All stories by Mitali Saran
Can EC see us through a free and fair election?Rediff.com18 Apr 2019
Can the Election Commission step up to the plate and exert its Constitutional powers with non-partisan conviction, asks Mitali Saran.
Elections and the feeling of deja vuRediff.com4 Apr 2019
'The great wheel of democracy has turned full circle, and it feels just like being back in 2014, but with less hope that someone out there is going to save us from ourselves,' points out Mitali Saran.
Kashmiris are our countrymen, not the enemyRediff.com6 Mar 2019
'We cannot win peace among our people by treating them like the enemy,' says Mitali Saran.
The 2019 poll is a special challengeRediff.com9 Feb 2019
'The Republic is currently captained and crewed by people who seem interested in the safety and well being of only a select kind of passenger, advising the rest to swim for Pakistan,' points out Mitali Saran.
Met the 'Department of Big Moves'?Rediff.com22 Jan 2019
This whirlwind of activity only confirms that rushing around creating an impression of pompous busy-ness is not the same thing as solving problems, argues Mitali Saran.
For whom the bell trollsRediff.com6 Jan 2019
'Some semi-literate lunkhead tweeting at Rs 2 per tweet from a dingy basement in Chennai or San Diego accomplishes nothing, but give hundreds of thousands of them a time, date, and talking points, and they can create a wall of sound -- a nonsensical wall, perhaps, but one that is heard, and that can occasionally prevail just because it's there,' says Mitali Saran.
What Rahul must be careful aboutRediff.com30 Dec 2018
'The 2019 battle is a battle for the kind of India that we want to live in.' The Congress's long history is pockmarked with sins great and small, but Mr Gandhi has the advantage of representing a new generation with a relatively clean slate, and a chance to redefine contemporary perception,' says Mitali Saran.
Sardar Patel doesn't need your help, Mr Modi. You need hisRediff.com24 Nov 2018
'Maybe, if Mr Modi can fire over Patel's gigantic shoulder, people will start to think that he is very much like Patel?' 'It's a long shot, but the Modi sheen has worn awfully thin, and after five years and a long, much-frayed rope, he faces real accountability from voters.' 'He needs any help he can get,' says Mitali Saran.
#MeToo: Men! Listen with humilityRediff.com2 Nov 2018
'In this moment, many women are incandescent with anger at the injustice of it all, and are done with being patient. They want to breathe.' 'They've decided to set fire to this toxic oxygen, and to make it as uncomfortable for men as it is for women,' says Mitali Saran.
Dear sexual predatorRediff.com23 Oct 2018
'I don't care how accomplished you are, and I don't care about your career which has burst into pretty flames.' 'I do care about all the women you've abused and scarred and made life hell for,' says Mitali Saran.
Why are our leaders like fish?Rediff.com11 Aug 2018
'Politicians try to be the leader fish, pulling the country along -- except that they try to knock other aspiring leaders off their course as they go, says Mitali Saran.
Sacred Games is terrific!Rediff.com24 Jul 2018
'As I watched Sacred Games, I kept flinching at the thought of all the thorns poised to lodge themselves in the sides of the thin-skinned,' says Mitali Saran.
If there is one Modi idea I can get behind, it is Swachh BharatRediff.com14 Jul 2018
'As an idea, cleaning up India is a good one,' says Mitali Saran.
The general election will be the dirtiest yetRediff.com20 Jun 2018
'It promises to get much, much darker before the dawn.' 'But at least dawn has a fighting chance,' says Mitali Saran.
We are letting BJP close its hands around democracy's throatRediff.com26 May 2018
'Already, the BJP treats the Constitution like the unpopular old uncle at the party, whom everyone pays lip service to and then proceeds to ignore,' says Mitali Saran.
Desperately seeking VikasRediff.com23 May 2018
'The BJP's election campaign promise of development isn't dead, it just doesn't look anything like what was promised.' 'The results are plain to see, which is why so many of us wake up with a knot in our stomachs, wondering what fresh new hell the day's news cycle will bring,' says Mitali Saran.
'I'm now more inclined to forgive Savarkar for begging the Brits to let him out'Rediff.com11 May 2018
Because the Andaman Islands are gorgeous!
All ye sheep: Beware the Facebook WolfRediff.com5 May 2018
'The thing we fondly call FB has come a long way from the cute baby dimples it had in 2006.' 'Today the dimples are long gone and FB looms over us as Mr Hyde, designing the news we see with algorithms that determine what we might want to see; allowing companies to empty our pockets as we hug it good morning and to lobotomise us as we sleep,' says Mitali Saran.
Watching the watchmenRediff.com2 May 2018
While it's important for the courts to enjoy public trust, says Mitali Saran, the only way to protect the institution is to scrupulously prove its credibility.
India is profoundly sick and I don't know if it will get betterRediff.com24 Apr 2018
'When a country's humanity and morality levels are this low, it has a disease so deadly that it could die,' says Mitali Saran.