All stories by Swarupa Dutt
From the Raj to Azadi, how I saw India changeRediff.com2 Jun 2020
Bharati Dutt witnessed life-changing events that shaped India on the threshold of freedom. Her memories are an account of how ordinary Indians saw India change.
'Use your privilege to make someone's life better'Rediff.com28 May 2020
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, artist Debjyoti Saha's animation video on the migrant crises struck a chord with many who shared it all over the Internet.
'Everyone had spelt doomsday for India, but that did not happen'Rediff.com23 May 2020
'People had said it will explode and everyone will die. Nothing of that sort has happened.' 'Our government has done a splendid job so far.'
He can't ever think of a train without seeing those men lying there deadRediff.com18 May 2020
Just 20 years old, Inderlal Kamalsingh Dhurve is a migrant labourer, a part-time farmer, a sole breadwinner and one of four survivors from the group that was mowed down by a goods train near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 10 days ago, claiming 16 lives.
'Emergence of another coronavirus is inevitable'Rediff.com13 May 2020
'The worst case scenario is a rebound of the virus.' 'Life is not going to be what it was.' 'Life as we know it has changed forever.' 'The new normal therefore is test, trace and treat.'
How 'Feluda' will detect COVID-19 in minutesRediff.com5 May 2020
'This health emergency has brought a lot of people together with the common purpose of getting Feluda to play detective as quickly as possible.' 'As a scientist, if we can make a small difference in people's lives, we are happy'
Why Mumbai's mayor has become a nurse againRediff.com28 Apr 2020
'It is time to give back to this city that has given me so much.'
'This is not an accident, it's a conspiracy'Rediff.com30 Jul 2019
Rediff.com's Swarupa Dutt speaks to the mother of the Unnao rape survivor who met with a near-fatal road accident on Sunday.
'If Modi-Shah stand on their heads they won't get 272'Rediff.com20 May 2019
'No right thinking student of politics can name one state where the BJP gains in double digits.'
'Chief Justice should have resigned'Rediff.com9 May 2019
'These things are not forgotten, it will haunt the Supreme Court for a long time.'
The Man Who Hopes To Beat ModiRediff.com30 Apr 2019
'When Priyankaji's candidature wasn't announced, where is the question of her backing out?'
'Will any woman accept being called Anarkali?'Rediff.com25 Apr 2019
'My passion is dancing and music. What is wrong with that?'
I'm in politics for the long run: UrmilaRediff.com22 Apr 2019
'I never do anything half-hearted.' 'So, if I've taken the plunge in politics I'm in it for good, for the long run and I will definitely do a world of good.'
'We did not like how army's name was being misused'Rediff.com12 Apr 2019
'This letter is not a complaint, it's more indignation, because we do not like being used as political tools by people of various parties.'
Expect record turnout in this election: Prannoy RoyRediff.com8 Apr 2019
'Don't forget the BJP in the last election almost doubled its vote.' 'Even if they were not traditional BJP supporters, they were convinced about Mr Modi.' 'If the voter perceives that Mr Modi has performed well and he reinforces it, they will vote for him.' 'Otherwise, they won't.'
Will India vote for Modi? Prannoy Roy answersRediff.com5 Apr 2019
'You've got to be a doer to be re-elected.' 'You don't have to be a great communicator or an orator any more because voters want to see action and development on the ground.' 'And they want a doer rather than just an orator.'
Suicide bomber's brother: 'What he did is not right'Rediff.com18 Feb 2019
'The 41 men who died, they are also somebody's sons or brothers. It is wrong.'
'No one can stop suicide bombers'Rediff.com16 Feb 2019
'Local support is very important, without it the terror attack couldn't have taken place.' 'Explosives were secured, the IED was manufactured, the boy was brainwashed and converted into a suicide bomber... it takes a lot of planning and hard work.'
'It's strange CBI is asking for evidence after 4 years'Rediff.com6 Feb 2019
'Why didn't the CBI ask for the evidence earlier?' 'Why has it suddenly becoming imminent.'
'Ram Rahim verdict shows no one is above the law'Rediff.com17 Jan 2019
'We realised that the government and police were shielding the Dera chief.' 'From 2002 to now, irrespective of which political party, the Dera has always been protected.'
Tanushree Dutta: '#MeToo will never die'Rediff.com22 Nov 2018
'Because of the impact the movement has had, people will think twice before misbehaving because you don't know who will turn out to be another Tanushree Dutta.'
The Neena Gupta Interview You Must Read!Rediff.com6 Nov 2018
'I toh don't even understand making crores because I have never done such a commercially hit film in my life.' 'It's unbelievable for me.'
'If CBI director bows to government pressure it is because he wants to'Rediff.com1 Nov 2018
'I was at a very senior position in the CBI and what happens is, hints are dropped for you to act upon. But then it depends upon your conscience, to do it or otherwise.' 'I know the rank and file of the CBI, they will bounce back; it is the leadership which has failed.'
How Swapna Barman became the toast of AsiaRediff.com26 Sep 2018
'To be good at the heptathlon takes at least seven years; to compete internationally and win medals takes 10 years.' 'Swapna became Asia's best heptathlete in just five years!' 'Nobody would have believed it. but she did it.'
'A film is like a one-night stand'Rediff.com30 Aug 2018
'I'm a rascal, I'm going to play a paramahansa?!'
'I hope my daughter can rest in peace soon'Rediff.com17 Apr 2018
'She was just a little girl. She didn't understand religion. Who is Hindu, who is Muslim.' 'She was just 8! Why punish her?' The family of the eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Jammu's Kathua district say everything has changed since that horrific crime.
'Sometimes I wish ISIS had killed me too'Rediff.com4 Apr 2018
"Everyone knows me because of that terrible tragedy. My memories of Mosul only bring me sadness. How can I be proud about my fame? I lost everything there," Harjit Masih told Rediff.com's Swarupa Dutt over the phone.
'Living will is an idea whose time has come'Rediff.com21 Mar 2018
'Passive euthanasia is actually more important in the sense that the need to administer it arises every day in some hospital or the other. And it can be administered without a living will,' Vipul Mudgal, director of the NGO Common Cause -- which had filed a plea to declare 'right to die with dignity' as a Fundamental Right flowing from Article 21 or the Right to Life, -- tells Rediff.com's Swarupa Dutt.
'We have a long, long battle ahead'Rediff.com29 Dec 2017
'He has terror charges against him. And for an army officer, it's just terrible.'
'The new year will bring good tidings. It will, I know it will'Rediff.com29 Dec 2017
'My husband will never forget the torture nor forgive those responsible for it.'
'Are we waiting for something like Nirbhaya to happen again?'Rediff.com27 Nov 2017
Ten days after it came to light that a four-and-a-half-year-old boy inserted his finger and a sharpened pencil in the private parts of his classmate in a Delhi school, the girl's mother says the biggest hurdle in getting justice for her daughter is to battle the disbelief that she faces since the accused is so young.
'I was shocked when I saw the injury'Rediff.com27 Nov 2017
'The school's criminality needs to established. The school should be booked for scarring my innocent child for no fault of hers and letting something like this happen in the classroom,' the girl's mother tells Rediff.com in an email.
'My husband can come home because of the CBI'Rediff.com21 Nov 2017
With the CBI ruling out bus conductor Ashok Kumar's involvement in Ryan International School student Pradhyumn Thakur's murder, his wife Mamata is hopeful of him getting bail on November 16. 'I just want my man to come home, I don't want anything else,' she tells Rediff.com's Swarupa Dutt.
Prison diary: 38 days in Arthur Road jailRediff.com26 Sep 2017
A young IT grad jailed for visa fraud committed by his agent, gives an insider's view of life in jail.
'Pradhyumn gives me the strength to fight'Rediff.com19 Sep 2017
'I have to fight to ensure something like this doesn't happen to any other child, that no other parent faces what we are going through.' 'That is how I will find strength.'
Why marital rape should be criminalisedRediff.com12 Sep 2017
'Why doesn't the prime minister wake up to these social issues?' 'This government is basically saying rape is all right.'
Varnika Kundu: 'My fight is to make women fearless'Rediff.com11 Aug 2017
'I live in a privileged city, I have a privileged life, I was in a car.' 'If it can happen here, then there is literally no hope for women in rural India or smaller cities.' 'If more women think we can help ourselves, we can survive, and men would be a lot more hesitant to try something like this.'
When India's President served a mealRediff.com8 Mar 2017
Dr Kalam, The Dalai Lama, M F Husain. Mrinalini Sarabhai. Dancer Astad Deboo lists his favourite Indian treasures.
Sweeping success: Meet the PhD student who's a garbage collectorRediff.com17 Aug 2016
36-year-old Sunil Yadav, who works as a garbage collector for the civic body in Mumbai is an inspiration. He chronicles the arduous journey he took to secure his MPhil degree and why he refuses to give up his job despite his education.
Don't look at him with pity; look up to him for his gritRediff.com25 Jul 2016
Dhruv Shirpurkar's parents never let go of their faith in God while standing with him in his battle against a rare disorder that left him 85 per cent disabled and bound to a wheelchair.