All stories by Archana Masih
How a small town in India is fighting coronavirusRediff.com3 days ago
Far from the metros and big cities, the coronavirus crisis in the country's districts, towns and villages is being led by district magistrates.
The responsibility of keeping the pandemic under control lies with the DM or collector.
Subrat Kumar Sen, the young district magistrate of Saran, north Bihar, tells Rediff.com's Archana Masih how he and his staff are combating a crisis that no one has confronted before.
How armed forces are ready for coronavirus crisisRediff.com4 days ago
'This week will be crucial and we are prepared.'
'Life as we know it will be on the mend soon'Rediff.com6 days ago
'Times will be tough, but we will get by and by the grace of Lord Balaji.'
'Younger population is an advantage against this virus'Rediff.com26 Mar 2020
I do think a younger population structure is an advantage against this virus, but there are other important factors such as the capacity of the healthcare system," says Dr Jennifer Dowd, associate professor of demography and population health, University of Oxford.
A pilot's last flight before the lockdownRediff.com25 Mar 2020
'Since it was the last day of flights, the feeling was weird. There were hardly any aircraft on the ground or in the air.'
'It is a sly and tricky virus'Rediff.com23 Mar 2020
'Anyone who takes the eye off the movement of the virus should be prepared for unpleasant surprises.'
'The virus is circulating. It is almost certainly everywhere'Rediff.com22 Mar 2020
'You can only see it when you look for it. Seek and you shall find.'
When Dr Abdullah met Mehbooba's family...Rediff.com18 Mar 2020
'Dr Abdullah is the oldest and tallest leader in our current political landscape and it was very kind of him to come and see us.'
'Panic doesn't help in dealing with the situation'Rediff.com18 Mar 2020
'Right now there are two battles, the one in our heads about the pandemic and 2, the actual pandemic itself.'
'Even doctors get scared and nurses cry'Rediff.com17 Mar 2020
'Healthcare workers treating coronavirus have been among the hardest hit.' 'It is scary, but this is what we signed up for and became doctors.'
'The most actionable thing is to expand testing. Nothing else matters'Rediff.com17 Mar 2020
'We have to accept that the infection is now in the community and we can't isolate everyone who gets it.' 'Instead, what we need to do is to find out those who are most at risk of death, isolate them and save them from the rest.'
Scindia's BJP entry: His aunt speaks!Rediff.com12 Mar 2020
'The BJP would not have brought him into the party if they did not appreciate him.'
'Scindia is welcome if he upholds Hindutva nationalism'Rediff.com11 Mar 2020
'He too can become a good BJP worker like Rajmata and those from his family before him.'
'The gains are primarily symbolism'Rediff.com3 Mar 2020
'This was the first ever visit by a President in a re-election year so it sent a strong signal of the priority of the relationship and the desire to continue to strengthen it.'
'Home ministry interference crippled Delhi police'Rediff.com27 Feb 2020
We are becoming more cruel and less civilised
'I didn't feel I was with the President of America'Rediff.com26 Feb 2020
Nitin Singh, tourist guide, spent 75 minutes with Donald and Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. 'They were very down to earth and listening to me intently as I told them the story of the Taj and the Mughals.'
Rashtrapati Bhavan prepares for TrumpRediff.com24 Feb 2020
'I am sure every effort will be made to showcase Rashtrapati Bhavan to President Trump.'
Agra has never 'chamkoed' like this!Rediff.com24 Feb 2020
'I was told that Agra has never been cleaned, spruced and scrubbed like it has been for Trump!' A tourist who visited the Taj Mahal over the the weekend gives an account of how the city is gearing up to welcome the Trump Parivar.
'Spectacle is a big part of why Trump is coming to India'Rediff.com21 Feb 2020
'If there were no Ahmedabad programme -- no flashy town hall event in a huge cricket stadium with thousands cheering him on -- then Trump may well have decided not to go to India.'
Backstage for the Trump visitRediff.com20 Feb 2020
What goes behind the scenes for an American President's visit?
Who is afraid of Kanhaiya Kumar?Rediff.com18 Feb 2020
For two-and-half weeks, as Kanhaiya Kumar's Jan Gan Man Yatra opposing the CAA-NPR-NRC makes its way through Bihar, it has come under sustained violent attack. Archana Masih/Rediff.com discovers that the yatris, who include teenagers wanting to save the Constitution and the Nation, are unfazed by the threats and loathing.
'It's time for my mother and every detainee to come home'Rediff.com14 Feb 2020
'It is an uncomfortable situation for a woman.' 'She has been on her own, separated from family.' 'That is the point of isolating her -- breaking her to a point where she bends to their will.'
'Govt wants anti-CAA protests to be suppressed'Rediff.com12 Feb 2020
'All political parties have exploited the police. The current government at the Centre is blatant and unapologetic about it.'
'Without winning another state, Kejri can't be a threat to Modi'Rediff.com11 Feb 2020
'AAP's next target will be Punjab.'
'Modi prioritised Hindu majoritarianism over economy'Rediff.com11 Feb 2020
'Potent nationalism doesn't just distract from the economic task at hand; it actively undermines it.'
'PM has no clear roadmap for $5 trillion economy'Rediff.com11 Feb 2020
Despite all of the PM's many strengths, it is increasingly clear that he does not necessarily have a coherent and clear worldview on matters of macro policy.
'Their spirit is unbroken'Rediff.com10 Feb 2020
'Both my father and brother are very strong. Their spirit is unbroken,' says Dr Farooq Abdullah's daughter and Omar's sister, Safiya Abdullah Khan.
A Kashmiri success story you MUST read!Rediff.com5 Feb 2020
'Irrespective of their politics, people feel happy.' 'One of the best compliments I have received is that I have made it from Kashmir to Karnataka.'
'Govt should unite, not tear people apart'Rediff.com4 Feb 2020
'The government's job is to enable people to live together, not tear them apart.' 'It is supposed to create spaces to work, live and survive -- this country is struggling and this government is saying you have no right of being.' 'It wants to declare human beings illegal. It is the most bizarre nonsense in the world.'
'FM has not been brave, but acted safely'Rediff.com1 Feb 2020
There have been some benefits to the corporate sector, agreed they also need support, but the government should realise that the economy is not suffering from lowering investment -- people are ready to invest but where is the demand?
An actress remembers her father, the Ashok Chakra heroRediff.com30 Jan 2020
'The awareness of how big my father's sacrifice came to me when we went for the Republic Day parade and my mother received the Ashok Chakra,' Rukmini Vasanth, whose father Colonel Vasanth Venugopal was killed in action fighting terrorists, tells Rediff.com's Archana Masih.
How I was awarded the Param Vir ChakraRediff.com29 Jan 2020
'War is won by team work. War is won by sacrifices,' says Subedar Sanjay Kumar, Param Vir Chakra.
'Marching on Rajpath was exhilarating'Rediff.com28 Jan 2020
Major Sheena Nayyar describes what it means for an Indian soldier to be part of the Republic Day parade.
At 19, he was awarded the Param Vir ChakraRediff.com24 Jan 2020
'It is my duty to tell them about the brave soldiers who gave their lives for our land.' 'The free air of freedom that we breathe is because of men like them.'
'Protests have forced government on the backfoot'Rediff.com21 Jan 2020
'The protests have forced the government to announce that the NRC is not an immediate priority.' 'Even if they are trying to pursue this policy in a different guise, through the NPR, the fact that they have been forced to pause and backtrack at least temporarily shows the positive impact of the protests.' 'Moreover, various state governments have opposed the NPR which cannot be carried out without their cooperation. That is also a success of the protests.' 'The state governments would not have taken this stance against the central government if their hand had not been forced by the popular mood.'
Look out for Major Sheena on Republic DayRediff.com20 Jan 2020
'I chose the army over glamour,' says Major Sheena, who feels no other profession elicits the kind of respect like the army does.
Captain Tania Shergill makes historyRediff.com15 Jan 2020
'Every bit of the parade is important. Everything that is being executed, you have to be completely in it,' says Captain Tania Shergill, the first woman adjutant at a Republic Day parade.
'Surgical strikes more suitable in PoK than war'Rediff.com15 Jan 2020
'An all-out war affects the whole nation.'
'How can Abdullahs ever leave Kashmir?'Rediff.com13 Jan 2020
'Dr Abdullah is fine and in good spirits,' says National Conference Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Akbar Lone.
A day at a village primary health centreRediff.com9 Jan 2020
More rural women are having babies in government hospitals. Facilities have improved, but Bihar has is a long way to go in public health.