All stories by JYOTI PUNWANI
Maharashtra's COVID-19 crisis: Why is Pawar missing in action?Rediff.com12 Jun 2020
The most experienced administrator in the country seems to have sat back and allowed bureaucrats and policemen to manage the lockdown, observes Jyoti Punwani.
Does Modi even care about India's worst human crisis?Rediff.com19 May 2020
'Reports of hitherto 'atmanirbhar' breadwinners having to stand in line for a plastic bag of khichdi or, travelling thousands of kms with nothing but packets of biscuits, have not moved the prime minister,' observes Jyoti Punwani.
Do the poor feature in Modi ki Duniya?Rediff.com30 Mar 2020
'Wasn't it the PM's duty to reach out to the daily wagers of whom he claims to have been a part?' asks Jyoti Punwani.
Why do sections of the media demonise Muslims?Rediff.com24 Mar 2020
Today, hour-long, high-pitched 'debates' at prime time, replete with inflammatory visuals and captions, using half-truths, insinuations and lies, pour venom against Muslims and seek to divide Hindus and Muslims, notes Jyoti Punwani.
Bhima-Koregaon: What Pawar's affidavit saysRediff.com19 Mar 2020
Sharad Pawar claims he is not in a position to name the organisations behind the violence at Bhima Koregaon, 'though active role of right-wing forces behind the violence cannot be ruled out.'
In our history of communal riots, where does Delhi stand?Rediff.com11 Mar 2020
'The humanity displayed by ordinary, lower middle class residents of north east Delhi -- Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs -- will be remembered perhaps even more than the evil wrought in the riots,' notes Jyoti Punwani.
No Sena leaders were arrested in Mumbai in '93, Mr CJIRediff.com5 Mar 2020
'It wasn't as if the senior police inspectors in charge of the police stations were not aware of the communal tension that was being created in their areas before and during the riots.' 'Yet they chose not to act,' recalls Jyoti Punwani.
'It won't be good for social health of Maharashtra'Rediff.com13 Feb 2020
If the Bhima Koregaon commission is terminated before completing its work, the people affected by the violence 'would feel cheated'.
Shaheen Bagh has no complaints about KejriwalRediff.com12 Feb 2020
'Look at Kejriwal. With his work, he's made a place in our hearts. But the BJP leaders have only abuses for us," protesters at Shaheen Bagh tell Jyoti Punwani.
Shocking! How a govt treats a commission of inquiryRediff.com1 Feb 2020
'The circumstances indicate that the government is not serious about the commission...' '...We are not at the mercy of the government.'
Bhima-Koregaon probe: 'Summon Fadnavis as witness'Rediff.com30 Jan 2020
'There is a contradiction between what the then CM said in the assembly and the legislative council, and the direction taken by the police investigation.'
Why is this man scared of Uddhav's government?Rediff.com11 Jan 2020
'Was he afraid that his answers during cross-examination would land him in trouble under the new ruling dispensation?'
What was Sanjay Raut doing at a Jamaat rally?Rediff.com5 Jan 2020
'It was a reaffirmation of his party's unrelenting defiance of its erstwhile ally, the BJP; an attempt to forge a new relationship with the community the Shiv Sena had always targeted; and a pointer towards the political imperative of taking everyone along if the fight against the ruling party had to succeed,' notes Jyoti Punwani.
Police and the phenomenon of Muslim hatredRediff.com30 Dec 2019
'In UP, the CM actually announced that his administration would 'take revenge' against rioters.' 'That must have been music to his police force's ears for it substantiated what the police always do: Take revenge on an entire community for the violence of a few,' points out Jyoti Punwani.
'I was afraid'Rediff.com27 Nov 2019
'Both sides were so embittered by what had happened last year that I didn't know what to expect.'
History on test at Bhima Koregaon hearingRediff.com26 Nov 2019
At this point commission member Sumit Mullick asked the government counsel: 'Your job is to protect the State. How are these questions on Peshwas relevant?'
BHU's double standardsRediff.com22 Nov 2019
When a university allows a small group of students to prevent classes being held; when the professor selected to hold those classes gives up and goes back to his hometown; what conclusion can be drawn, asks Jyoti Punwani.
Ayodhya verdict: We have all lostRediff.com11 Nov 2019
'The Babri Masjid wasn't just a mosque, it was a test of our secularism,' says Jyoti Punwani.
'Why hasn't Ambedkar filed an affidavit?'Rediff.com7 Nov 2019
'Whenever Dalits have agitated on the streets, the government has blamed Naxalites.'
Does Owaisi hold sway over Muslim voters?Rediff.com30 Oct 2019
In 2014, young Muslims became Owaisi fans. But five years of BJP rule and a weakening Opposition have drawn older Muslims too towards the AIMIM chief. Not enough, though.
Will the Election Commission censure BJP leader?Rediff.com18 Oct 2019
The Election Commission sent a notice to Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the BJP's Mumbai chief. This is probably because a leading newspaper highlighted his utterances on its front page.
Ambedkar-Owaisi split: Who gains?Rediff.com17 Sep 2019
So who stands to benefit the most by a weak Opposition? What's behind the sudden public spat between the two parties?
The Man Who Changed LivesRediff.com10 Sep 2019
This Teacher's Day, students remember Syed Feroze Ashraf, 'Uncle' who changed the lives of many children forever.
'Kashmiris have lost the sense of fear'Rediff.com30 Aug 2019
'It's not only what's been done politically. It's also the way it's been done. It's the suffocating atmosphere.'
Why is Press Council of India toeing govt line on J&K media curbs?Rediff.com26 Aug 2019
'Is the application the Press Council's voice or the government's? 'It has been reported that other members of the PCI were taken aback at the Press Council's application. 'These members need to publicly question the chairman to redeem their own positions,' says Jyoti Punwani.
29 dead: A government-made disasterRediff.com12 Jul 2019
The injured -- 130 -- cannot go back to work nor do they have homes to return to. Many of them refuse to leave the hospital while some of their relatives sleep in the hospital corridors. Apart from their physical injuries, the trauma of seeing their family members swept away haunts them as does the loss of all their possessions. But the BJP-Sena government remains indifferent to this human crisis.
IIT Indore PhD student takes guide to courtRediff.com8 Jul 2019
According to the petition, Shyam Singh, who joined IIT Indore in 2015 as a PhD student, has been repeatedly asked to resign by his guide.
Bhima Koregaon hearing: Why was he quizzed for 14 days?Rediff.com3 Jul 2019
He is neither a victim of the violence that broke out at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018 nor an eye-witness to it. Yet, Bhimrao Bansod testified for a full 14 days before the judicial commission of inquiry set up to inquire into the violence.
How many more Indians will be lynched, Modiji?Rediff.com26 Jun 2019
'Isn't it obvious that the BJP government in Jharkand and its police force care two hoots about the Supreme Court's orders?', asks Jyoti Punwani.
An Extraordinary Indian passes into the agesRediff.com10 Jun 2019
Jyoti Punwani pays tribute to Syed Feroze Ashraf, the eternal do-gooder who changed the lives of many children.
So is the Hindu Rashtra here?Rediff.com4 Jun 2019
This theory of 'Hindus vs the rest' sees the two communities as two separate blocs. Isn't that the two-nation theory? What of the deep bonds that the communities have on the ground? asks Jyoti Punwani.
Do you know all this about Modi's ministers?Rediff.com1 Jun 2019
The PM's choice of ministers is interesting, to say the least, says Jyoti Punwani.
Why did Modi not visit Surat?Rediff.com29 May 2019
Despite receiving so much love from Gujarat, Modi didn't bother to visit the bereaved parents of those 22 children who lost their lives in Surat, points out Jyoti Punwani.
Modi's Parliament speech decodedRediff.com27 May 2019
'Seems more than half of the 'desh' remained untouched by his 'samajik ekta ka andolan',' points out Jyoti Punwani.
'Don't we have any value as human beings?'Rediff.com20 May 2019
'Haven't you heard of the magical EVM machines? They can negate all our votes.' 'There is no hope. Modi is India's Putin.'
In parched Marathwada, farmers want to give Modi another chanceRediff.com1 May 2019
Most farmers want to give Modi a second chance. They hope that the BJP loses at least 50 seats, so that it is dependent on its coalition partners who will then keep a check on Modi.
Hey Mr Owaisi, these are Muslims too!Rediff.com27 Apr 2019
One teenager died in police firing last May. Another teenager is paralysed waist down. Both families have been ignored by the political establishment, including the AIMIM.
Right man in the wrong (Owaisi's) party?Rediff.com23 Apr 2019
Has Owaisi's MIM become an albatross for Imtiaz Jaleel, former journalist and the party's candidate in Aurangabad?
'Hindus have always been the most powerful vote bank'Rediff.com21 Apr 2019
'Had Muslims been a vote bank, they wouldn't be in the condition they are now,' Asaduddin Owaisi tells Jyoti Punwani.
A padyatra with OwaisiRediff.com19 Apr 2019
MIM workers tried to shoo the complaining woman and her silent husband away, but Owaisi insisted that she be heard. As he turned to leave, he told her: "Good that you spoke up. Keep doing that.