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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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'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.'

'It's Modi vs people of India'

'It's Modi vs people of India'

Rediff.com10 Jul 2018

'The BJP is saying we have Modi, who have you got?' 'We have the people of India on our side.'

'Whatever number of seats the BJP gets, Modi will be the leader'

'Whatever number of seats the BJP gets, Modi will be the leader'

Rediff.com10 Jul 2018

'I don't buy the theory that if the BJP gets less than 220 seats or 200 seats, there will be a change in leadership.'

'Modi will be PM again if...'

'Modi will be PM again if...'

Rediff.com19 Jun 2018

'I hope the honourable PM and Mr Shah take steps to ensure that the NDA doesn't split.'

Modi@4: Between slogans and reality falls the shadow

Modi@4: Between slogans and reality falls the shadow

Rediff.com31 May 2018

But what have the slogans achieved? Utkarsh Mishra/Rediff.com does a quick reality check.

'Congress-JD-S will last for a few months'

'Congress-JD-S will last for a few months'

Rediff.com21 May 2018

'Then all the usual troubles will break out.'

'Modi wave has completely collapsed'

'Modi wave has completely collapsed'

Rediff.com10 May 2018

'The strange thing about the Karnataka election is that the BJP looks more like the Congress of the past and vice versa.' 'Siddaramaiah has been able to out think the BJP almost every single day on every single issue.'

'Whatever happens in Karnataka, Modi is on a slippery downhill road'

'Whatever happens in Karnataka, Modi is on a slippery downhill road'

Rediff.com10 May 2018

'For short-term gain, the BJP makes extraordinary promises, they take extraordinary decisions, but in the long term it is going to impact both them and the country.'

This neta wants reservations for the upper caste poor

This neta wants reservations for the upper caste poor

Rediff.com4 May 2018

'If you are weak economically, you automatically lag behind in other aspects of life.'

Kathua, Unnao: Struggle for justice marred by whataboutery

Kathua, Unnao: Struggle for justice marred by whataboutery

Rediff.com15 Apr 2018

'Those who genuinely seek justice do not differentiate between a victim and a victim or an accused and accused.' 'They demand justice for all,' says Utkarsh Mishra.

'We must empower police to insulate probes from powerful accused'

'We must empower police to insulate probes from powerful accused'

Rediff.com2 Apr 2018

'The ideal of justice is ingrained in every human being.' 'I truly feel that if we empower our forces, the rich and the powerful will lose their hold on them.' Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand in an exclusive interview.

NDA ally forces Amit Shah to promise 'alliance dharma'

NDA ally forces Amit Shah to promise 'alliance dharma'

Rediff.com21 Mar 2018

'Amit A Shah has assured us that the BJP will follow 'alliance dharma'.' 'If they follow it, the alliance will be intact.'

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