Interviews

TIBET’S SPIRITUAL LEADER: THE 14TH DALAI LAMA

“Nations belong to people not political parties”, the 14th Dalai Lama was as candid as ever and in his easy going style said the most important of things. Interestingly, he also said how he was friends with the father of Xi Jinping, China’s current president and gifted him a wrist watch a few decades ago. As we ran out of tape mid interview, the monk apologised for speaking for long, now who does that.

AFGHANISTAN’S PRESIDENT: ASHRAF GHANI

Ashraf Ghani admits that despite his overtures to Pakistan the security situation on the ground hasn’t changed. He envisages a hopeful future and wishes for Afghanistan to be a hub of regional trade, a roundabout of cultural exchange.

PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN [FORMER]: PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

The former president and army chief of Pakistan says terrorists attacking India are freedom fighters. He also admits Pakistan exercises leverage with the Afghan Taliban.

TIBET’S PRIME MINISTER IN EXILE : LOBSANG SANGAY

Dalai lama seperates spiritual and political power and Lobsang Sangay becomes Tibet’s first PM in exile. He asks for India to make Tibet the core issue with China.

BHUTAN’S PRIME MINISTER: TSHERING TOBGAY

A friend forever, Bhutan’s Prime Minister is delighted to be a part of PM Modi’s swearing in ceremony.

PRESIDENT OF THE MALDIVES [FORMER]: MOHD NASHEED

An icon of democratic values in the region, Mohd Nasheed asks for India’s help after being ousted by the political opposition in the Maldives.

SYRIA’S DEPUTY PM: WALID MOHI EDINE AL MUALLEM

Syrian deputy PM speaks on the situation in Syria, applauds Russia and claims India is in agreement on Russian intervention.

AMBASSADOR OF GERMANY TO INDIA: MICHAEL STEINER

Ambassador Steiner speaks on Chancellor Merkel’s plans for the India visit.

PM OF NEPAL [FORMER]: BABURAM BHATTARAI

Former PM of Nepal Baburam Bhattarai accuses Nepal’s PM K P Oli and the leader of the Maoist party Prachanda of promulgating a racist constitution with the intention to subjugate the minorities.

AFGHANISTAN’S CEO: DR ABDULLAH ABDULLAH

Interviewed twice, the CEO of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah speaks on the challenges of his country.

AUTHOR, FEMINIST: TASLEEMA NASREEN

Long before the terror attack in Dhaka, Tasleema Nasrin, the Bangladeshi author in exile, spoke on the rise of radical Islam in her country. Known for her feminist views and criticising Islam, Ms Nasreen expressed her concern on the killings of rationalist bloggers in Dhaka. She also urged the intellectuals in India and elsewhere to speak up for them.

INDIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER [FORMER]: SALMAN KHURSHEED

The former Foreign Minister of India and a veteran Congress leader, Salman Khursheed rips apart PM Modi’s foreign policy in this interview.

PAKISTAN’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER [FORMER]: SARTAJ AZIZ

At a time India and Pakistan quarrelled over who will call off the talks, then Pakistan’s national security adviser announced the dialogue has been suspended in this interview.

AFGHANISTAN’S DEFENCE MINISTER: MOHD MASOOM STANEKZAI

Afghanistan’s defence Minister speaks on the fall of Kunduz

AFGHANISTAN’S DEFENCE MINISTER: Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai

Afghanistan’s defence Minister speaks on the fall of Kunduz.

SRI LANKA’S FOREIGN MINISTER: MANGALA SAMARAVEERA

Sri Lanka’s foreign Minister Mangala samaraveera tells us that his country will walk the middle path when it comes to the U.S., china and India.

AFGHANISTAN’S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER: HEKMAT KARZAI

Afghanistan’s deputy foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai claims talks with Taliban will happen in May 2016 [they still haven’t taken place].

FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE MALDIVES

Duniya Mayoom, foreign minister of the maldives and the daughter its leader xx, shares her concern on growing popularity of the ISIS in the Maldives.

BANGLADESH’S MoS FOREIGN AFFAIRS: MOHD SHAHRIAR ALAM

Bangladesh’s Minister of state in the foreign ministry speaks on PM Modi’s Bangladesh visit and the resolution of India and Bangladesh’s boundary dispute.

FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE MALDIVES: AHMAD NASEEM

Ahmad Naseem, Foreign Minister of the Maldives under Mohd Nasheed speaks on the imprisonment of the former president and expresses concern over his safety in the prison.

CM OF DELHI, ANTI CORRUPTION ACTIVIST: ARVIND KEJRIWAL

This is the link to one of the many interviews of Arvind Kejriwal done by Ms Vohra. It has been done in a train while Mr Kejriwal was travelling to the city of Varanasi to challenge Narendra Modi [now the PM] in general elections. Arvind Kejriwal was the leader of the anti corruption agitation in India and is currently the Chief Minister of Delhi.