Aditi Phadnis

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Jagdeep Dhankar's Rajya Sabha Challenge

Jagdeep Dhankar's Rajya Sabha Challenge

Rediff.com4 days ago

As vice president and ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Jagdeep Dhankar is inheriting a troubled legacy. Although the government faces no real numerical challenges in the Upper House, political and legal challenges are there aplenty.

Has BJP's Operation Nitish Begun?

Has BJP's Operation Nitish Begun?

Rediff.com1 Aug 2022

Nitish Kumar has to make an existential choice: Between governance and politics, argues Aditi Phadnis.

Bookie odds, Tory voters discount Rishi Sunak's chances in UK PM race

Bookie odds, Tory voters discount Rishi Sunak's chances in UK PM race

Rediff.com26 Jul 2022

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Tuesday extended her bookmaker odds as the favourite to win the Conservative Party leadership race, with former Chancellor Rishi Sunak also trailing in a poll among Tory voters.

Can Jagdeep Dhankar Handle The Rajya Sabha?

Can Jagdeep Dhankar Handle The Rajya Sabha?

Rediff.com26 Jul 2022

Running a fractious House full of members every bit as well versed in parliamentary law as the chair, has, in the past, reduced several Rajya Sabha chairmen to tears.

Jagan May Be Party President For Life, But...

Jagan May Be Party President For Life, But...

Rediff.com19 Jul 2022

]If Andhra Pradesh's middle class is denied salaries and pensions or, if these are delayed, it will rise against Jagan Mohan Reddy with the same fervour with which it voted him in.

Maharashtra politics is headed for new twists and turns

Maharashtra politics is headed for new twists and turns

Rediff.com14 Jul 2022

Eknath Shinde knows he can't possibly make all the MLAs loyal to him ministers. How will they be satisfied? And to satisfy them, the BJP will have to play ball.

Will Droupadi Murmu Be A Consensus President?

Will Droupadi Murmu Be A Consensus President?

Rediff.com12 Jul 2022

From the point of view of qualification, Murmu is probably educationally the least qualified among India's recent Presidents. But then, with the BJP in command, she will be required to do little but sign on the dotted line.

Droupadi Murmu: In Modi's Own Image

Droupadi Murmu: In Modi's Own Image

Rediff.com8 Jul 2022

Prime Minister Modi saw a reflection of himself -- she does not come from a political background, has no lineage, and had a lifetime of personal struggle and sacrifice.

Beware, The Meddling Of Koshyari

Beware, The Meddling Of Koshyari

Rediff.com6 Jul 2022

In Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari has done pretty much as he liked, observes Aditi Phadnis.

Balasaheb's Sainik vs Uddhav's Sainik

Balasaheb's Sainik vs Uddhav's Sainik

Rediff.com5 Jul 2022

The world knew who Balasaheb's Shiv Sainik was. But who was Uddhav's Shiv Sainik? And most importantly, why did he believe in Uddhav, and not Nitin Gadkari or Devendra Fadnavis?

Prez Poll: What Is Mamata's Game?

Prez Poll: What Is Mamata's Game?

Rediff.com27 Jun 2022

Mamata Banerjee's sights are not on the next month's Presidential election. She is focusing on another election that will take place in 2024.

'Congrats Param, you just made sanitation sexy'

'Congrats Param, you just made sanitation sexy'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2022

No prizes for guessing what the BJP's election campaign is going to be, and who will provide important inputs for it.

All the President's Stock Portfolio

All the President's Stock Portfolio

Rediff.com20 Jun 2022

In his capacity as India's First Citizen, the President owns the shares of several public sector enterprises held by the government.

Manik Saha faces his biggest challenge

Manik Saha faces his biggest challenge

Rediff.com18 Jun 2022

In Tripura, the challenge for the chief minister is less from the alliance partners and more from his own party, the BJP.

Hardik Now Needs A Head For Strategy

Hardik Now Needs A Head For Strategy

Rediff.com11 Jun 2022

With time on his side, that Hardik Patel will one day occupy the top spot in Gujarat is a no-brainer. But the BJP doesn't like rabble-rousers.

NDA 11,000 Votes Short In Presidential Poll

NDA 11,000 Votes Short In Presidential Poll

Rediff.com7 Jun 2022

That's a deficit the NDA will have to make up with the help of 'friendly' alliance partners, the very groupings the PM has said are 'family-run'.

V K Saxena's Road To Delhi LG via Gujarat

V K Saxena's Road To Delhi LG via Gujarat

Rediff.com3 Jun 2022

Vinai Kumar Saxena's current job as lieutenant governor of an Opposition-ruled state will raise the bar -- not just for him, but also for the Aam Aadmi Party government, which never says no to a fight with the representative of the central government in India's capital.

Presidential Poll: Not A BJP Cakewalk Yet

Presidential Poll: Not A BJP Cakewalk Yet

Rediff.com23 May 2022

The NDA's combined parliamentary and state-level committed Presidential votes number around 12,000 fewer than a majority.

Why Prashant Kishor Is Eyeing Bihar

Why Prashant Kishor Is Eyeing Bihar

Rediff.com21 May 2022

The JD-U, may be the BJP's partner for now. But it is a party at all only because of Nitish Kumar. The day Nitish Kumar exits, the JD-U will split into hundreds of pieces. Obviously, Prashant Kishor is setting himself up as the vessel that will collect all the pieces and put them together in some sort of political instrument, explains Aditi Phadnis.

What Will Modi's Scientific Advisor Do?

What Will Modi's Scientific Advisor Do?

Rediff.com13 May 2022

Dr Ajay Kumar Sood will have to complete a task his predecessor started: Getting the government to sign off on a new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy on which work was begun in 2020.

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