Mitali Saran

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Can EC see us through a free and fair election?

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 vu

Elections and the feeling of deja vu

Rediff.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 enemy

Kashmiris are our countrymen, not the enemy

Rediff.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 challenge

The 2019 poll is a special challenge

Rediff.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'?

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 trolls

For whom the bell trolls

Rediff.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 about

What Rahul must be careful about

Rediff.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 his

Sardar Patel doesn't need your help, Mr Modi. You need his

Rediff.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 humility

#MeToo: Men! Listen with humility

Rediff.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 predator

Dear sexual predator

Rediff.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?

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!

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 Bharat

If there is one Modi idea I can get behind, it is Swachh Bharat

Rediff.com14 Jul 2018

'As an idea, cleaning up India is a good one,' says Mitali Saran.

The general election will be the dirtiest yet

The general election will be the dirtiest yet

Rediff.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 throat

We are letting BJP close its hands around democracy's throat

Rediff.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 Vikas

Desperately seeking Vikas

Rediff.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'

'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 Wolf

All ye sheep: Beware the Facebook Wolf

Rediff.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 watchmen

Watching the watchmen

Rediff.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 better

India is profoundly sick and I don't know if it will get better

Rediff.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.

Guess what? I am an anti-national!

Guess what? I am an anti-national!

Rediff.com8 Apr 2018

'If ever I served my country, it was by earning the label 'anti-national' in the age of Modi,' says Mitali Saran.

Why the Dalai Lama is so beloved

Why the Dalai Lama is so beloved

Rediff.com30 Mar 2018

'From exile in India, he keeps the Tibetan cause blazing on the world radar.' 'He could take himself very seriously indeed -- hundreds of millions of people do, after all.' 'Instead,' discovers Mitali Saran, 'he is a joyous, laughing beacon of dissent, both political and spiritual.'

What a fool I have been!

What a fool I have been!

Rediff.com23 Mar 2018

'Paying my taxes, diligently repaying my loans, following the rules, scrupulously doing things by the book, when there's this big, beautiful world of unregulated chicanery I could have indulged in for years before just flying off to greener pastures, like Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi,' says Mitali Saran.

Hey! Heard anything about the farmers?

Hey! Heard anything about the farmers?

Rediff.com17 Mar 2018

'I can barely see anything in the news about the farmer protests, and all I've seen of Nirav Modi is that he can't come home because he's busy, and that the CBI is writing letters begging him to please at least call the Indian embassy, no?'

Can the Opposition get its act together?

Can the Opposition get its act together?

Rediff.com14 Mar 2018

The least the Opposition can do, for India's sake, is try to offer one, says Mitali Saran.

Time to rename India

Time to rename India

Rediff.com3 Mar 2018

'It would be nice if we could all just take a deep breath and focus on the only feeling that really matters, and for which previous generations worked a very long time at great cost: Freedom,' says Mitali Saran.

Am I ever going to grow up?

Am I ever going to grow up?

Rediff.com8 Feb 2018

'Okay, I don't own houses or dress well or have children or anything, but I have been dealing with my own shit and taking care of myself in some basic way for a good long while,' says Mitali Saran.

Padmaavat, Davos, and Janus the Roman god

Padmaavat, Davos, and Janus the Roman god

Rediff.com6 Feb 2018

'There is space for many faces and many tongues in this Republic of ours. But it only has one Constitution, and its citizens are vigilant,' says Mitali Saran.

The Giant Mess Called Aadhaar

The Giant Mess Called Aadhaar

Rediff.com16 Jan 2018

'First sold to us as a voluntary scheme for government subsidies, Aadhaar has since sprouted multiple heads and tails, horns, fangs, warts, and a nasty case of halitosis.' 'It is unacceptably intrusive, our data is hilariously unsafe, and fraud, corruption, and criminality is rampant,' says Mitali Saran.

Three Cheers for the Indian

Three Cheers for the Indian

Rediff.com9 Jan 2018

'Thank you to those citizens of India who, every single day, quietly, anonymously, and decently refrain from targeting, hounding or murdering their neighbours, no matter how much they want to; and thanks also to those who loudly stand up for each other in the face of threat,' says Mitali Saran.

Hey, this is what India needs to know about

Hey, this is what India needs to know about

Rediff.com16 Dec 2017

'Here's a list of the things we should be reading more about in the media,' says Mitali Saran.

Does anyone care what air Delhi breathes?

Does anyone care what air Delhi breathes?

Rediff.com21 Nov 2017

'The greatest danger is that the current crisis will clear a little, we'll be able to see our hands in front of our faces, and with great relief we'll forget all about it and willingly breathe poison until next November', says Mitali Saran.

No chemo, she said

No chemo, she said

Rediff.com17 Nov 2017

'It takes massive courage and clarity to choose quality over time.' 'It's not that Annie never doubted her choice -- she wavered occasionally.' 'But she went with her instincts, and retained control of her life and scripted her own best possible death,' says Mitali Saran.

Gosh! I've discovered online shopping :)

Gosh! I've discovered online shopping :)

Rediff.com7 Nov 2017

'If you're going to tell me what a lame fossil I am, save it,' says Mitali Saran.

#MeToo: Indian men don't see sexism as a huge problem

#MeToo: Indian men don't see sexism as a huge problem

Rediff.com31 Oct 2017

'I see liberal men shocked at the flood of #MeToo on their timelines, men who rail against these terrible things, but who haven't had the slightest idea how many of their friends and family have suffered under their noses, nor how much,' says Mitali Saran.

Bringing Modi's working style home

Bringing Modi's working style home

Rediff.com23 Oct 2017

'I would like to extend a heartfelt mea culpa to Mr Modi and his associates.' 'I'm sorry for having been so critical -- I didn't know, I didn't know...' says Mitali Saran.

Indian democracy is in the fight of its life

Indian democracy is in the fight of its life

Rediff.com10 Oct 2017

'And if you think this is alarmist nonsense, you are helping it happen,' says Mitali Saran.

Why India needs a viable Opposition

Why India needs a viable Opposition

Rediff.com2 Oct 2017

Voters deserve one. Democracy requires one. We need an alternative that people want, not just an anti-vote, says Mitali Saran.

Something fishy about the kettle

Something fishy about the kettle

Rediff.com20 Sep 2017

'All my life I've walked into hotel rooms and headed straight to the tea tray to make myself cup after relaxing cup of tea in that kettle, never once considering that somebody may have boiled their undies in it,' says Mitali Saran.

Why I want to give this man a hug

Why I want to give this man a hug

Rediff.com11 Sep 2017

The Right to Privacy judgment reinstates the individual as VIP, says Mitali Saran.

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