All stories by NEETA KOLHATKAR
Parathas During The Shanghai LockdownRediff.com7 Jun 2022
'When a young Indian family who had recently moved into my locality found out that I live here, the lady volunteered to send food; she said that since she was going to cook for three people anyway, she had no problem cooking for me as well.' 'Thanks to her kindness, I get one home-cooked meal every day.'
'I have to get Ma out of prison'Rediff.com6 Jun 2022
'I also stopped speaking to the media because I felt used by them.'
When Your Mother Is In Prison...Rediff.com2 Jun 2022
'Just waiting outside the prison gate, thinking that your mother is inside those walls even though you know she is innocent, affects your psyche.'
'It is very difficult to see my mother like this'Rediff.com24 May 2022
'The only way to kill time in prison is to read and she can't even do that properly any more.' 'Her knees, too, are in terrible shape. I could see how she was trying to hide her pain every time she got up from the bench where she was seated.'
'Nobody in India will be saved'Rediff.com23 Apr 2022
'Nobody will be saved if you don't stop this ideological and political-strategic bulldozer.'
'My time in jail scarred me forever'Rediff.com7 Apr 2022
'Your faith in the system, and in the fact that you are a citizen of this country and have rights, starts eroding.'
Nawab Malik's Daughter Speaks Out!Rediff.com28 Mar 2022
'Once you are in their system, they finish you with the never-ending processes.' 'Once your family member is arrested, you are just running between lawyers, courts and the jail.' 'The process to prove that you are innocent drains you to such an extent that you are finished.'
'Nawab Malik has been jailed to keep him quiet'Rediff.com28 Mar 2022
'After he had exposed the Narcotics Bureau's wrongdoings, he threatened to expose the Enforcement Directorate as well.' 'So they are trying to rake up an old legal deal, distorting information and using the PMLA which did not even exist at that time.'
'The roads are blocked with military tanks'Rediff.com12 Mar 2022
'Those (Russian) fighter jets just drop bombs and fly away.' 'How will they know if a bus is carrying Indian students?'
'Can they understand what they put students through?'Rediff.com12 Mar 2022
'We Indians stayed back in the hope that our embassy would give us some sort of direction, some sort of guidelines that the situation had gone out of hand and we should leave immediately.' 'But the embassy did not bother to address our concerns.'
How I Returned From UkraineRediff.com5 Mar 2022
'I have no idea what's in store for us.' 'I am in touch with my friends who are still stuck there.'
'The idea of Hinduism is at stake'Rediff.com24 Feb 2022
'While the ordinary Muslim must speak up against Islamic fundamentalism, ordinary Hindus too have to speak up against the excesses and fundamentalism that exists in their religion.'
'Battling anti-Muslim agenda won't be easy'Rediff.com24 Feb 2022
'This chauvinistic attitude, what they call nationalism in the name of religion, is sad.' 'It is a tragic state that we are all in currently.'
'It is my love for the people of this country'Rediff.com4 Feb 2022
'I can't help it if people don't love the minorities, the Dalits and Adivasis; they are as much of this country as any other Indian.' 'If I love them, it does not mean I do not love my country.' 'It is ironic and funny that they have laid such severe anti-national charges against me.'
'The State snatched away my time with my daughter'Rediff.com4 Feb 2022
'It's little things like these -- sharing medicines, consoling each other after a mulaqat (meeting) or a tearful phone conversation with your loved ones or when we would return, dejected, when our bails were rejected -- that made our time in jail bearable.'
'My greatest strength were prison inmates'Rediff.com3 Feb 2022
'You are with each other 24x7, so how can you ignore someone crying next to you?' 'How can you not share a piece of chicken with someone who is sitting next to you and watching you eat it?' 'Of course, you will share.' 'And you become friends with the kind of people you never thought you'd even know.'
'I was imprisoned in the phansi yard'Rediff.com2 Feb 2022
'I was told to go to the next room and strip -- that's when it really hits you for the first time... that you are a criminal and you are being treated like one.' 'It comes as a shock when, instead of your name, you hear, "Yeh naya Maowadi aaya hai (A new Maoist has arrived)".'
'I will not keep quiet'Rediff.com18 Jan 2022
'If the person is silenced, then everyone else is terrorised and won't speak up.' 'See what happened to Kiran Mane, you will face the same fate.' 'They want to send this message to the world through my example.' 'We have to fight this and show that they cannot throttle everyone.'
'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.'