Utkarsh Mishra

Utkarsh Mishra writes on politics and current affairs. You can e-mail the author at utkarshm@rediff.co.in

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'Nehru didn't impose secularism'

'Nehru didn't impose secularism'

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

'His secularism merely declared the equality of all religions in India under fundamental rights.'

Shikara Review

Shikara Review

Rediff.com7 Feb 2020

'The movie seeks to strike a long-awaited conversation. A story that the screen should have told long ago.' 'It is an attempt to cure that epidemic of social media opinion and provoke us to leave our rhetorical positions for once and see the issue purely as a great tragedy which happened for more reasons than we give to ourselves,' says Utkarsh Mishra.

'Assam is today a laboratory for both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalist forces'

'Assam is today a laboratory for both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalist forces'

Rediff.com24 Dec 2019

'The Bodos and the Assamese were at each other's throats, the Assamese Muslims and the Bengali Muslims were at each other's throats, the Bengali speaking Muslims and Hindus were coming together against the Assamese speaking caste Hindus and the plains tribes and vice versa.'

Assam: BJP/RSS and 'illegal immigrants'

Assam: BJP/RSS and 'illegal immigrants'

Rediff.com24 Dec 2019

'The BJP and RSS were working on the ground to define who is an illegal immigrant.'

'No govt promise will work at this moment in Assam'

'No govt promise will work at this moment in Assam'

Rediff.com20 Dec 2019

'The BJP is taking a risk in Assam, but it may face a tough time in coming times,' says Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty.

Review: PM Narendra Modi is a work of fiction

Review: PM Narendra Modi is a work of fiction

Rediff.com24 May 2019

The movie presents a version of Modi that the bhakts wants the rest of us to see, feels Utkarsh Mishra.

Why I give 350 seats to BJP

Why I give 350 seats to BJP

Rediff.com21 May 2019

'Rather than an outcome of 'pro-incumbency', the exit poll results betray a completely lackadaisical approach of the Opposition parties.' 'While a new kind of politics was on display for the past five years, they were still mired in their old-style methods which will cost them the election,' predicts Utkarsh Mishra.

Will Yogi's citadel re-elect BJP?

Will Yogi's citadel re-elect BJP?

Rediff.com8 May 2019

Ravi Kishan, the BJP's candidate, is an outsider. The BSP-SP candidate is from the powerful Nishad community. Yogi faces a tough task in ensuring that the Gorakhpur seat, which he represented from 1998 to 2017, stays with the BJP.

Why did Modi skip the Jallianwala centenary event?

Why did Modi skip the Jallianwala centenary event?

Rediff.com15 Apr 2019

Modi's absence from an event to mark the centenary of a definitive moment in Indian history puzzles Utkarsh Mishra.

Now, a web series to spread the legend of Modi

Now, a web series to spread the legend of Modi

Rediff.com8 Apr 2019

Modi: Journey of a Common Man is blatant propaganda, feels Utkarsh Mishra.

Review: No Fathers in Kashmir is a must watch

Review: No Fathers in Kashmir is a must watch

Rediff.com5 Apr 2019

There are no heroes or villains in No Fathers in Kashmir, but only helpless characters, who perhaps don't have a choice other than learning to live with what they're subjected to, notes Utkarsh Mishra.

'Jobs are not being created because we are not growing at 7+%'

'Jobs are not being created because we are not growing at 7+%'

Rediff.com26 Mar 2019

Yashwant Sinha explains where the Modi government has gone wrong in its handling of the economy.

'Jaish is being used for terrorist attacks'

'Jaish is being used for terrorist attacks'

Rediff.com18 Feb 2019

'The Pakistan army is trying to mainstream the LeT.'

'Modi needs another 10 years'

'Modi needs another 10 years'

Rediff.com14 Feb 2019

'I say Modi was India's last chance.' 'Because the kind of work this government has done -- I'm talking about physical delivery -- is fantastic, like no time in our history.'

'What you are seeing in Karnataka is disgraceful'

'What you are seeing in Karnataka is disgraceful'

Rediff.com1 Feb 2019

'Who's providing all this money to the BJP? And who's providing all this money to the Congress?' 'Where did all this money come from?' 'Who is enabling all these MLAs to be bought for Rs 50, 60 crores?' 'There's one MLA on whose behalf somebody claimed that the BJP invited him for Rs 60 crores. Whose money is this?'

Thackeray review: Fanboys will love it

Thackeray review: Fanboys will love it

Rediff.com25 Jan 2019

Bal Thackeray became a cult in his lifetime. Does Thackeray show this picture of him? Yes, it does, feels Utkarsh Mishra.

Accidental Prime Minister Review: Did Manmohan fight with Sonia?

Accidental Prime Minister Review: Did Manmohan fight with Sonia?

Rediff.com11 Jan 2019

'While it may not be an out-and-out hit job on the Gandhi family, the movie is all about one aspect: How Dr Singh struggled with the family and the party all through his prime ministership,' notes Utkarsh Mishra.

What India needs to do in Kashmir

What India needs to do in Kashmir

Rediff.com21 Dec 2018

'India needs to learn in Kashmir how to spread development.' 'Pakistan needs to learn in Balochistan how to spread development.' 'China needs to learn in Xinjiang and Tibet.' 'And if they can show tangible benefits, there will be less terrorism.' 'No one wakes up in the morning saying 'I want to kill myself', right?'

Why India and China won't go to war

Why India and China won't go to war

Rediff.com21 Dec 2018

'The reason why we don't have an escalation of war like in 1962 is because in 1962, we didn't have this connectivity.' 'Whereas today, we have lots of incentives to stay stable and connected to China even though we still have that political rivalry.'

'Ram temple was there, is there and will be there'

'Ram temple was there, is there and will be there'

Rediff.com15 Nov 2018

'I'm sure the central government must have been thinking over the technicalities, that how to pave the way for construction of the temple.'

'If BJP wants to commit suicide, who can stop it?'

'If BJP wants to commit suicide, who can stop it?'

Rediff.com9 Nov 2018

'If Nitish Kumar is given more seats, then no one can stop the NDA from losing, even the BJP will be wiped out.'

'If there's one person who should quit, it is Jaitley'

'If there's one person who should quit, it is Jaitley'

Rediff.com5 Nov 2018

'The finance minister has messed up the economy.'

Why one can't be an RSS pracharak and a disciple of Patel simultaneously

Why one can't be an RSS pracharak and a disciple of Patel simultaneously

Rediff.com31 Oct 2018

Utkarsh Mishra explains what Sardar Patel thought and said about the RSS.

'There would have been no India without Patel'

'There would have been no India without Patel'

Rediff.com31 Oct 2018

'Most Indians know very little about Patel which is a great shame.'

Bhagwat's Ram temple comments: 'Politically win-win'

Bhagwat's Ram temple comments: 'Politically win-win'

Rediff.com25 Oct 2018

'On the one hand it will appeal to pan-Hindu sentiment and on the other opposition to it could well strengthen support for the BJP among Hindu voters.'

Why #MeToo needs all our support

Why #MeToo needs all our support

Rediff.com24 Oct 2018

'#MeToo is not to be dismissed as a 'shoot and scoot' but seen as the uncovering of dark truths about seemingly sophisticated and powerful personalities, or at least as one providing catharsis to a survivor,' notes Utkarsh Mishra.

'We are not slaves of the BJP'

'We are not slaves of the BJP'

Rediff.com19 Oct 2018

'The BJP should be really wary of Nitish Kumar, or he will also take the BJP down with him.'

'Naveen Patnaik is sowing confusion within BJP ranks'

'Naveen Patnaik is sowing confusion within BJP ranks'

Rediff.com12 Oct 2018

'That's the beauty of Naveen.' 'His intermittent support to the NDA and Modi confuses BJP workers in Odisha.' 'It gives an impression that Naveen has a tacit understanding with the NDA and that the BJP will not really challenge him wholeheartedly.'

'No one in the RSS questions the Constitution anymore'

'No one in the RSS questions the Constitution anymore'

Rediff.com28 Sep 2018

'There was a period when they questioned the flag and there were questions also against the Constitution.' 'That's long past.'

Aadhaar: Private companies need to delete info

Aadhaar: Private companies need to delete info

Rediff.com27 Sep 2018

'The striking down of the use of Aadhaar by private companies implicitly calls for the deletion or erasure of all personal data vested in the servers of the private service providers.'

Why Bhagwat made his comments on Muslims

Why Bhagwat made his comments on Muslims

Rediff.com26 Sep 2018

'What was said about Muslims was the most important part of the three-day RSS 'seminar'.'

'Unlike 2014, RSS won't involve itself in 2019 elections'

'Unlike 2014, RSS won't involve itself in 2019 elections'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2018

'Only on two occasions has the RSS thrown itself completely on the side of the BJP.' 'In 1977 in the wake of the Emergency. And in 2014 with Modi.' 'Now, I've been told that this is not going to happen in 2019.'

Is Amit Shah anxious about 2019?

Is Amit Shah anxious about 2019?

Rediff.com20 Sep 2018

'The frequency of 'vikas' being used in speeches and slogans has reduced noticeably. Why is the 'BJP's Chanakya' so aggressive and combative?' asks Utkarsh Mishra.

'Why is the government giving so much importance to caste?'

'Why is the government giving so much importance to caste?'

Rediff.com10 Sep 2018

'It was the Supreme Court's order (recommending changes in the SC/ST Act).' 'Isn't it wrong not to accept even the court's order?' 'Are you bigger than every institution?'

Vajpayee, warts and all

Vajpayee, warts and all

Rediff.com24 Aug 2018

'The sorry image of a wailing leader visiting relief camps for riot victims was completely incoherent with what he did next, blaming the minority community for the disturbance.' Utkarsh Mishra pens a tribute from the heart.

'Assam has adjusted to the demographic transformation extremely well'

'Assam has adjusted to the demographic transformation extremely well'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2018

'The loose use of words like foreigner or Bangladeshis obscures the fact that the post-Partition migration to Assam has been of both Hindus and Muslims.'

'BJP won't benefit from the NRC electorally'

'BJP won't benefit from the NRC electorally'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2018

'Most Assamese don't understand a word like ghuspethiya and its insulting connotation.'

'Imran would find it difficult to resist the army'

'Imran would find it difficult to resist the army'

Rediff.com30 Jul 2018

'He will be constrained if and when he tries to set the foreign policy agenda that is not to the liking of the army.'

'A PM must encourage debate, discussion and even dissent'

'A PM must encourage debate, discussion and even dissent'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2018

'Being authoritative is one thing -- Nehru was that -- but being authoritarian is quite another -- the current prime minister is clearly one.'

Why the law on sedition needs to be scrapped

Why the law on sedition needs to be scrapped

Rediff.com16 Jul 2018

'The best remedy would be to scrap Section 124-A of the IPC, a colonial vestige, altogether.' 'However, if legislators don't want to do so, they can do two things.' 'They can formally amend Section 124-A to bring it in line with what the Supreme Court has said about sedition.' 'The words which stand on the statute book today were inserted in 1898.' 'The Supreme Court's words are not a part of Section 124-A.'

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