All stories by ADITI PHADNIS
Poll results make things tougher for ModiRediff.com7 days ago
Aditi Phadnis predicts frequent stand-offs between the Centre and states in the future.
The Jazz-Loving Politician With No EnemiesRediff.com7 May 2021
Ajit Singh represented a bridge between a constituency that represented a more traditional era in politics and a modern, forward-looking, India, remembers Aditi Phadnis.
'Free, fair polls': Can CEC keep his promise?Rediff.com4 May 2021
Sushil Chandra will conduct the UP, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand elections before he retires in May 2022.
Sarma or Sonowal: Who will be Assam's CM?Rediff.com3 May 2021
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma added to the mystery by declaring only that the next CM would be from the BJP, without naming Sarbananda Sonowal, the CM of the outgoing government.
Soli Sorabjee was a Lion of the LawRediff.com1 May 2021
'Soli steadfastly believed in Voltaire's famous dictum that he would disagree violently with anyone but defend to death that person's right to disagree with him.'
Meet N V Ramana, India's next Chief JusticeRediff.com22 Apr 2021
'There is no doubt that he commands respect. He's on the ball.'
'Why was Waze Param Bir Singh's blue eyed boy?'Rediff.com20 Apr 2021
'Singh is complaining that politicians are summoning Waze after bypassing him.' 'But Singh is himself undermining the hierarchy within his force by interacting directly with Waze.'
'New era in India-Pakistan relations could beckon'Rediff.com15 Apr 2021
'If there is a background of some kind of mutual understanding on how the dialogue process might develop in a mutually satisfactory manner...' 'If this understanding impacts positively on the ground situation...' 'As of now this is a heroic assumption. But it does not have to remain such.'
Why is BJP shy of naming a CM in Assam?Rediff.com13 Apr 2021
The party is less forthcoming about who the chief minister will be if it stays in power.
Centre vs State: Battle for Delhi is just heating upRediff.com5 Apr 2021
The law, which dilutes the Indian capital's autonomy and emasculates the elected local government's powers, will be a political millstone for the party for the next elections, reports Aditi Phadnis
If DMK wins, Modi needs to watch out!Rediff.com5 Apr 2021
Shrug off the yoke of the imperialism of Delhi. That is why the DMK manifesto offers what it offers: The promise that Tamil Nadu will, one day, become an independent republic, notes Aditi Phadnis.
Parties show lukewarm response to Mamata's anti-BJP front bidRediff.com2 Apr 2021
While the leadership of the biggest Opposition party, the Congress, has not reacted, even non-Congress and (now) anti-BJP parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) have voiced no view on Banerjee's appeal, reports Aditi Phadnis.
Congress's chances in Assam hinge on alliance partnersRediff.com22 Mar 2021
Even if the Congress is unable to defeat the political appeal of Narendra Modi, the resources and talent of the BJP and its managers, it is relying on issues like the Citizenship Amendment Act and the perceived threat to Assamese identity, along with the future threat of the National People's Register to ensure it continues to be a force in the state. Aditi Phadnis reports.
Kerala 2021: Advantage Pinarayi VijayanRediff.com15 Mar 2021
In four years, the state has had to battle cyclones, two floods, and two epidemiological disasters. If people bring Pinarayi Vijayan back to power, he must have done something right, obsevers Aditi Phadnis.
What will Uddhav do next?Rediff.com13 Mar 2021
Does Uddhav (and indeed the Sena) have the pizzazz and staying power to continue to be an actor in Maharashtra politics as a paler version of the NCP and an orange rather than saffron version of the BJP, asks Aditi Phadnis.
A bureaucrat for 'the little guy'Rediff.com6 Mar 2021
Rahul Khullar's guiding credo was that a civil servant must never lose sight of his client: The little guy. The evil men are those who are decision-makers but abdicate their responsibility of taking decisions, leading people to lose confidence in public institutions.
Why Sonia chose KhargeRediff.com2 Mar 2021
The less charitable in the party say he owes his appointment Sonia Gandhi -- the family wanted someone who wouldn't talk back and would not exert himself too much, notes Aditi Phadnis.
Assam: 'Unemployment is a great danger'Rediff.com27 Feb 2021
'There are more young people in Assam who are unemployed than possibly anywhere else.'
Stung by BJP, will Tikait's BKU fight UP polls next year?Rediff.com23 Feb 2021
'Now the very government we helped to form is telling us we are enemies of the nation!' The BKU has stayed away from direct participation in politics. But this time they are not so sure, reports Aditi Phadnis.
Tamil Nadu politics gets a personal touchRediff.com19 Feb 2021
As leaders go, while Modi's visits to the state will be watched with curiosity, Rahul will need to be dislodged from the popular consciousness -- Tamil Nadu is one state where he's present, notes Aditi Phadnis.