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Babri Masjid demolition: 'I was there'

Babri Masjid demolition: 'I was there'

Rediff.com6 Dec 2017

A generation has passed and the demolition appears to be a story of an era gone by, says Sharat Pradhan, who shares his experience as a witness in court in the Babri Masjid demolition case. On the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, we republish this 2011 special.

Mulayam shows who's boss, but will Akhilesh relent?

Mulayam shows who's boss, but will Akhilesh relent?

Rediff.com28 Dec 2016

The Samajwadi Party is headed for yet another father-son showdown.

Yadav dominance in UP police stations to end?

Yadav dominance in UP police stations to end?

Rediff.com27 Sep 2016

The Election Commission gets cracking on caste, money and muscle power well ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections.

Rahul sounds poll bugle in UP, attacks rivals

Rahul sounds poll bugle in UP, attacks rivals

Rediff.com29 Jul 2016

Rahul asserted that Sheila Dikshit was "highly experienced" to change UP's face.

Congress to hold grand meet in Lucknow ahead of UP polls

Congress to hold grand meet in Lucknow ahead of UP polls

Rediff.com28 Jul 2016

This is going to be the first such exercise of its kind in the 27 years that Congress has been out of power in the state, which it had earlier ruled for four long decades.

'He wanted an amicable solution to Ayodhya dispute'

'He wanted an amicable solution to Ayodhya dispute'

Rediff.com21 Jul 2016

Hashim Ansari's son says the long-drawn court battle had left his father disillusioned.

Babbar, Dikshit breathe life into the Congress in UP

Babbar, Dikshit breathe life into the Congress in UP

Rediff.com18 Jul 2016

Newly-appointed chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit and state chief Raj Babbar came out all guns blazing against the SP, BSP and BJP.

Women leaders concerned over rising forced pregnancies

Women leaders concerned over rising forced pregnancies

Rediff.com19 May 2016

All the speakers agreed that the issue of early marriage and adolescent health on account of unintended pregnancies required urgent attention in South Asian countries, particularly India, where the problem was on the rise despite tough laws against it.

Gates foundation will invest $80 million to fight gender discrimination

Gates foundation will invest $80 million to fight gender discrimination

Rediff.com17 May 2016

To end gender discrimination across the globe, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allocate $80 million to create a gender data revolution.

This statue on Copenhagen streets highlights horror of human trafficking

This statue on Copenhagen streets highlights horror of human trafficking

Rediff.com17 May 2016

However, the voice of the poor victims of prostitution got drowned in the loud and flashy discourses on other mundane gender issues like child marriage, maternal health, water and sanitation, economic empowerment.

BJP's great gamble: Party opts for OBC Maurya in UP, Yeddyruppa in Karnataka

BJP's great gamble: Party opts for OBC Maurya in UP, Yeddyruppa in Karnataka

Rediff.com9 Apr 2016

The Bharatiya Janata Party announced a major organisational reshuffle in the party, appointing Hindu hardliner Keshav Maurya and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa as state party presidents in Uttar Pradesh and Karntaka respectively.

SP supremo's 'chhoti bahu' to contest 2017 UP assembly polls

SP supremo's 'chhoti bahu' to contest 2017 UP assembly polls

Rediff.com27 Mar 2016

The Samajwadi Party on Sunday declared that party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's youngest daughter-in-law, Aparna Yadav, will contest the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. S

UP bypoll: Mixed bag for BJP, SP, Cong

UP bypoll: Mixed bag for BJP, SP, Cong

Rediff.com16 Feb 2016

Notwithstanding the claims and counterclaims of different political parties about riding the crest of a populatiry wave in Uttar Pradesh, Tuesday's results of the three bypolls out of the 403 state assembly seats have sprung surprises for all key political players.

Azam Khan is at it again; claims PM Modi met Dawood in Sharif's house

Azam Khan is at it again; claims PM Modi met Dawood in Sharif's house

Rediff.com6 Feb 2016

Known for making controversial remarks, senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan outdid himself when he alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Lahore at the residence of his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif last December. Sharat Pradhan/ Rediff.com reports from Lucknow.

PHOTOS: When PM Modi was heckled

PHOTOS: When PM Modi was heckled

Rediff.com22 Jan 2016

Protesters raised slogans whilst attempting to disrupt the prime minister's address at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow.

Maya lights up subdued 60th birthday with Mulayam fireworks

Maya lights up subdued 60th birthday with Mulayam fireworks

Rediff.com15 Jan 2016

Her tone and tenor was clear and unflinching as she vowed to storm back to power in 2017,

Rahman's concert, 76-kg cake: Mulayam's mega birthday bash

Rahman's concert, 76-kg cake: Mulayam's mega birthday bash

Rediff.com20 Nov 2015

The idea is to reinforce Mulayam's 'dhartiputra' or son-of-the-soil image, say party sources.

Azam Khan rejects rumours of his resignation from SP

Azam Khan rejects rumours of his resignation from SP

Rediff.com11 Nov 2015

Rumours about senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's resignation from the Akhilesh Yadav cabinet kept doing rounds here Tuesday afternoon, soon after his abrupt departure from SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence.

UP government cancels VHP condolence meet in Ayodhya

UP government cancels VHP condolence meet in Ayodhya

Rediff.com2 Nov 2015

Sensing the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's attempts to rekindle Ayodhya sentiments, the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh has banned a meeting to mark the 25th death anniversary of brothers, Ram and Sharad Kothari, who fell to police bullets while performing the symbolic kar sewa on November 2, 1990 -- two years before the Babri Masjid was brought down.

Akhilesh inducts 12 new faces in ministry; ex-Akali leader's entry baffles all

Akhilesh inducts 12 new faces in ministry; ex-Akali leader's entry baffles all

Rediff.com31 Oct 2015

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, whom Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier gave a berth in the Rajya Sabha, was the surprise entry even for senior ministers who were seen asking each other about the background of the man from Punjab.

The Big UP Reshuffle: Mulayam boosts son's profile

The Big UP Reshuffle: Mulayam boosts son's profile

Rediff.com29 Oct 2015

Even though Mulayam Singh decided which ministers to drop and which ministers to lose their portfolios, the reshuffle is being projected as a reflection of Akhilesh Yadav's assertive self.

Allahabad HC strikes down UPPSC chief's appointment

Allahabad HC strikes down UPPSC chief's appointment

Rediff.com15 Oct 2015

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the appointment of controversial Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission chairman Anil Yadav, who was accused of turning the state's highest recruitment body into a private fiefdom by handpicking largely Yadavs for all top jobs.

Snubbed by Sena, Akhilesh welcomes Ghulam Ali with arms wide open

Snubbed by Sena, Akhilesh welcomes Ghulam Ali with arms wide open

Rediff.com11 Oct 2015

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav made it a point to welcome and felicitate popular Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who was forced to cancel his show in Mumbai following protests by Shiv Sena.

Muzaffarnagar riots and Dadri killing linked, claims Mulayam

Muzaffarnagar riots and Dadri killing linked, claims Mulayam

Rediff.com8 Oct 2015

While refraining from naming any one of them, he said, "I will disclose their names once the investigation is complete," he said.

Azam Khan: 'I am well within my rights to write to the UN'

Azam Khan: 'I am well within my rights to write to the UN'

Rediff.com8 Oct 2015

'I have tried to draw the UN's attention to the very obvious attempt of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convert a secular India into a theocratic Hindu State.'

Congress MLA, 50 others arrested for Varanasi violence

Congress MLA, 50 others arrested for Varanasi violence

Rediff.com7 Oct 2015

Congress MLA Ajay Rai was on Tuesday arrested along with 50 others in connection with violence and arson in Varanasi on Monday as the administration cracked down on miscreants in the holy city where the situation was peaceful amid continued police patrolling.

Azam Khan flays Modi, takes up Dadri lynching with UN

Azam Khan flays Modi, takes up Dadri lynching with UN

Rediff.com5 Oct 2015

Azam Khan, the Uttar Pradesh minister for urban development and minority affairs, has sought intervention of the United Nations to what he terms as "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bid to turn India into a theocratic majority nation."

Akhilesh flies Dadri victim's kin to Lucknow for meeting, offers them Rs 45 lakh

Akhilesh flies Dadri victim's kin to Lucknow for meeting, offers them Rs 45 lakh

Rediff.com4 Oct 2015

family of the 50-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq who was brutally lynched to death by a Hindu mob over beef-eating rumours in Dadri last week were flown in to Lucknow for an audience with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence in Lucknow Sunday morning.

Exclusive! Muzaffarnagar riots: Sahai report absolves UP government, blames others

Exclusive! Muzaffarnagar riots: Sahai report absolves UP government, blames others

Rediff.com2 Oct 2015

Sharat Pradhan secures exclusive access to the Justice Vishnu Sahai report and discovers it blames two BJP MLAs, a former BSP MP and his cohorts, local intelligence officials and the media for the horrific Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, but attributes no blame to the Samajwadi Party government in the state.

No 'beef' consumed in Dadri murder; NSA to be invoked against killers

No 'beef' consumed in Dadri murder; NSA to be invoked against killers

Rediff.com30 Sep 2015

The National Security Act is likely to be invoked against killers of the Mohammad Akhlaq, who was brutally beaten to death on Monday night after locals suspected him of storing and consuming beef.

Muzaffarnagar riots enquiry commission indicts 2 BJP MLAs, slams UP govt officials

Muzaffarnagar riots enquiry commission indicts 2 BJP MLAs, slams UP govt officials

Rediff.com25 Sep 2015

A one-man judicial commission headed by former high court judge Vishnu Sahai is understood to have indicted government officials more than politicians for the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and four adjoining districts in 2013.

Breather for ex-MCI chief after court drops all charges against him

Breather for ex-MCI chief after court drops all charges against him

Rediff.com22 Sep 2015

A court dropped criminal proceedings against Ketan Desai after the CBI failed to obtain the mandatory permission from the government to prosecute him.

Desperate 2.3 million Indians apply for 368 low-level government jobs

Desperate 2.3 million Indians apply for 368 low-level government jobs

Rediff.com18 Sep 2015

The applicants included at least 255 people with doctorates and 150,000 graduates.

UP guv chides elite Lucknow club for denying entry to kurta-clad cleric

UP guv chides elite Lucknow club for denying entry to kurta-clad cleric

Rediff.com14 Sep 2015

Maulana Kalbe Sadiq was told explicitly that it would be possible for him to enter the club premises only if he changed into a shirt-pant or a suit. The organisers' pleas fell on deaf ears and Maluana Sadiq had no choice but to leave the club, much to the embarrassment of the arrangers.

In Mumbai, Akhilesh goes all out to re-cast UP in new mould

In Mumbai, Akhilesh goes all out to re-cast UP in new mould

Rediff.com12 Sep 2015

Akhilesh Yadav is now seeking to devote the remaining 18 months of his tenure in casting the state in a new mould.

Mulayam embarrasses Akhilesh's ministers in public again

Mulayam embarrasses Akhilesh's ministers in public again

Rediff.com1 Sep 2015

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was in his elements once again on Monday when he chose to run down ministers in his son Akhilesh Yadav's government at a public rally in Mau.

Lokayukta's appointment: Akhilesh Yadav ignores governor, CJ

Lokayukta's appointment: Akhilesh Yadav ignores governor, CJ

Rediff.com28 Aug 2015

When the governor and chief justice objected to his choice, the UP chief minister just changed the law.

UP guv rejects Akhilesh's Lokayukta recommendation

UP guv rejects Akhilesh's Lokayukta recommendation

Rediff.com25 Aug 2015

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav received a jolt on Tuesday when Governor Ram Naik finally rejected his recommendation for the appointment of the state's Lokayukta.

In UP, it's government versus governor over Lokayukta

In UP, it's government versus governor over Lokayukta

Rediff.com24 Aug 2015

The stalemate over the appointment continues as UP CM Akhilesh Yadav recommends same name to Ram Naik for the fourth time in 20 days.

Why UP Congress leaders are upset with Kapil Sibal

Why UP Congress leaders are upset with Kapil Sibal

Rediff.com14 Aug 2015

Uttar Pradesh Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur has shot off a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking her intervention. Sharat Pradhan reports from Lucknow

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