All stories by Arunav Sinha
Ram temple one of the poll issues in Ayodhya, voters want jobs, developmentRediff.com25 Feb 2022
The Bharatiya Janata Party, for whom the temple town sharpened its Hindutva plank, is facing a challenge particularly from the Samajwadi Party in the ongoing state polls.
This UP party has promised ministry for 'harassed' menRediff.com4 Feb 2022
The party 'Mera Adhikar Rashtriya Dal' (MARD), registered in 2018, had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow and Varanasi.
Parties hope to gain from 'lucky 7' in 7-phase UP pollsRediff.com16 Jan 2022
From invoking the 'Saptarishi' (Ursa Major) constellation, seven basic notes of Indian classical music to 'saat phere' (seven circumambulations) -- parties give different reasons and logic to claim that they will emerge victorious in the polls.
BJP vs SP? Don't write us off, remind BSP, Congress and othersRediff.com10 Jan 2022
With their high-decibel campaigns so far, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party may appear to be locked in a direct fight in Uttar Pradesh.
After Lord Ram, leaders turn to Krishna ahead of UP pollRediff.com5 Jan 2022
Krishna chants gained more currency when Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav invoked the deity.
UP polls: Mamata likely to support Akhilesh, visit Varanasi in JanRediff.com5 Dec 2021
"Didi has already said in Delhi that if Akhilesh Yadav needs our help, we are ready to extend help. The gesture of senior SP leader Jaya Bachchan seeking votes for the TMC during the West Bengal Assembly elections will be reciprocated in Uttar Pradesh," said Laliteshpati Tripathi, who recently joined the TMC.
Priyanka a 'storm', Yogi feeling threatened: UP Congress chiefRediff.com1 Nov 2021
The Congress would go to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections without a chief minister face but will fight under the watch of general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, whom the state party chief Ajay Kumar Lallu described as a 'storm' that will help sweep the polls.
Temple of Lord Ram's kuldevi hopes for huge footfallsRediff.com6 Aug 2020
With the 'bhoomi pujan' for a temple at the spot where many devout Hindus believe Lord Ram was born, priests are enlivened with the hope that their Badhi Devkaali Mandir too will get footfalls from far and wide.
Glued to TV sets, Ayodhya relives 'Ramayana' daysRediff.com5 Aug 2020
Some jewellery shops in the famous Shringaar Haat area turned into places for community television spots as passers-by and even some security personnel and mediapersons joined shopkeepers to watch the live telecast of 'bhoomi poojan' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the temple and his speech. Many recalled that these scenes were similar to ones quite common in late 1980s when 'Ramayana' serial was telecast on Doordarshan and people used to gather at few houses and shops having TV sets.
Making sure bhoomi pujan doesn't become Jamaat 2.0: VHPRediff.com5 Aug 2020
VHP national working president Alok Kumar also rejected questions about the muhurta of the event, saying the 'best advice' has been taken including from the Head of the Jyotish Department of the Banaras Hindu University on timing of the ceremony.
Bhoomi pujan: What the Muslims of Ayodhya thinkRediff.com4 Aug 2020
Khan, a local politician and social worker, has been openly pro-temple during the bitter temple-mosque dispute. But there are other signs that his community wants to move on, beyond the dispute that many Hindus and Muslims feel held Ayodhya back.
Ayodhya awaits its big day, outsiders not welcomeRediff.com4 Aug 2020
Ayodhya is decked up for the bhoomi pujan that will be attended at the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 people, who figure in a select guest list of seers and politicians topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
For Aug 5 ceremony, special dress for Ram LallaRediff.com3 Aug 2020
The clothes are made using soft material such as 'makhmal' (velvet). After all, they are for Ram Lalla who is a child. The green dress has been made keeping in mind the day-specific colour, while orange is considered auspicious
95 not out versus COVID-19Rediff.com29 Jul 2020
Maan Kunwar, from the historic city of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, is being hailed as the "Rani of Jhansi" because of her indomitable spirit.
Cops surround Vikas Dubey's demolished house; locals keep mumRediff.com11 Jul 2020
The policemen, most of whom are deployed on daily shifts, were sitting on wooden beds under a Neem tree, watching a steady stream of mediapersons arriving with a variety of questions.
Crowds gather around Vikas Dubey encounter spot, take selfiesRediff.com11 Jul 2020
The smudges were blood stains that had changed colour, perhaps due to the rain and the forensic examination. For part of the day, an overturned SUV could be seen on the highway to Kanpur. It was later towed away.
Tight security in Ayodhya ahead of Babri Masjid demolition anniversaryRediff.com5 Dec 2019
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has too decided against observing the 27th anniversary of the demolition as "Shaurya Diwas".
Day after SC verdict, Ayodhya buzzes with activityRediff.com10 Nov 2019
'This Sunday holds special significance for us, as we woke up to a new and transformed Sunday, with a feeling of relief that the lingering issue of Ayodhya dispute has been resolved once and for all'
22 crore devotees in 49 days: Kumbh makes historyRediff.com5 Mar 2019
he one-and-a-half-month-long Kumbh Mela ended on Monday with devotees from different walks of life and parts of the country taking a holy dip on Mahashivratri.
Ayodhya seers seek divine intervention for Ram temple on Babri demolition dayRediff.com6 Dec 2018
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal have announced that they will mark the day as Shaurya Diwas and Vijay Diwas (day of victory) and have asked the people to light earthen lamps as on Diwali.