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 General Cardozo, Irina Bokova, Defence Minister Hervé Morin and others
  • ’I cut my leg off and ordered: ’Go and bury it’ - December 7, 2011
    Two-part interview with Mag Gen Ian Cardozo.
    Major General Ian Cardozo served the Indian Army with distinction and was the first disabled officer to command a battalion and a brigade
    Major General Ian Cardozo was a young major in the 5 Gorkha Rifles in the 1971 war with Pakistan. In a swift military offensive, India defeated Pakistan within 13 days, liberated a region and led to the creation of Bangladesh.
    In the war, the then Major Cardozo stepped on a landmine and had to cut off his badly wounded leg with his own khukri. Yet, through sheer will power and determination, he did not let his disability come in the way of his duty as a soldier and went on to become the first disabled officer in the Indian Army to command an infantry battalion and a brigade.
    Awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry, General Cardozo spoke to Claude Arpi about the historic war and how he conquered his disability in the second part of a fascinating interview.
  • Interview with the French Defence Minister (Indian Defence Review)
    Mr. Hervé Morin was born on 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Eure (Normandy). He was reelected thrice since 1998 as an MP representing the constituency of Eure. He is leader of the New Center Party. After the presidential elections of 2007, his Party became an ally of the majority (UMP Party). He was later selected by President Nicolas Sarkozy to hold the important defense portfolio.
    In an exclusive interview to the Indian Defence Review, the Defence minister answers questions by Claude Arpi on Indo-French relations, in backdrop of the forthcoming visit of the French President to India in December 2010 during which several agreements are likely to be finalised.
  • Interview Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO - January 27, 2010 (Rediff.com)
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was founded at the end of World War II. UNESCO seeks to function as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues.
    On October 15, 2009, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria was elected as the tenth director-general of UNESCO.
    During her recent visit to India, Bokova spoke to Claude Arpi about her vision and aspirations for UNESCO in a changing world. 
  • Interview with Dr. Subhash Kashyap - April 27, 2011 (Rediff.com)
    The recent revelations about multi-billion scams perpetrated by India’s top politicians and administrators have managed to jolt the nation’s populace out of its usual apathy towards corruption.
    Dr Subhash C Kashyap, former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha and a well-known expert on parliamentary affairs, has been involved in fighting corruption for years.
    The former member of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution speaks to Rediff.com’s Claude Arpi about the root cause of the massive corruption permeating the Indian system and the need to find a solution.
  • Interview Robert Thurman - March 2010
    Why the Dalai Lama Matters
    Interview with Prof. Robert Thurman (Columbia University)
    Prof. Robert Thurman is a well-know figure in the United States. Not only because he was nominated as one of the 25 most influential Americans by the Time Magazine, but also because he is one of oldest supporters of the Dalai Lama, a respected scholar of Columbia University and …the father of Hollywood beauty Uma Thurman.
    He speaks to Claude Arpi about his years as a monk in North India in the 1960’s; his relation with the Dalai Lama (Thurman’s latest best-seller is entitled Why the Dalai Lama matters); the present state of ‘Capitalist’ China; the Buddhist wave in the West; his idea of a Second Renaissance; his work for the preservion old Indian sastras in Columbia University, the Obama-Dalai Lama encounter and his vision for the future of planet.

  • Interview Ranjan Mathai - Rediff.com (December 3, 2010)
    Interview with the Indian Ambassador in Paris before the visit of President Sarkozy to India (December 2010)
  • 'It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions' - Kiren Rijiju (March 4, 2008)
    Kiren Rijiju, the 36-year-old firebrand Member of Parliament representing Arunachal Pradesh (West), does not share the government's and Indian Army's perceptions about Chinese incursions in his border state.
    While Defence Minister A K Antony and army chief General Deepak Kapoor have underplayed the intrusions on several occasions, Rijiju has tried to convey in Parliament the seriousness of the situation in the strategic state. Unfortunately till now his voice has been lost in the corridors of power.
    Rijiju has pointed out for long that the Indian Army is not prepared for a conflict with China and today this is an accepted fact. The young MP still regrets that only cosmetic actions are being taken to correct this imbalance.
    In this wide-ranging interview with Claude Arpi, the MP highlights not only the patriotism of the people of Arunachal, but also conveys in the strongest terms that it is time for India to wake up, to be self-confident and to stand by her interests and her borders.
  • Interview Shishir Nagaraja - March 2 , 2010 (Rediff.com)
    The recent announcement by the United States giant search engine Google that it might withdraw from China made the headlines in world media. The Google decision highlighted the aggressiveness of the Chinese hackers who had been penetrating cyber fortresses like the Pentagon or the White House (as well as the PMO or the MEA in India!).
    Claude Arpi spoke to Shishir Nagaraja, the co-author (with Ross Anderson) of The Snooping Dragon: Social malware Surveillance of the Tibetan Movement,  published by University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in March 2009.
    Shishir Nagaraja, currently associated with the Information Trust Institute of the University of Illinois (US), tells rediff.com, not only about the Google episode, but also his experience with the Office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and the world of hackers, in general.
    He believes that we have only seen the beginnings of the cyberwar, the ’war of tomorrow’. In the not-too-distant future, it will affect each one of us.
  • 'To destroy a country, you create a scandal' - Interview Capt. Bharat Verma (Sify 2008)
    Capt. Bharat Verma has been the editor of Indian Defence Review.  A quarterly journal read by leading policy makers at senior bureaucratic, political and military levels, the IDR is renowned as the "most-quoted Indian defence publication".
    Capt Verma is also the founder and current editor of Lancer Publishers, a publishing house dedicated to defence and security matters.
    In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview to Claude Arpi, the former Army officer recalls the travails of setting up the IDR against stiff government opposition, and explains how India's enemies use the country's media and other democratic tools to try and destabilise it.
    However, he argues, the India of 2012 will not be as “pacifist” as it is today. “It will be far more assertive and equipped with sufficient power to take on such adversaries in our vicinity.”
  • ‘The state has taken more responsibility than it should’ - Interview Gurumurthy (May 2008)
    S Gurumurthy is a chartered accountant by profession, but wears several other hats. He is the National Convenor of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, a mass-movement committed to the promotion of swadeshi industries and culture. He is also a renowned columnist, writing regularly for The New Indian Express and other publications. Often, he also acts a mediator in large industrial disputes.
    In a free wheeling conversation with Claude Arpi in Chennai, Gurumurthy -- known for his candid and at times controversial views on various subjects -- speaks on the current sub-prime crisis and the civilizational choices which have triggered the present difficulties. He also reflects on the international food crisis, its political repercussions in India, and also on the Finance Minister's recent decision to waive farmers' loans.
    This two-part interview covers his comments that deeply reflect upon some of the most serious issues facing Indian society and the future of economic relations between nations.
  • Interview with S. Gurumurthy - May 13, 2008 (Sify.com)
    S Gurumurthy is a chartered accountant by profession, but wears several other hats. He is the National Convenor of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, a mass-movement committed to the promotion of swadeshi industries and culture. He is also a renowned columnist, writing regularly for The New Indian Express and other publications. Often, he also acts a mediator in large industrial disputes.
    In a free wheeling conversation with Claude Arpi in Chennai, Gurumurthy -- known for his candid and at times controversial views on various subjects -- speaks on the current sub-prime crisis and the civilizational choices which have triggered the present difficulties. He also reflects on the international food crisis, its political repercussions in India, and also on the Finance Minister's recent decision to waive farmers' loans.
    This two-part interview covers his comments that deeply reflect upon some of the most serious issues facing Indian society and the future of economic relations between nations.
  • One should talk of a global nuclear deal - July 24 (Interview Jerome Bonnafont for Rediff)
    The French ambassador spoke to Claude Arpi about India’s nuclear deal which he terms ’global’ and not uniquely ’US’ as well as the objectives of the French presidency of the European Union. He points out the implications of the global food crisis as well as the energy issue from the European Union’s point of view. He forcefully expresses the commonality of purpose of both France and India in the fight against terrorism and the shared values of democracy, social justice and strategic matters.
  • Faithful amongst the faithful - March 2006 (George Fernandes)
    Today’s India is not the India of Pandit Nehru, I don’t think that such situation [can occur] when India stands tall and strong (and so is China). We can not afford a war or conflict between the two nations. It would be a disaster in which none would survive...