All stories by Payal Singh Mohanka
Crossing The World's Most Dramatic BorderRediff.com29 Mar 2022
Today, the two countries, ruthlessly divided by the Radcliffe line that pierced their very heart, grapple with the political challenges of the present. Yet, when friendships develop there are no borders, observes Payal Singh Mohanka.
'A change of guard is badly needed'Rediff.com2 Dec 2021
'In Bengal it is a very sad way in which the party is faring. I don't have high hopes.'
'Mamata will ruin the country'Rediff.com2 Dec 2021
'She has just one objective. To win the next election. Nothing else matters.'
Why I followed Guru NanakRediff.com4 Nov 2021
One man follows Guru Nanak's visits to multi-faith sites across nine countries.
Extraordinary Indian: The Teacher Of The StreetRediff.com8 Oct 2021
Undeterred by the pandemic, Deep Narayan Nayak, a school teacher in a village in Bengal, changes countless lives for the better. Payal Singh Mohanka reports on this Extraordinary Indian.
Is the Modi Sarkar RATTLED by the Power of Cinema?Rediff.com27 Aug 2021
'What is being proposed today is completely draconian.' Payal Singh Mohanka on the I&B ministry's plan to amend the Cinematograph Act.
Doctor with a DifferenceRediff.com17 Aug 2021
'I consider myself to be a 50 year old with a 16-year-young mind, ready to conquer more continents,' Dr Shuvendu Sen tells Payal Singh Mohanka.
The Curious Case of Sunil Mondal, MPRediff.com9 Aug 2021
The MP from East Burdwan, who defected to the BJP last December, has been put on 'probation' by the TMC, which he wants to rejoin.
Didi to Modi: 'Khela Hobe'Rediff.com28 Jul 2021
Didi embarks on her new mission: To unite the Opposition to take on Modi in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024, observes Payal Singh Mohanka.
Will EC Risk Constitutional crisis in Bengal?Rediff.com15 Jul 2021
'The EC's role in this is questionable. What is the reason for this delay? Are they waiting for instructions?'
Why Modi appointed 4 Bengal ministersRediff.com11 Jul 2021
Wednesday's expansion shows that Modi still has a keen eye on Bengal. The BJP is gearing up for the panchayat elections in Bengal next May and the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
'Mamata is a very good actor'Rediff.com26 May 2021
'Mamata has used minorities only as her vote bank.' 'In her entire election campaign Mamata did not utter a single sentence against the RSS.'
'A lot of garbage came in from Trinamool'Rediff.com17 May 2021
'Mamata will beat the living daylights out of BJP workers with the result that people who are not totally committed, they will promptly leave the party and go back to Trinamool.' 'Or when they find they cannot get what they came to the BJP for they will go back to Trinamool.'
'Look at the killings that have taken place!'Rediff.com7 May 2021
'There is arson, loot, rape of women, traumatising children, destruction of property, homes, shops and offices by workers and elements of the ruling dispensation.' 'What is most painful is while all this was taking place there was stunning silence by the chief minister.' 'Not one tangible step was taken.'
Governor: 'I am really worried for Bengal'Rediff.com7 May 2021
'I urged the chief minister even before she took her oath requesting her to send a tough message to the police and the administration that any violent activity, any destruction of property, any arson, loot in your area, they will be held accountable.' 'Her silence on this speaks volumes.'
'Police seems to be a mute spectator'Rediff.com5 May 2021
'Those who win indulge in shooting, looting, throwing bombs and burning houses.'
Is Didi now the tallest Opposition leader?Rediff.com3 May 2021
'For the first time one single party is getting 49% which is a record of its own.'
'TMC intolerance no match for BJP vindictiveness'Rediff.com26 Apr 2021
'The BJP's modus operandi is not just to be intolerant of dissent, it is to create mistrust and doubt between communities and the electoral process itself.'
Will Prashant Kishor fail Didi?Rediff.com13 Apr 2021
If the BJP wins Bengal, would Kishor's indiscretions have played a significant role in that victory? Victory for the TMC would be another badge of honour in his CV, but defeat would raise an unsavoury question: Which party was Kishor actually working for? asks Payal Singh Mohanka.
'Mamata knows her defeat is certain'Rediff.com9 Apr 2021
'If the chief minister says there are areas in her home state where she cannot enter, where has she driven the state to!'