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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'Whatever Amit Shah says, anti-CAA protests will continue'

'Whatever Amit Shah says, anti-CAA protests will continue'

Rediff.com19 minutes ago

'In 2021, assembly elections are going to be held in Assam. The BJP, sitting in Delhi, is thinking everything is hunky-dory in Assam. But that is not the case.' 'People of Assam are no longer with the BJP.'

'Nitish Kumar must clarify his position on CAA/NRC/NPR'

'Nitish Kumar must clarify his position on CAA/NRC/NPR'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'You cannot support CAA and simultaneously say there will be no NRC in Bihar.' 'If Akali Dal has a clear-cut point of view on this issue, I want the same from the JD-U.'

'Minority welfare schemes are unconstitutional'

'Minority welfare schemes are unconstitutional'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'It is not the duty of government to protect minority religions or promote it.'

'Facebook, Google are like East India Company'

'Facebook, Google are like East India Company'

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

'Facebook and Google no longer need to have infantry regiments and cavalry like the East India Company because they are inside everyone's phones listening to our conversations.'

'Either Shah or Modi is lying about NRC'

'Either Shah or Modi is lying about NRC'

Rediff.com16 Jan 2020

'The Modi government thinks that once the CAA protests are over, they will bring in the NPR that will help to get the NRC.'

BJP MLA winning Muslims's trust on CAA, NRC

BJP MLA winning Muslims's trust on CAA, NRC

Rediff.com15 Jan 2020

'Till the time we do not remove fear in the minds of Muslims of India, how will we achieve peace?' asks the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Gorakhpur, Radha Mohan Das Agarwal, who says he will resign as a member of the Uttar Pradesh assembly if any Indian Muslim of his constituency is evicted from the country during the Citizenship (Amendment) Act exercise.

'He pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach'

'He pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach'

Rediff.com11 Jan 2020

'Around 10 pm, a senior police officer from Hazratganj police station came and started abusing me with the choicest words...' 'He said he will ensure that I rot in jail all my life.' 'This police officer then told a lady constable to slap me.' 'She did that, but he was not happy with the force of the slap.' 'He got up, pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach and knees.' 'He was abusing me as a bastard non-stop.'

Why this JNU professor quit the Modi government panel

Why this JNU professor quit the Modi government panel

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

A day after masked goons entered Jawaharlal Nehru University and ran riot, injuring over 36 people with sticks, lathis and hammers, noted economist and professor C P Chandrasekhar resigned from a Narendra Modi government-appointed committee on statistics. The committee was set to hold its first meeting to review India's economic data. In his resignation letter, Professor Chandrasekhar wrote, "I regret to inform you that because of the situation in JNU where I stay, I will be unable to attend tomorrow's meeting." He was also quoted as saying, "The JNU's incident on Sunday has further undermined the faith in the system. It shows that we are now living in a different world and it's hard to work with a government in which you have lost faith."

'JNU attack couldn't happen without political support'

'JNU attack couldn't happen without political support'

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

'They want to establish the silence of the graveyard in university campuses across India.' 'They cannot bear any questioning or dissent. They want subordination and obedience.' 'And that is not going to happen,' says Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat.

'JNU violence was planned by Left to blame ABVP'

'JNU violence was planned by Left to blame ABVP'

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

'They are ABVP-phobic people. Tomorrow, they will say the US attack on Iran is because of the ABVP.'

These goons created terror for 2 hours: JNU student

These goons created terror for 2 hours: JNU student

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

'They did not spare the girls or teachers; they beat all of them.' 'We kept calling the police, but no one came.'

'NPR is the first step towards NRC'

'NPR is the first step towards NRC'

Rediff.com31 Dec 2019

'If you are opposed to the nationwide NRC, you should oppose the NPR.'

'Students asking for jobs, Modi is giving them NPR'

'Students asking for jobs, Modi is giving them NPR'

Rediff.com26 Dec 2019

'Our country does not need an NRC. We need to improve our economy which is in a bad condition.'

'BJP's downfall has come now'

'BJP's downfall has come now'

Rediff.com23 Dec 2019

'The people of Jharkhand know that Modi is not going to become chief minister, so why should they vote for the BJP?'

Why this student is protesting the citizenship law

Why this student is protesting the citizenship law

Rediff.com19 Dec 2019

'I came for my national service. I am the son of people like Gandhiji, Nehru, Patel, Dr Ambedkar and Maulana Azad.'

'National security is important, but humanity is above all that'

'National security is important, but humanity is above all that'

Rediff.com19 Dec 2019

'In our country, files disappear from government offices so easily and you expect a poor man to keep all his papers in orders,' says actor Sushant Singh who was removed as host of the daily crime drama Savdhaan India a day after he was seen in a rally against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

The man responsible for putting Payal Rohatgi in jail

The man responsible for putting Payal Rohatgi in jail

Rediff.com17 Dec 2019

The former Big Boss contestant posted objectionable content on her social media pages on September 6 and 21 against Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and other members of the Nehru-Gandhi family, following which Rajasthan Youth Congress General Secretary Charmesh Sharma filed a complaint.

Meet the face of the Jamia students' protest

Meet the face of the Jamia students' protest

Rediff.com17 Dec 2019

Ladeeda Sakhaloon from Kannur district in Kerala has become the face of protests by Jamia Millia Islamia students against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act after they stood up to the cops who were chasing down the protesting students and beating them up, and a video of the same has gone viral on social media.

'Jamia violence began with intervention of outsiders'

'Jamia violence began with intervention of outsiders'

Rediff.com16 Dec 2019

'There was outside intervention which is what led to the initial violence.' 'Once the violence started, there was a brutal lathi-charge by the police.'

'BJP wants to make Assam into a Kashmir'

'BJP wants to make Assam into a Kashmir'

Rediff.com16 Dec 2019

'Assam is not a dumping ground for Bangladeshi Hindu refugees,' says Assamese actor Ravi Sharma who joined the BJP in August and quit the party on December 10 in protest against the Citizenship Act.

Why Muslim League has challenged CAB in the SC

Why Muslim League has challenged CAB in the SC

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

'We are only going to the Supreme Court to protect the rights (of Muslims) which are given by the Constitution. Nothing more,' says Indian Union Muslim League MP P V Abdul Wahab, explaining why the IUML has challenged the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Supreme Court.

Assam BJP MLA: 'Situation is very bad'

Assam BJP MLA: 'Situation is very bad'

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

'The Indian Army and paramilitary have to land more in Assam as the situation is very bad, especially in upper Assam,' says BJP MLA Binod Hazarika whose home was burnt down by mobs.

'If India doesn't give protection to Hindus, who will?'

'If India doesn't give protection to Hindus, who will?'

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

'With the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Hindus from Pakistan can come to India. They have got a way,' says Gurumukh Jagwani who came to India on his honeymoon, loved the country so much that he stayed back and got Indian citizenship.

'You can't take the BJP at face value'

'You can't take the BJP at face value'

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

'There are 17 million Hindus in Bangladesh and we, in the north east, see this Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as a route for them to enter India on the plea that they are facing persecution in Bangladesh.'

Police encounters are common in India

Police encounters are common in India

Rediff.com6 Dec 2019

Some police encounters that stunned India.

'Police has done what the public wanted'

'Police has done what the public wanted'

Rediff.com6 Dec 2019

'We cannot believe the police encounter story at all.' 'They were in the hands of the police and they were de-weaponised.' 'They didn't have weapons. How can you kill them?'

Why Bhaichung Bhutia opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Why Bhaichung Bhutia opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rediff.com5 Dec 2019

'The NRC had an effect on Assam and I think to cover up or make up for that, CAB has been brought in.'

Why this woman wants to visit Sabarimala again

Why this woman wants to visit Sabarimala again

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

'I want the Supreme Court to give directions to the government of Kerala that they must give protection to all those women who want to enter Sabarimala.'

'Muslims are taking a step within the legal process'

'Muslims are taking a step within the legal process'

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

'We are aggrieved about the ruling and there is no other way of putting it across to the Supreme Court and entire society that wrong has been committed and which requires correction.'

5 lessons you can learn from Sharad Pawar

5 lessons you can learn from Sharad Pawar

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

There are many life lessons to be learnt from the way Sharad Pawar handled the Maharashtra political crisis.

'Raut is man of the match, Pawar is man of series'

'Raut is man of the match, Pawar is man of series'

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

'I am happy Sanjay Raut and Sharad Pawar changed the game of Maharashtra politics.'

'It was necessary for Shiv Sena to split with BJP'

'It was necessary for Shiv Sena to split with BJP'

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

'The Shiv Sena as a party was going nowhere.' 'Now Uddhav Thackeray has shown his partymen that he can take the BJP head on.'

BJP's gameplan: 'Jiska Speaker, uski sarkar'

BJP's gameplan: 'Jiska Speaker, uski sarkar'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

Ahead of the floor test in Maharashtra, what is more crucial is who becomes the pro-tem speaker. And bagging this post is part of the BJP's plan to retain power, reports Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com/

How the BJP pulled off a coup in Maharashtra

How the BJP pulled off a coup in Maharashtra

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

Even as the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress were burning the candle at both ends to hammer out a deal over forming the government in Maharashtra, the Amit Shah-led BJP was quietly planning its moves.

How a 1979 film reflects Maharashtra's power play

How a 1979 film reflects Maharashtra's power play

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

The classic Marathi movie Simhasan would be an interesting watch today as it draws a parallels to the current political turmoil in Maharashtra.

What next for Uddhav Thackeray?

What next for Uddhav Thackeray?

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

'While it seems that the sole option left for the Shiv Sena chief is to sit in the Opposition and wait and watch, there are two other choices before him to show his party rank and file if he is a quitter or a fighter.'

He quit a well paying job to write Bala

He quit a well paying job to write Bala

Rediff.com22 Nov 2019

'The most difficult thing in the world is to convince someone to put Rs 20 crore on your movie script.'

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