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The Last Word: Are Modi's speeches unethical mixture of personal attacks and grand rhetoric?


The Last Word: Are Modi's speeches unethical mixture of personal attacks and grand rhetoric?

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 rallies, Modi had attacked his opponents while praising the BJP.

09:30 PM, Mar 27, 2014
The Last Word: Truth about Kejriwal's claims on progress under Modi?

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.

08:55 PM, Mar 25, 2014
The Last Word: Is Indian government endangering national security?

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.

08:55 PM, Mar 24, 2014
The Last Word: Has Rahul regained his reputation with his 2nd interview?

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 said, "the Congress is fighting a challenging election and we will win the election."

09:45 PM, Mar 18, 2014
The Last Word: Congress leaders not keen to contest polls, is party in trouble?

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 of Telangana has now opened a channel of communication with BJP for a possible tie-up.

11:25 PM, Mar 13, 2014
The Last Word: Should Narendra Modi stand from a UP constituency?

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 development comes a day ahead of the party's Central Election Committee meet where the second list of candidates is likely to be released.

08:57 PM, Mar 12, 2014
The Last Word: Should parties refrain from fielding tainted candidates?

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 voluntarily or by some law.

08:56 PM, Mar 11, 2014
The Last Word: Is AAP vs BJP the real political battle this election?

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.

09:07 PM, Mar 10, 2014
The Last Word: How serious is the problem affecting the Navy's ships?

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 all 18 personnel on board.

09:03 PM, Feb 27, 2014
The Last Word: After sting operation should opinion polls be banned?

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.

06:05 PM, Feb 26, 2014
The Last Word: Has Indian government mishandled the Italian marines' case?

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 stringent maritime security law - SUA - that provides death penalty as punishment.

08:58 PM, Feb 25, 2014
The Last Word: Is Arvind Kejriwal's election campaign clever politics?

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.

08:56 PM, Feb 24, 2014
The Last Word: Fair to criticise Lok Sabha Speaker over Telangana chaos?

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 in Parliament. After Speaker received severe criticism, the Lok Sabha has now issued a statement saying that the blackout was a result of technical glitch.

09:02 PM, Feb 19, 2014
The Last Word: Has 'One rank One Pension' scheme been fully funded?

An interim budget is about vote catching and the announcement of the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme is perhaps the one expenditure which the government is hoping will pay immediate dividends. The defence budget has been raised by 10 per cent out of which Rs 500 crore will be earmarked for the implementation of the scheme which has been a long standing demand of the ex-servicemen.

09:20 PM, Feb 18, 2014
The Last Word: Is Modi's 'Chai Pe Charcha' effective marketing?

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 topic of discussion was good governance.

09:03 PM, Feb 13, 2014
The Last Word: Is Kejriwal's charge in gas pricing wrong?

The Anti-Corruption 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 registered under sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and other sections of the Prevention Of Corruption Act.

09:10 PM, Feb 12, 2014
The Last Word: Is decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake?

As Parliament continues to get disrupted over Telangana, the Congress has now expelled six Seemandhra MPs for protesting against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar asks the panel whether the decision to create Telangana an avoidable mistake or not.

08:59 PM, Feb 11, 2014
The Last Word: What is the true state of Indian economy?

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 2012-13 slipped to a decade-low of 4.5 per cent. The economy expanded 4.6 per cent in the first half (April-September) of this financial year.

09:05 PM, Feb 10, 2014
The Last Word: Is a third front a credible idea or just an unrealisable dream?

An alliance of non-Congress, non-BJP parties, a political experiment undertaken to spice up the electoral battle in the last two decades, was often called as the biggest mirage of the Indian politics. The first signs of such a rainbow coalition was seen on October 30, 2013 in Delhi when few parties had joined hands during the the anti-communalism convention. On February 5, there was another such meet.

09:41 PM, Feb 06, 2014
The Last Word: Is the PM guilty of packing the Lokpal with Congress loyalists?

Bharatiya Janata Party continues to oppose government's nominee, senior Supreme Court lawyer Pavani Parameswara Rao, as the chief of anti-corruption body, Lokpal. BJP has said that Rao, nominated by the central government, had fought several cases for the Centre in courts as a result of which could prove to be a partisan.

09:12 PM, Feb 05, 2014