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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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'Modi had no contribution for Ram temple'

'Modi had no contribution for Ram temple'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'He was a nobody then.' 'And whatever little his contribution was there, it was restricted to Gujarat.'

'They are making Ayodhya like Vatican or Mecca'

'They are making Ayodhya like Vatican or Mecca'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'This is about reviving this country as a centre of Hindutva at Ayodhya.'

'Congress is more responsible for Ram mandir than BJP'

'Congress is more responsible for Ram mandir than BJP'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

'We all know that when the Babri Masjid was demolished, P V Narasimha Rao was prime minister.' 'He did not do anything to stop the demolition.'

COVID-19: '137 doctors have died so far'

COVID-19: '137 doctors have died so far'

Rediff.com29 Jul 2020

'The government says the mortality rate among patients is 2 to 3 per cent, but in doctors it is 11 per cent, which is very high.'

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

Rediff.com25 Jul 2020

'We are a country of amazing ability and the way we have responded to the pandemic is evidence.'

How 'Khan Sir' became a social media sensation

How 'Khan Sir' became a social media sensation

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

Unlike other SM sensations, 'Khan Sir' became a star with well-researched news-related videos, not 30-second inanities. Syed Firdaus Ashraf tracks down the elusive coach to IAS aspirants.

'Sachin Pilot is part of a bigger plot'

'Sachin Pilot is part of a bigger plot'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'He is not acting solo.' 'The plot may have people within the Congress and outside.'

'Congress doesn't have roots in Hindu society'

'Congress doesn't have roots in Hindu society'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'The Congress today has lost contact with the Hindu clergy.' 'They go to to Hindu clergy only during the time of elections.'

'Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka are not on the same page'

'Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka are not on the same page'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'It can be said without hesitation that Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi enjoy perfect relations of mother-daughter-son all together in the family.' 'But their worldview is different and their style of functioning is different and their favourites in the party are different people.'

'Modi went to Leh and China got scared'

'Modi went to Leh and China got scared'

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

'Modi warned China, therefore they have come to the talks.' 'Nothing will come out of these talks.'

'It is the Congress that has lost, not Sachin Pilot'

'It is the Congress that has lost, not Sachin Pilot'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'Sachin Pilot had every legitimate right to demand to become CM.'

'This is Rajasthan, not Madhya Pradesh'

'This is Rajasthan, not Madhya Pradesh'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'As far as I know, Sachin Pilotji is not going to the BJP.'

'Retired SC or HC judge must probe Vikas Dubey's death'

'Retired SC or HC judge must probe Vikas Dubey's death'

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

'If you accept that situation you don't require the judiciary, the criminal procedure law, the Indian Penal Code or even the Constitution because there is somebody who decides who gets to live and who gets to die.'

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Is COVID-19 airborne?

Rediff.com7 Jul 2020

'Whatever modelling we have, people are saying end of July or beginning of August we will see a peak of COVID-19 in Maharashtra.' 'After which the decline will begin.'

'It is difficult for us to get rid of China overnight'

'It is difficult for us to get rid of China overnight'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'China feels India will be hard-pressed not to go after China because we are so badly dependent on them -- and that is the reality.'

'China has caught us by the neck and we have no way to escape'

'China has caught us by the neck and we have no way to escape'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'Indian entrepreneurs became traders for Chinese goods rather than producers of goods.'

'Nobody can say when the COVID-19 curve will flatten'

'Nobody can say when the COVID-19 curve will flatten'

Rediff.com4 Jul 2020

'This virus came in December 2019 and how this virus is going to behave in October and November, we don't know yet.'

'How can one revive an only Gandhi family party?'

'How can one revive an only Gandhi family party?'

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

'The party dropped me as a spokesperson for showing a roadmap. It shows that the party either has a high level of arrogance or they are completely detached from ground realities.'

Why the Congress won't pose a challenge to Modi

Why the Congress won't pose a challenge to Modi

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

'If you believe the Congress will win in 2024 because Modi is blundering from one monumental disaster to another, that means you are living in a fool's paradise.'

'Kejriwal is waking up now after COVID-19 has spread'

'Kejriwal is waking up now after COVID-19 has spread'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

'The main reason being Kejriwal's working style is very centralised.' 'And if you don't form a team and work, take bureaucrats into confidence, take doctors and hospitals into confidence, this problem was surely going to evolve.'

Why China wants the Galwan Valley

Why China wants the Galwan Valley

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'If the Chinese military gets hold of some western sectors on the India-China boundary, it will give them added military advantage.'

'A smaller version of Kargil might happen'

'A smaller version of Kargil might happen'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'If the situation escalates, then mini-scale firing might happen.'

'Who can prove Sushant died because of nepotism?'

'Who can prove Sushant died because of nepotism?'

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

'To further her story, Kangana has used a dead person and a suicide case.' 'She should be ashamed of herself. Ashamed.'

'With China, Indian soldiers have a much tougher job'

'With China, Indian soldiers have a much tougher job'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'They cannot use firearms.' 'They have to be restrained.' 'It is a game of patience and chess board moves.' 'It is not like India and Pakistan where bullets get fired and people get killed.'

'No Indian territory has been taken by the Chinese'

'No Indian territory has been taken by the Chinese'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'The Chinese have not crossed the LAC in Galwan.' 'They are on their side of the LAC and we are on our side.'

'Pinpricks by China have never stopped'

'Pinpricks by China have never stopped'

Rediff.com11 Jun 2020

'The Indian Army's surveillance had noticed the Chinese movements.' 'There was no intelligence failure.'

'PM-CARES must disclose all account details'

'PM-CARES must disclose all account details'

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

'Citizens have given money to PM-CARES, so they have the right to know what has happened to their money.'

'India's rating downgrade is done at China's behest'

'India's rating downgrade is done at China's behest'

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

'China's investment destination image the world over has taken a beating, therefore investors feel India is a safe haven for investments.' 'FDI is at an all-time high in India.' 'Now after such poor ratings, this FDI amount will fall.' 'Therefore, I am saying these things are happening at China's behest.'

India's mood: 'Pessimism, confusion, sadness'

India's mood: 'Pessimism, confusion, sadness'

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

'Give cash assistance of Rs 75 per person per day and an android phone and you will see the economy reviving.'

How law school alumni helped migrants fly home to Jharkhand

How law school alumni helped migrants fly home to Jharkhand

Rediff.com30 May 2020

Shyel Trehan, an alumna of the 2000 batch of the National Law School, was one of the organisers who managed this near impossible achievement.

'We are facing a loss of Rs 15,000 crore per day'

'We are facing a loss of Rs 15,000 crore per day'

Rediff.com29 May 2020

'The government has stopped our earnings due to the lockdown and must do something for our earnings to restart.'

'People are losing jobs left, right and centre'

'People are losing jobs left, right and centre'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'The situation is quite terrifying as you have no job creation and there will be loss of jobs.'

'Yogiji is scared of Priyanka Gandhi'

'Yogiji is scared of Priyanka Gandhi'

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'Yogiji is saying he is doing good work, but when you go on the ground you will see the reality.'

'They are using the pandemic to push their reforms'

'They are using the pandemic to push their reforms'

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'The Modi government is about privatising profits and nationalising losses.'

'BJP wants to treat labour like animals'

'BJP wants to treat labour like animals'

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'COVID-19 is just an excuse to pass anti-labour laws.'

'It will take a year for business to recover'

'It will take a year for business to recover'

Rediff.com12 May 2020

'There was already a cash crunch and this (lockdown) has created more trouble.'

'After migrants, COVID-19 crisis will hit middle class'

'After migrants, COVID-19 crisis will hit middle class'

Rediff.com9 May 2020

'The government will have to provide something for migrant workers or 'Farmers will still survive because they will eat what they produce.' 'What will the rest of the people do? What will happen to them?'omething else like that or else you will see some huge uprising or unrest.'

'Visakhapatnam gas tragedy is NOT another Bhopal'

'Visakhapatnam gas tragedy is NOT another Bhopal'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'All is well in Visakhapatnam for now.'

'The middle class has a selfish attitude'

'The middle class has a selfish attitude'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'Oh god, these workers will now spread the virus! Their only concern was to think about themselves.' 'The middle class was only concerned with flattening the curve of coronavirus and they were not bothered about how these workers live in one room with 10 people or 20 people.'

'Bury COVID-19 victims away from residential areas'

'Bury COVID-19 victims away from residential areas'

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'I am more worried about the rainy season from June.' 'If you don't bury the COVID-19 dead properly, then rainwater will seep into the dead bodies and it will come to our locality where I fear more than 2,000 people will be affected.'

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