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'We try to find the extraordinary in the ordinary'

'We try to find the extraordinary in the ordinary'

Rediff.com3 Apr 2022

'We like to look at a screenplay as a spiral staircase.' 'You never know what awaits at the next turning.'

Shudder! Olympics with Chinese Characteristics

Shudder! Olympics with Chinese Characteristics

Rediff.com3 Feb 2022

'The Olympic Spirit has been thrown to the wind in Xi Jinping's China.' 'The International Olympic Committee is ready to kowtow to totalitarian China,' notes Claude Arpi.

Danger grows as Xi made 'Chairman of Everything'

Danger grows as Xi made 'Chairman of Everything'

Rediff.com15 Nov 2021

Support from the committee gives Xi an indefinite extension on the reins of power, which will surely result in hawkish and insular policies. It does not bode well for relations with the USA, or with anyone else who does not bow the knee to Beijing, for that matter.

Don't want any conflict with any country, including India: Taliban

Don't want any conflict with any country, including India: Taliban

Rediff.com14 Nov 2021

'Women have 100 per cent inclusion in the health sector. They are also teaching in the education sector. They are working in each and every one of those sectors where they are required'

Xi's leadership challenged ahead of 2022 Party Congress

Xi's leadership challenged ahead of 2022 Party Congress

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

An exclusive white paper by the Jamestown Foundation claims that the powerful figures arraigned against the President include former Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and current Vice-President Wang Qishan, The Hong Kong Post reported.

Why BJP Targets Congress All The Time

Why BJP Targets Congress All The Time

Rediff.com27 Oct 2021

The BJP believes that the only party still capable of leading a credible challenge against it is the Congress. Please note how BJP campaigners in states where the Congress may count for a cipher or thereabouts, mostly attack the Congress, observes Shekhar Gupta.

If Yogi Wins UP.. If Yogi Loses UP...

If Yogi Wins UP.. If Yogi Loses UP...

Rediff.com30 Sep 2021

If he doesn't win next year, it will set back the party's prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as the BJP high command's, points out Shekhar Gupta.

The Power of China's 'Princelings'

The Power of China's 'Princelings'

Rediff.com27 Jul 2021

Two elderly Chinese aerospace experts are hospitalised after a violent attack by a 'Princeling', states Jayadeva Ranade, the distinguished China expert and retired RA&W officer, highlighting the power the 'Princelings' ironically hold in the Communist People's Republic.

My Father, Satyajit Ray

My Father, Satyajit Ray

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

Satyajit Ray would have been a hundred years old on May 2. To mark the legendary film-maker's birth centenary, Rediff.com bring you a treasure trove of features from our archives.

Battle lines in Indian politics have been drawn

Battle lines in Indian politics have been drawn

Rediff.com3 Mar 2021

Not all change is good, but this one is, applauds Shekhar Gupta.

Xi's aggressive moves against India 'unexpectedly flopped': US magazine

Xi's aggressive moves against India 'unexpectedly flopped': US magazine

Rediff.com14 Sep 2020

Xi, 67, already roiling the Communist Party with a 'rectification' campaign and mass persecution of foes, will launch 'another brutal purge' following the Chinese army's failures on the Indian border, the Newsweek said in an opinion piece.

'Congress does not know route to revival'

'Congress does not know route to revival'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'The party in the present form cannot pose a challenge to the BJP and Modi.'

Trump 'wrong' president for US: Michelle Obama

Trump 'wrong' president for US: Michelle Obama

Rediff.com18 Aug 2020

The former first lady urged those who did not come out to vote in 2016 to make their vote count this time.

Pakistan is playing with fire

Pakistan is playing with fire

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'By annoying the Arabs and cozying up to Iran, Pakistan may end up losing Arab economic support, annoying the Americans and increase Shia-Sunni tensions domestically,' Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) points out.

Has Xi Jinping gone bonkers?

Has Xi Jinping gone bonkers?

Rediff.com6 Aug 2020

'It doesn't look as if any sensible, worldly wise, person is in charge in China.' 'If at all anybody is in charge, it can only be a bunch of bumpkins of whom Xi has become a puppet,' observes B S Raghavan, the veteran civil servant.

Shaheen Bagh protest: A battle for the Idea of India

Shaheen Bagh protest: A battle for the Idea of India

Rediff.com1 Aug 2020

'Shaheen Bagh is no longer a mere ghetto of lower middle class Muslims.' 'Now, it is a metaphor for resistance, secularism and struggle,' notes Md. Zeeshan Ahmad.

India sees new single-day spike as Unlock 1 to begin next week

India sees new single-day spike as Unlock 1 to begin next week

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

In its morning update, the Union health ministry said the total number of positive cases has reached 2,16,919 with a record spike of 9,304 new cases since Wednesday 8 am across the country, while the death toll has increased to 6,075 with 260 more fatalities in this period. A PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.50 pm, showed a higher number of confirmed cases across the country at 2,17,389 and the death toll at 6,233.

Down 6.8%, China posts worst economic growth since Cultural Revolution

Down 6.8%, China posts worst economic growth since Cultural Revolution

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

China's GDP took the worst hit since the disastrous Cultural Revolution in 1976, plummeting by 6.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 as the country took unprecedented measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic that brought the world's second largest economy to a standstill. China's gross domestic product stood at 20.65 trillion yuan (USD 2.91 trillion, approx) in the first quarter of 2020 amid the Covid-19 impact, down 6.8 per cent year on year, China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Friday.

Narayana Murthy's son-in-law named UK finance minister

Narayana Murthy's son-in-law named UK finance minister

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

The MP for Richmond in Yorkshire, married to Murthy's daughter Akshata, first entered the UK Parliament in 2015 and has fast risen up the Conservative Party ranks as a staunch Brexiteer who had back Johnson's strategy to leave the European Union.

China coronavirus: 254 new deaths, nearly 15K fresh cases

China coronavirus: 254 new deaths, nearly 15K fresh cases

Rediff.com13 Feb 2020

The total deaths from the more than two-month-old outbreak as reported on Thursday stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804, health officials were quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Farewell, gentle giant

Farewell, gentle giant

Rediff.com22 Jan 2020

Kishore Singh salutes Akbar Padamsee, the legendary painter who passed into the ages last fortnight.

How to stop your smartphone controlling your life

How to stop your smartphone controlling your life

Rediff.com20 Jan 2020

Nir Eyal lists 4 urgent steps to save yourself countless hours of mindless phone time.

What Modi may do in 2020

What Modi may do in 2020

Rediff.com1 Jan 2020

'The brutal violence of the UP government's first response to the anti-CAA protests suggests that the BJP will test drive the NPR/NRC in UP, where it has both a massive majority in the assembly and a chief minister whose instinct for Hindutva extremism and whose appetite for punitive policing allows a prime minister as darkly majoritarian as Modi to appear statesman-like,' notes Mukul Kesavan.

Why Manmohan is right on Savarkar

Why Manmohan is right on Savarkar

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

'Savarkar was the closest the RSS had to a freedom movement icon, however flawed.' 'Indira Gandhi wasn't going to gift him to them.' 'And a non-career politician like Dr Singh understands it.' 'It is just that his party never listened to him,' says Shekhar Gupta.

Ayodhya case: Hindu sides rebut Muslim claims

Ayodhya case: Hindu sides rebut Muslim claims

Rediff.com3 Oct 2019

The counsel stated that from the pillar bases, artefacts, circular shrine, intersecting brickbat walls found in excavation, an inference can be drawn that the massive structure was a temple and not any Islamic structure.

What Indian brands don't understand

What Indian brands don't understand

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

'Indian creative and digital agencies seem to be completely missing the mark,' says advertising and media veteran Sandeep Goyal.

'Time for BJP to initiate conversation with Muslims'

'Time for BJP to initiate conversation with Muslims'

Rediff.com7 Jun 2019

'For Muslims it is time to understand what sense of fears are in the minds of Hindus.' 'I think the conversation somewhere is not taking place.'

Why Modi Won

Why Modi Won

Rediff.com23 May 2019

'Modi's advent has made the mass of Indians realise that there was absolutely nothing wrong or objectionable in proclaiming nationalism as the masthead of the polity and Hinduism as its centerpiece,' says B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant.

At election time, cash is king

At election time, cash is king

Rediff.com19 Apr 2019

'Votes-for-notes no longer only means cash and goodies for fence-sitting voters,' points out Sunil Sethi.

Centre bans Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front

Centre bans Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

Gauba said the JKLF spearheaded the separatist ideology in Kashmir Valley and the action was taken following the 'zero tolerance' policy of the central government against terrorism.

SC holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, faces 3-month jail

SC holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, faces 3-month jail

Rediff.com20 Feb 2019

The apex court said Ambani and the others will have to purge contempt by paying Rs 453 crore to Ericsson in four weeks. A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the 'contemnors' failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.

When can we expect a 2nd Trump-Kim summit?

When can we expect a 2nd Trump-Kim summit?

Rediff.com18 Jan 2019

'Xi Jinping is keen that the second Trump-Kim summit happens soonest.' 'Kim is reported to have told Xi that he expects to achieve a result from a second summit that the international community would welcome,' points out Dr Rajaram Panda.

Why India should follow the 4-day work week

Why India should follow the 4-day work week

Rediff.com24 Dec 2018

It will lead to higher productivity for the company and will provide the employees more time for personal chores and engagement.

What a dramatic year it has been for cricket!

What a dramatic year it has been for cricket!

Rediff.com19 Dec 2018

A ball-tampering scandal that devastated Australia cast a dark cloud over a dramatic cricketing year

HC orders CBI probe into graft charges against TN CM

HC orders CBI probe into graft charges against TN CM

Rediff.com12 Oct 2018

The court order is seen as a major embarrassment for the AIADMK as Palaniswami will be the first chief minister in the state to face a CBI probe over corruption charges.

Sandhya Mridul's #MeToo torment with Alok Nath

Sandhya Mridul's #MeToo torment with Alok Nath

Rediff.com10 Oct 2018

'A belligerent Alok Nath refused to leave.. kept screaming shouting threatening abusing trying to grab me..'

Mid- and small-cap crash: What you can do

Mid- and small-cap crash: What you can do

Rediff.com26 Jun 2018

A market correction is a good time to reassess the quality of your portfolio and purge the poor quality names from it, says Ramesh Bukka

Don't take Kim lightly

Don't take Kim lightly

Rediff.com17 Jun 2018

'North Korea could choose to go China's way by selectively opening up the economy, but Kim does not seem enthused by the idea.' 'Getting Pyongyang to give up the nuclear programme may be the best outcome Trump can hope for at the moment,' says Vikram Johri.

George Bush's shoe-thrower is running to be Iraq's president

George Bush's shoe-thrower is running to be Iraq's president

Rediff.com12 May 2018

The journalist, who shot to fame for hurling a shoe at the then US president, calling him a dog, wants to fight corruption and rebuild Iraq. Muntadhar al-Zaidi speaks to Subhash K Jha.

Meet China's military elite

Meet China's military elite

Rediff.com27 Mar 2018

'The military officers at China's National People's Congress reflect Xi Jinping's preference for elevating politically reliable, younger, officers with good professional qualifications,' says former RAW officer and China expert Jayadeva Ranade.

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