All stories by RASHME SEHGAL
'We can do 50 lakh vaccinations per day'Rediff.com3 days ago
'We have 25,000 private hospitals participating in this exercise and if each of these hospitals does 200 vaccinations per day, that makes it 50 lakhs.'
'The Indian State has abdicated its duties'Rediff.com4 days ago
'... of protecting the lives and property of a large section of society.' 'It may further deepen the communal divide which already exists in the country.'
'Indian Army's advantage has been lost'Rediff.com22 Feb 2021
'The military advantage the Indian Army had gained by the Special Frontier Force occupying the heights of the Rezang La-Rechin La ridge on the Kailash Range is lost without the PLA withdrawing to east of the Khurnak Fort line.'
Budget ignores women and childrenRediff.com5 Feb 2021
Women and children have been given short shrift with these crucial sectors facing substantive budgetary cuts, discovers Rashme Sehgal.
Why deprive same sex couples of their legal rights?Rediff.com2 Feb 2021
When the highest court gave a decision on the Navtej Singh Johar case, it held that LGBT citizens have a right to not be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. It was keeping this in mind that this same sex couple approached the Delhi high court.
'We started as a democracy, but have regressed to a banana republic'Rediff.com25 Jan 2021
'Governments, democratically elected governments, are custodians for a short- specified time.' 'Parents don't let baby sitters decide the course of their child's future.'
Love Jihad must be declared ultra vires in 2021Rediff.com30 Dec 2020
The most strident criticism of UP's anti-conversion ordinance has come from the judiciary with several retired Supreme Court and high court judges having described it as being violative of Article 14 (Right to Equality), 15 (Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion), 21 (Right to Life) and 25 (Freedom of conscience) of the Constitution, points out Rashme Sehgal.
China's Brahmaputra dam: How India will respondRediff.com10 Dec 2020
'India is planning to construct a multipurpose reservoir.' 'It will be a 10,000 MW hydropower project to offset the impact of the hydropower project by China.'
Women voters in Bihar are no longer a silent forceRediff.com24 Nov 2020
This was the first major election in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, the women of Bihar were not intimidated by the pandemic and came out in large numbers to vote.
Why do rape victims turn hostile?Rediff.com3 Nov 2020
The fact that so many victims turn hostile should be a matter of concern. If so many accused persons continue to roam freely in society, this becomes an additional liability to women's safety, points out Rashme Sehgal.
Why does the Modi govt want to suffocate NGOs?Rediff.com30 Sep 2020
Any NGO critical of the government is unlikely to receive a green signal. The new amendment will leave NGOs vulnerable to harassment. It was the NGO sector that helped provide compassion and food to millions of people during the lockdown. The new Bill will render such cooperation and camaraderie impossible in future, observes Rashme Sehgal.
Why Modi govt is crushing dissentRediff.com15 Sep 2020
For this dispensation, ideas are dangerous. Those who propagate liberalism and democratic traditions are even more dangerous, observes Rashme Sehgal.
CIA device: Why I climbed Nanda DeviRediff.com10 Aug 2020
'Nanda Devi is not an easy mountain to climb.'
'Chinese have taken a huge slice of our land'Rediff.com10 Aug 2020
'Today, our vast green pastures where local herders used to take their cattle to graze have been taken over by the Chinese.' 'The people in the Galwan Valley have lost their lands where their cattle used to graze.'
Is India Witnessing a Second Surge of COVID-19?Rediff.com27 Jul 2020
'Both the governments and people have to recognise that this is a long race, not a short sprint.'
'Limited war is the only option with China'Rediff.com22 Jul 2020
'The PLA will not voluntarily withdraw from Indian territory.'
Will Modi go to war with China?Rediff.com20 Jul 2020
'By not even acknowledging China's occupation of Indian territory Modi signalled to Beijing that he was not prepared to used forceful means to vacate the Chinese occupation, and that his government was reconciled to this loss of territory and accepted the fait accompli engineered by the PLA.'
'COVID-19 is a man made pandemic'Rediff.com6 Jun 2020
'Wild animals lived in their natural environment.' 'So, viruses could not be communicated.' 'Then came mass production and mass quartering of animals -- whether it be poultry, pigs and cattle -- which gave rise to bird flu, SARS and the mad cow disease.' 'Vast amounts of animal produce are also being flown from one part of the world to another, which has helped to spread the virus.' 'All these changes have led to a new and deadly mutation of the virus that has immobliised human beings.'
How women and children fared in one year of Modi 2.0Rediff.com1 Jun 2020
Around 700 migrant workers, women and children have lost their lives in this reverse migration. But what is happening today with the migrant labour is only a continuation of the policies pursued by the Modi regime during the last six years. It is not for nothing that India was ranked the most dangerous country in the world for women in 2018 by the Thompson Reuters Foundation poll, points out Rashme Sehgal.
'Terrorists are today being tracked and neutralised'Rediff.com26 Feb 2020
'As far as Kashmir is concerned, a 'solution' was very much in play, and had brought endemic violence across the Jammu and Kashmir regions very much under control before the disruptive adventurism of the present regime resulted in a limited and localised escalation.'