Seek freedom from burqa 1st, not CAA: Tarek Fatah (IANS Interview)(10:30) By Vivek Tripathi Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah has said that those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) are prone to a "separatist mindset". Raising questions on Muslim womens' participation in anti-CAA demonstrations, he said before seeking freedom from the new citizenship law, they must seek freedom from the veil (burqa) first.
Sonia's return temporary, need organisational polls: Tharoor (IANS interview)(20:40) By Sirshendu Panth Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Describing as a "temporary arrangement" the return of Sonia Gandhi to the post of Congress president, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday reiterated his call for elections to all leadership positions in order to revive the party and energise its workers.
After DC Comics, Ashok Banker forays into graphic novels in India (IANS Interview)(16:36) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Author and screenwriter Ashok K. Banker's sweep encompasses mythology, crime thrillers, essays, literary criticism and fiction. He's also collaborated with DC Comics for graphic novels and has now turned to the genre in India with "Prince of Ayodhya" an adaptation of the first book of his eight-part "Ramayana" series.
'Hang Till Death' a timely reminder of perils of crossing the rubicon (IANS Interview)(08:10) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) As a global debate rages on the death penalty and back home, the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape try every trick in the book to beat the noose, a new book on capital punishment is a timely reminder of the perils of crossing the rubicon - and delivers a chilling message that if you take a life you will have to pay for it with your own.
GMs post to be upgraded to apex level: Chairman Railway Board (IANS Interview)(19:48) By Anand Singh New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Chairman Railway Board V.K. Yadav on Friday asserted that with the organisational restructuring of the railways through the unification of the existing eight Group A services into one central service called the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS), no official will face a career growth problem and also the post of the General Managers in the national transporter will be upgraded to the apex level so that they can take any decision in the field instantly.
DSC Prize for South Asian Literature set to be more inclusive (IANS Interview)(16:14) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) It's created an enviable niche for itself in a overcrowded world and now, the $25,000 DSC Prize For South Asian Literature is set to become even more inclusive as it brings Cambridge University into its fold to create a parallel award for students around the globe because "thats the way forward", its co-founder Surina Narula says.
Now, author Aparna Jain focuses on men who broke the mould (IANS Interview)(19:58) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Aparna Jain is not only a certified Integral Master Coach but has also authored two female-centric books - one that takes a searching look at women in the workplace and the other showcasing role models for young girls, as also their parents - and a volume on family recipes. She has now turned her attention to men who broke the mould as males are also subject to partiarchy and tropes.
Implementation of POCSO Act needs scrutiny: Damyanti Biswas (IANS Interview)(15:06) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Author and social activist Damyanti Biswas, whose novel "You Beneath Your Skin" explores the dark underbelly of the national capital and its spiralling crime spree, says though violence against children under 12 attracts the death penalty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, yet its implementation "needs scrutiny".
Leg up for Urdu literature, 90,000 titles digitised in 6 years (IANS Interview)(18:16) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) It's a virtual library where some 90,000 titles in Urdu - including the Mahabharata and the Quran, as also autobiographies, fiction, travelogues, translations, manuscripts and pop magazines - have been digitised and made available on an internet portal for academicians, scholars and researchers to benefit from. In addition, the Rekhta.org portal offers a collection of 'shers' and 'shayaris' and an essential collection of iconic poets - all this for free!
Important to play an attacking game as opener in T20s: Dhawan (IANS interview)(17:50) By Baidurjo Bhose New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The first six overs in a T20 game is considered the most crucial as both the batting and bowling team look to grab early advantage and with the World T20 in Australia less than a year away, India opener Shikhar Dhawan is very clear that for him it will be all about attacking from the word go Down Under.
India to be top player in data-driven world next decade: Michael Dell (IANS Interview)(08:26) By Deepak Sharma Austin (Texas), Nov 13 (IANS) The 'data king' of the world and founder of IT giant, Dell Technologies, Michael Dell feels that the next decade would be driven and shaped by data, and India could be one of the significant players. In an exclusive interview with IANS, here at the company's Global headquarters the American billionaire businessman and Chairman of Dell, one of the world's largest technology companies said that India figures as the topmost destination for his enterprise in the years to come.
Reforms, stability expected to usher growth: BSE chief (IANS interview)(18:28) By Rohit Vaid Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) The Centre's regulatory reforms, as well as strengthening of its public grievance redressal system has imparted confidence to businesses and investors alike and this trend will usher in faster economic growth, BSE Chief Ashishkumar Chauhan has said.
Rohit bhai said he will use me like Bumrah: Chahar (IANS Interview)(16:00) By Baidurjo Bhose New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) It almost looked like Bangladesh would run away with the third T20I in Nagpur on Sunday and with it register their maiden series win over India as Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun looked to be in cruise mode. With dew not helping matters, skipper Rohit Sharma handed the ball to pacer Deepak Chahar, hoping for the youngster to rise to the occasion. And that is exactly what he did.
Perfect rhythm, no blues with 'Miss Sargam' (IANS Interview)(20:46) By Sukant Deepak New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) It has been drizzling for a few hours. It would have made perfect sense to start the conversation by showing off your Spotify account that has 'Ab Ke Sawan on the fourth number. But then, someone whose repertoire includes the genres of Khayal, Thumri and Dadra, as also popular Indian pop music may just laugh at the 'juvenile' icebreaker. The idea is dropped.
There will be no riots post Ayodhya verdict: RSS leader (IANS Interview)(05:10) By Navneet Mishra New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Asserting that Indian citizens irrespective of their religion believe in peace and harmony, senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has said that there will be no riots whatever be the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
With more centres, NSD plans to light up stages across India (IANS Interview)(01:38) By Sukant Deepak New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Stressing that the National School of Drama (NSD) in the capital was committed to opening three new centres across the country, besides doubling the duration of its one-year courses at its already existing regional centres in Bangalore, Varanasi and Sikkim, Suresh Sharma, Director-in-Charge, NSD told IANS that the school had already appealed to the Ministry of Culture for the same.
BJP nervous ahead of Jharkhand polls: Babulal Marandi (IANS Interview)(10:32) By Manoj Pathak Ranchi, Nov 3 (IANS) Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi has made it clear that his party will not enter any coalition of bigger Opposition parties and will contest the Jharkhand Assembly elections on its own. On post-poll coalition possibilities, he said that those will be considered after the elections.
Ayodhya matter of faith but needs to be addressed legally: Bobde (IANS Interview)(16:12) By Sumit Saxena New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) "Ayodhya title dispute has legal issues, which should be addressed through a legal system," said Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, the Chief Justice-designate. He spoke to IANS on pressing legal issues and the road ahead especially on issues pertaining to access to justice for the people in rural areas.