can partner with it to make profits. "The Railway Budget is not Bengal centric," she insists. "I cannot satisfy all because I...
  • Devil's Advocate: Debate on Indo-Pakistan talks February 22, 2010

    In Devil's Advocate this week, Karan Thapar tries to listen to the two opposite sides of the debate on the upcoming India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks scheduled for February 25. Speaking in support of the talks: former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and arguing against it, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal. Karan...
  • Devil's Advocate: Army chief on Sukhna land scam April 9, 2010

    The Sukna cantonment land scam is an “individual misdemeanour” and does not reflect on the Army, insists General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff. Kapoor accepts that the scam has to “some extent embarrassed” the Army but assures “it will not go unpunished”. Kapoor told Karan Thapar on Devil’s...
  • 'I'm getting more careful about what I say': SRK February 9, 2010

    Shah Rukh Khan seems to have sorted out things with the Shiv Sena leadership without having to apologise for his remarks backing Pakistani players and asking for their inclusion in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN’s Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Shah Rukh says he hasn't changed his...
  • I'm embarrassed for my politics: Amar Singh April 27, 2010

    Karan Thapar in conversation with Amar Singh on why he left the Samajwadi Party and whether he hides the secrets of its leaders. Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil’s Advocate. We all know that Amar Singh has had an illustrious political past but does he have a credible political future?...
  • Devil's Advocate: Dr Binayak Sen on State vs Maoists February 1, 2010

    Karan Thapar speaks to Dr Binayak Sen, India's foremost human rights activist, to get an alternate view on the fight against Maoists. Karan Thapar: Dr Sen, the Prime Minister has often referred to the Maoists or the Naxalites as the single greatest threat facing the Indian state. In fact, he...
  • Don't let 26/11 take us hostage: Pakistan PM January 28, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani believes his country and India must not be held “hostage to one incident”--the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks--and they must hold dialogue. “Billion people should not be made hostage to one incident. If we are hostage to one incident then the beneficiaries are terrorists and...
  • Devil's Advocate: I can reject RSS advice, says Gadkari January 25, 2010

    Karan Thapar speaks to the new president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitin Gadkari, about the dissent in the party and what Hindutva means to him. Karan Thapar: Mr Gadkari, before I talk to you about the BJP and the party, let's start with yourself. The press has repeatedly said that you have...
  • Devil's Advocate: Aus image has taken a beating January 11, 2010

    How effectively is Australia dealing with the rising spate of attacks on Indians in that country? That's the key issue Karan Thapar explored with the Australian High Commissioner, Peter Varghese. Karan Thapar: High Commissioner, let me start with the question that most people want to hear you answer. Why does the Australian...
  • Devil's Advocate: 'West wasn't let off at Copenhagen' December 28, 2009

    Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How should we view the Copenhagen accord? As a failure or as a success? Karan Thapar asked this to Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on climate change. Karan Thapar: Mr Saran, do you view Copenhagen as a small step forward, as a...
  • Devil's Advocate: Indo-Pak talks needed, says Malik December 21, 2009

    Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. One year after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks where exactly do India-Pakistan relations stand. Karan Thapar asked this to the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Shahid Malik Karan Thapar: High Commissioner, let's start with the Pakistani view of the India-Pakistan relations. Last week you have said that...
  • Use plural, India has thermonuclear bombs: Kakodkar December 14, 2009

    After weeks of doubt, it is time to ask the question: how credible is India's thermonuclear deterrent? That is the key issue Karan Thapar discussed in this week's Devil's Advocate with the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar. Karan Thapar: Dr Kakodkar, four leading scientists--Dr K Santhanam,...
  • Devil's Advocate: Time to talk to Pak, says Omar November 30, 2009

    Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. Amidst reports that the Home Minister has been holding secret talks with the Hurriyat Conference, how does the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir consider the prospect of such contacts. That is the key question Karan Thapar asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Karan Thapar: Chief...
  • Devil's Advocate: Kalmadi denies ego fight in Games November 23, 2009

    Four weeks ago when Suresh Kalmadi and the Commonwealth Games Federation had a major quarrel, it looked as if the relationship between the two was about to break up. Where does it stand today? That's the key issue Karan Thapar pursued with the Chairman of the Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi....
  • Kareena need not convert post-marriage: Saif November 17, 2009

    From playing lover boys in films like Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Saif Ali Khan has come a long way. Ahead of the release of Kurbaan, Saif speaks about terrorism and Islam, the film’s central theme. “Not every long-bearded mullah is an evil person,” he says. The actor...
  • Devil's Advocate: Salman Khurshid on Vande Mataram November 16, 2009

    Was the Home Minister right to address the general session of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind? Or was it a way of covering up this Government's neglect of the real problems the Muslim community faces? Karan Thapar discussed these questions with Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. Karan Thapar: Salman Khurshid, let's start with...
  • Exclusive: Sachin looks back November 17, 2009

    Sachin Tendulkar was 16 when he made his debut for India 20 years ago. The nation expected him to score a record haul of centuries and be the greatest batsman of the world. He has done all that and more. “I want to thank the entire nation for all the...
  • 'Maoists imported into Bengal by our opponents' November 9, 2009

    Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) member and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury denied allegations that the Marxists and Maoists were in league in West Bengal and alleged that the rebels were "imported" into the state by political opponents – a tacit reference to the Trinamool Congress. Terming accusations of the...
  • Devil's Advocate: IPL has revived cricket, says Modi November 2, 2009

    Has the Indian Premier League (IPL) been a blessing for Indian cricket or the beginning of some of its most recent problems? That's the key issue Karan Thapar explored on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate when he interviewed the chairperson of the IPL, Lalit Modi. Karan Thapar: There is no denying the fact...
  • 'Indian democracy in a state of emergency' October 26, 2009

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. In her latest series of essays, Arundhati Roy sounds deeply dismissive of the Indian democracy and perhaps supportive of the Maoist struggle. Why does she take these positions? That's the key issue I shall explore today with Arundhati Roy. Let's start with...
  • Devil's Advocate: Govt won't censor TV, says Soni October 19, 2009

    Should the Government have a role in the way films are made and the sort of television programmes we must see? That was the key issue on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate when Karan Thapar interviewed Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni. Karan Thapar: Let's start with your ministry's notice on...
  • Devil's Advocate: Naidu on Advani, BJP crisis October 13, 2009

    Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or its leadership in crisis? That's the key issue Karan Thapar explored with the former president of the party and a man that many believe could be the future president as well – Venkaiah Naidu. Karan Thapar: Mr Naidu, let's start with LK Advani. He...
  • Devil's Advocate: Money, fame distracting cricketers, says Pataudi October 5, 2009

    Does India's performance in the Champions Trophy suggest that Indian cricket faces bigger problems? That's the key issue Karan Thapar discussed on Devil's Advocate with the man they consider India's greatest living former Test captain, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Karan Thapar: Tiger Pataudi, let us start with India's performance in the...
  • Exclusive: Raj, Uddhav speak about their poll agenda September 30, 2009

    Two senas are fighting tooth and nail for the Marathi vote in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections. Leaders of the two sena – Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena – are estranged Thackeray cousins Uddhav and Raj, who have ruled out any possibility of a reconciliation. Will the sons-of-the-soil agenda...
  • India not convinced Pak acting on 26/11: Chidambaram September 29, 2009

    The Indian and Pakistani Foreign Ministers have met this Dusshera weekend, but they have been unable to overcome the standoff created by the investigation into the Mumbai terror attack probe. At home the war against Naxals is set to intensify with an MP’s son being killed in Chhattisgarh. At a...
  • IITs precious, I'll not interfere with them: Sibal September 28, 2009

    The IIT faculties and the Human Resources Ministry seem to be at loggerheads with each other. Just how serious is the standoff, or has the situation been misunderstood? That was the key issue that Karan Thapar explored on Devil's Advocate in an interview with the Union Minister for Human Resources...
  • Roja was my benchmark, says A R Rahman September 27, 2009

    A meeting between two musical geniuses was in the making but fate cancelled it. Composer A R Rahman, two days before he won two Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, had received an e-mail invitation from late pop singer Michael Jackson to discuss projects. Rahman talks about Jackson, spirituality and the film...