A teenager painstakingly builds a new life after a tragic accident. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com had met Monica More, who captured Mumbai's hearts with her extraordinary courage, in February this year. On the sidelines of the teenager resuming college on Monday, we are re-publishing this feature. She is all of 16. That is an age when most teenagers you know own fingers that have a special rocking teen life of their own. Those superfast fingers spend all their time flying across the ... Rediff.com, 4 days ago
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Robert H Lustig tells Vaihayasi Pande Daniel that sugar is poisoning diets the world over. He is known as the ‘anti-sugar guy’. In 2009 when Dr Robert H Lustig, a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, presented a hard hitting lecture titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, as part of the university's MiniMedicalSchool for the Public series, it was uploaded on YouTube. It became a runaway success racking up over four million hits. That lecture examined ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Is the Gujarat model of development in evidence all across Vadodara? Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com and Patrick Ward meet five different communities in the district. Are they all on the road to affluence? Or is prosperity a distant mirage for some of them? The dusty, mucky, slum of Hathi Talav sits by the side of a pond in the middle of Vadodara city, slightly to the northeast. Between it and the murky water is a shoreline of rubbish -- although they try to burn as much of it as they can, to ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
PM-in-waiting Narendra Modi got a grand welcome in New Delhi on Saturday. Photographs: Rediff.com’s Vaihayasi Pande Daniel and Prasanna D Zore India’s prime minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Saturday morning to a grand welcome ahead of a meet with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leadership. Modi flashed a victory symbol standing at the door of the SUV to thousands of supporters gathered at the Delhi airport to get a glimpse of the man who will be ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'Certainly it is a fascinating election, even if he becomes prime minister. What is fascinating is how, suddenly -- with the feeling that Modi may win -- perfectly intelligent people with integrity jumped ship.' 'Already, the great intellectuals are saying: "Yes, yes, it doesn't matter. A few thousand Muslims are killed. It is immaterial. Ultimately there will be development." What development?' Girish Karnad, one of modern India's finest playwrights, tells Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com why ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'He would wake up at 5 am and begin his day with a walk.' 'He would eat at the mess for BJP workers.' 'He never used the party's cars and always was chauffeured in a private car.' On May 17, a day after his historic victory, Narendra Modi returned triumphantly to his old home at Ashoka Road where he lived as the party general secretary in the late 1990s. A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com meets folks who worked with him in the capital at that time. A rare glimpse of our next prime minister. For some ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
‘I don't think you would have seen this level of enthusiasm or phenomenon in the NRI community ever before.’ ‘Even before he was chief minister, Modi had lots of friends, lots of supporters throughout the world. That support has become more and more popular within Gujarat as his achievements have become more well known in India and overseas.’ NRI and Modi supporter Manoj Ladwa tells Vaihayasi Pande Daniel how a Modi win will galvanise global Indians. Manoj Ladwa, a ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'They gave Nitish their votes to bring progress. But he forgot this and got involved with his own political interests. That is not done. So he was rejected.' 'Lalu is a symbol of anarchy. He is the symbol of regressive politics.' BJP General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan discusses Lalu, Nitish, and his strategy to bring Bihar in the BJP's fold, with Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com Dharmendra Pradhan was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2012, although he hails from Angul in central ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'Secularism does not mean appeasement of terrorists all the time. Secularism does not mean you have to appease anybody. Justice for all and appeasement for none. That is the role of a secular party.' "So that will remain?" '100 percent.' "What about the UPA's policies of NREGA, the Right to Food. Will they continue in a Modi Sarkar?" 'These policies have no relevance... We will find which are the schemes that are suitable and those we will continue. And those which are only politically ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The BJP has 10,000 registered members in Vadodara and their most important strategy has been to pay special attention to the electoral list, which runs to 25,000 pages, with between 45 and 48 voter names per page. For each page, one resident on the page has been chosen the page pramukh whose job it is to mobilise the other 44 to 47 names on the page to vote for Modi. '...He chose Vadodara because this is the most BJP-oriented constituency in Gujarat... This is the one constituency he doesn't ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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