Sheela Bhatt

Sheela Bhatt, arguably India's finest political journalist, has covered Indian politics for 40 years. You can e-mail the author at sheelakb@rediffmail.com

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AAP took great care of Hindu voter sentiments

AAP took great care of Hindu voter sentiments

Rediff.com6 days ago

'Kejriwal took political steps and micro level care at every level not to allow the consolidation of Hindu votes behind the BJP,' observes Sheela Bhatt, the distinguished political commentator.

'Kejriwal is not Rahul Gandhi'

'Kejriwal is not Rahul Gandhi'

Rediff.com8 Feb 2020

If Kejriwal wins the Delhi election, then most regional parties will copy Kejriwal's do's and don'ts of jugaad to win an election against the Modi-Shah juggernaut, reports Sheela Bhatt.

2020 will be the year of the economy, but...

2020 will be the year of the economy, but...

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'Neither Modi nor the BJP have lost control over the minds and votes of their original supporters due to their tremendous political ability to play upon baser communal instincts.' 'But this buoyant support will melt away if the economic scenario remains depressing.' 'That makes 2020 an interesting year to watch out for,' notes Sheela Bhatt.

Pawar has delivered a body blow to Modi-Shah

Pawar has delivered a body blow to Modi-Shah

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

'For Modi and Shah, the humiliating setback is bigger than the electoral defeats in New Delhi and in Bihar in 2015.'

'Ajit Pawar doesn't need BJP to be cleared in corruption cases'

'Ajit Pawar doesn't need BJP to be cleared in corruption cases'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'Look at the impropriety of the Anti-Corruption Bureau giving Ajit Pawar a clean chit!'

'We are given hope by Sharad Pawar'

'We are given hope by Sharad Pawar'

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

Sheela Bhatt reveals how the BJP and Amit Shah have halted -- for now -- the Shiv Sena's dream of forming a government in Maharashtra.

'This was expected': Congress on NCP betrayal

'This was expected': Congress on NCP betrayal

Rediff.com23 Nov 2019

'This has been the history of these people,' Congress leader Ahmed Patel tells Sheela Bhatt.

New Maha govt will have all-powerful coordination body

New Maha govt will have all-powerful coordination body

Rediff.com21 Nov 2019

Sheela Bhatt reports on the tortuous negotiations to form a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra.

How Congress support for Sena will affect BJP and national politics

How Congress support for Sena will affect BJP and national politics

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

By ending the Shiv Sena's political untouchability, the Congress is creating a level playing ground for itself in the political battle of Hindu identity, explains Sheela Bhatt.

'Ram temple politics has ended!'

'Ram temple politics has ended!'

Rediff.com9 Nov 2019

'The political fallout of the verdict on national politics is pregnant with incredible opportunities.' 'Post-judgment politics can change the ground rules of election campaigning in the coming decades,' says Sheela Bhatt

India will only talk to Pak about PoK, not about J&K

India will only talk to Pak about PoK, not about J&K

Rediff.com20 Sep 2019

If and when India and Pakistan bilateral talks take place any issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir will not be on the table. Any future talks with Pakistan will be only about PoK, tactically or otherwise.

'To Kanti Bhatt, books played god'

'To Kanti Bhatt, books played god'

Rediff.com6 Aug 2019

Kanti Bhatt, respected Gujarati author and journalist, passed into the ages on August 4, 2019, at the age of 88. In tribute, we reproduce an article his wife Sheela Bhatt wrote about him 19 years ago.

'There is a lot of change in Rahul Gandhi'

'There is a lot of change in Rahul Gandhi'

Rediff.com25 Dec 2017

'I think he had this in his head to go to different places, get some experience and then become the Congress president.'

'Today we have 44, we may have 444 next time'

'Today we have 44, we may have 444 next time'

Rediff.com25 Dec 2017

'It will be our attempt that in order to get the country out of the condition it is in because of their (the BJP) coming to power, the Congress will go to them (leaders of parties opposed to the BJP) and if there is need for support we shall do so too.'

'Only Soniaji can answer how active she will be'

'Only Soniaji can answer how active she will be'

Rediff.com23 Dec 2017

'Whether she will remain CPP chairperson or not, that she will decide.'

'When we fight a war we forget the danger'

'When we fight a war we forget the danger'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2017

'The Indian Air Force wanted to fight. My squadron leaders and flight lieutenants, all of us were eager to fight. Unless they are keen I can't have confidence.' Marshal of the Air Force, the legendary Arjan Singh, on the 1965 War.

'India must use special forces against Pakistan'

'India must use special forces against Pakistan'

Rediff.com23 Sep 2016

'The era of conventional wars is almost over in the Indian context.' 'In such a scenario, special forces could play a decisive strategic role in the spectrum of conflict.'

'India must use special forces against Pakistan'

'India must use special forces against Pakistan'

Rediff.com23 Sep 2016

'The era of conventional wars is almost over in the Indian context.' 'In such a scenario, special forces could play a decisive strategic role in the spectrum of conflict.'

Why has history forgotten this giant?

Why has history forgotten this giant?

Rediff.com8 Jan 2016

Anil Shastri, one of the late prime minister's six children, recounts memories of his father.

'Our people are disillusioned over peace with Pakistan'

'Our people are disillusioned over peace with Pakistan'

Rediff.com7 Dec 2015

'Pakistan's capacity to carry a normal relationship with India doesn't exist.' 'The relationship with Pakistan is less important than several others.'

'Our people are disillusioned over peace with Pakistan'

'Our people are disillusioned over peace with Pakistan'

Rediff.com7 Dec 2015

'Pakistan's capacity to carry a normal relationship with India doesn't exist.' 'The relationship with Pakistan is less important than several others.'

The lady behind one of Time's 100 influential people

The lady behind one of Time's 100 influential people

Rediff.com11 Sep 2015

Sheela Bhatt meets Bharti Patel, a truly exceptional mother of our times whose son Dr Vikram Patel was recently ranked among Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015, to find out her recipe for a remarkable upbringing.

Four takeaways from Lok Sabha's Lalitgate debate

Four takeaways from Lok Sabha's Lalitgate debate

Rediff.com13 Aug 2015

'One won't find a lawyer in any court in the country willing to believe that a talented lawyer like Bansuri Swaraj would appear in a case for free, that too in a metropolis like Delhi.' These and other Sheela Bhatt takeways from the August 12 proceedings in the Lok Sabha.

Exclusive! 'By 2012, we brought China boundary row to point of solution'

Exclusive! 'By 2012, we brought China boundary row to point of solution'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2015

A sensational interview on India-China ties, with the man most qualified to answer.

Exclusive! 'By 2012, we brought China boundary row to point of solution'

Exclusive! 'By 2012, we brought China boundary row to point of solution'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2015

A sensational interview on India-China ties, with the man most qualified to answer.

'Terrorism is something you have to deal with. But that is a political call'

'Terrorism is something you have to deal with. But that is a political call'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2015

'If you say I won't talk to them at all, does terrorism stop?' 'Even if they say they will give up terrorism, "I will fight terrorism along with you," but even then you say I still won't talk to you until you do the following things, then that is a political call.'

In response to Nitish, NDA to write open letter to Biharis

In response to Nitish, NDA to write open letter to Biharis

Rediff.com5 Aug 2015

The letter, to be written by the NDA's Bihari leaders, will mention that Modi was not talking about 'Bihar's DNA' but he was pointing towards the 'political DNA' of Nitish Kumar. The letter will also ask a few uncomfortable questions to the Bihar chief minister. Sheela Bhatt reports.

It is important to know the truth in the Yakub Memon case

It is important to know the truth in the Yakub Memon case

Rediff.com29 Jul 2015

'B Raman knew that Yakub Memon should not be given the capital punishment but at the same time he harboured too much anger against Dawood Ibrahim and 'Tiger' Memon, and wanted to see that they do not stand to gain in the legal process in any manner whatsoever.'

It is important to know the truth in the Yakub Memon case

It is important to know the truth in the Yakub Memon case

Rediff.com29 Jul 2015

'B Raman knew that Yakub Memon should not be given the capital punishment but at the same time he harboured too much anger against Dawood Ibrahim and 'Tiger' Memon, and wanted to see that they do not stand to gain in the legal process in any manner whatsoever.'

I can vouch for Raman's column on Yakub Memon: Brother

I can vouch for Raman's column on Yakub Memon: Brother

Rediff.com25 Jul 2015

I well remember the article you have published because prior to sending it to you, he had shown it to me and I can vouch for its contents in the form in which you have published it. That was why I gave the permission to Rediff.com for publishing it,' says B S Raghavan, the distinguished retired IAS officer who himself handled intelligence matters for nine years.

How the BJP plans to strike back in 'washout' monsoon session

How the BJP plans to strike back in 'washout' monsoon session

Rediff.com22 Jul 2015

The calculated playing up of confidence by Amit Shah and his team obviously means that the BJP has a strong counter-strategy in place to turn the tables on the Congress before the monsoon session is over, reports Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com.

How the BJP plans to strike back in 'washout' monsoon session

How the BJP plans to strike back in 'washout' monsoon session

Rediff.com22 Jul 2015

The calculated playing up of confidence by Amit Shah and his team obviously means that the BJP has a strong counter-strategy in place to turn the tables on the Congress before the monsoon session is over, reports Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com.

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

Rediff.com21 Jul 2015

Back in 2007, Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt had profiled Yakub after he was sentenced to death by the Terrorist and Disruptive Actives (Prevention) Act court for criminal conspiracy and financing air tickets to send co-conspirators for arms and RDX training to Pakistan.

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

Rediff.com21 Jul 2015

Back in 2007, Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt had profiled Yakub after he was sentenced to death by the Terrorist and Disruptive Actives (Prevention) Act court for criminal conspiracy and financing air tickets to send co-conspirators for arms and RDX training to Pakistan.

Pakistan has not even made a turn, leave alone a U-turn

Pakistan has not even made a turn, leave alone a U-turn

Rediff.com15 Jul 2015

'India has to judge what Pakistan says to us, not what they say to a domestic audience,' a source tells Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com, explaining why India-Pakistan talks remain on track despite discordant noises from across the border.

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon

Rediff.com15 Jul 2015

Back in 2007, Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt had profiled Yakub after he was sentenced to death by the Terrorist and Disruptive Actives (Prevention) Act court for criminal conspiracy and financing air tickets to send co-conspirators for arms and RDX training to Pakistan.

Lalu-Mulayam-Mamata-Mayawati absence makes Sonia's iftar a political miss

Lalu-Mulayam-Mamata-Mayawati absence makes Sonia's iftar a political miss

Rediff.com14 Jul 2015

Sonia Gandhi's iftar was meant to be a powerful show of unity of Opposition parties to take on the Modi Sarkar, but that was not to be...

Advani destroyed Agra summit with Pakistan: A S Dulat

Advani destroyed Agra summit with Pakistan: A S Dulat

Rediff.com6 Jul 2015

Pakistan made a tactical error in not investing enough in L K Advani, former R&AW chief A S Dulat tells Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com

In the middle of Ramzan, Modi to visit 5 Islamic nations

In the middle of Ramzan, Modi to visit 5 Islamic nations

Rediff.com4 Jul 2015

It's a packed 5-nation, 9-day, visit for Prime Minister Modi as he heads to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, apart from Ufa in Russia.

'Sonia and Rajiv had no role in the Emergency'

'Sonia and Rajiv had no role in the Emergency'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2015

'I do not think Rajiv Gandhi at that stage had any influence on his mother. Indira Gandhi relied totally on Sanjay and she looked upon him as a dependable son.' 'What really affected people and eventually Indira Gandhi was the sterilisation drive. She lost so badly in north India because of these drives.' 'She is the one who has given this aura of 'the family' to the Gandhis.' The second and final part of veteran journalist Coomi Kapoor, whose book The Emergency: A Personal Account was published recently, to Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com about Independent India's darkest phase.

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