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Archana Masih

Archana Masih frequently contributes military features to Rediff.com. You can read some of her features in the related links alongside. You can e-mail the author at archana_masih@rediffmail.com

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'Xi is worried about what India will do'

'Xi is worried about what India will do'

Rediff.com22 hours ago

'He is psychologically preparing the PLA and the Chinese public to avoid a loss of face.'

'Nitish and RJD can form next govt in Bihar'

'Nitish and RJD can form next govt in Bihar'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'The main characteristic of Bihar politics is that it has always affected Delhi.'

'BJP will play a bigger role in Bihar'

'BJP will play a bigger role in Bihar'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'There is a strong possibility that the BJP's seats are going to be much higher compared to the JD-U and this would be the turning point for the BJP.'

Why Bihar has never seen an election like this

Why Bihar has never seen an election like this

Rediff.com16 Oct 2020

'Chirag Paswan's game plan would be to push out Nitish Kumar from this alliance, but that is only possible if the BJP wins about 90 seats and the LJP wins between 25-30 seats.'

'Xi Jinping has got himself in a mess'

'Xi Jinping has got himself in a mess'

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

'If one puts the context of what Xi Jinping said at the UN about not wanting a 'hot or cold war with any country', one realises that his speech was quite bizarre.' 'The world does not expect such statements from China, a nation aspiring to be a superpower.

'Chinese adventures have misfired'

'Chinese adventures have misfired'

Rediff.com14 Oct 2020

'The Chinese thought India would back off. 'They did not expect such a firm Indian response to their expansionist manoeuvre.'

'Farmers' andolan has put PM on the backfoot'

'Farmers' andolan has put PM on the backfoot'

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

'Political parties are following the Divide and Rule policy to break the unity of farmers.'

'In Bihar, caste is more important than religion'

'In Bihar, caste is more important than religion'

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

'In this election, the only thing that is going to matter is which caste aligns with which coalition.'

'Nitish Kumar's political capital is depleted'

'Nitish Kumar's political capital is depleted'

Rediff.com6 Oct 2020

'Voters from the forward castes voted for JD-U because they feared Laloo Yadav's return, but since that fear is no longer there they may not see the need to vote for Nitish Kumar anymore.'

'The BJP wants to be seen as an anti-Dalit party'

'The BJP wants to be seen as an anti-Dalit party'

Rediff.com5 Oct 2020

'70 years back, Dalits used to be abused, scolded, slapped, but killing a Dalit was rare because a Dalit was somebody's property.' 'Now that they are free, they are facing violent attacks.'

'PM keeps changing goal posts for farmers'

'PM keeps changing goal posts for farmers'

Rediff.com25 Sep 2020

'Why did government not include a provision in the bills which categorically stated that no crop will be sold below the MSP in the open market?'

Meet the lady officers making naval history

Meet the lady officers making naval history

Rediff.com23 Sep 2020

'Not everybody gets the opportunity of having a working desk inside a helicopter from where you can control torpedoes and weapons.'

'China will be taught a lesson'

'China will be taught a lesson'

Rediff.com18 Sep 2020

'China is mindful of the fact that it is not confronting the Indian Army of 1962. But the sabre rattling will continue.'

'Deployment of SFF has upset China immensely'

'Deployment of SFF has upset China immensely'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'China is concerned about its impact within Tibet.'

'Bharat Ratna for Dalai Lama is long overdue'

'Bharat Ratna for Dalai Lama is long overdue'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'The Bharat Ratna should have been given a long time ago. Not just to irk the Chinese, but to recognise His Holiness for what he is and how we have benefited immensely from his presence in India.' 'I don't think there's been a better ambassador for India's philosophical and cultural past than the Dalai Lama.'

'China has received a setback'

'China has received a setback'

Rediff.com14 Sep 2020

'India is not the India of 1962. We are not carrying that baggage of history anymore.'

'India of 2020 is a wake-up call for China'

'India of 2020 is a wake-up call for China'

Rediff.com14 Sep 2020

'The leverage created by the Indian military must not be lost.'

'The Chinese claim on our land is wrong'

'The Chinese claim on our land is wrong'

Rediff.com8 Sep 2020

'Our boys are very patriotic.' 'They say Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Hind in front of the Chinese.' 'We have never accepted their claims, we are Indians and proud to be Indians.'

A soldier's life on the icy cliffs of Ladakh

A soldier's life on the icy cliffs of Ladakh

Rediff.com4 Sep 2020

'The Pangong Tso lake is frozen from September-October to February-March. The windchill factor is phenomenal. The night temperature goes to minus 40. The area is like a barren desert. You are out in the open with no trees or bushes to take cover.'

'The Chinese have no war experience'

'The Chinese have no war experience'

Rediff.com2 Sep 2020

'We are facing the most critical military situation with China in the last 50 years.'

'The Indian Army is fully prepared'

'The Indian Army is fully prepared'

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

'The use of military power to settle disputes is not always preferred and is the last preferred option, but it certainly remains an option.'

'China is enlarging the spectrum of war'

'China is enlarging the spectrum of war'

Rediff.com28 Aug 2020

'They will try more rounds of military level talks and move it to the diplomatic and political domain to see if there is a possibility of a solution -- and like the CDS said if that does not happen, we are prepared.'

'The 23 can't force a split in the Congress'

'The 23 can't force a split in the Congress'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'If the leadership goes back to Rahul Gandhi, then there will be a perception problem about the drama about his exit a year-and-a-half ago.'

'Congress does not know route to revival'

'Congress does not know route to revival'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'The party in the present form cannot pose a challenge to the BJP and Modi.'

'It's very difficult to negotiate with the Chinese'

'It's very difficult to negotiate with the Chinese'

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

'Our biggest advantage is that the troops are much better trained and motivated than the Chinese and can improvise and manage with a part of the resources.'

'Never were officers or airmen disrespectful'

'Never were officers or airmen disrespectful'

Rediff.com19 Aug 2020

'Those 10 years in the IAF has made me what I am today.'

'Tech shouldn't hinder a teacher from being a teacher'

'Tech shouldn't hinder a teacher from being a teacher'

Rediff.com18 Aug 2020

'We are trying to empower teachers in the entire country because online teaching is very, very, complicated.'

The Covid doctor who became a patient

The Covid doctor who became a patient

Rediff.com14 Aug 2020

'When we go to war, we also take our families.' 'It's not just fighting the war ourselves, but our families are doing that too. And that's the biggest sacrifice.'

'Since August 2019, I've done business only for 25 days'

'Since August 2019, I've done business only for 25 days'

Rediff.com12 Aug 2020

'What matters right now is what I am able to do in these times of distress for the people of J&K.'

'NEP is anti-India'

'NEP is anti-India'

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

'The NEP is a threat, not a hope.'

'Kashmir can't be reduced to a lab experiment'

'Kashmir can't be reduced to a lab experiment'

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

'Nobody can control Kashmir and what happens here.' 'Even a government with a full sweeping majority and strong mandate hasn't been able to control the state.'

'Please don't think Kashmiris have accepted it'

'Please don't think Kashmiris have accepted it'

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

'Please don't think that Kashmiris have accepted the abrogation of Article 370.' 'Please don't misconstrue silence as acceptance.'

Covid warriors: 'This is your time to serve the world'

Covid warriors: 'This is your time to serve the world'

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

'It was a privilege to work for the country.'

The young women at the forefront of the covid war

The young women at the forefront of the covid war

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

'Florence Nightingale made her mark serving wounded soldiers in a war.' 'This is our time to serve in another health crisis.'

'It is such a cruel disease'

'It is such a cruel disease'

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

'Interns, fresh MBBS graduates, nursing students, young doctors and nurses have brought pride to their degrees and their oath by courageously donning the PPE and caring for patients.' 'They are the foot soldiers of this war.'

This Covid warrior was showered with petals

This Covid warrior was showered with petals

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

"I am not afraid of COVID-19.'

'I operated upon 300 soldiers, and lost one'

'I operated upon 300 soldiers, and lost one'

Rediff.com22 Jul 2020

'Unless you capture territory and plant your flag, the war is never won.'

'We would see who would blink first'

'We would see who would blink first'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'Everytime the Chinese raised the issue of our patrol crossing the line, I told them let's not fight over a line that does not exist yet.' 'Commanders resolved such situations sitting across the table, sometimes we posed veiled threats about creating problems elsewhere along the 800 km frontier as a tit-for-tat.'

'We will lick the Chinese!'

'We will lick the Chinese!'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'The Chinese -- up to the highest leadership -- will avoid a conflict because they know they will be badly licked.' 'The reputation they have painstakingly built over the last two-three decades of being a global power will be destroyed.'

'Mumbai should have lesser cases from August'

'Mumbai should have lesser cases from August'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'Mumbai is at a peak, from here it can only be a downward trend.'

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