All stories by JYOTI PUNWANI
'An Indian film without songs is meaningless'Rediff.com1 days ago
Vanraj Bhatia, the creator of unforgettable music, hated the fact that the 'New Wave' directors did not respect Hindi cinema's multi-song format.
Which Covid victims does Modi mourn for?Rediff.com2 May 2021
Modi did not consider these deaths important enough to express regrets. Will these lives continue to count for nothing? asks Jyoti Punwani.
Why does Modi ignore the dead and dying?Rediff.com19 Apr 2021
Rarely have we seen such intoxication over power, which ignores the cries of those dying, notes Jyoti Punwani.
We won't see the likes of Sagar Sarhadi againRediff.com24 Mar 2021
Though he went back to writing "beautiful scenes" for other Bollywood directors, his deep interest in the lives of ordinary citizens never slackened, evident from the way he made himself available to human rights groups whenever they called him.
Ansuya Dutt had rare courageRediff.com16 Mar 2021
Ansuya Dutt, who never stopped fighting for women's rights, can be an inspiration to us never to lose sight of our basic beliefs, never mind peer pressure.
Someone like Shiv Kumar had to be tamedRediff.com1 Mar 2021
'At 23, he has experienced what very few of his age have: Poverty at home, a stint in jail for his student activism.' 'His experience told him that if you want your rights, you have to fight for them.'
'Sending him back to jail will endanger his life'Rediff.com23 Feb 2021
'At this age we all know that death is inevitable, but everyone wants to die with dignity.' 'The judges have given the answer.'
90% disabled Saibaba, covid positive, still in jailRediff.com19 Feb 2021
In the Nagpur Central Jail, a COVID-19 patient who has been complaining since the last 10 days of high fever, breathlessness, joint pain, cold and sore throat, is being treated in jail quarantine. The prisoner is Professor G N Saibaba, 90% handicapped, wheelchair-bound, with a damaged heart and pancreas; dependent on others even for his essential bodily functions.
'Covid will be a death sentence for Saibaba'Rediff.com13 Feb 2021
'Saibaba has 19 ailments, including severe heart and kidney problems.' 'Even healthy persons find their systems failing after Covid.' 'What will happen to someone like Saibaba?', Professor G N Saibaba's wife asks Jyoti Punwani.
Bhima Koregaon: Hope and despair for accusedRediff.com12 Feb 2021
Will the latest development see a marked break from the way the case has been going?
What you must know about Munawar FaruquiRediff.com8 Feb 2021
He may have been in the news for all the wrong reasons but the greater irony is that Muslim stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui's best jokes ridicule Muslims, and are wolfed down by Muslims, who form the majority of his 177,000 Instagram followers, notes Jyoti Punwani.
Cry, the Beloved RepublicRediff.com30 Jan 2021
We celebrate January 26 as Republic Day because that's the day on which we adopted the Constitution in 1950. Yet, in the days preceding and following Republic Day 2021, three different courts violated the Constitutional rights of citizens, observes Jyoti Punwani.
Why the dove has become a hawkRediff.com18 Jan 2021
Strident Hindutva has not been the Shivraj Singh Chouhan's hallmark in his long tenure as chief minister. What has changed?
Muslim village targeted in Madhya PradeshRediff.com11 Jan 2021
'These villages have never seen a communal dispute, let alone communal violence.' 'Are attempts to create a communal divide acceptable to the MP administration?'
'Nothing was off-limits for Dr Watsa'Rediff.com29 Dec 2020
'He would never make fun of the person asking the question, however way-out the question may have been,' says Meenal Baghel, former editor, Mumbai Mirror.
The strange case of Professor SaibabaRediff.com25 Dec 2020
Fed up with the treatment at the Nagpur central jail, his advocate has decided he will no longer deliver anything for Professor Saibaba, leaving it to the jail authorities to fulfill their legal responsibility to look after the professor.
This is for Meenal and the MirrorRediff.com18 Dec 2020
Saturday will be the last time the Mumbai Mirror will hit newsstands as a daily. Two Saturdays ago, its owners, the Times of India group, shocked the city by deciding to convert the Mirror into a weekly newspaper. Jyoti Punwani salutes the Mirror and its editor, Meenal Baghel, for its pathbreaking journalism.
UP's Love Jihad law is not unique; the CM isRediff.com8 Dec 2020
Ultimately, whether the UP ordinance is struck down by the courts or not, it will be the courage of young Hindu and Muslim women and men that will act as a foil to the UP police-cum-mobs who will be out to get them.
What Owaisi tells MuslimsRediff.com20 Nov 2020
Such is the force of his oratory that many Muslims, even those who don't vote for him, have come to believe that Asaduddin Owaisi is the first and only politician who speaks up for Muslims since Independence, observes Jyoti Punwani
Who cares for Bhima Koregaon Commission?Rediff.com7 Oct 2020
'We want the Commission to finish its work; the issue it is investigating is too crucial for its work to be left incomplete.'