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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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Why Mamata left the Congress!

Why Mamata left the Congress!

Rediff.com3 days ago

'Mamata wanted the Congress in alliance with the BJP in Bengal against the Left Front government.' 'Pranab Mukherjee opposed it, stating it would amount to compromising on secularism.' 'In 2021, Mamata defeats the BJP and becomes a champion of secularism.'

Was Nirav Modi tipped off?

Was Nirav Modi tipped off?

Rediff.com3 days ago

'One cannot avoid speculating whether there was something else at play that led to the uncovering of this saga.'

'Nirav Modi won't be back on the first flight to India'

'Nirav Modi won't be back on the first flight to India'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'It could take at least a couple of years for his case to go through the entire run of the British judiciary.'

Modi's Bengal strike rate: Less than 50%

Modi's Bengal strike rate: Less than 50%

Rediff.com6 days ago

>The BJP's star campaigner could not help even half the number of candidates for whom he campaigned in his aggressive 'Didi-o-Didi' style in Bengal

What PM and CMs can learn from this Collector

What PM and CMs can learn from this Collector

Rediff.com1 May 2021

Dr Rajendra Bharud has done what no other district collector in India could do as the pandemic ravaged the nation. He not only made Nandurbar district oxygen surplus, but ensured that the supply of life-saving oxygen remained uninterrupted for patients -- something even Delhi and Mumbai hospitals have not achieved yet.

'Saffron politics is the only future of India'

'Saffron politics is the only future of India'

Rediff.com27 Apr 2021

'Even if the BJP does not come to power, the system has changed.'

'Mamata will come to power with vulnerable majority'

'Mamata will come to power with vulnerable majority'

Rediff.com23 Apr 2021

'Mamata's numbers will reduce this time compared to 2016.'

'UAE's role is to encourage India and Pakistan to meet'

'UAE's role is to encourage India and Pakistan to meet'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

'The Indian side has realised that not talking to Pakistan has not served any useful purpose.'

'More efficient use of vaccines is need of the hour'

'More efficient use of vaccines is need of the hour'

Rediff.com12 Apr 2021

'When there is so much anxiety, the Government of India should assure people on the vaccine issue and help the states demanding more supply that they will be provided the required quantities.' 'Any Centre-state conflict at this point of time is counter-productive and enhances people's anxieties that should be avoided.'

'One Waze cannot shame Mumbai police'

'One Waze cannot shame Mumbai police'

Rediff.com8 Apr 2021

'If a politician asks the policeman to do something which is not correct, then why blame the politician?' 'If you do it, then you are equally liable.'

'Mumbai police has many honest officers'

'Mumbai police has many honest officers'

Rediff.com8 Apr 2021

'It is just that they are not in the limelight in a city like Mumbai.' 'It is not a lonely journey, but a tough journey for sure.'

'Ever Given's Indian crew won't be punished'

'Ever Given's Indian crew won't be punished'

Rediff.com31 Mar 2021

'The Ever Given, which had 200,000 tonnes of cargo, was too long for the Suez Canal.'

'Government is taking LIC on BSNL route'

'Government is taking LIC on BSNL route'

Rediff.com25 Mar 2021

'The government wants foreign companies to capture the insurance market.'

'Sachin Waze is not Mumbai police'

'Sachin Waze is not Mumbai police'

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

'One man went berserk or rogue that does not mean the Mumbai police should be ashamed.'

'BJP may have a lot of money, but their organisational resources are weak'

'BJP may have a lot of money, but their organisational resources are weak'

Rediff.com22 Mar 2021

'Mamata is campaigning hard and not giving the BJP a walkover.'

'Abolish reservations and private education!'

'Abolish reservations and private education!'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2021

'Where should shudra-OBCs go because of whom the nation is surviving?'

'Jai Shri Ram is an anti-Mamata slogan'

'Jai Shri Ram is an anti-Mamata slogan'

Rediff.com12 Mar 2021

'It did not start as a Hindutva slogan.' 'It started to tease the TMC and slowly it got internalised and the BJP started countering with Jai Shri Ram slogans because Mamata was getting provoked.'

'No one can touch Bharatiya Muslims'

'No one can touch Bharatiya Muslims'

Rediff.com11 Mar 2021

'Netaji Bose followed the concept of Bharatiya and he united all religions and communities of India as Bharatiya.' 'I follow that politics of Netaji and so does the BJP.'

'Farmers' movement is not only alive, but is kicking'

'Farmers' movement is not only alive, but is kicking'

Rediff.com11 Mar 2021

'This government will end after five years, but farmers will not end after five years.' 'This is the source of our confidence.'

'Modi-Shah saved a revolt in Uttarakhand BJP'

'Modi-Shah saved a revolt in Uttarakhand BJP'

Rediff.com10 Mar 2021

'If Modi-Shah had not changed the leadership, one section would have parted ways with the BJP for sure.'

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