All stories by Sai Manish
Indian airlines brave Covid turbulenceRediff.com21 Jun 2021
Though India's airlines are certainly bleeding, they haven't yet faced the ignominy of shutting down.
Covid Vaccine IP: How Big Pharma lobbied against IndiaRediff.com9 Jun 2021
Communications between the USTR and the world's most powerful pharmaceutical and trade lobbying groups reveal that many raised concerns about India's push to exempt Covid vaccines from intellectual property.
Will Amarinder's Malerkotla move help Cong in UP, Gujarat?Rediff.com3 Jun 2021
'Congress will try to use Malerkotla to woo Muslim votes in UP. Muslims across the country have definitely taken note of this move in Punjab. But they vote only for a party that can defeat the BJP. The Congress doesn't seem to be capable of doing that'
Why Sidhu gets to bat for Congress despite tantrumsRediff.com8 May 2021
The Congress' top leadership realises the former cricketer's utility and mass appeal. His oratory skills and ability to whip up mass hysteria in election rallies is acknowledged as an asset
Meet the unseen forces behind farmers' protestRediff.com23 Jan 2021
Behind the movement are shock-workers functioning quietly to ensure that a seemingly spontaneous, apolitical, grassroots mobilisation sustains itself without dribbling into chaos or violence. Sai Manish lists some of them.
Plan to buy land in J-K? Read this firstRediff.com3 Dec 2020
All laws have been modified to omit the domicile clause for property rights in the valley. This effectively means that anyone with enough money to spend can now technically buy property there, writes Sai Manish.
How Kerala 'lost' the battle against AdaniRediff.com11 Nov 2020
Court documents show that the Kerala government, whose case was treated as the 'lead case' among all the petitions filed against Adani, made four allegations to convince the court to cancel the contract for the Thiruvanathapuram airport. The state's legal team couldn't substantiate most of these allegations with documentary proof and its self-defeating arguments in court failed to convince the judges to cancel the contract given to Adani. The battle for the Thiruvananthapuram airport between the Communist-led Kerala government, the Adani group and the Modi government over the past year hasn't had a dull moment since the proceedings began. Claims of a smoking gun turned out to be a damp squib, says Sai Manish.
Can Modinomics derail Nitish?Rediff.com2 Nov 2020
An interplay of Modi government's outreach in Bihar and the sequence of events in Chirag Paswan's life could make Bihar a game of musical chairs when the results are out.
How Adani controls 26% of air passenger trafficRediff.com28 Sep 2020
While questions may arise over the sheer dominance of a single corporate group in running airports in the country, it pretty much fits into the government's plan to get out of this space and earn revenue without working for it.
Covid-19 gives India's private airlines a chance to go internationalRediff.com11 Sep 2020
Over 600 slots at three major airports - Heathrow, Dubai and New York's JFK International - could be at stake.
India's oldest regional party faces an existential crisisRediff.com28 Jul 2020
'The Badals have made the Akali Dal a family enterprise and undermined the Sikh faith. They have no right to call themselves Akalis. We have approached the Election Commission to register ourselves as the Akali Dal with a different nomenclature. We will impress on people's minds that we are the real Akali Dal' Sai Manish reports on the fight for supremacy over the Akali Dal.
How a spat revealed Punjab's liquor nexusRediff.com25 May 2020
A look at licensed distilleries shows that many have connections with politicians and influential business families. Among politicians, a minister owns a distillery. Two others are owned by ex-Congressman Venod Sharma and ex-Akali MLA Deep Malhotra.
Barmer has a special place in its heart for Jaswant SinghRediff.com3 Dec 2018
In the BJP veteran's home district, some feel he has been harmed by his party, while some think he never gave back to the place he belonged to, and then there are some who believe son Manvendra Singh will have a tough time living up to his name.
Is Election Commission ready for 2019 polls?Rediff.com21 Sep 2018
The poll watchdog faces two Heruclean tasks -- to produce over a million VVPATs in time for the 2019 elections and also iron out manufacturing tweaks in the machines which are already in use.
Red Fort gets adopted by Dalmia Bharat groupRediff.com28 Apr 2018
Conglomerate has become the first corporate house in India's history to adopt a historical monument, in a Rs 250 mn contract spanning five years.
Busting fake news: Who funds whom?Rediff.com8 Apr 2018
Some unlikely celebrities are behind multiple campaigns to fight the fake news menace.
Nirav Modi's Taiwan, Surat, Hong Kong and Dubai connectionsRediff.com20 Feb 2018
Documents accessed by Business Standard show owners of suspected Hong Kong-based shell companies are spread across the globe.
Average Paytm wallet balance before demonetisation: Rs 22Rediff.com29 Dec 2016
Sai Manish & N Sundaresha Subramanian offer a fresh perspective on the digital wallet business.
Not the endgame for Infosys, TCS: Why it's too early for an obit on Indian ITRediff.com18 Oct 2016
Though the evolving nature of the IT industry and changing needs of their clients pose a big risk