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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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COVID-19: 'Modi is the Muqaddar ka Sikandar'

COVID-19: 'Modi is the Muqaddar ka Sikandar'

Rediff.com1 May 2020

'This pandemic has given him a new platform to perform,' says a member of the government. 'He should feel lucky that he has got an opportunity now to demonstrate to the world his original talent.' 'He needs a visionary script to perform.' Sheela Bhatt reports on the politics of the pandemic.

REVEALED: Government plans for post May 3 India

REVEALED: Government plans for post May 3 India

Rediff.com1 May 2020

Nothing is going to dramatically open up on May 3. There will be too many ifs and buts and terms and conditions and guidelines in leading one's life in various zones, reveals Sheela Bhatt.

'Numbers will stabilise around April 25'

'Numbers will stabilise around April 25'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'...If people follow the lockdown well.'

'We have done our best, far earlier compared to the rest of the world'

'We have done our best, far earlier compared to the rest of the world'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'On January 17, we had our first meeting with the Cabinet secretary.' 'Different secretaries belonging to different departments attended it.' 'It was only two weeks when China had said there is a new disease.' 'So, we gave the quickest response.'

'Curve may flatten soon because of lockdown effect'

'Curve may flatten soon because of lockdown effect'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'Don't panic. Believe in yourself.' 'This is a preventable illness. Only you can prevent it.'

AIIMS Chief: How India will succeed in COVID-19 fight

AIIMS Chief: How India will succeed in COVID-19 fight

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'The fight against COVID-19 is not a hospital fight.' 'It's a community level fight. 'If your community level measures are good, you can decrease the number of people coming to hospitals, or flatten it.'

Are the COVID-19 figures in India correct?

Are the COVID-19 figures in India correct?

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'In our country, there is a lot of checks and balances, the figures cannot go wrong.' 'Because they are being checked by not only the governments, but by doctors themselves.'

China claims traditional medicines fight COVID-19

China claims traditional medicines fight COVID-19

Rediff.com18 Apr 2020

Studies in China claim that traditional Chinese medicines seem to be working effectively on patients with mild or moderate symptoms of coronavirus.

How Indians are coping with the fear of coronavirus

How Indians are coping with the fear of coronavirus

Rediff.com11 Apr 2020

From Kutch to Itanagar, Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there is only one emotion, it seems. Fear. Of coronavirus.

'Who will feed us for three months?'

'Who will feed us for three months?'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt drives from New Delhi to Agra and Firozabad to capture the stories of an India under lockdown.

'How will we survive this lockdown?'

'How will we survive this lockdown?'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt reports from Firozabad, the country's centre for glass bangles, on what life is like for its workers in the wake of the national lockdown.

'Why the fuss over hydroxychloroquine?'

'Why the fuss over hydroxychloroquine?'

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'India is a pharma dada. We can manufacture enough for our people and for the world.'

'COVID-19 may impact Chinese politics'

'COVID-19 may impact Chinese politics'

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

'There are reports of political dissent mounting on Xi Jinping's handling of the Wuhan fallout.'

'Begin a gradual lifting of the lockdown'

'Begin a gradual lifting of the lockdown'

Rediff.com4 Apr 2020

'...Where there is clearly no evidence of community transmission, letting life return to normal in those districts while continuing to rigorously control the spread of the infection.'

What you must know about China and coronavirus

What you must know about China and coronavirus

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

How China's all powerful Communist party bungled the response to the coronavirus crisis.

How the Delhi police got Tablighi Jamaat to vacate their headquarters

How the Delhi police got Tablighi Jamaat to vacate their headquarters

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

Sheela Bhatt narrates the behind-the-scenes action in the Delhi headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat that finally forced the religious sect's compliance with the coronavirus shutdown.

'The world has been transformed into a huge laboratory'

'The world has been transformed into a huge laboratory'

Rediff.com30 Mar 2020

'Hopefully, people will understand that, beyond medical vaccination plans, in the future we will also need to implement some 'social inoculation' plans.'

Coronavirus crisis pushes India to work on drug security

Coronavirus crisis pushes India to work on drug security

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

The current crisis has forced the government to announce measures to ensure that India becomes self-sustaining for any kind of bulk drug. The government says India will not depend on any other country for vital key ingredients for drugs within six years, reports Sheela Bhatt.

Motera is done, what will Tuesday bring?

Motera is done, what will Tuesday bring?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2020

Both countries are closer than before due to these two leaders's public display of mutual connectivity and warm exchanges of words, but how it will help India to serve its interests will be known on Tuesday.

'Forget trade or defence. Talk chemistry! Chemistry ab badhega!'

'Forget trade or defence. Talk chemistry! Chemistry ab badhega!'

Rediff.com23 Feb 2020

'It's the first-ever US presidential visit which is specially planned for India.' 'The standalone visit itself has achieved something already. Don't underestimate it.' Sheela Bhatt gives us an exclusive glimpse of what the Modi government hopes to achieve from Trump's visit.

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