Monali Sarkar

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Being an Indian DREAMer in America

Being an Indian DREAMer in America

Rediff.com15 Sep 2017

The futures of thousands of undocumented Indians who were taken to the US as children are in danger after Donald Trump's repeal of the DACA program.

A 9/11 in Trump's America

A 9/11 in Trump's America

Rediff.com12 Sep 2017

Indian Americans speak up about the daunting challenges on the 16th anniversary of the tragedy.

Modi-Trump Summit: 'The buzzword is going to be continuity'

Modi-Trump Summit: 'The buzzword is going to be continuity'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2017

Aziz Haniffa, who has covered every Indian Prime Minister's visit to the US since Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, gives us a peek into what's happening in Washington, DC on the eve of the Modi-Trump summit.

Modi-Trump Summit: There is plenty of scope, but...

Modi-Trump Summit: There is plenty of scope, but...

Rediff.com24 Jun 2017

'... For the India-US relationship to continue its positive trajectory, it will require India to adapt to a different approach.' Nisha Desai Biswal -- who as the Obama administration's point person for South Asia was in the inner circle of all the Obama-Modi Summits -- tells Rediff.com's Monali Sarkar why she is hopeful that India and the US are on an irreversible forward course.

10 reasons why we still love Top Gun

10 reasons why we still love Top Gun

Rediff.com7 Jun 2017

Can Top Gun 2 -- now officially in the works -- even hope to live up to the original?

10 reasons why we still love Top Gun

10 reasons why we still love Top Gun

Rediff.com7 Jun 2017

Can Top Gun 2 -- now officially in the works -- even hope to live up to the original?

Spelling Bee: Indian Americans sweep Top 10!

Spelling Bee: Indian Americans sweep Top 10!

Rediff.com2 Jun 2017

For the 13th consecutive year, a desi child has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But what's domination without some swag, right?

Victoria & Abdul trailer: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and a rare friendship

Victoria & Abdul trailer: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and a rare friendship

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Victoria & Abdul tells the true story of the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and her young Indian servant.

How Monsoon Wedding became a musical

How Monsoon Wedding became a musical

Rediff.com30 May 2017

Going behind the scenes with director Mira Nair.

The Oscar winner who picked Irrfan Khan

The Oscar winner who picked Irrfan Khan

Rediff.com25 May 2017

16 years after The Warrior, Asif Kapadia and Irrfan Khan will team up once again for the cinematic adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke.

Roger Moore: On Her Majesty's Service

Roger Moore: On Her Majesty's Service

Rediff.com24 May 2017

In photos: Remembering the longest-serving James Bond.

16 years & everything Ash wore at Cannes

16 years & everything Ash wore at Cannes

Rediff.com24 May 2017

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Cannes fashion choices have come a long way from her debut in 2002.

Beyond Octopussy: Roger Moore's India connections

Beyond Octopussy: Roger Moore's India connections

Rediff.com24 May 2017

The James Bond actor spent months in India shooting for another film, but his connection to India goes much deeper than that.

The Cannes Film Festival like you have never seen before

The Cannes Film Festival like you have never seen before

Rediff.com23 May 2017

A young Arnold Schwarzenegger in swimwear, Cary Grant setting airport chic standards, a socialite even the Kardashians can't keep with and other vintage moments from the film festival on La Croisette!

The first lady in a sari at Cannes

The first lady in a sari at Cannes

Rediff.com22 May 2017

.. And other memorable couple outings at Cannes Film Festival.

Even your phone's fingerprint sensor isn't safe!

Even your phone's fingerprint sensor isn't safe!

Rediff.com3 May 2017

Three Indian-American researchers have shown that the fingerprint-based security systems used in smartphones and other gadgets are way more vulnerable to hacking than we imagined.

In photos: Canada's first Sikh defence minister returns to India

In photos: Canada's first Sikh defence minister returns to India

Rediff.com21 Apr 2017

Harjit Singh Sajjan is the first Sikh to hold the top defence job in a foreign land. And this is his first official trip to the country of his birth.

Then & now: The Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh

Then & now: The Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh

Rediff.com12 Apr 2017

China may reacted angrily about his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, but the Tibetan spiritual leader has never been one to stand down. Despite Beijing's loud protests, backed by New Delhi, His Holiness has traveled to the border state seven times since he sought refuge from Chinese aggression in India in 1959.

Exclusive! What the head of US Congress' India caucus wants

Exclusive! What the head of US Congress' India caucus wants

Rediff.com27 Mar 2017

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, newly elected co-chair of the influential Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, discusses her vision for US-India ties with Rediff.com's Monali Sarkar.

This is no apocalypse film. It is life in Mosul.

This is no apocalypse film. It is life in Mosul.

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

As the Iraqi and American forces enter the final stages of the fight to take back Mosul from the Islamic State, 1 million people are expected to become refugees. This is what a modern-day mass exodus looks like.

Preet Bharara: A crusader's tenure, a hero's exit

Preet Bharara: A crusader's tenure, a hero's exit

Rediff.com15 Mar 2017

Meet the US Attorney who took on Donald Trump.

'This is not the end of the story for Irom Sharmila'

'This is not the end of the story for Irom Sharmila'

Rediff.com14 Mar 2017

Deepti Priya Mehrotra, who documented Irom Sharmila's struggle for peace in Manipur in the book Burning Bright, puts the icon's electoral loss in perspective.

A room with the worst view in the world!

A room with the worst view in the world!

Rediff.com10 Mar 2017

A day before iconic street artist Banksy opens Walled Off -- his hotel in Bethlehem, a few feet away from the Israel-Palestine Wall -- we take you inside on a tour.

Life inside an Islamic State training camp

Life inside an Islamic State training camp

Rediff.com10 Mar 2017

As they capture back Mosul from Islamic State, Iraqi and American forces discover an underground train tunnel that was turned into an assault course by IS for its elite fighters.

When India got her first female Supreme Court judge

When India got her first female Supreme Court judge

Rediff.com8 Mar 2017

It was in 1989, 39 years after the setting up of the Supreme Court in 1950, that Justice M Fathima Beevi was appointed. Meet the brilliant legal minds who have shattered the glass ceiling since then.

In photos: When 25 American Governors visited India's Ambassador

In photos: When 25 American Governors visited India's Ambassador

Rediff.com27 Feb 2017

Inside the governors' reception hosted by Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna -- a first in more than 15 years.

Hate in America: Indians were never immune!

Hate in America: Indians were never immune!

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

From citizenship rights to hate crimes and police brutality, no wave of persecution in the US has left Indians completely untouched.

That February when 'Hindus' lost American citizenship

That February when 'Hindus' lost American citizenship

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

Even as February 2017 will be remembered for the fight Americans have put up for the rights of immigrants, South Asian Americans recall the February of 1923 when the US Supreme Court barred South Asians from becoming citizens.

A Salman Rushdie novel in clothes at New York Fashion Week

A Salman Rushdie novel in clothes at New York Fashion Week

Rediff.com20 Feb 2017

Stacey Bendet's Alice + Olivia presentation at the New York Fashion Week was inspired by Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence.

When a seat at the White House table becomes meaningless

When a seat at the White House table becomes meaningless

Rediff.com18 Feb 2017

'Having a voice at the table means the other side has to show up to listen. It became clear that wouldn't happen,' says actor Maulik Pancholy, one of the 10 members who resigned from the US president's advisory commission on Asian Americans.

The Hollywood awards season starring Trump

The Hollywood awards season starring Trump

Rediff.com17 Feb 2017

Every major awards ceremony in the West this year has seen celebrities talk about diversity, inclusion and politics, sometimes even mentioning US President Donald Trump and his policies by name.

Why did Priyanka Chopra meet Hillary Clinton's top aide?

Why did Priyanka Chopra meet Hillary Clinton's top aide?

Rediff.com15 Feb 2017

The Bollywood star shared the front row at Prabal Gurung's New York Fashion Week show with Huma Abedin.

Freedom from H-1B: Can Indian IT firms do it?

Freedom from H-1B: Can Indian IT firms do it?

Rediff.com15 Feb 2017

Amid Trump's expected action against employment visas, India's bellwether IT firms reveal they have been preparing for this eventuality for years.

When Dimple Yadav stepped out to campaign...

When Dimple Yadav stepped out to campaign...

Rediff.com10 Feb 2017

Akhilesh Yadav doesn't need Bollywood stars to power his campaign for the UP election when he has a charming campaigner like his missus.

Life Lessons from a super achiever!

Life Lessons from a super achiever!

Rediff.com9 Feb 2017

Teju Ravilochan thinks being unreasonable has so much potential that he named his company the Unreasonable Institute.

Gaitonde to Raza: The 10 costliest Indian paintings

Gaitonde to Raza: The 10 costliest Indian paintings

Rediff.com3 Feb 2017

The 'Artery Top 500 Works' list features the most expensive Indian works of art that have been sold so far. Their collective realised price? $367.9 million! As the demand and value of Indian artists grows internationally, we look at the record setters.

A Sikh Captain America in Trump's America

A Sikh Captain America in Trump's America

Rediff.com1 Feb 2017

What happened when Indian-American cartoonist Vishavjit Singh stood outside Donald Trump's inauguration dressed as Captain America?

Why Trump's immigration ban should worry Indians

Why Trump's immigration ban should worry Indians

Rediff.com1 Feb 2017

'We are going to see relatively soon an executive order that deals with H-1B and other temporary visas.' 'We are also going to see an executive order on undocumented people.' 'Undocumented Indians comprise the largest population growth of all undocumented people in this country.' 'Just because India is not named in this executive order doesn't mean it won't be in the future.'

Immigration ban: America Inc vs Trump

Immigration ban: America Inc vs Trump

Rediff.com31 Jan 2017

Donald Trump's executive order prohibiting the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority nations widened the rift between the Trump administration and several leading American companies.

Twitter War: Trump vs badass scientists

Twitter War: Trump vs badass scientists

Rediff.com27 Jan 2017

Defiant employees from multiple US government agencies are fighting the Trump administration's gag orders on climate change and penchant for "alt facts" with rogue Twitter accounts.

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