Patrick Ward

All stories by Patrick Ward

'We don't have the money, but we have the heart'

'We don't have the money, but we have the heart'

Rediff.com28 Dec 2015

Patrick Ward is nothing but appreciative of the warm hospitality of his Nepalese hosts, who are slowly, but surely on the recovery path after the massive earthquake that jolted the country in April 2015.

'There is a culture of mismanaging funds meant for earthquake victims'

'There is a culture of mismanaging funds meant for earthquake victims'

Rediff.com24 Dec 2015

Jaya Puri Gharti, who served as a cabinet minister during the Maoists' term in government, tells Patrick Ward about the issues facing Nepal and the difficult road to reconciliation.

'Nepal has never undertaken something of this magnitude'

'Nepal has never undertaken something of this magnitude'

Rediff.com21 Oct 2015

Dr Swarnim Wagle, the official behind Nepal's reconstruction strategy, speaks to Patrick Ward.

Fuel crisis adds to Nepal quake survivors' woes

Fuel crisis adds to Nepal quake survivors' woes

Rediff.com14 Oct 2015

Six months after Nepal was devastated by a massive earthquake, relief efforts are literally running out of steam as weeks of protests against a new constitution have led to a critical shortage of fuel. Naomi Mihara reports on how NGOs are racing against time to reach aid to the people before winter sets in.

The truths about Kathmandu

The truths about Kathmandu

Rediff.com31 Aug 2015

The real Kathmandu is different from the Kathmandu of the news stories, writes Patrick Ward.

'Progress is for big people, not small people'

'Progress is for big people, not small people'

Rediff.com3 May 2014

Is the Gujarat model of development in evidence all across Vadodara? Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com and Patrick Ward meet five different communities in the district. Are they all on the road to affluence? Or is prosperity a distant mirage for some of them?

'Progress is for big people, not small people'

'Progress is for big people, not small people'

Rediff.com3 May 2014

Is the Gujarat model of development in evidence all across Vadodara? Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com and Patrick Ward meet five different communities in the district. Are they all on the road to affluence? Or is prosperity a distant mirage for some of them?

The parachute who came to cover the biggest election in history

The parachute who came to cover the biggest election in history

Rediff.com2 May 2014

Two whole weeks after he landed on his feet in unfamiliar territory, Patrick Ward records what it is to be a parachute journalist in the chaos called India

The city of 1.637 million Modis

The city of 1.637 million Modis

Rediff.com2 May 2014

The BJP has 10,000 registered members in Vadodara and their most important strategy has been to pay special attention to the electoral list, which runs to 25,000 pages, with between 45 and 48 voter names per page. For each page, one resident on the page has been chosen the page pramukh whose job it is to mobilise the other 44 to 47 names on the page to vote for Modi. 'He chose Vadodara because this is the most BJP-oriented constituency in Gujarat... This is the one constituency he doesn't have to bother about.' Why is NaMo not in his constituency campaigning? Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com and Patrick Ward decided to find out.

Why the Rajmata of Baroda supports Narendra Modi

Why the Rajmata of Baroda supports Narendra Modi

Rediff.com29 Apr 2014

'What other choice do we have? Surely, we can't have Rahul Gandhi. What are his credentials? He hasn't done a day's job in his life... Manmohan Singh is probably much more educated than Modi, but he could not make a good prime minister. And then, of course, there were these two power centres, which was so pathetic. It's disgraceful, the office of our prime minister has been degraded thanks to the Congress president.' Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, the Rajmata of Baroda, on why she supports Narendra Modi for prime minister.

Why the Rajmata of Baroda supports Narendra Modi

Why the Rajmata of Baroda supports Narendra Modi

Rediff.com29 Apr 2014

'What other choice do we have? Surely, we can't have Rahul Gandhi. What are his credentials? He hasn't done a day's job in his life... Manmohan Singh is probably much more educated than Modi, but he could not make a good prime minister. And then, of course, there were these two power centres, which was so pathetic. It's disgraceful, the office of our prime minister has been degraded thanks to the Congress president.' Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, the Rajmata of Baroda, on why she supports Narendra Modi for prime minister.

This Spider-Man has an unusual idea to fight goondaism

This Spider-Man has an unusual idea to fight goondaism

Rediff.com23 Apr 2014

Gone are the days when one was willing to give his life for freedom. I want to live, bring about change and enjoy that change, says Indian Spider-Man Gaurav Sharma, Independent candidate from Mumbai South. Nithya Ramani and Patrick Ward report

Voices: 'You have to vote -- that's our right'

Voices: 'You have to vote -- that's our right'

Rediff.com23 Apr 2014

With polling in Mumbai just three days away, everyone has an opinion about the next government in the country, and merchants and shopowners at Colaba Causeway aren't far behind. Patrick Ward took a stroll along the area asking them who they would like to see in the seat of power.

Modi v Rahul: The big match ahead of the final showdown

Modi v Rahul: The big match ahead of the final showdown

Rediff.com22 Apr 2014

The two central characters of the blockbuster 2014 elections -- Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi -- had a virtual faceoff days before the maximum city goes for the polls. Amid the blitzkrieg of charges and promises, Patrick Ward tries to gauge the mood of the common Mumbaikar.

Can Priya Dutt sail though the 'wave'?

Can Priya Dutt sail though the 'wave'?

Rediff.com16 Apr 2014

Congresswoman Priya Dutt has a tough battle on her hands in the Lok Sabha elections, says Patrick Ward

All you wanted to know about AAP's foreign funding

All you wanted to know about AAP's foreign funding

Rediff.com10 Apr 2014

Patrick Ward provides a country-wise break of AAP's overseas campaign contributions.

'India can send rocket to Mars, but not allow absentee voting for NRIs?'

'India can send rocket to Mars, but not allow absentee voting for NRIs?'

Rediff.com22 Mar 2014

'We have 10 million votes, 15,000 votes per MP constituency. There are certain constituencies who will win by about 5,000 or 6,000 votes. So if we win this case, these 15,000 votes will play crucial roles in at least 50 Lok Sabha constituencies, which can change the dynamics of the entire political system,' Nagender Chindam tells Patrick Ward in an interview.

'India can send rocket to Mars, but not allow absentee voting for NRIs?'

'India can send rocket to Mars, but not allow absentee voting for NRIs?'

Rediff.com22 Mar 2014

'We have 10 million votes, 15,000 votes per MP constituency. There are certain constituencies who will win by about 5,000 or 6,000 votes. So if we win this case, these 15,000 votes will play crucial roles in at least 50 Lok Sabha constituencies, which can change the dynamics of the entire political system,' Nagender Chindam tells Patrick Ward in an interview.