All stories by Sahil Makkar
Meet the JavadekarsRediff.com18 Jul 2018
'My wife has done everything... She has had to give up a lot,' HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar tells Sahil Makkar.
Modi @ 4: Housing for all project fails to meet targetRediff.com25 May 2018
Right now the challenge before the government is to double the speed of construction in order to complete the remaining 6.6 million houses before March 2019.
UIDAI files case for alleged misuse of Aadhaar dataRediff.com5 Apr 2018
UIDAI has asked police to investigate, it was not fully convinced about nature of the incident
'EC does not have a feeling of helplessness'Rediff.com25 Mar 2018
'Even if something appears to be wrong, we can always request the government and Parliament to make amends.'
How India plans to improve global university rankingsRediff.com23 Mar 2018
Government gives 60 institutes freedom to fix courses, collaborate with foreign peers.
Modicare: Niti Aayog gets tough, seeks 'realistic' estimatesRediff.com21 Feb 2018
The government would be setting up a National Health Protection Council, National Governance Board and National Health Agency before roll-out of the scheme on August 15.
CEC Om Prakash Rawat: Right man at right time?Rediff.com2 Feb 2018
Rawat has a short tenure in his new role, but it is likely going to be an eventful one, reports Sahil Makkar.
'Not just minorities, everyone must feel safe'Rediff.com29 Dec 2017
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje breaks her silence.
'Ayodhya's locals have moved on with their lives'Rediff.com6 Dec 2017
'The locals want a permanent solution to the perennial Mandir-Masjid issue. They have realised political parties will lose relevance if a temple is built.'
What is the right age to join social media sites?Rediff.com30 Nov 2017
Facebook and Twitter now restrict users below the age of 13 from signing up on their platforms. LinkedIn doesn't provide its services to children below the age of 16.
Hackers can still access your personal data and go scot-freeRediff.com28 Nov 2017
Since the deadline for Justice B N Srikrishna Committee's feedback is December 31, the government is unlikely to table a data protection Bill in the winter session of Parliament.
The wake-up call that every consumer needsRediff.com23 Nov 2017
Pending consumer dispute cases are at an all-time high.
Will SP, BSP come together for 2019 polls?Rediff.com8 Oct 2017
Mayawati is now gearing up for a fresh start for the 2019 general election. Unconfirmed reports from the BSP camp suggest she has already reached out to arch-rival Akhilesh Yadav, reports Sahil Makkar.
40% of current jobs in India will vanish in the next five yearsRediff.com6 Oct 2017
The kind of jobs that will last in future are creative, people-led and social. These are the jobs that automation can't take away.
Students, faculty will now pay a heavy price for plagiarismRediff.com28 Sep 2017
The new rules come into effect soon.
Why Rudy lost his jobRediff.com2 Sep 2017
Modi wanted to reap the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas's success in the 2019 election, but officials say blaming Rudy alone for its slow progress was unjust.
'It is murder of our children'Rediff.com15 Aug 2017
'...and the government is suppressing the truth.'
Why Modi sarkar will miss Venkaiah NaiduRediff.com20 Jul 2017
He was proactive and the force behind the ongoing reforms in the urban development ministry
'All political parties work on black money'Rediff.com17 Jul 2017
Jagdish Chhokar, founder-member of the Association for Democratic Reforms says there should be a law to regulate the functioning of political parties.
Want to upgrade your knowledge? These digital initiatives will come handyRediff.com10 Jul 2017
These initiatives are expected to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education from 24.5 (2015-16) to 30 (2020).
Govt schools in 4 BJP-ruled states to go digitalRediff.com23 Jun 2017
The MHRD plans to track various performance parameters of government school teachers and students through tablets and smartphones, reports Sahil Makkar.
Captain faces an uphill task in PunjabRediff.com13 Jun 2017
Why does Punjab's CM find it hard to fulfill poll promises?
Modi @3: Smart cities, slow progressRediff.com19 May 2017
Lukewarm response from private investors and turf battles between government agencies have resulted in delaying Modi's ambitions. Sahil Makkar reports.
BJP's Delhi win will send a message to Gujarat, HimachalRediff.com27 Apr 2017
The emphatic victory in all three municipal corporations in Delhi will enthuse the party to keep its winning trajectory for the next polls, reports Sahil Makkar.
GST rollout will not immediately boost FDI, say expertsRediff.com12 Apr 2017
Though FDI inflow has been on the rise in the past three years, it is mostly on account of services
Why has Kejriwal promised to abolish property taxRediff.com7 Apr 2017
The poll promise is an attempt to woo the middle-class and rich voters in the wake of the party's growing unpopularity.
India has turned into fertile ground for ISISRediff.com7 Apr 2017
'We could crack IM modules in the country because one arrested member would spill beans on the other.' 'With ISIS, every module is different and is possibly being handled by different operators abroad.'
Parrikar will be missed at defence ministryRediff.com13 Mar 2017
His absence will be felt because of his decision taking ability and rapport with armed forces.
Why Mayawati needs to reinvent herselfRediff.com6 Mar 2017
'She should review her strategy of social engineering and get back to the BSP's initial plank of social change.'
End of American dream for Indian youth?Rediff.com1 Mar 2017
Experts say Indian students will have to accept that international space for them is shrinking.
2017 will see lower pay hikes across IndiaRediff.com23 Feb 2017
Increments in 2017 would be less than in 2016, says survey.
Why AAP could spring a surprise in PunjabRediff.com3 Feb 2017
Punjab has around 19.7 million voters, of whom 53% are below the age of 40 years.
AAP or Congress: Inside Punjab's election of changeRediff.com1 Feb 2017
Anti-incumbency sentiment in Punjab puts SAD in a weak spot. But voters remain divided over AAP and Congress. Sahil Makkar reports.
Will AAP be the change Punjab seeks?Rediff.com31 Jan 2017
The only factor working against the AAP, and in favour of the Congress, is the infighting in the former.
Was SP feud a veil for Akhilesh's failure?Rediff.com27 Jan 2017
Akhilesh believes his catchment area is the 4.1 million new voters who are 18 to 19 years old.
The cost of demonetisation: Jobless hundreds in JalandharRediff.com27 Dec 2016
In the fourth of a six-part series Sahil Makkar finds out how badly Jalandhar's sports goods industry was hit by the note ban and the price it continues to pay.
In non-election year, political donations down 84%Rediff.com22 Dec 2016
despite an Election Commission notification, disallowing tax benefits on cash donations to political parties, the cash contribution increased from 0.14% in FY15 to 1.42% in FY16.
Will 2017 be as good as 2012 for the Badals?Rediff.com12 Dec 2016
There is anti-incumbency in urban areas. Rural Punjab, the Akali base, will hold the key.
In Ludhiana, manufacturing takes a beating post notes banRediff.com5 Dec 2016
In the concluding article of a six-part series, Business Standard visits Ludhiana, one of the largest industrial towns in Punjab, to assess the effect of demonetisation.
Villagers begin early harvesting as tension simmers on borderRediff.com8 Oct 2016
Most villagers decided to stay back to harvest crops, their only source of livelihood.