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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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'Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 is a missed opportunity'

'Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 is a missed opportunity'

Rediff.com11 Jan 2024

'On hard cases like this one, the Supreme Court has only episodically stood against Parliament and the executive government.' 'I worry that this decision sets a precedent where President's rule is imposed in another state... and during the operation of President's rule, the state is fundamentally altered.'

Why Oppenheimer Liked Hinduism

Why Oppenheimer Liked Hinduism

Rediff.com23 Nov 2023

'Hinduism meshed with his sense that the world was paradoxical and puzzling.'

Nehru: The Man Who Knew No Fear

Nehru: The Man Who Knew No Fear

Rediff.com14 Nov 2023

On Jawaharlal Nehru's 134th birth anniversary, Utkarsh Mishra recounts incidents where the first prime minister showed exemplary courage, bravery and integrity.

Why Article 370 Failed To Protect Kashmiri Pandits

Why Article 370 Failed To Protect Kashmiri Pandits

Rediff.com11 Aug 2023

'The relationship between Kashmiri Pandits and Article 370 is vexed.' 'Sentiment in Jammu towards Article 370 was largely unfavourable and Jammu resented being lumped with Kashmir and placed on a different footing from the rest of India.'

'Incorrect to say Article 370 has been abrogated'

'Incorrect to say Article 370 has been abrogated'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2023

'Article 370 laid down the edifice of the relationship between J-K and the Union of India.' 'If you look at the Article, what is there now is a provision which states that all provisions of the Constitution of India applies to J-K.' 'The veto that the state could exercise previously on most Union laws has ended.'

'How can I let go of my faith?'

'How can I let go of my faith?'

Rediff.com4 Aug 2023

Rediff.com's Utkarsh Mishra visits the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, which is fast being turned into another mandir-masjid dispute.

Oppenheimer Review: Simply Brilliant

Oppenheimer Review: Simply Brilliant

Rediff.com22 Jul 2023

Oppenheimer is a very politically significant film for our time, observes Utkarsh Mishra.

Kangana, Will You Paint A True Picture Of The Emergency?

Kangana, Will You Paint A True Picture Of The Emergency?

Rediff.com27 Jun 2023

Hope this film would be able to teach Indians the value of their rights and the perils of exchanging those for 'economic development' or promises of a better future by some populist leader, notes Utkarsh Mishra.

The Power Of The Law... And Hope

The Power Of The Law... And Hope

Rediff.com29 May 2023

Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai reminds us that we haven't run out of instances where even the most vulnerable can secure justice against the mighty, applauds Utkarsh Mishra.

Gandhi Godse - Ek Yudh Review: Idea Gone Astray

Gandhi Godse - Ek Yudh Review: Idea Gone Astray

Rediff.com27 Jan 2023

A movie that seeks to explore an 'alternate history' cannot be so superficial, sighs Utkarsh Mishra.

Trial by Fire Review: Gripping

Trial by Fire Review: Gripping

Rediff.com13 Jan 2023

What works for Trial By Fire is Rajshri Deshpande's and Abhay Deol's portrayal of the distraught parents who struggled and toiled for justice for over two decades, observes Utkarsh Mishra.

The Lesson We Can Learn From Ariyippu

The Lesson We Can Learn From Ariyippu

Rediff.com4 Jan 2023

Ariyippu drives home the point that nothing can force you to leave the path of righteousness, discovers Utkarsh Mishra.

Jack Ryan 3 Review: Engaging Watch

Jack Ryan 3 Review: Engaging Watch

Rediff.com28 Dec 2022

An entertaining spy thriller with world politics bunged in: Utkarsh Mishra endorses Jack Ryan, Season 3.

'1962 War Broke Nehru'

'1962 War Broke Nehru'

Rediff.com20 Dec 2022

'The war of 1962 exposed the hollow intellectual foundations of Nehruvian foreign policy, especially vis-a-vis China and that is why it was such a shock.'

'Aurangzeb also ordered protection of Varanasi temples'

'Aurangzeb also ordered protection of Varanasi temples'

Rediff.com13 Sep 2022

'Aurangzeb supported construction of the Kumarswamy math and the reconstruction of the Kedar temple and supported the Jangambadi math in Banaras.'

Did Nehru write mercy plea to get out of jail?

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'

'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 Mann

Bhagat Singh's Advice For Bhagwant Mann

Rediff.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 Card

When BJP Is In Trouble, Out Comes Hindutva Card

Rediff.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'

'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.'

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