All stories by Upasna Pandey
From Jaisalmer to Shillong, in an autorickshawRediff.com24 Aug 2015
Rutavi Mehta completed the 12-day autorickshaw run, from Jaisalmer to Shillong, considered one of the 'most dangerous races' in the world.
'I have confidence in the people of India'Rediff.com21 Aug 2015
'Adivasis are a critical national treasure, so we need to protect them.' 'The fight for the tribals of Chhattisgarh needs people from all political parties. It cannot be about any single political group.'
India's Cloth Man on winning the MagsaysayRediff.com4 Aug 2015
Anshu Gupta, the founder of Goonj, has transformed the culture of giving in the country. He has for 15 years now, worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots, by making discarded materials a resource for the poor. His weapon, he says, is 'cloth as a tool of social change.'
A charitable way: NGO sponsors civil service aspirants from minority communityRediff.com15 Jul 2015
The Zakat Foundation of India runs welfare initiatives for the destitute and helps with the education of poor students. Upasna Pandey/ Rediff.com discover the origins of this organisation
India's Topper: 'Life is too short to be defined by one exam'Rediff.com8 Jul 2015
UPSC toppers -- Ira Singhal, Nidhi Gupta, Vandana Rao and Suharsha Bhagat -- tell Rediff.com how they cracked the tough national exam.
'Kejriwal has been exposed as a run-of-the-mill politician'Rediff.com6 Jul 2015
Swaraj Samvad has moved on to be a nationwide agenda, says group convenor Professor Anand Kumar.
'Those who boycott yoga day are playing dirty politics'Rediff.com19 Jun 2015
Ahead of the event, Shripad Naik, the Union minister of state (independent charge) for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, which is coordinating yoga day, speaks to Upasna Pandey.
We are asking for our due, not begging for a favour, say ex-servicemenRediff.com17 Jun 2015
Veterans bemoan the 'lack of intention' shown by the Modi sarkar, who seem to have reneged on their poll promise.
Solution to Delhi's power problem lies with its residentsRediff.com2 Jun 2015
Delhi power minister Satyendra Jain in an interview to Rediff.com contributor Upasna Pandey, says thatdiscoms will be able to cater to the peak power demand of up to 6,500 MW, provided residents cooperate by reducing peak time usage.
Keep the faith, say Delhi's anti-corruption officersRediff.com2 Jun 2015
With anti-corruption phone calls tapering and political capital eroding, the Aam Aadmi Party government needs the Anti-Corruption Branch to deliver on promises of a corruption-free Delhi. Upasna Pandey reports.
'We almost feel like Rashtrapati Bhavan ambassadors now'Rediff.com22 May 2015
Some of the 19 NIT scholars who spent a week at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as part of an 'in-Residence Programme' share their learnings with Upasna Pandey
'Delhi government should keep its promises to women'Rediff.com22 May 2015
'There are no women in the Delhi government and it shows how much the government is concerned about women's issues,' says DCW chairperson Barkha Singh.
Why teachers fear and resent govt's new diktatRediff.com15 May 2015
Teachers across universities are questioning the "thoughtlessness, rushed manner and opacity" of the process in which the UGC announced the introduction of the choice-based credit system across universities in the country.
Give us evidence of their well-being, say relatives of missing IndiansRediff.com11 May 2015
'We need more than assurances from political parties,' say relatives of the 39 Indian workers who have been missing in Iraq since June last year. Rediff.com contributor Upasna Pandey reports
'Shocked by church attacks, but our faith is strong'Rediff.com7 May 2015
'We need to stop having low expectations from autistic children'Rediff.com7 May 2015
Upasna Pandey spoke with parents of some artists who participated at the 'Views from Planet Autism 2015'
Unfazed by ridicule, this MP continues to cycle to ParliamentRediff.com7 May 2015
'Some say I do it for publicity, while others call it a gimmick. But these questions don't trouble me,' says Arjun Ram Meghwal, a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Bikaner. Upasna Pandey reports
'Kejriwal may have the mandate but he has lost the road map'Rediff.com24 Apr 2015
'Swaraj Samvad sees itself in the role of a watchdog in Delhi,' Professor Anand Kumar tells Rediff.com.
'AAP has failed to bring gender perspective in the party'Rediff.com14 Apr 2015
Aam Aadmi Party's eminent women supporters are backing the 'Swaraj Samwad' with a focus on women participation in politics. They also haven't given up on dreams of a united AAP. Upasna Pandey reports
People are not interested in 'political humdrum', says AAP leaderRediff.com6 Apr 2015
As the Aam Aadmi Party goes through an internal power struggle, senior leader H S Phoolka dismisses the goings-on as normal birth pangs of a political party. Upasna Pandey reports for Rediff.com
'Kejriwal has become larger than the party now, but it won't last'Rediff.com1 Apr 2015
'I think the AAP is still in transition from being a movement to a political party so there is a mix of people who form the party. So there is somewhat of a overlapping and commonality of purpose.' 'Look at the way the government and party is functioning, not a single woman minister in the cabinet, or no woman member in the political affairs committee, it is all very tactical now.' 'After the 'sting' I decided to step back. I realised that my moral basis has been questioned by Kejriwal, it is truly despicable. He is around 15 years younger to me, I was aghast by his words.' AAP 'rebel' Prof Anand Kumar speaks of what went wrong with the party in the last few days in this interview with Upasna Pandey.
Delhi street play row: 'Banning things has become popular'Rediff.com26 Mar 2015
A Delhi University college play on religious intolerance is caught up in controversy as the ABVP-run students' union runs pillar-to-post to get it banned for reported 'anti-Hindu' content. Watch it once at least before forming an opinion -- that's all that play director Guneet Singh has to say.
Meet the litigant whose PIL struck down Sec 66ARediff.com24 Mar 2015
'I am ecstatic as I believe this is not my victory but it is a win for the people of the country who have a right to freely express themselves. It is the victory for everyone who uses the internet and social media.' 'I think the internet is all about self regulation, and as long it is about people expressing themselves and not causing any criminal harm to anyone, it should be allowed.' Shreya Singhal, whose PIL resulted in Section 66A of the IT Act being struck down by the Supreme Court, speaks to Upasna Pandey.
'Don't accept the stereotype of being the weaker sex'Rediff.com11 Mar 2015
Winners of the Stree Shakti Puruskars share their stories on how they are empowering women. Upasna Pandey/Rediff.com reports
Has CM Mufti emboldened separatists in J&K?Rediff.com3 Mar 2015
Not everyone in Jammu and Kashmir is optimistic about the alliance between the Peoples Democratic Party and Bhartaiya Janata Party. Upasna Pandey/Rediff.com spoke to Kashmiri pandit organisations to find out how they view the new coalition politics in the valley.
'Won't ask our children to pursue a research career in India'Rediff.com3 Mar 2015
Research scholars took to the streets against the Union government's neglect towards raising the fellowship amount
'Our biggest challenge is to develop alternate model for politics'Rediff.com18 Feb 2015
In an exclusive chat with Rediff.com, AAP leader Ashutosh says the biggest challenge for the party would be to "develop a model for alternate politics"
'AAP used guerrilla and ambush techniques against me'Rediff.com13 Feb 2015
AAP's campaign against me was unethical and false, says Kiran Bedi
'Delhi election won't be a cakewalk for any party'Rediff.com5 Feb 2015
The Delhi BJP leadership believes that they can prove the pollsters wrong.
Will it be AAP or BJP? What does youngistaan have to sayRediff.com5 Feb 2015
Upasna Pandey goes out on the streets to gauge the mood ahead of the polls
Battle for Delhi is as tough online as it is on the groundRediff.com30 Jan 2015
Social media teams of the Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress are trying to engage with the voter on Facebook, twitter and Whatsapp as they try to set the agenda in the online space. Upasna Pandey/Rediff.com reports.
Meet the young 'uns who risked their lives for othersRediff.com29 Jan 2015
Meet the proud recipients of the National Bravery Awards 2014.
Why some in the Army are upset with their chiefRediff.com29 Jan 2015
Some officers in the Army have written to the Controller of Defence Accounts, stating that no deductions be made in their salary without their instructions. Upasna Pandey/Rediff.com reports
So how do those without big pockets contest polls?Rediff.com23 Jan 2015
With help from family members and pension amounts, some Delhi electoral hopefuls are managing to stay afloat financially in the battle for ballots. Their sole prayer -- let there not be another hung assembly. Rediff.com contributor Upasna Pandey reports.
'If the Modi magic is working, why does BJP need Kiran Bedi?'Rediff.com19 Jan 2015
The Bharatiya Janata Party is merely replicating our agenda, which show the bankruptcy of ideas, credibility and leadership in the party, Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh tells Rediff.com's Upasna Pandey.
'The PM must react now to protect India's secular credentials'Rediff.com16 Jan 2015
'The prime minister spoke of inclusive growth and being representative of the aspirations of 125 crore people of this country but clearly, he is not being allowed to play that role,' All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Faruqui tells rediff.com's Upasna Pandey.
Women's Safety Guide: 'Better to be paranoid than careless'Rediff.com11 Dec 2014
'The 5 to 10 minutes drive on a deserted stretch was enough to give me goosebumps; I resolved not to commit myself to any such engagements which would require me to travel alone at night in cabs.'
A women's guide: Staying safe in Delhi after darkRediff.com9 Dec 2014
'Once you book a cab a woman needs to get into high alert mode till the time she reaches her destination.'
'It is great to focus on the PM's personality and vision, but...'Rediff.com18 Nov 2014
'We cannot ignore the role of public institutions in driving development... I don't see much focus on institutional renewal.'
'Why is govt delaying relief for families of anti-Sikh riot victims?'Rediff.com17 Nov 2014
As Delhi gears up for assembly polls, Upasna Pandey speaks to Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka about the Modi factor, the issues on which the Sikh electorate and why the AAP is likely to return to power.