Seema Mustafa

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What Khurshid Anwar's suicide should tell the media

What Khurshid Anwar's suicide should tell the media

Rediff.com19 Dec 2013

It is absolutely essential to prevent an atmosphere of trial and execution from being created on the larger issue of sexual assault, so that there can be a dispassionate understanding of every case, instead of irresponsible outpourings on television channels run by unaccountable anchors, says Seema Mustafa.

State polls: Advantage BJP, but it is not a Modi wave

State polls: Advantage BJP, but it is not a Modi wave

Rediff.com5 Dec 2013

While Narendra Modi is the talisman of his party, it is still not certain if he can claim this space among the people of India, says Seema Mustafa.

India and China realise there is no room for animosity

India and China realise there is no room for animosity

Rediff.com18 Oct 2013

Both India and China have demonstrated levels of maturity in diffusing tensions and ensuring that the border remains by and large incident free, says Seema Mustafa

West Asia is where all the action is, diplomatically

West Asia is where all the action is, diplomatically

Rediff.com17 Oct 2013

From being on the verge of war and violence, West Asia has actually got a sudden reprieve. Seema Mustafa explains

Why the Uttar Pradesh violence escalated

Why the Uttar Pradesh violence escalated

Rediff.com10 Sep 2013

The UP government, if it manages to remain in power now, must take immediate steps to ensure that no violence takes place as the country gears up for the elections. Action has to be taken to prevent this, not just through the law and order machinery, but through a secular campaign in which all non-communal political parties participate, says Seema Mustafa.

India's silence on Syria will antagonise its friends

India's silence on Syria will antagonise its friends

Rediff.com5 Sep 2013

A very delayed and subdued reaction, at a time when the non-aligned world had expected a big country like India to come out in support of rights and justice. It was yet another example of the mealy mouthed approach that has come to define Indian foreign policy, says Seema Mustafa.

How India's economic crisis affects the common man

How India's economic crisis affects the common man

Rediff.com29 Aug 2013

This columnist cannot pretend to be an economic expert but can certainly point out that the statistics being reeled out on a daily basis now, have added to the economic burden of the people, says Seema Mustafa.

Delay in procurement taking a toll on India's defence

Delay in procurement taking a toll on India's defence

Rediff.com16 Aug 2013

The conservative bureaucracy that influences the political masters is clearly not concerned with the vision documents prepared by defence chiefs to bring India's military into a state of preparedness, says Seema Mustafa

Delay in procurement taking a toll on India's defence

Delay in procurement taking a toll on India's defence

Rediff.com16 Aug 2013

The conservative bureaucracy that influences the political masters is clearly not concerned with the vision documents prepared by defence chiefs to bring India's military into a state of preparedness, says Seema Mustafa

Why the SP's efforts to consolidate minority vote is callous

Why the SP's efforts to consolidate minority vote is callous

Rediff.com7 Aug 2013

We have in UP today the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party representing the two extremes in a bid to capture power in this huge state that returns 80 members to Parliament, says Seema Mustafa.

Why do India, Pakistan bend before the US?

Why do India, Pakistan bend before the US?

Rediff.com4 Jul 2013

India and Pakistan that will not tolerate a sneeze from the other side without opening the entire paraphernalia of forensic science, stand like dummies when the US manipulates both at will, says Seema Mustafa.

Can Nitish Kumar be rallying point for third front?

Can Nitish Kumar be rallying point for third front?

Rediff.com20 Jun 2013

There is more than sufficient space for this amongst the electorate in India that will respond definitively and favourably to a credible alternative. Nitish Kumar has an excellent chance of capturing this space through the inclusive politics of third front formations, says Seema Mustafa.

Can Nitish Kumar be rallying point for third front?

Can Nitish Kumar be rallying point for third front?

Rediff.com20 Jun 2013

There is more than sufficient space for this amongst the electorate in India that will respond definitively and favourably to a credible alternative. Nitish Kumar has an excellent chance of capturing this space through the inclusive politics of third front formations, says Seema Mustafa.

What the by-poll results foretell

What the by-poll results foretell

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

Other than providing Narendra Modi a sweetner ahead of the BJP's national executive meet in Goa, there are no major trends to glean from the recent by-election results, says Seema Mustafa.

What the by-poll results foretell

What the by-poll results foretell

Rediff.com6 Jun 2013

Other than providing Narendra Modi a sweetner ahead of the BJP's national executive meet in Goa, there are no major trends to glean from the recent by-election results, says Seema Mustafa.

Why Pakistanis voted for Nawaz and not Imran

Why Pakistanis voted for Nawaz and not Imran

Rediff.com12 May 2013

Seema Mustafa on how Pakistan voted for change this time in the hope that the new government will do what it is supposed to do govern.

Why Pakistanis voted for Nawaz and not Imran

Why Pakistanis voted for Nawaz and not Imran

Rediff.com12 May 2013

Seema Mustafa on how Pakistan voted for change this time in the hope that the new government will do what it is supposed to do govern.

Will Sarabjit Singh's death change anything?

Will Sarabjit Singh's death change anything?

Rediff.com2 May 2013

Islamabad and New Delhi need to learn lessons from Sarabjit Singh's tragic saga and accord importance to evolving a prisoners' policy. And until then there will be many more Sarabjit Singhs as the years roll by, notes Seema Mustafa.

Why it is wrong to compare Rahul Gandhi with Modi

Why it is wrong to compare Rahul Gandhi with Modi

Rediff.com9 Apr 2013

The comparison, cleverly engineered, appears to work for Modi each and every time as he is a better orator, better informed, a politician of the masses, and certainly not diffident or shy. One almost feels sorry for Rahul Gandhi pitted against a politician who has calibrated his rise so successfully, and is still working to ensure national and international acceptability, says Seema Mustafa

BJP's motto for LS polls: Be brazen about Hindutva

BJP's motto for LS polls: Be brazen about Hindutva

Rediff.com31 Mar 2013

The appointment of aggressive campaigners like Varun Gandhi, Uma Bharti, Ananth Kumar and Ajit Shah in senior positions within the party is a clear indication of which way the BJP wind is going to blow.

Kashmir valley's mood of despair will impact elections

Kashmir valley's mood of despair will impact elections

Rediff.com26 Feb 2013

It is amazing how the political class, instead of learning lessons from costly mistakes in Jammu and Kashmir that took a toll on life itself, seeks to repeat them, writes Seema Mustafa in an article exclusive to rediff.com

Kashmir valley's mood of despair will impact elections

Kashmir valley's mood of despair will impact elections

Rediff.com26 Feb 2013

It is amazing how the political class, instead of learning lessons from costly mistakes in Jammu and Kashmir that took a toll on life itself, seeks to repeat them, writes Seema Mustafa in an article exclusive to rediff.com

View: Hanging could have damaging repercussions

View: Hanging could have damaging repercussions

Rediff.com9 Feb 2013

'The only logical explanation for the sudden hanging of Afzal Guru,' feels Seema Mustafa, 'is the fact that general elections are around the corner. And the Congress in its usual cynical manipulation of votes is trying to eat into the majority constituency with this action.'

Is Verma committee yet another political gimmick?

Is Verma committee yet another political gimmick?

Rediff.com25 Jan 2013

The next few days will demonstrate whether the decision to appoint the Justice Verma committee was yet another political gimmick or whether there are some leaders left in government who are interested in making a difference, notes Seema Mustafa.

Is India ignoring the new trends in Pakistan?

Is India ignoring the new trends in Pakistan?

Rediff.com18 Jan 2013

Unfortunately the new trends in Pakistan are going unnoticed by the myopic strategic establishment of India, and if television news channels are anything to go by, the Indian perspective of Pakistan is stuck in decades past, notes Seema Mustafa.

'Gujarat's Muslims are terrified of Modi'

'Gujarat's Muslims are terrified of Modi'

Rediff.com12 Nov 2012

With Azadi's Daughter -- The Journey of a Liberal Muslim Woman, Seema Mustafa chronicles her journey from the violence-ridden 1980s when she covered riots in Assam, Punjab and Kashmir. She says the book heavily borrows anecdotes from her personal life, and presents her views on not only her personal journey but also reflects upon the issues that riddle the Indian Muslim.

'Gujarat's Muslims are terrified of Modi'

'Gujarat's Muslims are terrified of Modi'

Rediff.com12 Nov 2012

With Azadi's Daughter -- The Journey of a Liberal Muslim Woman, Seema Mustafa chronicles her journey from the violence-ridden 1980s when she covered riots in Assam, Punjab and Kashmir. She says the book heavily borrows anecdotes from her personal life, and presents her views on not only her personal journey but also reflects upon the issues that riddle the Indian Muslim.

Healing the wounds of Kashmir's forgotten other half

Healing the wounds of Kashmir's forgotten other half

Rediff.com3 Nov 2012

A new initiative is shaping up to coordinate between national women's organisations and Kashmiri women's groups to discuss the plight of the women of the Valley. A conference on Peace and Justice for Kashmiri Women in Srinagar recently brought together representatives of more than half a dozen major women's organisations and Kashmiri academics, students, doctors, psychiatrists and human rights activists.

Cong has made a fetish of being arrogant, anti-people

Cong has made a fetish of being arrogant, anti-people

Rediff.com29 Oct 2012

Judging from the almost juvenile reactions from the Congress leaders on the Vadra and Khurshid issues, it is clear that they have not understood that the poor voter is fed up of corruption. Completely and totally fed up because he has linked it now to price rise, to underdevelopment, to the lack of opportunities he is being forced to live with, says Seema Mustafa

What is the difference between Cong and BJP? Not much!

What is the difference between Cong and BJP? Not much!

Rediff.com27 Oct 2012

There is this sudden silence after the cacophony following scam disclosures, with both the BJP and the Congress reeling under the impact. Seema Mustafa listens in.

What is the difference between Cong and BJP? Not much!

What is the difference between Cong and BJP? Not much!

Rediff.com27 Oct 2012

There is this sudden silence after the cacophony following scam disclosures, with both the BJP and the Congress reeling under the impact. Seema Mustafa listens in.

Kazmi case: Journalists union calls for unbiased reportage

Kazmi case: Journalists union calls for unbiased reportage

Rediff.com23 Oct 2012

Delhi Union of Journalists President Sujata Madhok, S K Pandey, general secretary, and other members have welcomed the Supreme Court order granting bail to Syed Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi who has been behind bars since March in the Israeli diplomat car attack case.

The stars are not shining for the Nehru-Gandhi family

The stars are not shining for the Nehru-Gandhi family

Rediff.com15 Oct 2012

'Mango men in a banana republic.' That one phrase by Robert Vadra gave more insight into the man, than years of Vadra watching by inquisitive scribes, says Seema Mustafa

Why the Congress must not defend Robert Vadra

Why the Congress must not defend Robert Vadra

Rediff.com11 Oct 2012

It is for the Congress to ensure that the revelations do not eat into its vote bank in the crucial assembly elections. And it can do that by one, instituting a transparent and credible inquiry into the allegations; two, by taking action where it is due; and three, by disassociating itself from Vadra, says Seema Mustafa.

The PM has been reduced to levels never seen before

The PM has been reduced to levels never seen before

Rediff.com6 Sep 2012

The prime minister should resign with the admission that he is not fit for the job assigned to him. He and his party must realise that there cannot be a government of any merit, without a prime minister to guide it, says Seema Mustafa.

The PM has been reduced to levels never seen before

The PM has been reduced to levels never seen before

Rediff.com6 Sep 2012

The prime minister should resign with the admission that he is not fit for the job assigned to him. He and his party must realise that there cannot be a government of any merit, without a prime minister to guide it, says Seema Mustafa.

Is Mulayam positioning to lead a third front in 2014?

Is Mulayam positioning to lead a third front in 2014?

Rediff.com3 Sep 2012

Mulayam Singh's bid to get a third front on his side is to get into a position where he can barter for the prime minister's job with the support of either the BJP or the Congress, says Seema Mustafa.

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