All stories by Utkarsh Mishra
Did Nehru write mercy plea to get out of jail?Rediff.com27 May 2022
Social media posts and articles falsely suggest that Jawaharlal Nehru 'signed a bond' or 'used his father's influence' to escape from serving a prison term in Nabha in 1923. Utkarsh Mishra reveals the true story. The first of a series of occasional columns correcting social media's false take on History.
'Beneath Hindutva right-wing's hatred for Nehru lurks a very deep fear'Rediff.com19 Mar 2022
'Under the more strident Modi version of Hindutva, Nehru has almost become a contemporary political figure.' 'The ruling party knows that without total erasure and distortion of Nehru, their fantasies will always be wobbly.'
Bhagat Singh's Advice For Bhagwant MannRediff.com16 Mar 2022
As Bhagwant Mann repeatedly invokes Bhagat Singh in his speeches, Utkarsh Mishra picks five takeaways from the legendary revolutionary's thoughts that may help Punjab's new chief minister identity his goals.
When BJP Is In Trouble, Out Comes Hindutva CardRediff.com12 Mar 2022
Successive elections have demonstrated that the BJP campaign switches towards polarisation when it is faced with palpable discontent among the electorate, notes Utkarsh Mishra.
'Nehru profoundly misunderstood how important religion was in the lives of the people'Rediff.com26 Jan 2022
'Nehru's inability to take religion seriously as a category led to serious errors of judgement in his dealings with the Muslim League, and later, also with the Hindu right.'
Don't Use Netaji To Score Political PointsRediff.com24 Jan 2022
Bose's views make it amply clear how he would have dealt with communal and supremacist forces post-Independence had he been there at the helm instead of Nehru, points out Utkarsh Mishra.
Human ReviewRediff.com14 Jan 2022
Human presents an ugly truth -- that some people need to die a painful death in order to facilitate the process of finding a cure for deadly diseases, observes Utkarsh Mishra.
Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story ReviewRediff.com12 Nov 2021
Special Ops 1.5 is an interesting start to 'The Himmat Story', notes Utkarsh Mishra.
Jai Bhim reviewRediff.com8 Nov 2021
Jai Bhim is a story of hope and despair, observes Utkarsh Mishra.
Why Sardar Udham Is A MUST WATCHRediff.com26 Oct 2021
Sardar Udham sets a great standard which, Utkarsh Mishra believes, would be emulated by other film-makers who want to make movies of this genre.
When Colin Powell Apologised To Yashwant SinhaRediff.com21 Oct 2021
'I made it known through diplomatic channels that I was unhappy.' 'So, he called me and tried to explain, but I said this is something that doesn't happen between friends.'
What would Bhagat Singh think of India 2021?Rediff.com28 Sep 2021
'Communalism was the biggest enemy of a free society and Bhagat Singh imagined a future without it. Did we succeed in bringing alive such a future?'
'Why single out Badruddin Ajmal?'Rediff.com19 Mar 2021
'Himanta Biswa Sarma has put a lot of effort in demonising Muslims this time.'
'BJP in Bengal means Borrowed Janata Party'Rediff.com15 Mar 2021
'You don't win elections on the basis of borrowed players.' 'There is a great crisis of leadership for the BJP in Bengal'
'No magic bullet to agriculture reforms'Rediff.com9 Feb 2021
'Agri reforms need to go beyond the limited concerns of these three laws in improving agriculture productivity in cereal and crop diversification and production patterns.'
'A strong, decisive leadership is what India needs'Rediff.com18 Jan 2021
'What matters is meeting the needs and expectations of the people who have voted to provide governance for the country.'
Tandav reviewRediff.com18 Jan 2021
A Web series shouldn't be outright unrealistic. Being Bollywoodesque is always suicidal, asserts Utkarsh Mishra.
MUST SEE FILM: Gabhricha PausRediff.com23 Dec 2020
At a time when thousands of our farmers are sitting on the roads in bitterly cold December nights, protesting another policy measure that 'tightens the noose around their neck', ironically sold as 'beneficial' for them, it becomes all the more necessary for us to watch Gabhricha Paus to understand their problems better, says Utkarsh Mishra.
'Brahmins feel UP govt is treating them unfairly'Rediff.com3 Sep 2020
'People feel that if they belonged to some other community, their matters would've been resolved more easily.' 'It is because of the government's mistreatment and ill-will that this feeling has got into the community.'
Cyclone Nisarga: 'Mumbai may experience damage like Kolkata'Rediff.com3 Jun 2020
'What's being predicted for Mumbai is not so different from what Kolkata experienced.' 'People should definitely be alert and aware and follow the advice of the disaster managers.'