Syed Firdaus Ashraf

Syed Firdaus Ashraf covers national politics, and sometimes movies too -- a truly wide arc! You can e-mail the author at firdausa@rediff.co.in

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'Coronavirus came from China, not Markaz in Nizamuddin'

'Coronavirus came from China, not Markaz in Nizamuddin'

Rediff.com16 minutes ago

'No one should make coronavirus a Hindu-Muslim issue.'

Living inside Mumbai's coronavirus hotspot

Living inside Mumbai's coronavirus hotspot

Rediff.com1 days ago

Fear has gripped the residents of Worli Koliwada in central Mumbai after it was found that 11 of their neighbours have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

'Please stop communalising Nizamuddin coronavirus issue'

'Please stop communalising Nizamuddin coronavirus issue'

Rediff.com2 days ago

'The administration failed in the coronavirus crisis so they are making it a Hindu-Muslim issue.'

Under home quarantine in Karnataka? Send a selfie every hour

Under home quarantine in Karnataka? Send a selfie every hour

Rediff.com2 days ago

Worried over those under home quarantine going out and mingling with others, the Karnataka government wants them to confirm their location through selfies.

Coronavirus: 'A 28-day lockdown would have been good'

Coronavirus: 'A 28-day lockdown would have been good'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'Don't be under the illusion that we are in a lockdown for 21 days and then we are free.'

Lockdown effect: 'Truckers lose Rs 1,800 cr daily'

Lockdown effect: 'Truckers lose Rs 1,800 cr daily'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'The government is saying that essential commodities are exempted, but on the ground there is no competent officer from the government who can say which is an essential commodity and which is not.'

'Congress underestimated Scindia'

'Congress underestimated Scindia'

Rediff.com24 Mar 2020

'Kamal Nath and Digvijaya intentionally ignored Jyotiraditya's presence'

'Lockdown is okay, but more important are TESTS, TEST, TESTS'

'Lockdown is okay, but more important are TESTS, TEST, TESTS'

Rediff.com24 Mar 2020

'In the last two months, we have only done 16,000 tests and that is nothing.' 'If coronavirus cases in the community picks up and infection spreads, then we will be in big trouble.'

'Govt is not stepping in to heal the wounds'

'Govt is not stepping in to heal the wounds'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

'Right now, only religious groups of Hindus and Muslims are working on the ground.' 'The government is missing.'

Life at ITBP's coronavirus quarantine facility

Life at ITBP's coronavirus quarantine facility

Rediff.com14 Mar 2020

'The government has made good arrangements to tackle this situation.' 'At the ITBP camp, doctors have arrived from different hospitals from every state of India.' 'They have training on how to deal with suspected coronavirus cases.' ''So I am sure India will handle the coronavirus situation well.'

'Betrayal is in Scindia's blood'

'Betrayal is in Scindia's blood'

Rediff.com10 Mar 2020

'The Scindias betrayed Jhansi ki Rani and now the Congress party.' 'So this is nothing new as he is repeating the history of his family.'

Quitting social media like Modi? Do this instead

Quitting social media like Modi? Do this instead

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

If you are planning to follow the Pradhan Sevak, we have 10 tips for you.

The BJP leader who quit over Delhi riots

The BJP leader who quit over Delhi riots

Rediff.com3 Mar 2020

'Modi should arrest Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Sharma.' 'These leaders were instigating mobs and spreading hatred and they must be thrown in jail.' 'I had seen dreams of a new India under Modi, but now I am disillusioned with him.'

'Kapil Mishra's statement sparked the Delhi riots'

'Kapil Mishra's statement sparked the Delhi riots'

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

'If you look through the optics of BJP leader Kapil Mishra, he was standing with a deputy commissioner of police while giving a hate speech.' 'Immediately, the message goes down that the police is 'with us' so let's start rioting.'

'Judge Muralidhar's transfer will certainly send a chilling message'

'Judge Muralidhar's transfer will certainly send a chilling message'

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

'The Supreme Court should take it up with the government and send a message that high court judges are not pawns in the transfer games.'

'Delhi police has been extremely high-handed'

'Delhi police has been extremely high-handed'

Rediff.com26 Feb 2020

'The most important thing is that medical aid reaches people whenever required.'

Indian couple spend last day in Wuhan in hope

Indian couple spend last day in Wuhan in hope

Rediff.com21 Feb 2020

'There's a cycle of fear where everyone fears each other. We are keeping a distance from everyone,' says Ashish Yadav, an associate professor at Wuhan Textile University. The professor along with his wife Neha Yadav, a resident of Etah in Uttar Pradesh have been stranded since January 22 at their home inside Wuhan University, the epicentre of the coronavirus, which has now killed more than 2,000 people in China alone. The couple had earlier appealed to the government to rescue them and wait eagerly for that Air India plane to come and evacuate them from the living nightmare. Speaking to Syed Firdaus Ashraf over the phone, hear their story in their own words.

'This is andha kanoon of Yogi govt'

'This is andha kanoon of Yogi govt'

Rediff.com18 Feb 2020

'Dr Kafeel is being framed by the Yogi government because he talks about the BRD hospital all the time.'

Indian on coronavirus-hit ship: 'We are facing death every minute'

Indian on coronavirus-hit ship: 'We are facing death every minute'

Rediff.com13 Feb 2020

'While I am talking to you, I have no idea whether I'm infected or not.' 'I just want to go back home safely.'

'AAP's victory is the beginning of Hindu appeasement politics'

'AAP's victory is the beginning of Hindu appeasement politics'

Rediff.com13 Feb 2020

'Till now, many political parties indulged in Muslim appeasement.' 'This is one experiment, successfully carried out by the AAP, in indulging in Hindu appeasement.'

7 reasons why Kejriwal won Delhi

7 reasons why Kejriwal won Delhi

Rediff.com11 Feb 2020

As the Aam Aadmi Party heads for a resounding win in Delhi, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf lists the reasons behind Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's triumph.

Indian HORROR story in coronavirus-hit Wuhan

Indian HORROR story in coronavirus-hit Wuhan

Rediff.com10 Feb 2020

'Our only request to the Indian government is that they should act fast and send a plane to evacuate us as people around us are dying'

Why Muslims want Babri Masjid debris

Why Muslims want Babri Masjid debris

Rediff.com10 Feb 2020

'Whenever the Government of India throws the debris, they will not take such care of the mosque's debris and Muslims may object to such a move at that time.'

7 things BJP did/said to sway Delhi elections

7 things BJP did/said to sway Delhi elections

Rediff.com7 Feb 2020

The hot money may be on the Aam Aadmi Party winning the Delhi assembly elections, but the Bharatiya Janata Party is not giving up the battle without a fight.

Why Muslims are being boycotted in some Kutch villages

Why Muslims are being boycotted in some Kutch villages

Rediff.com5 Feb 2020

'After the NRC in Assam, things have changed for Muslims in India.'

'They will throw all anti-CAA protesters out of the country'

'They will throw all anti-CAA protesters out of the country'

Rediff.com5 Feb 2020

'The BJP wants to communalise the anti-CAA protests.'

'Nitish's compromises are for short-term gains'

'Nitish's compromises are for short-term gains'

Rediff.com3 Feb 2020

'The JD-U has become an ideology-less accessory to the BJP,' says Ambassador Pavan Varma, who has been expelled from the JD-U.

Why Nitish sacked Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma

Why Nitish sacked Prashant Kishor, Pavan Varma

Rediff.com30 Jan 2020

'Both Pavan Varma and Prashant Kishor questioned the party president in a public forum.' 'That is why we had to show them the door.'

'Amit Shah has provoked us'

'Amit Shah has provoked us'

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

'I have stopped going to college and instead come here to protest.' 'What is the point of going to college when you are unsure about your citizenship?' 'I am here to protest and save my future.'

'Air India sale offer is a win-win for all'

'Air India sale offer is a win-win for all'

Rediff.com28 Jan 2020

'It is very clear that Air India cannot be managed by the government.' 'Air India should be run as a separate profit entity.'

'Whatever Amit Shah says, anti-CAA protests will continue'

'Whatever Amit Shah says, anti-CAA protests will continue'

Rediff.com27 Jan 2020

'In 2021, assembly elections are going to be held in Assam. The BJP, sitting in Delhi, is thinking everything is hunky-dory in Assam. But that is not the case.' 'People of Assam are no longer with the BJP.'

'Nitish Kumar must clarify his position on CAA/NRC/NPR'

'Nitish Kumar must clarify his position on CAA/NRC/NPR'

Rediff.com24 Jan 2020

'You cannot support CAA and simultaneously say there will be no NRC in Bihar.' 'If Akali Dal has a clear-cut point of view on this issue, I want the same from the JD-U.'

'Minority welfare schemes are unconstitutional'

'Minority welfare schemes are unconstitutional'

Rediff.com23 Jan 2020

'It is not the duty of government to protect minority religions or promote it.'

'Facebook, Google are like East India Company'

'Facebook, Google are like East India Company'

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

'Facebook and Google no longer need to have infantry regiments and cavalry like the East India Company because they are inside everyone's phones listening to our conversations.'

'Either Shah or Modi is lying about NRC'

'Either Shah or Modi is lying about NRC'

Rediff.com16 Jan 2020

'The Modi government thinks that once the CAA protests are over, they will bring in the NPR that will help to get the NRC.'

BJP MLA winning Muslims's trust on CAA, NRC

BJP MLA winning Muslims's trust on CAA, NRC

Rediff.com15 Jan 2020

'Till the time we do not remove fear in the minds of Muslims of India, how will we achieve peace?' asks the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Gorakhpur, Radha Mohan Das Agarwal, who says he will resign as a member of the Uttar Pradesh assembly if any Indian Muslim of his constituency is evicted from the country during the Citizenship (Amendment) Act exercise.

'He pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach'

'He pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach'

Rediff.com11 Jan 2020

'Around 10 pm, a senior police officer from Hazratganj police station came and started abusing me with the choicest words...' 'He said he will ensure that I rot in jail all my life.' 'This police officer then told a lady constable to slap me.' 'She did that, but he was not happy with the force of the slap.' 'He got up, pulled me by my hair and hit me in my stomach and knees.' 'He was abusing me as a bastard non-stop.'

Why this JNU professor quit the Modi government panel

Why this JNU professor quit the Modi government panel

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

A day after masked goons entered Jawaharlal Nehru University and ran riot, injuring over 36 people with sticks, lathis and hammers, noted economist and professor C P Chandrasekhar resigned from a Narendra Modi government-appointed committee on statistics. The committee was set to hold its first meeting to review India's economic data. In his resignation letter, Professor Chandrasekhar wrote, "I regret to inform you that because of the situation in JNU where I stay, I will be unable to attend tomorrow's meeting." He was also quoted as saying, "The JNU's incident on Sunday has further undermined the faith in the system. It shows that we are now living in a different world and it's hard to work with a government in which you have lost faith."

'JNU attack couldn't happen without political support'

'JNU attack couldn't happen without political support'

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

'They want to establish the silence of the graveyard in university campuses across India.' 'They cannot bear any questioning or dissent. They want subordination and obedience.' 'And that is not going to happen,' says Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat.

'JNU violence was planned by Left to blame ABVP'

'JNU violence was planned by Left to blame ABVP'

Rediff.com6 Jan 2020

'They are ABVP-phobic people. Tomorrow, they will say the US attack on Iran is because of the ABVP.'

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