In an all Dalit village in Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, three girls who do mazdoori after finishing the day's chores, will vote for the first time.Opening their home and heart to Rediff.com's Archana Masih they say all they want is a high school, a vehicle to take them to the main road and a sewing machine.Photographs: Seema Pant IMAGE: Nisha Rani outside her kitchen. A first time voter, her vote is for Mayawati Behenji. Shahid Kapur shares space with Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and Sant Ravi ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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'Unki planning dekh kar unki side hua hoon.''Aur jab bhi koi gandi naali saaf karega toh badbu toh ek baar uthegi hee.''Priyanka nahi aayegi toh Congress ki lutiya doob jayegi.' The best analysis of politics does not come out of air conditioned newsrooms, but from the voices on India's streets. Rakesh Kumar Singhal -- once an army jawan, then an ONGC employee -- came out of retirement to rent a tea shop opposite a forest on the outskirts of Dehradun. With his sons well settled and wife working ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Goan musician Remo Fernandes blazed trails and pounded out chartbusters like ‘ Yeh Hai Jalwa’ and ‘ Pyar Toh Hona Hi Ttha’ throughout the 1980 and 1990s. In Bollywood he is best recognized for the A R Rahman track ‘ Humma Humma’ in the 1995 Mani ...Bollywood Hungama, 2 months ago Remo: The new Humma Humma is pale, insipid Rediff.com, 2 months ago
In the dangal of UP politics, much as Muzaffarnagar wants to leave its past, the shadows are never far behind.Rediff.com's Archana Masih visits the offices of political parties, shops and people's homes in Muzaffarnagar and Kawal to discover that even if the political parties don't want to, its people want to drop the suffix 'riots' from Muzaffarnagar.Photographs: Seema Pant IMAGE: Bharatiya Janata Party workers in the BJP's poll office in Muzaffarnagar. "Kawal ke babaal ne Modi ka future hi ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Polling in Phase II of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections consists of 67 constituencies spread across 11 districts.Rediff.com's Aslam Hunani examines the key factors on the eve of the polls. The 2017 UP election sentiment meter IMAGE: Voting in Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, February 11, 2017 -- the first phase of the polls. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters After a 64 per cent turnout in Phase I of the Uttar Pradesh elections on February 11, all eyes are now on the 67 constituencies that ...Rediff.com, 6 days ago Uttar Pradesh Phase 1: The battle for Western UP Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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I agree he is honest, but what is the use of such honesty if he couldn't crack a whip and expel those who plundered the wealth of the country, asks Sudhir Bisht. After Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's 'earthquake' didn't create any tremors, his party is now riding on the coattails of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'raincoat' remark against his predecessor Manmohan Singh to shake Parliament up during the Budget session. The grand old party has threatened that it will not allow the ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Arshad Warsi in a hard hitting exclusive with Faridoon Shahryar laments at the sad state of affairs in India today where anyone can get away with causing bizarre things to gain publicity and law continues to remain a mute spectator. Do you think making films ...Bollywood Hungama, 1 week ago
Akhilesh Yadav doesn't need Bollywood stars to power his campaign for the UP election when he has a charming campaigner like his missus, says Monali Sarkar. Dimple Yadav's appearance on the campaign trail a couple of days before voters in Western Uttar Pradesh queue up at polling booths evoked memories of Samajwadi Party road shows with celebrities. 'Our campaign was dull so far because unlike his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh was against using Bollywood actresses,' an SP leader told ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'There has never been a problem between Hindus and Muslims in Kairana.''We are a people that smoke from the same hookah.'Once the seat of an influential tradition of Indian classical music, Kairana has become a metaphor for the exodus of Hindus.Rediff.com's Archana Masih visits the town in Western UP to discover there is more to Kairana than palayan (Hindu exodus).Photographs: Seema Pant. IMAGE: Gurjar farmers smoke the hookah at the Kalsyan panchayat in Kairana. The Congress election slogans ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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