All stories by Sharat Pradhan
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?Rediff.com28 Dec 2016
The Samajwadi Party is headed for yet another father-son showdown.
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 rivalsRediff.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 pollsRediff.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'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 UPRediff.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 pregnanciesRediff.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 discriminationRediff.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 traffickingRediff.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 KarnatakaRediff.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 pollsRediff.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, CongRediff.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 houseRediff.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 heckledRediff.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 fireworksRediff.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 bashRediff.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 SPRediff.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 AyodhyaRediff.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 allRediff.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 profileRediff.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 appointmentRediff.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 openRediff.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 MulayamRediff.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'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 violenceRediff.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 UNRediff.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 lakhRediff.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 othersRediff.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 killersRediff.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 officialsRediff.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 himRediff.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 jobsRediff.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 clericRediff.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 mouldRediff.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 againRediff.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, CJRediff.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 recommendationRediff.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 LokayuktaRediff.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 SibalRediff.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