All stories by Rashme Sehgal
Why Modi govt is crushing dissentRediff.com5 days ago
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.'
'We will be paying the cost for decades'Rediff.com26 Feb 2020
'It is not just the police, but all agencies of governance that are progressively being 'captured' by the forces of Hindutva, led by the central government and by the governments of the states where the BJP has power.'
How the British schemed to give Kashmir to PakistanRediff.com5 Dec 2019
'Once accession to Pakistan appeared unlikely, the British instituted Operations Gulmarg and Datta Khel respectively to foil possible accession to India.'
The couple that forced 5,000 girls into prostitutionRediff.com24 Oct 2016
Affaq Husain and his wife Saira built a Rs 100 crore empire preying on the most vulnerable people in society.
Who drove B K Bansal and his family to suicide?Rediff.com5 Oct 2016
Four members of the Bansal family committed suicide within two months. In their parting note, they blamed the CBI for pushing them over the edge.
Shocking! How children are sold into sexual slaveryRediff.com5 Aug 2016
Each story is sadder than the next, but what is most heartbreaking is to see the indifference shown towards these children by the police.
'Modi is against the women of India'Rediff.com26 Jul 2016
'Similarly, he is against Dalits forgetting that the only way to get rid of poverty is to empower poor people.'
'Modi sets his own rules -- that is if he has any at all'Rediff.com22 Jun 2016
'Modi's idea of India is to make it less liberal, less tolerant and a less accommodative of diversity.' 'We are headed, if Modi continues, to become an ill liberal democracy.' 'Modi is not Vajpayee. Vajpayee was fundamentally decent, tolerant and fair. He played by the rules of the game. Modi is a different story.'
The crime no one wants to talk aboutRediff.com21 Jun 2016
'Poverty-stricken and drought-affected families in Bundelkhand and Marathawada are selling their children for as little as a few hundred rupees.'
Fleeing Bundelkhand's drought, seeking refuge in DelhiRediff.com20 Jun 2016
'These people are living on the edge of starvation and governments need to show much greater compassion towards them.'
Apollo kidney racket is the tip of the icebergRediff.com15 Jun 2016
Kidney scouts roam around the labour markets in the poorest districts of Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi in search of potential donors.
'Why are we handing over our territory to Pakistan?Rediff.com13 Jun 2016
'Our policy seems to be to give away part of J&K, even though we are entitled to the entire state.' 'The Congress has done so, and the BJP is following the same policy.' 'No one is applying their mind to the legal position.' 'Kashmir is not a part of Pakistan under its own constitution.'
Did 300 to 500 people die in Mathura battle?Rediff.com6 Jun 2016
Why did the district magistrate take over an hour to order retaliatory firing on the murderous SBVS mob?
'They are misleading Sonia and Rahul'Rediff.com26 May 2016
'If the leadership gets wrong information, what results you can expect?'
How to prevent losses in a major quakeRediff.com20 May 2016
'If a major earthquake of the kind that hit Nepal hits us in Delhi, 35 per cent of our homes would be destroyed.'
After 2 years in power, BJP turns pan-IndianRediff.com19 May 2016
The Congress has been reduced to a C player in national politics thanks to its inability to read the pulse of the people, says Rashme Sehgal.
Even Congress will back GST bill: JaitleyRediff.com16 May 2016
The finance minister is "reasonably confident" that when it comes to the crunch, "it would be extremely difficult even for the Congress party to take a contrarian view" on the GST Bill.
'This is no time for confrontation'Rediff.com13 May 2016
'I am not going to talk about fear and apprehension.' 'I can only talk about my expectation which at this moment is to bring back development and maintain that momentum in the coming months,' Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat tells Rashme Sehgal for Rediff.com
'The drought is a policy induced disaster'Rediff.com12 May 2016
'Drought in the 1990s was essentially the drought of a poor India.' 'This 2016 drought is of a richer and more water-guzzling India.' 'The severity and intensity of the drought is not about lack of rainfall.' 'It is about the lack of planning and foresight, and criminal neglect.'
Why is this professor not allowed to teach?Rediff.com12 May 2016
Over 200 teachers from across India and abroad have written to Delhi University's vice-chancellor asking him to revoke Professor G N Saibaba's suspension so that he can rejoin his college.
Gandhis can expect more fire in Parliament over Agusta dealRediff.com5 May 2016
If Wednesday was any indication, the rest of the Parliament session will see the two sides scoring brownie points against each other, and the Gandhis can expect more enemy fire directed at them, says Rashme Sehgal.
Did the timber mafia cause the forest fires?Rediff.com2 May 2016
Fires are blazing across Jammu and Kashmir, the state of Uttarakhand and have reached the doorstep of Himachal Pradesh's capital city Shimla.
Congress hits Swamy obstacle in Rajya SabhaRediff.com28 Apr 2016
'This man has aged, but does not know the difference between words spoken on the streets from those of spoken in Parliament.' 'He does not allow his hair to turn gray, so he hasn't learned or matured.' Rashme Sehgal reports on how Subramanian Swamy has riled the Congress yet again.
'Several monuments are under serious threat'Rediff.com28 Apr 2016
'At one of the UK's best known museums, one of our greatest sculptures had been placed next to a public toilet.' 'This perception that art antiquities are better looked after in the West is one created by the cultural elite of our country.'
Why 9 Manipuri mothers refuse to bury their sonsRediff.com26 Apr 2016
Nine young men killed in police firing last August have become symbols of oppression of the tribals of Manipur.
'Kohinoor, a symbol of British loot'Rediff.com22 Apr 2016
Though it would be wonderful for Indians to have the Kohinoor and Peacock Throne displayed in all its glory at the Red Fort, it seems unlikely that the British will part with the Kohinoor in a hurry.
Month after Kakrapar N-plant leak, questions arise on AERB's roleRediff.com19 Apr 2016
'When the cause of the leak is identified, is the AERB going to order a shutdown of all the other pressurised heavy water reactors in the country to fix the underlying problem?'
Crores of illegal money flows into poll-bound states, TN tops listRediff.com18 Apr 2016
The Election Commission has a fight on its hand as candidates use ingenious methods to smuggle in money to Voters.
Wonder what it's like to travel on India's fastest train?Rediff.com14 Apr 2016
Rashme Sehgal took a ride on the Gatimaan Express for you.
'India must be prepared for a 100-year war with Pakistan'Rediff.com11 Apr 2016
'Pakistan has responded with appropriate contempt -- hrowing our national dignity into the waste paper basket.'
Panama leaks have taught the Indian rich a lessonRediff.com7 Apr 2016
'Given the past record, no one will be prosecuted, especially since the beneficiaries comprise the most powerful people in the country. They will pay a fine and be let off.'
'For AMU, minority status is a life and death issue'Rediff.com5 Apr 2016
'The HRD minister said AMU was not a minority institution. I told her the matter would be settled in court.' 'The prime minister did not say anything so categorical. He heard me out very sympathetically. His body language was very different.' 'AMU has ABVP. I did receive a letter from them asking why you are constantly brandishing your service to the country. My reply is: Why shouldn't I?' 'I served the country for 40 years and I am very proud of this service performed for my country.'