All stories by Aditi Phadnis
COVID-19 and the changing Shiv SenaRediff.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-19Rediff.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'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.'
Coronavirus locks down hopes of thousands in Noida SEZRediff.com26 Mar 2020
Noida SEZ has 400 units and around 100,000 workers, and was shut down on March 23.
Can Raavan's party make a mark in Indian politics?Rediff.com16 Mar 2020
'Whether or not Chandrashekhar Azad succeeds or fails electorally, he has already made democratic politics more accountable to Dalits.'
'The People of India are batting for the Idea of India'Rediff.com5 Mar 2020
'The people of India have not only challenged the ruling dispensation with the constitution, they have also opened the eyes of the leadership that sits in the Opposition.'
Why Congress is in a big messRediff.com4 Mar 2020
Who's calling the shots in the party, asks Aditi Phadnis.
Is Kejriwal a plaything in the hands of a coterie?Rediff.com19 Feb 2020
'In its short life, AAP has distinguished itself in many, many, governance spheres.' 'But party democracy is not one of them,' notes Aditi Phadnis.
The dilemma of Arif Mohammad KhanRediff.com12 Feb 2020
What does a Muslim in politics do? Where does he go?
MPs who heckled Sitharaman were first to rush to herRediff.com2 Feb 2020
It is a tribute to India's democracy, however flawed, that the very same MPs who had harangued her intermittently from Opposition benches now surged towards her, anxiety writ large on their faces. One offered her some homoeopathic tablets, another advised her to stay seated, another grasped her hand wishing her good health... the crowd parted as Prime Minister Narendra Modi strode up to congratulate her. But it was mostly well-wishers from the Opposition and the NDA that kept the finance minister cocooned with good wishes until it was time to leave, reports Aditi Phadnis.
Davinder Singh throws light on malaise in J-K policeRediff.com27 Jan 2020
The deputy superintendent of police's arrest has raised questions about the role of collaborators in terror attacks.
'India cannot take Gotabaya for granted'Rediff.com16 Jan 2020
'We should expect a cold-blooded, transactional relation that requires a lot of engagement and mutual trust to sustain,' says Constantino Xavier, Fellow, foreign policy, Brookings India.
Does Ravan make Modi-Shah-Yogi nervous?Rediff.com9 Jan 2020
'There are around 400 Lok Sabha constituencies where Dalits and Muslims combined constitute 30% of the electorate.' 'Also, 90% to 95% of Dalits and Muslims go out and vote.' 'So, if they are come together, they become significant electorally.'
Yediyurappa does what Fadnavis couldn'tRediff.com26 Dec 2019
'It must have stung Devendra Fadnavis to see Modi asking MPs at the BJP parliamentary party meeting to give Yediyurappa a standing ovation for his victory in the by-elections that has resulted in pulling the BJP government in Karnataka off the ventilator,' notes Aditi Phadnis.
Maharashtra politics: Who won, who lostRediff.com12 Dec 2019
There's no telling how long this government will last or how cordial the relations between the alliance partners will be, but it tells us that while constancy and fealty pay, timing is everything, points out Aditi Phadnis.
India turns on the charm but will Rajapaksas reciprocate?Rediff.com29 Nov 2019
In the endlessly entertaining and absorbing soap opera that is India-Sri Lanka relations, wait for the next episode, Aditi Phadnis reports.
Uddhav has a tough task at handRediff.com28 Nov 2019
Earlier Uddhav had to manage only seniors in the party. Now, he has to manage the leadership of two other parties who have been political adversaries in the past. Aditi Phadnis notes.
'I will not go unless I am handcuffed'Rediff.com19 Nov 2019
Aditi Phadnis remembers the former prime minister on her 102nd birth anniversary.
How power intoxicates politiciansRediff.com12 Nov 2019
'Vajpayee told the minister disapprovingly: "One should not fight with the tools one uses".' Ministers in the Modi government could have done with that advice.
2021 will be acid test for Modi-ShahRediff.com31 Oct 2019
Elections are due in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal that year. Early indications show Bengal holds promise for the BJP, but the party may have to recast itself to win Tamil Nadu.
Inspiring! They donate their hair to cancer patientsRediff.com18 Oct 2019
Having cancer can be devastating. But for women, the side-effects of the disease, especially the loss of hair, is the hardest part.
Why the BJP is batting for early polls in DelhiRediff.com28 Sep 2019
Once the effects of the slowdown in the economy start to be felt and the feel-good effect of scrapping Article 370 recedes, the BJP fears it would be hard for the party to capture Delhi. Aditi Phadnis reports.
D K Shivakumar: Too useful to too many peopleRediff.com15 Sep 2019
The Congress's master strategist is so incredibly popular and resourceful that even Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa regretted his arrest. That's the secret of D K Shivakumar's success, says Aditi Phadnis.
Ram Jethmalani: The man who never minced wordsRediff.com9 Sep 2019
Even as politics engaged him more, he never hid his way of life. On one occasion, Morarji Desai pleaded with him to stop drinking publicly. "You stick to your pissky and I'll stick to my whisky'' he is supposed to have told him.
Ending single-use plastic is real test for ModiRediff.com1 Sep 2019
Can Modi enthuse BJP workers to pursue the end of single-use plastic with the same vigour and enthusiasm as they celebrated the attack on a neighbour, asks Aditi Phadnis.
How India outclassed Pak in diplomatic game over KashmirRediff.com26 Aug 2019
The battle to manage the international environment over Kashmir has just begun, but what is expected to help is the lifting of internal controls. All eyes are now on that exercise. Aditi Phadnis reports.
Arun Jaitley: The minister who loved a good meal and good gossipRediff.com25 Aug 2019
In the Modi government, he was the mentor -- he groomed half a dozen of those who became ministers. Some remembered, others did not -- Jaitley seemed to care little. Aditi Phadnis reports.
The man who will replace Amit Shah in 6 monthsRediff.com6 Jul 2019
J P Nadda is a man to watch in the BJP.
Rajnath Singh's dilemmaRediff.com22 Jun 2019
The defence minister has to correct a major asymmetry. Will his discipline come in the way?
Golay's tricky road aheadRediff.com13 Jun 2019
Sikkim's new chief minister will have to achieve growth without compromising nature.
Budget: IT exemption limit may be raised to Rs 5 lakhRediff.com7 Jun 2019
'We have promised to ensure reduced tax rates.'
Ram has entered the land of DurgaRediff.com5 Jun 2019
Mamata imposed affirmative action to the point of absurdity. This has naturally led to counter-action: The Hindus who never thought of themselves as Hindus are now banding behind the BJP, points out Aditi Phadnis.
Why Telangana, Odisha may go soft on NDARediff.com24 May 2019
A new realignment should be expected in equations between the non-BJP, non-Congress parties and the government at the Centre. Aditi Phadnis reports.
Congress must ask: Who's to blame for another defeat?Rediff.com24 May 2019
The party managed only 52 seats on its own and many of its top leadership, including Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia were defeated in the polls.
'Dalit disenchantment with BJP is widespread'Rediff.com15 May 2019
'They are innovating and a new Dalit leadership could be seen at the horizon'
Development or caste: What will win Gorakhpur?Rediff.com15 May 2019
The BJP is banking on development. The opposition is raking up caste identities and the dangers of hyper nationalism.
Will Yogi's Hindu Yuva Vahini shut shop?Rediff.com14 May 2019
Amit Shah requested Adityanath to tighten the reins of the HYV's activities, now that he was CM. But Adityanath is not prepared to let go so easily.
Does Yogi want Ravi Kishan elected from Gorakhpur?Rediff.com12 May 2019
The UP CM didn't deign to attend the actor's nomination.
Patna Sahib: One of India's most interesting contestsRediff.com11 May 2019
Nowhere else has caste, power politics, and generational change come together to form a combination so potent that it is combustible.
Why cows have become a problem in UPRediff.com5 May 2019
Hordes of cows rampage through the fields, eating everything in sight. This is after the UP government banned slaughter of cattle. As a result, farmers whose cows become old and are a liability simply sets them loose.