Veenu Sandhu

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Police must be insulated from their political masters

Police must be insulated from their political masters

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

The Indian police is governed by the archaic, colonial-era Police Act of 1861, which has no place in a democracy. It was created to make the police subservient to its masters and, consequently, antagonistic to the masses, states Veenu Sandhu.

How Piyush Tewari is making India's roads safer

How Piyush Tewari is making India's roads safer

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

Indian roads continue to be among the most dangerous in the world. Few people are even aware that the Good Samaritan Law exists. Getting a licence to drive is still far too easy.

Why Bajaj continues to be super

Why Bajaj continues to be super

Rediff.com19 Dec 2019

The Bajaj Super could not be called a pretty scooter, but it was sturdy and reliable, says Veenu Sandhu.

Unexpected lessons from a surgery

Unexpected lessons from a surgery

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'It was to be a two hour long surgery and anything could go wrong,' recalls Veenu Sandhu.

Rohit Tiwari and the right of a wronged child

Rohit Tiwari and the right of a wronged child

Rediff.com17 May 2019

Rohit Shekhar's successful legal fight established the right of a child -- at any age -- to know his paternity.

Newton, Darwin take note: Gagandeep Kang makes history

Newton, Darwin take note: Gagandeep Kang makes history

Rediff.com8 May 2019

Women are great team players and collaborators, 'but they don't put themselves forward,' Dr Gagandeep Kang, the first Indian woman scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, tells Veenu Sandhu.

Who gives Rahul ideas?

Who gives Rahul ideas?

Rediff.com21 Apr 2019

Heard about the All India Professionals Congress?

So much the phone has taken away from us

So much the phone has taken away from us

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

'How did we get here?' 'How did utility morph into addiction?' 'Is this what Graham Bell intended?' asks Veenu Sandhu.

Silk yarns: Let the Baluchari bewitch you!

Silk yarns: Let the Baluchari bewitch you!

Rediff.com7 Mar 2019

The sari is woven faced down, with a mirror placed on the ground to keep track of the progress and accuracy of design

An accidental lesson on unsafe roads

An accidental lesson on unsafe roads

Rediff.com4 Mar 2019

A simple ritual started by a man who would have been alive today if we weren't such a callous society, says Veenu Sandhu.

Do you know about the Good Samaritan law?

Do you know about the Good Samaritan law?

Rediff.com20 Dec 2018

'From what I saw on the road that day it was evident that people want to help.' 'But they also need to have the confidence that their well-intentioned actions will not boomerang on them,' says Veenu Sandhu.

Why a Modi bhakt decided to play Manmohan Singh

Why a Modi bhakt decided to play Manmohan Singh

Rediff.com19 Dec 2018

'People have a certain perception about my political leanings -- and rightly so.' 'But I am an actor first, and then an activist.' 'And I am not an accidental actor.' 'There was no way I was going to be dishonest with my acting,' Anupam Kher tells Veenu Sandhu.

Twitter! Stop making the world a hateful place!

Twitter! Stop making the world a hateful place!

Rediff.com21 Nov 2018

'Mental health experts are concerned because when you see so much negativity, even if it is confined to social media, your perceptions change.' 'You begin to feel that the real world is also this way.' 'And the sense of optimism and positivity -- traits that build resilience and wellbeing, both physical and mental -- begins to slip away,' warns Veenu Sandhu.

The Aadhaar Nightmare

The Aadhaar Nightmare

Rediff.com26 Sep 2018

In a nation divided by many things, the 12-digit unique identity number is holding lives to ransom.

The world is in your WhatsApp group

The world is in your WhatsApp group

Rediff.com12 Sep 2018

'As the weeks passed, we saw our group changing.' 'It was becoming a microcosm of the world outside -- a world we had hoped would never intrude into this space,' says Veenu Sandhu.

Meet India's youngest archaeologist (he's 17)

Meet India's youngest archaeologist (he's 17)

Rediff.com27 Jul 2018

Arsh Ali's work is about getting reliable evidence about the ancient Buddhist link between India and Egypt, discovers Veenu Sandhu.

Why do we have curfews for girls?

Why do we have curfews for girls?

Rediff.com16 May 2018

'Across several colleges and universities, the story is the same.' 'Generous timings for boys, early deadlines for girls,' says Veenu Sandhu.

Is Vitamin D deficiency India's new epidemic?

Is Vitamin D deficiency India's new epidemic?

Rediff.com6 Mar 2018

Our busy schedules, our living conditions where sunlight is often a luxury, pollution as also social mores that frown upon exposure are collectively responsible.

Of Indira, Of India!

Of Indira, Of India!

Rediff.com19 Nov 2017

'It is from her that present-day political stalwarts continue to draw lessons on testing the limits of Constitutional democracy, and whose slogans even her party's staunchest opponents imitate even after over 30 years of her death,' says Veenu Sandhu.

Let soldiers be soldiers, General Rawat

Let soldiers be soldiers, General Rawat

Rediff.com18 Nov 2017

'When the government says the army will make a bridge, what does it mean?' 'If this is not stopped here, then there is no telling where and for what all the army will be employed or deployed in the future,' says Veenu Sandhu

The Taj Mahal's love story returns!

The Taj Mahal's love story returns!

Rediff.com6 Nov 2017

Shiraz: A Romance of India, a 1928 Indo-British-German silent classic, will tell the epic tale once again. And you're invited.

The moustache is a poll issue in Gujarat

The moustache is a poll issue in Gujarat

Rediff.com26 Oct 2017

The moustache protest is the latest blot on the face of a nation that has failed to ensure even the safety of the Dalit community, says Veenu Sandhu.

Indian men think stalking women is normal

Indian men think stalking women is normal

Rediff.com19 Aug 2017

'The vehicles have evolved, the mindset hasn't. And it won't, not until boys are reformed to understand, imbibe and espouse the importance of consent,' says Veenu Sandhu.

He wants to celebrate the uniqueness of India

He wants to celebrate the uniqueness of India

Rediff.com9 Aug 2017

Siddharth Chauhan, winner of the Satyajit Ray Award

Expectant mothers, beware AYUSH advice!

Expectant mothers, beware AYUSH advice!

Rediff.com3 Jul 2017

'If we follow the advice of the AYUSH ministry 100 per cent, then the next generation will be stunted.'

The Half Truth

The Half Truth

Rediff.com19 May 2017

In this age of fake news, there are so many things I cannot say for sure anymore, says Veenu Sandhu.

In this office play is as important as work

In this office play is as important as work

Rediff.com12 May 2017

Veenu Sandhu visits the new Adidas office in Gurugram, which is cultivating a refreshing new sports culture among its employees.

Did Jinnah's marriage shape his politics?

Did Jinnah's marriage shape his politics?

Rediff.com3 May 2017

'If Ruttie had been alive, Jinnah would never have turned communal.'

'We should be posing tough questions to Pakistan'

'We should be posing tough questions to Pakistan'

Rediff.com26 Apr 2017

'They bluff and lie repeatedly and we swallow their lies.' 'Because we are soft and polite, we get into a mess of our own making.'

In which direction is India headed?

In which direction is India headed?

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

'The Dancing Girl is only one of the many symbols they threaten today.' 'Our country is changing.' 'Elements that ought to have remained on the fringes have been handed power and control of a state on a platter.' 'With this, the party that persistently wooed us with its development agenda has arrogantly taken its mask off,' says Veenu Sandhu.

Monet, van Gogh, Degas: When the world's biggest artists came to India

Monet, van Gogh, Degas: When the world's biggest artists came to India

Rediff.com12 Apr 2017

The Drifting Canvas, a multimedia art exposition that is coming to India for the first time with digitised and animated works of 19th and 20th century artists, is offering a unique, immersive experience of art.

'I don't think a strike will sort doctors' problems'

'I don't think a strike will sort doctors' problems'

Rediff.com5 Apr 2017

Former AIIMS director Dr S K Kacker discusses the doctors' agitation in Maharashtra and West Bengal's crackdown on private hospitals with Veenu Sandhu.

Is India ready for a Poker Sports League?

Is India ready for a Poker Sports League?

Rediff.com5 Apr 2017

Come May, the Deltin Royale, which boasts of the country's largest poker room, will play host to India's first Poker Sports League.

Who stole the Indian Dream?

Who stole the Indian Dream?

Rediff.com10 Mar 2017

Instead of being a facilitator, each political formation has only tried to be an ATM for freebies, feels Veena Sandhu

Must read: A Hindu's battle to preserve Urdu!

Must read: A Hindu's battle to preserve Urdu!

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

In four years, Rekhta has become the largest online repository for Urdu poetry and literature in the world, says Veenu Sandhu.

Must read: A Hindu's battle to preserve Urdu!

Must read: A Hindu's battle to preserve Urdu!

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

In four years, Rekhta has become the largest online repository for Urdu poetry and literature in the world, says Veenu Sandhu.

Keep calm and download

Keep calm and download

Rediff.com31 Jan 2017

Anxious? Stressed? Upset? Veenu Sandhu has a handy list of apps that promise mental peace.

The gym is old news

The gym is old news

Rediff.com27 Jan 2017

2017 is about functional training and natural movements. Veenu Sandhu highlights new ways to get and stay in shape.

Kamal Haasan and the unkind biryani cut

Kamal Haasan and the unkind biryani cut

Rediff.com23 Jan 2017

In the midst of the agitation the 62-year-ld southern superstar trained in Karate dealt a strike straight in the stomach.

Now, rise and prove your patriotism

Now, rise and prove your patriotism

Rediff.com10 Dec 2016

After the Supreme Court ruling on playing the national anthem in all movie halls, Veenu Sandhu misses the innocent days when patriotism was part of our being, not a prescribed potion to bring all our problems to an end. And no one told us to 'leave', 'get out' or 'go to Pakistan' if we differed.

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