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Nitish's biggest asset: Bihar's 30 million women voters

Nitish's biggest asset: Bihar's 30 million women voters

Rediff.com2 days ago

There are also over 10 million voters in the 18-29 age bracket. Winning them over could be Nitish Kumar's biggest challenge, reports Aditi Phadnis.

In Maharashtra politics, Raj Bhavan leads the way

In Maharashtra politics, Raj Bhavan leads the way

Rediff.com3 days ago

Uddhav Thackeray would do well to remember: Once he decides on a course of action, Bhagat Singh Koshyari never gives up, notes Aditi Phadnis.

Manoj Sinha's ambitious plans for J&K

Manoj Sinha's ambitious plans for J&K

Rediff.com21 Oct 2020

For far too long, people in J&K have felt the government doesn't exist for them.' 'My first priority is to make them feel that not only does it exist, it is there to work for them.

Will BJP replace Nitish with Nityanand Rai?

Will BJP replace Nitish with Nityanand Rai?

Rediff.com19 Oct 2020

e Union minister of state for home is somewhat brash and rowdy, and has enormous confidence.' Some of this derives from the fact that he has independent sources of income (he reported assets amounting to Rs 18 crore in his 2019 Lok Sabha nomination papers)

BJP leader: 'In Chirag, we have created a monster'

BJP leader: 'In Chirag, we have created a monster'

Rediff.com19 Oct 2020

'We can't underestimate future threats.'

What will Chirag Paswan do in Bihar?

What will Chirag Paswan do in Bihar?

Rediff.com13 Oct 2020

If the Chirag Paswan-led LJP posts a good result, the young leader could become a formidable caste challenger in the years to come and a permanent fixture as a BJP ally, reports Aditi Phadnis.

Low profile, yet outspoken, Trai's Vaghela knows how to take tough calls

Low profile, yet outspoken, Trai's Vaghela knows how to take tough calls

Rediff.com8 Oct 2020

Vagela could not have reached this position if Narendra Modi, who'd known him from his chief minister days, had not backed the choice.

Why K C Venugopal is Sonia, Rahul's go-to-guy

Why K C Venugopal is Sonia, Rahul's go-to-guy

Rediff.com21 Sep 2020

Venugopal is valued highly by Mrs Gandhi and Mr Gandhi. They consider him a loyalist, more to the point, one who can deliver.

Zoom replaces Rath: BJP's virtual campaign in Bihar

Zoom replaces Rath: BJP's virtual campaign in Bihar

Rediff.com18 Sep 2020

'We have taken technology to the mandal and booth level.'

Personal data protection law likely to see more delay

Personal data protection law likely to see more delay

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

The final report was to be submitted in March but it got an extension till the second week of the monsoon session that began September 14.

'Chinese are sitting on Indian territory'

'Chinese are sitting on Indian territory'

Rediff.com15 Sep 2020

'The border has stayed the way it was for over 30 years, and they are now trying to change it'

What India can expect under Joe Biden-Kamala Harris

What India can expect under Joe Biden-Kamala Harris

Rediff.com11 Sep 2020

'There will be very strong interest in cooperating with India under any future American administration, but on the margins India will need to be careful not to tip its hand regarding the election.'

End of an era in Bihar politics

End of an era in Bihar politics

Rediff.com10 Sep 2020

It is now a different time in Bihar. It is a different place -- one in which Raghuvansh Prasad Singh's options are very limited, notes Aditi Phadnis.

After its rise and fall, can the NSCN-IM rise again?

After its rise and fall, can the NSCN-IM rise again?

Rediff.com7 Sep 2020

The NSCN-IM is no longer the force it used to be. Once the 'de facto government' of Magaland, it gradually reduced to an extortion racket. But missteps by the Centre could give it a new lease of life.

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Rediff.com6 Sep 2020

Whatever its apprehensions and concerns about the regime of the Rajapaksa clan, India must be ready with unconditional assistance when Colombo asks for it. Because it will, observes Aditi Phadnis.

Why the Naga peace process hit a roadblock

Why the Naga peace process hit a roadblock

Rediff.com4 Sep 2020

It is the NSCN-IM which is having the last laugh as speculation grows that Nagaland Governor R N Ravi may have been replaced as Naga interlocutor.

After stormy CWC meeting, Congress set for major overhaul

After stormy CWC meeting, Congress set for major overhaul

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

The appointees are expected to reflect Rahul Gandhi's vision of a new Congress with MP and Rahul's "bench mate" in the LS, KC Venugopal, expected to play an important role.

'23 dissenters' feel the heat in the Congress

'23 dissenters' feel the heat in the Congress

Rediff.com28 Aug 2020

Even though it was stated that no action would be taken against the senior leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi, they say that the retaliation had already begun, reports Aditi Phadnis

Why the Modi government is not ecstatic over Kamala Harris

Why the Modi government is not ecstatic over Kamala Harris

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'If the Biden-Harris team makes it to the White House, India's headaches will multiply,' observes Aditi Phadnis.

Why is Goa CM dismantling Parrikar's legacy?

Why is Goa CM dismantling Parrikar's legacy?

Rediff.com23 Aug 2020

The culling of key state leaders and bureaucrats has given rise to distrust and uneasiness in Pramod Sawant's style of functioning, notes Aditi Phadnis.

Strange case of why the handloom board was abolished

Strange case of why the handloom board was abolished

Rediff.com22 Aug 2020

When Nitin Gadkari was president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party had announced it would set up a separate ministry for handlooms and handicraft. Instead of doing that, the BJP government has abolished the only institution that took into account the voice of the weavers.

Why Manoj Sinha may make a difference in J&K

Why Manoj Sinha may make a difference in J&K

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

Manoj Sinha's greatest asset is his capacity to get on with everyone regardless of political affiliation, notes Aditi Phadnis.

Gehlot may expand cabinet to include Pilot loyalists

Gehlot may expand cabinet to include Pilot loyalists

Rediff.com19 Aug 2020

While Pilot, who declared a week ago that he was placing no conditions for returning to the government, reportedly doesn't want a berth for himself, he has sought places for his followers.

Will Congress's leadership crisis end on Aug 10?

Will Congress's leadership crisis end on Aug 10?

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

The current battle within the party is seen as setting the stage for August 10 when Sonia completes one year of interim presidentship, and questions are being raised about a leadership vacuum. For the first time, responsible quarters are suggesting that as Sonia cannot function as interim president indefinitely and Rahul seems to want power but not the responsibility, one way out is collective leadership, reports Aditi Phadnis.

Ladakh: What the Raksha Mantri wants the army to do

Ladakh: What the Raksha Mantri wants the army to do

Rediff.com25 Jul 2020

Rajnath Singh believes it would be naive to see disengagement of the armies from the LAC as the end of the trouble. The defence minister has urged the defence forces to be ready for a long haul

Is Modi's China policy going Nehru's way?

Is Modi's China policy going Nehru's way?

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

'Like Nehru, too, Modi has found dealing with Beijing more and more difficult and has adopted an increasingly assertive approach towards managing India's northern neighbour.'

The man who may save the Congress govt in Rajasthan

The man who may save the Congress govt in Rajasthan

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

Rajasthan assembly Speaker C P Joshi is the slender thread that stands between a Congress and BJP government

'Coronavirus crisis is a wake-up call'

'Coronavirus crisis is a wake-up call'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

'You cannot fight a disease as complex as COVID-19 without a carefully calibrated, localised response.'

Wll Santhosh oust Yediyurappa?

Wll Santhosh oust Yediyurappa?

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

Yediyurappa is made of sterner stuff and is not going to yield so easily.

Why is BJP so divided in in Himachal?

Why is BJP so divided in in Himachal?

Rediff.com20 Jun 2020

If the bribe-for-PPE-supply controversy in Himachal escalates, the BJP could have a lot to lose.

Yeddy aides see B L Santhosh's hand behind RS snub

Yeddy aides see B L Santhosh's hand behind RS snub

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

With Eranna Bhimappa Kadadi and Ashok Jasti -- one Lingayat and one from the OBC -- named as BJP's candidates for the upper house, bypassing the recommendation of the state unit chief Nalin Kumar Kateel and Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, as well as the core committee of the state, BJP leaders in Karnataka say the move is calculated to diminish the stature of the CM and create conditions for him to be eased out.

Good Luck has always been Harsh Vardhan's ally

Good Luck has always been Harsh Vardhan's ally

Rediff.com31 May 2020

COVID-19 has propelled him into a place in the sun that he could only have hoped for.

'China will recover faster than many countries'

'China will recover faster than many countries'

Rediff.com31 May 2020

'COVID-19 will not stop the expansion of China's 'infrastructure power'.'

'We will become a good welfare State if...'

'We will become a good welfare State if...'

Rediff.com29 May 2020

'... the government provides adequate cash and kind support for the poorest of the poor for survival... ...conditional cash and skilling support for the economically poor to raise their incomes to adequate levels... ...and make functional arrangements for providing unemployment allowance to the vulnerable poor during disasters like the present one.'

'A good chunk of 70 million small businesses will be shuttered'

'A good chunk of 70 million small businesses will be shuttered'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'Several businesses like entertainment, hospitality, travel etc would never be the same again.'

Why Uddhav's council entry won't end Maha tug of war

Why Uddhav's council entry won't end Maha tug of war

Rediff.com13 May 2020

The temporary Maharashtra crisis might be over in a few weeks. But the permanent crisis -- the Sena's relationship with its friends old and new -- remains.

Longing for love and a square meal, Chennai's horses find both

Longing for love and a square meal, Chennai's horses find both

Rediff.com10 May 2020

The horses on Chennai's Marina beach were slowly starving to death because of the lockdown until Shiranee Pereira decided to take a hand.

COVID-19 and the changing Shiv Sena

COVID-19 and the changing Shiv Sena

Rediff.com25 Apr 2020

This was not Sharad Pawar or Prithviraj Chavan speaking. It was Uddhav Thackeray, the undisputed chief of the Shiv Sena!

14 MPs set up group with VCs, experts to take on Covid-19

14 MPs set up group with VCs, experts to take on Covid-19

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

The action group will be known as Parliamentarians with Innovators for India (PIIndia.org), which aims to spur innovators to solve challenges in areas such as public health, economy, and livelihood. While the 14 parliamentarians come from different states and across party lines, the group has organisations like Population Foundation of India, Centre for Policy Research, Omnicuris, apart from top experts in public health and policy.

'It is unlikely most labourers have returned home'

'It is unlikely most labourers have returned home'

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

'Make sure you provide enough support (income, nutrition, healthcare, and housing) to migrants stuck (and their households), so they are not compelled to seek work or migrate back.' 'Otherwise, the risk of contagion is extreme.'

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