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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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Hathras case: The strange case of the doctors

Hathras case: The strange case of the doctors

Rediff.com3 days ago

Dr Azeem Malik and Dr Obaid Haque had attended to the alleged rape victim when she was brought to the Aligarh hospital. They were later sacked, then reinstated.

Why Hathras has the BJP worried

Why Hathras has the BJP worried

Rediff.com16 Oct 2020

'Among Dalits, the Valmikis were the biggest voters of the BJP.' 'They now feel Yogiji has failed them in Hathras.'

When your husband is jailed for a retweet...

When your husband is jailed for a retweet...

Rediff.com15 Oct 2020

Journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on August 18 for a retweet and has been in custody ever since.

'UP is what Modi wants India to be'

'UP is what Modi wants India to be'

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

'This government puts poor people behind bars, demonises women after their death, puts out the call records of deceased raped victims and robs her of her dignity.'

'Farmers will wipe out the BJP in elections'

'Farmers will wipe out the BJP in elections'

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

'They will not get more than two seats in Haryana if elections are held now.'

'Women must live within limits'

'Women must live within limits'

Rediff.com5 Oct 2020

'When you sow a small plant, then you keep watch on it so that wild cattle should not eat that sapling.'

'Babri decision not on unexpected lines for Indian Muslims'

'Babri decision not on unexpected lines for Indian Muslims'

Rediff.com30 Sep 2020

'We were expecting at least they would be held guilty, but instead they have gone scot-free'

'If you want to catch a rat, you can't burn the house'

'If you want to catch a rat, you can't burn the house'

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

'Crony capitalism will gain due to these Acts.'

'New UP order will target Dalits, Muslims, Opposition'

'New UP order will target Dalits, Muslims, Opposition'

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

'This is against the Constitution and we will oppose it tooth and nail.'

'Let govt ensure MSP is a legal right just like MRP'

'Let govt ensure MSP is a legal right just like MRP'

Rediff.com25 Sep 2020

'Government is saying that I will not be responsible for ensuring you get MSP but traders and large corporate will be responsible. 'India now is the only country that is saying such things'

'The Modi government has given farmers freedom'

'The Modi government has given farmers freedom'

Rediff.com22 Sep 2020

'The farm bills will not bring in corporate zamindari'

'Sonia has administered a bitter pill to Rahul'

'Sonia has administered a bitter pill to Rahul'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal are the two people who have been marked and punished'

'Sonia is one of the finest students of the university of life'

'Sonia is one of the finest students of the university of life'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'This is a fascinating side to Sonia Gandhi, the way she disarms her opponents.'

The Hindu who will curate the Babri mosque museum

The Hindu who will curate the Babri mosque museum

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

From the kind of food to the art which will be displayed at the museum, historian Pushpesh Pant shares his vision.

What happens next to Rhea Chakraborty

What happens next to Rhea Chakraborty

Rediff.com8 Sep 2020

'In low-profile cases, if there's a small quantity (of drugs involved), you get bail on the first day.' 'In high-profile cases, it depends on the judge.'

'Selective bloodlust was unleashed on Rhea'

'Selective bloodlust was unleashed on Rhea'

Rediff.com8 Sep 2020

'When she left on June 8 after some kind of fight or break-up she did not think Sushant would die.' 'She did not think his family after his death would level such horrible accusations against her.' 'She did not think three agencies would be tasked to prove her to a bad woman.'

'Supreme Court has not given clean chit to PM-CARES'

'Supreme Court has not given clean chit to PM-CARES'

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

'PM-CARES money is for the relief of citizens, so what is the secrecy then?' 'Why will it harm anyone if it is revealed where the money came from and where it is going?' 'What is there to hide?'

'To get back to 6-7% GDP growth will take a couple of years'

'To get back to 6-7% GDP growth will take a couple of years'

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

'The current economic contraction is certainly due to the lockdowns as a response to the pandemic, which is an act of God.' 'Nobody has seen such a thing in the last 100 years.' 'Saying that this was an act of mismanagement is largely incorrect'

'Modi wants to do away with permanent government jobs'

'Modi wants to do away with permanent government jobs'

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

The new government order to review the service record of employees who have completed 30 years in the job to identify inefficient or corrupt staff and retire them prematurely has invited the ire of labour unions, who believe that this is a step towards privatisation.

'There's an attempt to break the Congress'

'There's an attempt to break the Congress'

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'There is a group who want to internally damage the Congress and they may be hand in glove with the BJP.'

'CBI has still not nabbed mastermind behind my father's murder'

'CBI has still not nabbed mastermind behind my father's murder'

Rediff.com20 Aug 2020

'If timely action was taken by the CBI, the other three murders could have been prevented.'

Why this Shaheen Bagh protestor joined the BJP

Why this Shaheen Bagh protestor joined the BJP

Rediff.com20 Aug 2020

Shahzad Ali, a sales and marketing manager at a mobile phone company, was among the group of Muslims from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on August 16, 2020.

'Time for Congress to become a tiger on the prowl'

'Time for Congress to become a tiger on the prowl'

Rediff.com19 Aug 2020

'If the Congress party wants to take on the BJP it cannot do it in this fuddy-duddy, grand old party, style.'

'MPs' letter was given to Congress leadership 10 days ago'

'MPs' letter was given to Congress leadership 10 days ago'

Rediff.com19 Aug 2020

'This letter assumes significance as it is for the first time that a letter has been documented and collectively agreed upon.'

'Rahat Indori will always be with us, thanks to Internet'

'Rahat Indori will always be with us, thanks to Internet'

Rediff.com18 Aug 2020

'He was such a diverse poet that he wrote the song M bole toh Master of Munnabhai MBBS and also Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai of Meenaxi.'

'TV news debates are very poisonous'

'TV news debates are very poisonous'

Rediff.com14 Aug 2020

'I challenge BJP spokespersons that they have no idea what their party's ideology is because they believe it is only Modi's party now.'

'Modi had no contribution for Ram temple'

'Modi had no contribution for Ram temple'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'He was a nobody then.' 'And whatever little his contribution was there, it was restricted to Gujarat.'

'They are making Ayodhya like Vatican or Mecca'

'They are making Ayodhya like Vatican or Mecca'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'This is about reviving this country as a centre of Hindutva at Ayodhya.'

'Congress is more responsible for Ram mandir than BJP'

'Congress is more responsible for Ram mandir than BJP'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'We all know that when the Babri Masjid was demolished, P V Narasimha Rao was prime minister.' 'He did not do anything to stop the demolition.'

COVID-19: '137 doctors have died so far'

COVID-19: '137 doctors have died so far'

Rediff.com29 Jul 2020

'The government says the mortality rate among patients is 2 to 3 per cent, but in doctors it is 11 per cent, which is very high.'

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

Rediff.com25 Jul 2020

'We are a country of amazing ability and the way we have responded to the pandemic is evidence.'

How 'Khan Sir' became a social media sensation

How 'Khan Sir' became a social media sensation

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

Unlike other SM sensations, 'Khan Sir' became a star with well-researched news-related videos, not 30-second inanities. Syed Firdaus Ashraf tracks down the elusive coach to IAS aspirants.

'Sachin Pilot is part of a bigger plot'

'Sachin Pilot is part of a bigger plot'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'He is not acting solo.' 'The plot may have people within the Congress and outside.'

'Congress doesn't have roots in Hindu society'

'Congress doesn't have roots in Hindu society'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'The Congress today has lost contact with the Hindu clergy.' 'They go to to Hindu clergy only during the time of elections.'

'Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka are not on the same page'

'Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka are not on the same page'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'It can be said without hesitation that Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi enjoy perfect relations of mother-daughter-son all together in the family.' 'But their worldview is different and their style of functioning is different and their favourites in the party are different people.'

'Modi went to Leh and China got scared'

'Modi went to Leh and China got scared'

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

'Modi warned China, therefore they have come to the talks.' 'Nothing will come out of these talks.'

'It is the Congress that has lost, not Sachin Pilot'

'It is the Congress that has lost, not Sachin Pilot'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'Sachin Pilot had every legitimate right to demand to become CM.'

'This is Rajasthan, not Madhya Pradesh'

'This is Rajasthan, not Madhya Pradesh'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'As far as I know, Sachin Pilotji is not going to the BJP.'

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

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

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

'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.com7 Jul 2020

'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.'

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