All stories by Aditi Phadnis
Govt plans to remove 'dil ki doori' first, restoring J-K statehood is lastRediff.com6 Jul 2021
'For the government, statehood is one of the end-points of the journey. A vast distance has to be traversed to reach there. There are many turns on the road, some resting points, and possibly, many cul-de-sacs.'
20% of Muslims voted for BJP in 2019, finds Pew surveyRediff.com30 Jun 2021
The survey indicates that the Congress -- one of the main opposition parties to the BJP -- was the top choice among Muslims (30 per cent), Christians (30 per cent) and Sikhs (33 per cent) in 2019, reports Aditi Phadnis.
How Nitish got uncle to dump Chirag PaswanRediff.com26 Jun 2021
Chirag, like many other leaders who have lost control of their parties, underestimated the adversary.
'Like Mamata is for TMC, who is Congress's magnet?'Rediff.com22 Jun 2021
The Congress party continues to be racked by arbitrary decision-making and the absence of accountability.
Tough days ahead for YediyurappaRediff.com21 Jun 2021
The Modi-Shah duo are standing with B S Yediyurappa: But B L Santhosh refuses to be silenced.
Lakshadweep administrator has Modi's ear, and trustRediff.com16 Jun 2021
Given Narendra Modi's trust in him, Praful Khoda Patel is unlikely to back down in Lakshadweep.
BJP runs into rough weather in GujaratRediff.com12 Jun 2021
Will the Modi-Shah combine replace Vijay Rupani as Gujarat CM?
All 3 Election Commissioners are North Indians!Rediff.com10 Jun 2021
Unlike the past when G V G Krishnamurthy, J M Lyngdoh, R Peri Sastry, H S Brahma, and V S Sampath held positions in the ECI representing all corners of India, this ECI will be North India-centric.
Can Subodh Jaiswal keep CBI out of politics?Rediff.com5 Jun 2021
'He is not a person to challenge the government.' 'He is a man who is known to go with the flow' Aditi Phadnis reports.
Can Himanta Sarma navigate tough road ahead?Rediff.com24 May 2021
For the chief minister and Assam alike, the road ahead is full of challenges, notes Aditi Phadnis.
Will EC agree to hold Mamata's election within 6 months?Rediff.com20 May 2021
In case the EC doesn't hold elections within six months, the duration in which Banerjee has to become an MLA, the Trinamool Congress is ready with Plan B.
Poll results make things tougher for ModiRediff.com10 May 2021
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.