All stories by Syed Firdaus Ashraf
'None can force me to say Jai Shri Ram'Rediff.com11 Aug 2021
'It is not that I don't want to say "Jai Shri Ram".' I only said I will not say this slogan under any pressure.'
Haryana's Marathas to honour one of their own: Neeraj ChopraRediff.com9 Aug 2021
Descendants of Maratha soldiers from the 3rd Battle of Panipat, who settled in Haryana after the war, are elated by the Olympian's feat.
'Modi wants to hide the truth about caste census data'Rediff.com9 Aug 2021
'As soon as the BJP feels they are going to lose power, they will publish the caste census data of 2011 and conduct the caste census of 2021.'
'Lockdown put a full stop to Rashid's life'Rediff.com5 Aug 2021
'He used to come to the cinema hall like he was visiting a temple for worship.'
'Jet Airways is being revived, but its employees have no future'Rediff.com3 Aug 2021
'The actual amount due to Jet Airways employees is Rs 1,200 crore, and the management is giving only Rs 52 crore.'
'Amazon bypassing Indian law'Rediff.com27 Jul 2021
'I approached the ministries for a response, but they did not respond on time, so I had to approach the court.'
'Lingayats frustrated with BJP after Yediyurappa's exit'Rediff.com26 Jul 2021
'BJP takes Lingayat support and later on they throw them out, ditch them and humiliate them.' After months of speculation Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa resigned from the chief minister's post. A powerful Lingayat community leader, Yediyurappa could not even complete his term, owing to the internal politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party. So how does Lingayat community view his exit? Congress working president, Karnataka state and Lingayat leader Eshwar Khandre speaking to Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com, said, "The community which voted him and felt that they will lead the government are now disenchanted."
'India has a responsibility to Indians in South Africa'Rediff.com22 Jul 2021
'The Government of India could aggressively promote developmental projects that will alleviate poverty particularly in communities where South Africans of Indian origin and our black brothers and sisters live as neighbours.'
'No one will dare to hold the BJP flag in Punjab'Rediff.com14 Jul 2021
'BJP leaders are trying to save their lives in Punjab.'
'Dilip Kumar loved India until his death'Rediff.com12 Jul 2021
'He was full of Hindustan, its tehzeeb and its culture.'
'No guarantee only educated people can run govt well'Rediff.com9 Jul 2021
'Why do the English-speaking class feel they are the only ones who are efficient in work?' 'My own mother was from a village and she was more efficient than me. She used to handle crises better than me.' 'We will have to come out of our elite perception of governance.'
'No link between Karnataka ministers and Yediyurappa exit'Rediff.com8 Jul 2021
'Destabilising the Yediyurappa government is not a cakewalk.' 'If he is destabilised, then the BJP will have problems in Karnataka.'
'Father Stan Swamy asked uncomfortable questions to the State'Rediff.com7 Jul 2021
'After Father Stan Swamy's death one thing has become very clear, that if you fight for justice in India you will be called a Maoist by the State.'
Why Enforcement Directorate is targeting Ajit PawarRediff.com3 Jul 2021
'No action will be taken against Ajit Pawar. I am sure.'
'Kashmir is a war which nobody is winning'Rediff.com25 Jun 2021
'We know how to kill a terrorist, but we do not know how to stop an innocent boy getting radicalised.'
Terrorism: How Pulwama changed India's responseRediff.com24 Jun 2021
'This is for the first time that a strong, solid evidence-based investigation has happened.' 'It can meet international standards and put the onus on the Pakistanis.'
'What Rahul Gandhi says today, PM Modi does tomorrow'Rediff.com22 Jun 2021
'We are only amplifying the voice of scientists and experts. We are gathering information by talking to experts and are sharing it. If the government chooses to ignore that, what can we do?'
'See how the police has solved this case'Rediff.com21 Jun 2021
'God knows what kind of charges were framed against him and Kallu Gujjar, as both of them came out of jail the very same evening of their arrest.'
How Ghaziabad 'communal' incident unravelledRediff.com16 Jun 2021
Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com traces how the beating up of a man in Ghaziabad went from alleged communal attack to reported regular crime in a matter of days.
'This is corruption in the name of Lord Ram'Rediff.com14 Jun 2021
'Why are they not paying the same price for the land of farmers which they are taking over for developmental work?'