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Syed Firdaus Ashraf

Syed Firdaus Ashraf covers national politics, and sometimes movies too -- a truly wide arc! You can e-mail the author at firdausa@rediff.co.in

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'Retired SC or HC judge must probe Vikas Dubey's death'

'Retired SC or HC judge must probe Vikas Dubey's death'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'If you accept that situation you don't require the judiciary, the criminal procedure law, the Indian Penal Code or even the Constitution because there is somebody who decides who gets to live and who gets to die.'

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Rediff.com4 days ago

'Whatever modelling we have, people are saying end of July or beginning of August we will see a peak of COVID-19 in Maharashtra.' 'After which the decline will begin.'

'It is difficult for us to get rid of China overnight'

'It is difficult for us to get rid of China overnight'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'China feels India will be hard-pressed not to go after China because we are so badly dependent on them -- and that is the reality.'

'China has caught us by the neck and we have no way to escape'

'China has caught us by the neck and we have no way to escape'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'Indian entrepreneurs became traders for Chinese goods rather than producers of goods.'

'Nobody can say when the COVID-19 curve will flatten'

'Nobody can say when the COVID-19 curve will flatten'

Rediff.com7 days ago

'This virus came in December 2019 and how this virus is going to behave in October and November, we don't know yet.'

'How can one revive an only Gandhi family party?'

'How can one revive an only Gandhi family party?'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

'The party dropped me as a spokesperson for showing a roadmap. It shows that the party either has a high level of arrogance or they are completely detached from ground realities.'

Why the Congress won't pose a challenge to Modi

Why the Congress won't pose a challenge to Modi

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

'If you believe the Congress will win in 2024 because Modi is blundering from one monumental disaster to another, that means you are living in a fool's paradise.'

'Kejriwal is waking up now after COVID-19 has spread'

'Kejriwal is waking up now after COVID-19 has spread'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

'The main reason being Kejriwal's working style is very centralised.' 'And if you don't form a team and work, take bureaucrats into confidence, take doctors and hospitals into confidence, this problem was surely going to evolve.'

Why China wants the Galwan Valley

Why China wants the Galwan Valley

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'If the Chinese military gets hold of some western sectors on the India-China boundary, it will give them added military advantage.'

'A smaller version of Kargil might happen'

'A smaller version of Kargil might happen'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'If the situation escalates, then mini-scale firing might happen.'

'Who can prove Sushant died because of nepotism?'

'Who can prove Sushant died because of nepotism?'

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

'To further her story, Kangana has used a dead person and a suicide case.' 'She should be ashamed of herself. Ashamed.'

'With China, Indian soldiers have a much tougher job'

'With China, Indian soldiers have a much tougher job'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'They cannot use firearms.' 'They have to be restrained.' 'It is a game of patience and chess board moves.' 'It is not like India and Pakistan where bullets get fired and people get killed.'

'No Indian territory has been taken by the Chinese'

'No Indian territory has been taken by the Chinese'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'The Chinese have not crossed the LAC in Galwan.' 'They are on their side of the LAC and we are on our side.'

'Pinpricks by China have never stopped'

'Pinpricks by China have never stopped'

Rediff.com11 Jun 2020

'The Indian Army's surveillance had noticed the Chinese movements.' 'There was no intelligence failure.'

'PM-CARES must disclose all account details'

'PM-CARES must disclose all account details'

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

'Citizens have given money to PM-CARES, so they have the right to know what has happened to their money.'

'India's rating downgrade is done at China's behest'

'India's rating downgrade is done at China's behest'

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

'China's investment destination image the world over has taken a beating, therefore investors feel India is a safe haven for investments.' 'FDI is at an all-time high in India.' 'Now after such poor ratings, this FDI amount will fall.' 'Therefore, I am saying these things are happening at China's behest.'

India's mood: 'Pessimism, confusion, sadness'

India's mood: 'Pessimism, confusion, sadness'

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

'Give cash assistance of Rs 75 per person per day and an android phone and you will see the economy reviving.'

How law school alumni helped migrants fly home to Jharkhand

How law school alumni helped migrants fly home to Jharkhand

Rediff.com30 May 2020

Shyel Trehan, an alumna of the 2000 batch of the National Law School, was one of the organisers who managed this near impossible achievement.

'We are facing a loss of Rs 15,000 crore per day'

'We are facing a loss of Rs 15,000 crore per day'

Rediff.com29 May 2020

'The government has stopped our earnings due to the lockdown and must do something for our earnings to restart.'

'People are losing jobs left, right and centre'

'People are losing jobs left, right and centre'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'The situation is quite terrifying as you have no job creation and there will be loss of jobs.'

'Yogiji is scared of Priyanka Gandhi'

'Yogiji is scared of Priyanka Gandhi'

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'Yogiji is saying he is doing good work, but when you go on the ground you will see the reality.'

'They are using the pandemic to push their reforms'

'They are using the pandemic to push their reforms'

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'The Modi government is about privatising profits and nationalising losses.'

'BJP wants to treat labour like animals'

'BJP wants to treat labour like animals'

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'COVID-19 is just an excuse to pass anti-labour laws.'

'It will take a year for business to recover'

'It will take a year for business to recover'

Rediff.com12 May 2020

'There was already a cash crunch and this (lockdown) has created more trouble.'

'After migrants, COVID-19 crisis will hit middle class'

'After migrants, COVID-19 crisis will hit middle class'

Rediff.com9 May 2020

'The government will have to provide something for migrant workers or 'Farmers will still survive because they will eat what they produce.' 'What will the rest of the people do? What will happen to them?'omething else like that or else you will see some huge uprising or unrest.'

'Visakhapatnam gas tragedy is NOT another Bhopal'

'Visakhapatnam gas tragedy is NOT another Bhopal'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'All is well in Visakhapatnam for now.'

'The middle class has a selfish attitude'

'The middle class has a selfish attitude'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'Oh god, these workers will now spread the virus! Their only concern was to think about themselves.' 'The middle class was only concerned with flattening the curve of coronavirus and they were not bothered about how these workers live in one room with 10 people or 20 people.'

'Bury COVID-19 victims away from residential areas'

'Bury COVID-19 victims away from residential areas'

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'I am more worried about the rainy season from June.' 'If you don't bury the COVID-19 dead properly, then rainwater will seep into the dead bodies and it will come to our locality where I fear more than 2,000 people will be affected.'

How Agra went from model city to COVID-19 hotspot

How Agra went from model city to COVID-19 hotspot

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

On April 10, the Union health ministry praised the 'Agra Model' for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. On April 27, the city reported 32 hotsposts and 365 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Uddhav keeps his cool as Chakravyuh builds around him

Uddhav keeps his cool as Chakravyuh builds around him

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

If Uddhav Thackeray is fazed by the BJP's attempts to build a narrative against his government in order to bring it down, he is not showing it. He has fought against all odds to remain in the CM's chair and faced difficulties with a smile, reports Syed Firdaus Ashraf.

Palghar lynching: 'They couldn't blame Muslims, so now it's Communists'

Palghar lynching: 'They couldn't blame Muslims, so now it's Communists'

Rediff.com23 Apr 2020

'When you have a village which is controlled by the BJP, who are the people likely to perpetrate the attack?'

'Companies can't sack employees during lockdown'

'Companies can't sack employees during lockdown'

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'During the lockdown if you terminate your employee, then you will face action under the NDMA.' 'This will be the first time something like this will happen in the history of India.'

'PM sent planes for NRIs, why not trains for workers?'

'PM sent planes for NRIs, why not trains for workers?'

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

'The situation is so bad that they are now sleeping on bridges or footpaths.' 'Therefore, they want to go and die before their parents or wife in case they get infected with COVID-19.' 'Workers don't want to die a dog's death in cities.'

This doctor contracted coronavirus, but recovered

This doctor contracted coronavirus, but recovered

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

'As a doctor, I always knew I would get it, but I was always sure I would get cured too.'

Why 1,000 migrants gathered in Mumbai today

Why 1,000 migrants gathered in Mumbai today

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

'They were only chanting one slogan, "Ghar jaana hai (we want to go home)".'

'The government's priorities are all wrong'

'The government's priorities are all wrong'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

'The prime minister did not think that COVID-19 was a serious challenge as late as March 20.'

'Lockdown will lead to shutdown'

'Lockdown will lead to shutdown'

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

'You cannot start an MSME again.' 'It is not like a Yes Bank that someone comes and saves the bank.' Once the shutter is down for an MSME, nobody will come to its rescue.'

'National lockdown could have been avoided'

'National lockdown could have been avoided'

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'Two days notice for the Janata Curfew.' 'Two-and-a-half days notice for lighting candles, but a mere four-hour notice for the lockdown without taking state governments into confidence.'

'Coronavirus came from China, not Markaz in Nizamuddin'

'Coronavirus came from China, not Markaz in Nizamuddin'

Rediff.com3 Apr 2020

'No one should make coronavirus a Hindu-Muslim issue.'

Living inside Mumbai's coronavirus hotspot

Living inside Mumbai's coronavirus hotspot

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

Fear has gripped the residents of Worli Koliwada in central Mumbai after it was found that 11 of their neighbours have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

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