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Sheela Bhatt

Sheela Bhatt, arguably India's finest political journalist, has covered Indian politics for 40 years. You can e-mail the author at sheelakb@rediffmail.com

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'All border situations were resolved through diplomacy'

'All border situations were resolved through diplomacy'

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

'I am not minimising either the seriousness or the complex nature of the current situation.' 'Naturally, we have to do what it takes to secure our borders.' 'We are talking to the Chinese, both through military channels and diplomatic ones.'
'In fact, they work in tandem.' 'When it comes to finding a solution, this must be predicated on honouring all agreements and understandings.' 'And not attempting to alter the status quo unilaterally.'

'Sonia wanted Congress to choose non-Gandhi leader'

'Sonia wanted Congress to choose non-Gandhi leader'

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'Let me reveal for the first time that around August 2019 Congress President Sonia Gandhi told the Congress leadership and CWC members to form a consensus over the name of a non-Gandhi leader.'

Why UAE was ideal destination for IPL 2020

Why UAE was ideal destination for IPL 2020

Rediff.com22 Aug 2020

'Unlike India and Sri Lanka, there was no internal air travel needed.' 'For all 8 teams, different hotels are available, a separate one for the broadcasting team too.'

'My father's Rath Yatra changed Indian politics'

'My father's Rath Yatra changed Indian politics'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

Just six years after his father's Rath Yatra, the BJP came to power in New Delhi in 1996, points out Jayant Advani.

'Gandhi's Ram is my Ram'

'Gandhi's Ram is my Ram'

Rediff.com4 Aug 2020

'Does a secular nation not believe in its ancestry? The Constitution has a photo of Ram also.'

'Ram is not only for the Hindus, Ram is for everyone'

'Ram is not only for the Hindus, Ram is for everyone'

Rediff.com4 Aug 2020

'If the Ram Mandir is made, it is because of the collective strength of our country.'

Revealed: How India launched its war against COVID-19

Revealed: How India launched its war against COVID-19

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

'The lockdown was for both: To flatten the curve or more correctly, delay the rapid spread of COVID outbreak, and to create healthcare infrastructure.'

Answered: When COVID-19 will end

Answered: When COVID-19 will end

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

'"The end" depends on two things.' 'Either you develop a vaccine which is effective or if you have a drug, you can terminate this infection very quickly.' 'Otherwise, you have to depend on herd immunity.' 'I think it should happen earlier. Far earlier, than we can imagine or achieve 'herd immunity'.'

'We have to be prepared for China trying to take it to the next level'

'We have to be prepared for China trying to take it to the next level'

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

'We should not worry too much about Indian capabilities, both military and otherwise.'

'My worry relates to possibility of social collapse'

'My worry relates to possibility of social collapse'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'The theme of death seems to be a theme about which many of us, raised in Western societies, have almost completely removed from consciousness; it represents a theme that is suddenly and forcefully resurging now.' 'And for some, this is scary and destabilising.'

India-China: 'More dangerous than before'

India-China: 'More dangerous than before'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'Why has the peace been kept?' 'Basically because there is a balance.' 'Maybe they think that balance has changed.' 'People can make mistakes. People can miscalculate.' 'If that is the cause, then I think what we have done, matching their build-up, etc, it is giving a good account of ourselves in the face-offs.'

'This Chinese behaviour, aggression and brutality has not been seen for a very long time'

'This Chinese behaviour, aggression and brutality has not been seen for a very long time'

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

'This Chinese behaviour we have not seen for a very long time.' 'This sort of build up on the border, this pattern in Chinese behaviour, and especially the aggression and brutality with which our people were attacked on the 15th of June, this is not something we have seen before.'

'China expects us to behave the way China would!'

'China expects us to behave the way China would!'

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

'And this mirror imaging is the most dangerous thing because it leads to tremendous misunderstandings.'

'Politicians have to stand tall in a crisis'

'Politicians have to stand tall in a crisis'

Rediff.com2 Jun 2020

'It is the moment where compassion and empathy must supersede our identity, politics, or our ambitions.'

'Not one rupee has come to states to fight COVID'

'Not one rupee has come to states to fight COVID'

Rediff.com31 May 2020

'The stimulus packages, sector reliefs, loans etc are coming to industry, but state governments have not got any money from GST, no money from excise, no money from any income source.'

'Under very difficult circumstances, people are going above and beyond the call of duty'

'Under very difficult circumstances, people are going above and beyond the call of duty'

Rediff.com29 May 2020

'It has been a phenomenal effort at all levels of the government.' 'People were working 15-16 hour shifts in the central government, in the state governments, in the districts....'

Meet the man who ensured food supply during lockdown

Meet the man who ensured food supply during lockdown

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'If the mandis were not working in Delhi, or the onion market in Nashik got affected, or there were disruptions because of unloading or loading in any sector in south India, we intervened.'

COVID-19: 'Modi is the Muqaddar ka Sikandar'

COVID-19: 'Modi is the Muqaddar ka Sikandar'

Rediff.com1 May 2020

'This pandemic has given him a new platform to perform,' says a member of the government. 'He should feel lucky that he has got an opportunity now to demonstrate to the world his original talent.' 'He needs a visionary script to perform.' Sheela Bhatt reports on the politics of the pandemic.

REVEALED: Government plans for post May 3 India

REVEALED: Government plans for post May 3 India

Rediff.com1 May 2020

Nothing is going to dramatically open up on May 3. There will be too many ifs and buts and terms and conditions and guidelines in leading one's life in various zones, reveals Sheela Bhatt.

'Numbers will stabilise around April 25'

'Numbers will stabilise around April 25'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'...If people follow the lockdown well.'

'We have done our best, far earlier compared to the rest of the world'

'We have done our best, far earlier compared to the rest of the world'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'On January 17, we had our first meeting with the Cabinet secretary.' 'Different secretaries belonging to different departments attended it.' 'It was only two weeks when China had said there is a new disease.' 'So, we gave the quickest response.'

'Curve may flatten soon because of lockdown effect'

'Curve may flatten soon because of lockdown effect'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'Don't panic. Believe in yourself.' 'This is a preventable illness. Only you can prevent it.'

AIIMS Chief: How India will succeed in COVID-19 fight

AIIMS Chief: How India will succeed in COVID-19 fight

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'The fight against COVID-19 is not a hospital fight.' 'It's a community level fight. 'If your community level measures are good, you can decrease the number of people coming to hospitals, or flatten it.'

Are the COVID-19 figures in India correct?

Are the COVID-19 figures in India correct?

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'In our country, there is a lot of checks and balances, the figures cannot go wrong.' 'Because they are being checked by not only the governments, but by doctors themselves.'

China claims traditional medicines fight COVID-19

China claims traditional medicines fight COVID-19

Rediff.com18 Apr 2020

Studies in China claim that traditional Chinese medicines seem to be working effectively on patients with mild or moderate symptoms of coronavirus.

How Indians are coping with the fear of coronavirus

How Indians are coping with the fear of coronavirus

Rediff.com11 Apr 2020

From Kutch to Itanagar, Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there is only one emotion, it seems. Fear. Of coronavirus.

'Who will feed us for three months?'

'Who will feed us for three months?'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt drives from New Delhi to Agra and Firozabad to capture the stories of an India under lockdown.

'How will we survive this lockdown?'

'How will we survive this lockdown?'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt reports from Firozabad, the country's centre for glass bangles, on what life is like for its workers in the wake of the national lockdown.

'Why the fuss over hydroxychloroquine?'

'Why the fuss over hydroxychloroquine?'

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'India is a pharma dada. We can manufacture enough for our people and for the world.'

'COVID-19 may impact Chinese politics'

'COVID-19 may impact Chinese politics'

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

'There are reports of political dissent mounting on Xi Jinping's handling of the Wuhan fallout.'

'Begin a gradual lifting of the lockdown'

'Begin a gradual lifting of the lockdown'

Rediff.com4 Apr 2020

'...Where there is clearly no evidence of community transmission, letting life return to normal in those districts while continuing to rigorously control the spread of the infection.'

What you must know about China and coronavirus

What you must know about China and coronavirus

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

How China's all powerful Communist party bungled the response to the coronavirus crisis.

How the Delhi police got Tablighi Jamaat to vacate their headquarters

How the Delhi police got Tablighi Jamaat to vacate their headquarters

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt narrates the behind-the-scenes action in the Delhi headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat that finally forced the religious sect's compliance with the coronavirus shutdown.

'The world has been transformed into a huge laboratory'

'The world has been transformed into a huge laboratory'

Rediff.com30 Mar 2020

'Hopefully, people will understand that, beyond medical vaccination plans, in the future we will also need to implement some 'social inoculation' plans.'

Coronavirus crisis pushes India to work on drug security

Coronavirus crisis pushes India to work on drug security

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

The current crisis has forced the government to announce measures to ensure that India becomes self-sustaining for any kind of bulk drug. The government says India will not depend on any other country for vital key ingredients for drugs within six years, reports Sheela Bhatt.

Motera is done, what will Tuesday bring?

Motera is done, what will Tuesday bring?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2020

Both countries are closer than before due to these two leaders's public display of mutual connectivity and warm exchanges of words, but how it will help India to serve its interests will be known on Tuesday.

'Forget trade or defence. Talk chemistry! Chemistry ab badhega!'

'Forget trade or defence. Talk chemistry! Chemistry ab badhega!'

Rediff.com23 Feb 2020

'It's the first-ever US presidential visit which is specially planned for India.' 'The standalone visit itself has achieved something already. Don't underestimate it.' Sheela Bhatt gives us an exclusive glimpse of what the Modi government hopes to achieve from Trump's visit.

Dear Melania, know the Amdavad that welcomes you!

Dear Melania, know the Amdavad that welcomes you!

Rediff.com21 Feb 2020

As Melania Trump arrives in Ahmedabad, Sheela Bhatt offers the First Lady Of The United States a primer on one of India's oldest, and historic, cities.

AAP took great care of Hindu voter sentiments

AAP took great care of Hindu voter sentiments

Rediff.com11 Feb 2020

'Kejriwal took political steps and micro level care at every level not to allow the consolidation of Hindu votes behind the BJP,' observes Sheela Bhatt, the distinguished political commentator.

'Kejriwal is not Rahul Gandhi'

'Kejriwal is not Rahul Gandhi'

Rediff.com8 Feb 2020

If Kejriwal wins the Delhi election, then most regional parties will copy Kejriwal's do's and don'ts of jugaad to win an election against the Modi-Shah juggernaut, reports Sheela Bhatt.

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