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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Backstage for the Trump visit

Backstage for the Trump visit

Rediff.com4 hours ago

What goes behind the scenes for an American President's visit?

Who is afraid of Kanhaiya Kumar?

Who is afraid of Kanhaiya Kumar?

Rediff.com2 days ago

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'

'It's time for my mother and every detainee to come home'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'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'

'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'

'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'

'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'

'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'

'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!

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'

'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'

'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 hero

An actress remembers her father, the Ashok Chakra hero

Rediff.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 Chakra

How I was awarded the Param Vir Chakra

Rediff.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'

'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 Chakra

At 19, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra

Rediff.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'

'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 Day

Look out for Major Sheena on Republic Day

Rediff.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 history

Captain Tania Shergill makes history

Rediff.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'

'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?'

'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 centre

A day at a village primary health centre

Rediff.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.

'Assamese feel betrayed by the BJP'

'Assamese feel betrayed by the BJP'

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

'If there are provocations and people try to exploit and manipulate the situation along linguistic, religious lines, then Assam might relapse into its troubled past.'

'Modi could be PM for 15 years'

'Modi could be PM for 15 years'

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

'The biggest danger is that majoritarianism is getting normalised, insidiously and overtly... We are bringing the worst, not the best in us... We are looking for new enemies - Muslims, urban Naxals, tukde tukde gang, some enemy or the other which keeps this majoritarian wheel turning,' says journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

What will the India of 2022 look like?

What will the India of 2022 look like?

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

'As we reach 2022 we are creating a very new, different India where the Citizenship Amendment Act will be passed, NRC will be pushed through, Article 370 scrapped...'

'Modi sees himself as a man of destiny'

'Modi sees himself as a man of destiny'

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

'Modi wants to go down in history not necessarily as India's first overtly Hindu RSS pracharak prime minister, but as a world statesman who built the idea of India as a great nation.'

'People feel 'kuch toh nyay mila'

'People feel 'kuch toh nyay mila'

Rediff.com9 Dec 2019

'Trail and appeals for rape cases must end in a year. Then the Police will not feel constrained to justify encounters and people will not applaud it.'

The teacher's daughter making naval history

The teacher's daughter making naval history

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi, the daughter of a village headmaster in Bihar, will conduct maritime reconnaissance and search and rescue missions.

'It's an open fight between uncle and nephew'

'It's an open fight between uncle and nephew'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'Over the years he has been getting a feeling of being sidelined by his uncle.'

The KBC Crorepati jail officer

The KBC Crorepati jail officer

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

From the rented home where he paid Rs 500 a month in the 1990s to the flat he will buy from the one crore won on KBC, Ajeet Kumar's personal journey is a story worth cheering for.

'We don't talk politics-religion. It spoils friendships'

'We don't talk politics-religion. It spoils friendships'

Rediff.com20 Nov 2019

'The mandir-masjid issue led to a lot of blood, pain and anguish on both sides. It scarred this nation.' 'It is time to educate ourselves and move on.'

'This government is particularly ruthless'

'This government is particularly ruthless'

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'Today we see the worrisome phenomenon where honest officers who run afoul of the government being chased, hunted down and dirt being dug up on them.'

'The BJP has reached its climax'

'The BJP has reached its climax'

Rediff.com13 Nov 2019

'Modi will not require the Ayodhya issue because he already has other emotive issues like Pakistan.' 'The BJP does not need the temple for political mobilisation anymore.'

'The mosque should be rebuilt by Government of India'

'The mosque should be rebuilt by Government of India'

Rediff.com12 Nov 2019

'If the blatant criminal act of destroying a place of worship is to be rewarded by giving the whole land to those who committed that act, then it raises lots of questions.'

'India of 2019 is not India of 1992'

'India of 2019 is not India of 1992'

Rediff.com12 Nov 2019

'Both Hindus and Muslims should work together to construct both the masjid and mandir.'

'A soldier's honour is the nation's honour'

'A soldier's honour is the nation's honour'

Rediff.com8 Nov 2019

'An unsung hero is fine, but an insulted one is not.'

'This is not a vote against Modi'

'This is not a vote against Modi'

Rediff.com26 Oct 2019

'The voter is cautioning the BJP not to take them for granted.'

The Indian Hero you must know about

The Indian Hero you must know about

Rediff.com23 Oct 2019

'R N Kao was a spymaster, an institution builder and a gentleman.'

'Moles inside terror camps sent info for Balakot strike'

'Moles inside terror camps sent info for Balakot strike'

Rediff.com23 Oct 2019

'Crucial intelligence was obtained by a R&AW operative from a couple of moles inside the camps four days before the Balakot operation.'

India's most tourist friendly railway station!

India's most tourist friendly railway station!

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is India's most tourist friendly railway station. It has an executive lounge, gaming zone, shower facilities, frequently cleaned platforms and effective solid waste management techniques.

Why Xi did not raise Kashmir with Modi

Why Xi did not raise Kashmir with Modi

Rediff.com16 Oct 2019

'The Chinese made their point repeatedly after August 5. They backed Pakistan more overtly than in the past.' 'Kashmir is not completely off their radar. But in order to keep the atmosphere surrounding the Chennai meeting, they did not discuss Kashmir.'

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