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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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Revealed: How India launched its war against COVID-19

Revealed: How India launched its war against COVID-19

Rediff.com3 days ago

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

'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.com4 days ago

'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.

2020 will be the year of the economy, but...

2020 will be the year of the economy, but...

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'Neither Modi nor the BJP have lost control over the minds and votes of their original supporters due to their tremendous political ability to play upon baser communal instincts.' 'But this buoyant support will melt away if the economic scenario remains depressing.' 'That makes 2020 an interesting year to watch out for,' notes Sheela Bhatt.

Pawar has delivered a body blow to Modi-Shah

Pawar has delivered a body blow to Modi-Shah

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

'For Modi and Shah, the humiliating setback is bigger than the electoral defeats in New Delhi and in Bihar in 2015.'

'Ajit Pawar doesn't need BJP to be cleared in corruption cases'

'Ajit Pawar doesn't need BJP to be cleared in corruption cases'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'Look at the impropriety of the Anti-Corruption Bureau giving Ajit Pawar a clean chit!'

'We are given hope by Sharad Pawar'

'We are given hope by Sharad Pawar'

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

Sheela Bhatt reveals how the BJP and Amit Shah have halted -- for now -- the Shiv Sena's dream of forming a government in Maharashtra.

'This was expected': Congress on NCP betrayal

'This was expected': Congress on NCP betrayal

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

'This has been the history of these people,' Congress leader Ahmed Patel tells Sheela Bhatt.

New Maha govt will have all-powerful coordination body

New Maha govt will have all-powerful coordination body

Rediff.com21 Nov 2019

Sheela Bhatt reports on the tortuous negotiations to form a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra.

How Congress support for Sena will affect BJP and national politics

How Congress support for Sena will affect BJP and national politics

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

By ending the Shiv Sena's political untouchability, the Congress is creating a level playing ground for itself in the political battle of Hindu identity, explains Sheela Bhatt.

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