All stories by Asim Kamal
Sreedharan's impact likely to be 'minimal: TharoorRediff.com21 Feb 2021
'When I joined politics at 53, I thought I had left it too late to make the kind of impact I felt I was capable of. What can I say about someone who is 88?'
Pilot urges govt not to make farm laws prestige issueRediff.com11 Feb 2021
A day ahead of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's visit to Rajasthan to raise the voice of the farmers against the farm laws, he said that the Centre should withdraw the laws and after thorough consultation with farmers and states, come up with a new set of legislations which the tillers would themselves want and is not something that is forced upon them.
The history behind India's iconic circular ParliamentRediff.com10 Dec 2020
The existing building is a British-era building, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were responsible for planning and construction of New Delhi.
No leadership crisis in Congress: KhurshidRediff.com22 Nov 2020
The senior leader said there an all-round support for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi is "apparent to anyone who is not blind".
'Delay in finalising seat sharing hurt Mahagathbandhan'Rediff.com15 Nov 2020
We should be ready beforehand and I agree that if we have to go for alliances then the formalities of those alliances should be completed as soon as possible
Come Nov 10, Tejashwi's critics will be 'khamoshed': ShatrughanRediff.com3 Nov 2020
Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha said the "writing on the wall is clear" that the 'Mahagathbandhan' will be 'maha vijayi' (grandly victorious) as everyone can see the attraction and euphoria for the grand opposition alliance.
'Congress is clear that we can't become BJP-lite'Rediff.com1 Nov 2020
Secularism as a principle and practice in India is in "danger", but "forces of hatred" cannot alter the country's secular character, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said during an interview on his new book 'The Battle of Belonging'. In the book, Tharoor makes a stinging critique of the Hindutva doctrine, asserting that it is a political doctrine, not a religious one.
Confident of two-thirds majority: TejashwiRediff.com27 Oct 2020
The RJD leader, who is the Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial face, said that if voted to power, providing jobs to unemployed youth would be his topmost priority.
NDA has turned into 'non-democratic alliance': SibalRediff.com1 Oct 2020
Sibal said the BJP always tries to gain a foothold in states where its presence is limited and afterwards "dumps" its allies.
'Can't see heavens falling for need of elected Cong Prez'Rediff.com30 Aug 2020
'For people like me, we already have leaders, we have a leader in Mrs Sonia Gandhi, we have a leader in Rahul Gandhi'
Is Congress prepared for Bihar poll?Rediff.com30 Aug 2020
'Leave alone top gear, we are in the neutral and when we are applying gears, we are applying reverse'
'Letter misconstrued; never sought leadership change'Rediff.com29 Aug 2020
Congress leader Jitin Prasada, one of the 23 leaders who wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking organisational changes, said the letter was written with the sole purpose of suggesting how to reinvigorate and revitalise the party.
Felt deeply sad & hurt: Pilot on Gehlot's name callingRediff.com11 Aug 2020
Pilot also said that during his meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday, he had made no personal demands for any post and asserted that he has left it to the party to decide on his "future role".
Congress must find full-term president: TharoorRediff.com9 Aug 2020
Tharoor also said that he certainly thinks Rahul Gandhi has the "mettle, capability and aptitude to once again lead the party", but if he does not wish to do so then the party must "take action" to elect a new chief.
Chinese nationals in India anxious, fear backlashRediff.com17 Jun 2020
Wary of being identified, some said they had been reassured by their friends but were still apprehensive for themselves and their families. Adding to their anxiety was news of protests.
'Political vulturism': Tejashwi on Shah's Bihar rally amid pandemicRediff.com6 Jun 2020
Tejashwi accused the Nitish Kumar-led government of meting out "step-motherly" treatment to migrant labourers.
India sees jump of 61,000 Covid-19 cases in 1 weekRediff.com5 Jun 2020
India's COVID-19 curve has been steadily rising throughout the lockdown period with a massive spike in cases in the fourth phase of the lockdown that ended on May 31 and afterwards.
This Ramzan, poor Muslims struggle for food in lockdownRediff.com23 May 2020
With mosques shut, workers and daily wage workers are left to fend for themselves, underscoring once again the magnitude of the crisis of unemployment and poverty triggered by the lockdown, which began on March 25 to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Month of May could be 'make or break' for COVID-19 fight: ExpertsRediff.com30 Apr 2020
Medical experts feel an aggressive containment strategy in red zones and insulation of green zones is a must while giving relaxations.
'Lockdown prevented US or Europe-like situation but...'Rediff.com24 Apr 2020
'Lifting of lockdown should be very gradual. Some facilities should remain closed through the month of May like schools, colleges, malls, cinema halls, religious places and markets'