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Why Communism will never die

On November 7, which marks 100 years of the Russian Revolution, Syed Firdaus Ashraf recalls a conversation he once had on Communism. November 7, 2017 marks the centenary of the Bolshevik......

Ram Rahim and that migrant in Mumbai

An unemployed migrant becomes a much sought after Baba right before Syed Firdaus Ashraf's eyes. When I was a child, a man often dropped in at my parents' home. This guest had a unique sense of......

In India, it's still all about 'Who's your dad'

It may be 2017, but the thumb rule 'uska baap kaun hai, maloom hai kya?' still dominates India, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com As a teenager I wanted to learn......

Conscience is dead. Thank you Nitish Kumar for letting us know

From July 27, 2017, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, my daughter will have to learn that there are only two most important things in life: Power and money.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Many years......

How my mother-in-law saw 'Modi magic'

'She could not believe how much India had changed since the last time she experienced it first hand,' says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com After the results of the Uttar......

'Sandwich' and the quest for a Rs 500 note

Syed Firdaus Ashraf recounts his mission to withdraw Rs 500 notes from the bank.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Mission: To withdraw Rs 500 notes. Accessories: Water bottle and chocolate......

The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India

As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is happening on the ground. IMAGE: Lakhbir Singh Dogra,......

Waiting at the bank at 3 am!

Indians waiting patiently in serpentine queues outside Mumbai banks tell Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf they back Modi's move and are ready to suffer for the larger good of the country. The War......

Marie Antoinette and Paytm in Modi's India

Day 2: Syed Firdaus Ashraf attempts to deposit Rs 500, 1,000 notes in his bank account. The War on Big Notes Day 1: 'Modi will suffer for this in the next elections' Day 2 Mission: To deposit......

'Modi will suffer for this in the next elections'

Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf arrived at the bank on Thursday morning to withdraw cash, a day after high denomination notes were withdrawn, and encounters a veritable battlefield inside.......

Padmavati trailer: It's outstanding but...

... Why care for the truth when the legend so interesting, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Did Rani Padmavati ever actually encounter Alauddin Khilji?  Just like the quote 'Let them eat cake (if......

Judwaa 2 trailer: Can Varun outdo Salman?

Varun Dhawan excels in the Judwaa 2 trailer, raves Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Old is gold may not find favour with millennials, but director David Dhawan doesn't think so. Why else would he, 20 years......

Bhoomi: The trailer says it all!

Syed Firdaus Ashraf feels director Omung Kumar shares too much in the trailer of his upcoming film, Bhoomi. Sometimes, when you watch a Hindi film interval onwards, you can correctly guess the......

A lungi, Anil Kapoor and the story of the Internet

Interviewing Anil Kapoor, Syed Firdaus Ashraf discovered early, is a real pleasure.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com "Why don't you interview Anil Kapoor?" the editor asked one afternoon. I was......

Mubarakan trailer review: Anil Kapoor rocks

One Anil Kapoor, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, seems more entertaining than two Arjun Kapoors! In 1994, a well-known movie critic reviewed Jai-Kishen, which featured Akshay Kumar in a double role.......
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How power was transferred in the Mughal empire

The cardinal rule for Mughal princes was 'Ya Takht, Ya Takhta' (the throne or the funeral pyre).The princes went to battle against their brothers,... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/how-power-was-transferred-in-the-mughal-empire/20171209.htm
The truth behind BJP's 'clean sweep' in UP civic polls

'The BJP has taken too much of credit for sweeping urban local elections.''It is true in the mayor segment. But in the smaller cities, semi-urban... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/the-truth-behind-bjps-clean-sweep-in-up-civic-polls/20171208.htm
Why a young Patel won't vote for the BJP

'The Congress will not make a difference in the life of a Patel, but only to teach the BJP a lesson we will vote against it.' IMAGE: The BJP has... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/special/why-a-young-patel-wont-vote-for-the-bjp/20171207.htm
'Let Bhansali go to Pakistan to release Padmavati'

'In the name of creativity, Bhansali fudges India's history.''Bajirao was such a great warrior, but he was shown as a lover boy by Bhansali.'  ... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/let-bhansali-go-to-pakistan-to-release-padmavati/20171120.htm
Tiger Zinda Hai looks a winner

What do *you* think of the Tiger Zinda Hai trailer? Five years ago, 'Tiger Bhai' aka Salman Khan appeared to dump the nation for a Pakistani spy.... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/trailer-review-tiger-zinda-hai-looks-a-winner/20171107.htm

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