'Question Time India' returns to BBC World

MUMBAI: A new series of the panel discussion programme Question Time India begins on BBC World tonight 6 February at 10 pm.


The new presenter Dileep Padgaonkar will invite the country's top politicians and personalities to analyse and debate the leading stories each week as the country prepares for the general elections, due to be held later this year. Tonight the guests include former Cabinet Minister and the BJP's general secretary Pramod Mahajan and former prime minister I.K. Gujral.

They will discuss a range of issues, including whether the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will be re-elected this year, the revelations surrounding Pakistan's nuclear leaks and the level of trust between India and Pakistan.

On the announcement by the Pakistani scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, that he shared secrets about his country's nuclear weapons Gujral says: "It is not a revelation. We all knew it because this was known all the time that the deals with these countries Iran, Libya and North Korea are being made.

"Only those sitting in Washington did not want to see it. They knew but did not want to see it. We pointed out time and again that Pakistan does not have any autonomous nuclear programme. But they would not listen. And now the situation is out."

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