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.