All stories by NEETA KOLHATKAR
'The perpetrators are cowards'Rediff.com4 Mar 2020
'Only when they are in a group or in mobs, then they attack.'
'In 30 years, 400 Indian languages will die'Rediff.com26 Feb 2020
'This government has made it compulsory to teach some languages that have died.' 'You can't keep languages alive by making them compulsory.'
'We have to respect dissent'Rediff.com19 Feb 2020
'In a democracy, there is nothing like 'I am right'.' 'You can be wrong, so somebody has to point that out.'
When mob mentality came alive on stageRediff.com16 Dec 2019
'Zund makes one sit up and wonder why we have allowed ourselves to be played like pawns by power mongers,' says Neeta Kolhatkar.
An ode to my friend, IndigoRediff.com10 May 2018
Indigo (April 30, 1999 - April 30, 2018) was much more than a restaurant, says its regular patron, Neeta Kolhatkar.
A big win for the Media. And the RepublicRediff.com8 Feb 2018
The Bombay high court order quashing the gag order on reporting the court proceedings in the Sohrabuddin encounter case is a victory for every journalist and Indian, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
A tragedy that was waiting to happen in MumbaiRediff.com29 Sep 2017
The promptness with which the railways renames stations, that is missing when it comes to providing commuters with basic facilities, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
Did Rakesh Maria go soft on Peter Mukerjea?Rediff.com3 Nov 2016
Rakesh Maria's tough posture as Mumbai police chief, it seems, ruffled feathers in the Fadnavis government, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
Fadnavis, the biggest loser in MNS-ADHM rowRediff.com28 Oct 2016
'Devendra Fadnavis' brokering the deal between the MNS and the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil raises questions about the chief minister's effectiveness,' says Neeta Kolhatkar.
'We have started a revolution, there will be change'Rediff.com17 Oct 2016
'The Kopardi rape/murder was the immediate cause of the unrest.' 'However, there is a feeling of isolation and anger that has been simmering within the Maratha community.' 'The protests gave Marathas a sense of belonging.' 'They felt they have a stake in the protests and the issues being raised.' 'As for the future, let us see what happens.' 'All I can say is it will not stop here.'
Lessons for Mumbai from the Chennai floodsRediff.com8 Dec 2015
The major cause of the floods in Mumbai in 2005 and in Chennai in 2015 has been the reclamation of reservoir areas and rapid, unplanned, urbanisation.
Fadnavis@1: Restless, insecure, leaderRediff.com26 Oct 2015
Devendra Fadnavis -- who completes a year as Maharashtra's chief minister this weekend -- knows his rivals in the party remain hungry for power and want to seize every opportunity to pull him down, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
'I am not exaggerating: We are facing death'Rediff.com18 Sep 2015
'What shame is there in the government accepting a drought situation and taking appropriate measures to help people live?' a Marathwada farmer asks Neeta Kolhatkar.
Did the money trail get Rakesh Maria transferred?Rediff.com9 Sep 2015
'The talk in police circles is that Maria was about to crack the money transaction trail in the crime. The Mumbai police's Economic and Offences Wing had begun investigations into the money trail and Mumbai police officers had visited Singapore in this connection.'
Why can't our cops clean up their act?Rediff.com31 Aug 2015
'It is worrisome that religion, politics and strong regional biases have pervaded our police force.'
Internet trolls, the moral police and an intolerant nationRediff.com24 Aug 2015
'I cannot say I like watching porn, or that I like to party, or that I enjoy my drink and, worse still, that I like Rahul Gandhi.'
Rahul's fit, rejuvenated, look is such a winner!Rediff.com8 Aug 2015
'His poise and body language were 'cool. He brought a whiff of fresh air to our television screens, a welcome break from not-so-fit loud politicians and male anchors,' says Neeta Kolhatkar.
Yakub Memon spilt beans on Dawood, TigerRediff.com29 Jul 2015
'Members of the legal fraternity say Yakub Memon cooperated more than what investigators could have ever hoped for, providing information about Dawood Ibrahim and Yakub's elder brother 'Tiger' Memon, the masterminds behind the planning and execution of the Mumbai serial blasts.'
Why Chhagan Bhujbal is on slippery ground todayRediff.com22 Jun 2015
The politician who has come a long way, from being a one-time vegetable vendor to one of the most powerful politicians in the state, is in big trouble today, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
We killed Aruna ShanbaugRediff.com1 Jun 2015
We allowed her to rot daily. We simply did not care. Soon she will be forgotten and the stories of the nurses who cared for her will become Mumbai's urban legend, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
The shocking state of Mumbai's firemenRediff.com20 May 2015
Do you know firemen who risk their lives every day earn salaries equivalent to clerks?Last week's tragedy where three Mumbai firemen died fighting a fire must wake up the city's rulers, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
What is the Shiv Sena up to?Rediff.com28 Apr 2015
The stakes are high. While targeting Muslims for its political game plan, the Sena needs to check its own political path. Else it will face the same debacle as that of MNS and lose its identity completely, says Neeta Kohlatkar.
Sena needs to stop its vada-pav protestsRediff.com14 Apr 2015
'It is time the Sena realises that voters can see through its divisive actions. It needs to have a wider vision before the party is reduced to a slapstick political comedy.'
When Mohan Bhagwat became a hardlinerRediff.com7 Apr 2015
'RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was on the Hindu extremists' hit-list. In June 2008, this information was made public. Prior to that, you should hear Bhagwat's speeches and listen to his 'liberal' statements.' 'After he was informed that he was on their hit-list, he became a hardliner. He was not like that before.'
Why Anna Hazare is a lonely, forgotten man todayRediff.com3 Feb 2015
'Hazare has only himself to blame for getting isolated. He was blind to the fact that Kejriwal and Bedi were capitalising on his success.'
It is not just about voting and getting selfiesRediff.com28 Apr 2014
'With the exception of a few cases, where it really was a mistake, in most cases it was the lackadaisical approach of voters which resulted in them not being on the list.'
'We are voting against, not for'Rediff.com17 Apr 2014
'"It is not corruption, but destruction that we fear. We fear for our lives and the BJP has not been able to convince us otherwise," Muslims and Dalits tell me.' Does a high turnout indicate anti-incumbency or does it indicate minority consolidation against a particular leader or party? Neeta Kolhatkar explains the situation in Maharashtra.
Why a former CM is in the battle of his lifeRediff.com14 Apr 2014
A rebellion by NCP leaders in Sindhudurg may scuttle Congress MP Nilesh Rane's chances of regaining the seat. Neeta Kolhatkar explains the politics behind the turmoil in Maharashtra's Konkan region.
Is this the Shiv Sena's last Lok Sabha election?Rediff.com3 Apr 2014
Some Shiv Sena veterans say, "The Sena is eroding on its own, we don't have to quit this party. It breaks our heart to see the end, but it is inevitable." Neeta Kolhatkar on the crisis confronting the Shiv Sena.
Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP effectRediff.com21 Mar 2014
These elections will be remembered for the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal, feels Neeta Kolhatkar.
Will Congress-NCP gain from Uddhav-Raj battle?Rediff.com10 Mar 2014
Nitin Gadkari's move to get Raj Thackeray's support in the Lok Sabha elections has boomeranged. Uddhav Thackeray is angry and Gadkari and Raj Thackeray risk losing credibility. The move may help the Congress-NCP alliance, feels Neeta Kolhatkar.
It's raining freebies in Maharashtra!Rediff.com6 Mar 2014
The Prithviraj Chavan government wants to retain its strongholds and ensure there is negligible anti-incumbency. That many of its decisions can run into legal problems is not an immediate worry, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
Why Maharashtra's toll policy isn't wrongRediff.com24 Feb 2014
Raj Thackeray and the MNS protested against tolls in Maharashtra to demonstrate that it still has political clout, says Neeta Kolhatkar.
Sheela Kini: A forgotten voice of MumbaiRediff.com6 Feb 2014
Neeta Kolhatkar remembers the housewife who took on mighty Maharashtra politicians over her husband's murder.
Can farmer leader dent Cong-NCP in western Maharashtra?Rediff.com13 Jan 2014
The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has joined the saffron alliance in Maharashtra. Will the votes it brings to the table loosen the political hold of the entrenched Maratha-dominated sugar barons of the NCP-Congress in western Maharashtra?
The Lokpal is no magic wand to fight corruptionRediff.com8 Jan 2014
A more informed electorate, rather than the Lokpal, can fight corruption better, argues Neeta Kolhatkar.
Congress leaders have put the party on life support in MaharashtraRediff.com30 Dec 2013
A divided party -- not the quashing of the Adarsh report -- will spell doom for the Congress in Maharashtra, argues Neeta Kolhatkar.
'It is a social and political murder'Rediff.com24 Dec 2013
'A message was sent to society that those who question dogmas and believe in scientific methods will be silenced.' Hamid Dabholkar tells Neeta Kolhatkar why he is disappointed that his father Narendra Dabholkar's killers have not been arrested yet.
'It is a social and political murder'Rediff.com24 Dec 2013
Domestic workers need more protection in IndiaRediff.com23 Dec 2013
From mistreatment, sexual harassment to low wages, domestic workers are in a poor state in India with hardly any legal protections, says Neeta Kolhatkar.