All stories by Syed Firdaus Ashraf
Explained: Why are fuel prices rising in India?Rediff.com19 Feb 2021
The oil crisis could not have come at a worse time for the Modi government as its tax collection has fallen short of its 2020-2021 target by Rs 5.2 lakh crore.
'Govt wants 1.38 bn Indians to be yes men of the ruling party'Rediff.com18 Feb 2021
'It is a sad day when social activists, environmental campaigners, anti-corruption workers are singled out as anti-nationals and then criminalised.'
'Government wants to turn us into goats and sheep'Rediff.com18 Feb 2021
'Silencing citizens has become a major institutional process under this regime.' 'The anti-Indian argument is a bogey -- meant to silence independent thinking people in India and turn us into goats and sheep.'
'Farm laws will have to be repealed'Rediff.com11 Feb 2021
'The issue is not whether the farm laws are beneficial for the farmers or not.' 'The farmers have taken a stand that they do not want these laws.' 'Why do you want to thrust these laws down their throat?'
'Should we have such thin skin?'Rediff.com10 Feb 2021
'I don't believe that it beholds democracies like us who claim to be the largest democracy in the world, to have such a thin skin about the possibility of foreign commentary.'
'You can't build large dams in the Himalayas'Rediff.com8 Feb 2021
'We have been appealing to various governments for so many years that there should be no dams in the Himalayas, but no one listens.' 'Nature responded in its own way.'
'Intense sun melted glacier'Rediff.com8 Feb 2021
'Unlike in the Kedarnath floods of 2013, which happened due to heavy rains, no such thing happened in Chamoli.' 'The damage was done only because of the hot sun.'
'Government does not want independent journalism'Rediff.com5 Feb 2021
'They are deliberately targeting journalists who are not succumbing to government pressure and therefore these journalists are paying a price.'
'Is Modi supposed to plant nails on roads?'Rediff.com5 Feb 2021
'There is no democracy, and in fact, there is some kind of monarch ruling.' 'They are protecting themselves and they are scared.''
'Yes, it is a setback to our movement'Rediff.com29 Jan 2021
'Our movement was not about putting any flag on the Red Fort, but it is to secure our livelihood.'
'Violence was scripted by the government'Rediff.com28 Jan 2021
'On January 22, when the last round of talks took place, the farmer leaders were told by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar that the government is also prepared.' 'And they did this.'
Why I quit BJP and joined tractor protestRediff.com26 Jan 2021
'A perception has been built in our country that whatever Modi says you cannot challenge that.'
'Our father saw the cricketer's spark in Siraj's eyes'Rediff.com19 Jan 2021
'Father always wanted Siraj to play for India and make India proud in the cricketing field, but unfortunately, he is not there to see this glorious moment in Siraj's career.'
'Insertion of MSP in three farm laws is no solution'Rediff.com19 Jan 2021
'Will you declare MSP for 100 odd crops that the farmers of India grow?'
'We know whom Modi is batting for'Rediff.com19 Jan 2021
'We will resist it.' 'Farmers will not let that happen.'
Rest In Peace, Onkar Singh, Superman of NewsRediff.com14 Jan 2021
Onkar Singh, a valuable member of the Rediff.com team over the years, breathed his last on January 13. Syed Firdaus Ashraf, who knew him intimately, remembers the ultimate newsman.
'UP's love jihad law legalises criminal intimidation, regressive attitudes'Rediff.com14 Jan 2021
'Whom do I want to marry and what decisions I make for marrying the person I love are totally personal decisions, in which neither the State nor the courts have any right to interfere.'
Do the Supreme Court panel members support the farm laws?Rediff.com13 Jan 2021
Where do the four members of the Supreme Court appointed panel to interface with farmers stand on the Modi government's farm laws?
He unearthed horror of slave tradeRediff.com5 Jan 2021
Amjed Ullah Khan, who carried out investigations of his own and helped rescue 15 women from Hyderabad, tells Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com how the women get trapped in an underground slave market that 'sells' them to employers who force them to work for less or no pay and often under inhuman conditions.
'Nepal thinks China can give them something'Rediff.com4 Jan 2021
'This allows opportunities for (Chinese) entry into the domestic politics of Nepal, something that is also encouraged by Nepali politicians's willingness to play the China card (vis-a-vis India).'