Karan Thapar

  • Digvijaya credits Rahul for democracy, primaries in Congress March 30, 2014

    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 to...
  • Congress manifesto can't use 'aam aadmi' as it's a party name: Digvijaya March 31, 2014

    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 Devil's advocate....
  • Ashok Chavan not held guilty, free to contest LS polls: Digvijaya March 30, 2014

    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? March 28, 2014

    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? March 25, 2014

    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? March 24, 2014

    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 March 23, 2014

    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...
  • 1999 Interview: Khushwant Singh on his life and career March 20, 2014

    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? March 18, 2014

    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 March 16, 2014

    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...
  • The Last Word: Congress leaders not keen to contest polls, is party in trouble? March 13, 2014

    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? March 12, 2014

    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? March 11, 2014

    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? March 10, 2014

    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 Gandhi our leader, the boss: Salman Khurshid March 9, 2014

    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...
  • Devil's Advocate: BJP doesn't indulge in caste politics, says Jaitley March 2, 2014

    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 remains opposed to FDI in retail, won't change stand: Jaitley March 1, 2014

    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? February 27, 2014

    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? February 26, 2014

    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? February 25, 2014

    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? February 24, 2014

    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. ...
  • Basis of judgement to commute Rajiv killers' death wrong: Chidambaram February 21, 2014

    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 CNNIBN'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 February 20, 2014

    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? February 19, 2014

    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...
  • Budget 2014: What is the state of the economy the UPA leaves behind? February 17, 2014

    In an election year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented an Interim Budget shorn of rhetoric and stuck to highlighting the Congressled UPA Government's achievements of the last 10 years. CNNIBN's Karan Thapar debates this budget with Union Minister Kapil Sibal, BJP leader Arun Jaitley and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury. ...
  • The Last Word: Is Modi's 'Chai Pe Charcha' effective marketing? February 13, 2014

    BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched his 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign and spoke to his supporters across the country over a cup of tea. As a part of the campaign, Modi interacted with people at tea stalls through video conferencing at 1000 different locations in the country....
  • The Last Word: Is Kejriwal's charge in gas pricing wrong? February 12, 2014

    The AntiCorruption Bureau of Delhi government has registered an FIR on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's complaint on gas pricing. No individual has been named in the FIR even as Kejriwal's complaint mentions Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Union Minister Murli Deora and Verappa Moily. The FIR has been...
  • The Last Word: Is decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake? February 11, 2014

    As Parliament continues to get disrupted over Telangana, the Congress has now expelled six Seemandhra MPs for protesting against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. CNNIBN's Karan Thapar asks the panel whether the decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake or not. ...
  • The Last Word: What is the true state of Indian economy? February 11, 2014

    Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday expressed confidence that the economic growth rate for the current financial year will be revised to not less than 5 per cent. Growth in 201213 slipped to a decadelow of 4.5 per cent. The economy expanded 4.6 per cent in the first half (AprilSeptember)...
  • Loyal to Cong, but people's will bigger than party: AP CM on Telangana February 9, 2014

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said that he is reflecting will of people over Telangana Bill, which is to keep the state united. He also added that he is prepared for any eventuality including being sacked by his party for his fight to keep the state united. Speaking...