Aditi Raja


Gujarat Panchayat polls: Women candidates step out to campaign, in the shadow of men in family
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Women candidates shadow walking their men folk remains a common sight during election campaign

Municipal Corporation elections: Reading Turnout- Patidars, minorities turned up in big numbers
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Surat the only city where the Patel turnout was significantly low; polling by female voters remained generally high.

Koyali taluka panchayat: Upset, ex-MLA ‘makes’ Cong, BJP candidates withdraw from polls
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

The BJP leaders of Vadodara district are blaming Gohil, who resigned from the party earlier this month, citing “malpractices” in ticket distribution, for the fall of the taluka seat.

Gujarat civic polls: Missing names dampen voters’ spirit
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Many of the voters who found their names “deleted” said they had cast their votes last year, in the Lok Sabha elections.

Gujarat civic polls: Out of 1,856 candidates in the fray, 374 independents, many Patidars
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Many Patidar candidates in Surat and Vadodara have picked rolling pin and flourboard as their symbol.

A Muslim campaigner for the BJP who’s doing it all just for ‘business’ in Vadodara
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

For Memon, the campaign is “pure business”. He says, “I am not campaigning for the BJP or any other party. I am only the service provider for a client that wants to use LED advertising.”

For lack of a loo
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

He gave an affidavit promising to build a toilet soon but said election officials did not yield. His BJP rival, Rakesh Patel, vice sarpanch of Ajrai village, has been declared the winner of this election, unopposed.

Lalji Patel in Vadodara: Don’t let lotus bloom
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Patidar leader says mood of the state against BJP.

Diwali break hits printing of voter slips, parties fret
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

SEC is non-committal about printing the voting slips as rules do not make it mandatory on the SEC to print the slips for local body polls.

Vadodara Municipal Corporation polls: No Muslim in BJP list, Congress fields only 5
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

The BJP has fielded 59 new faces among the 76 candidates in Vadodara four of who were sitting Corporators for 2010-2015, as well as the Standing Committee Chairman Dr. Hitendra Patel.

Congress to field ‘a sweet number’ of Patels in Vadodara civic elections
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Although party leaders say the appointment is not in line with the Patidar agitation, with a Patel at the helm of the city unit, voter equations are being recalculated

Peace meetings before Dussehra, Muharram processions
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The police have booked as many as 15 cases of violation against tazia and garba organisers.

Tension in Vadodara amid Navratri festivities and Muharram tazias
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

The incident occurred shortly before midnight Saturday when a tazia procession crossed Mandvi to head towards Fatehpura.

OBC leader Thakor warns of Naxal-like movement, says Patidars disrupting Ind vs SA cricket “unwise”
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Several members of the OBC community gathered in Narmada to meet Thakor, who has been threatening a stir to counter the Patel community's OBC reservation agitation.

On the Other Side of the Rainbow
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

For Manvendrasinh Gohil, Baroda’s openly gay prince, a Gujarati film, Meghdhanushya, about a gay man, is a cause worth fighting for.

Vadodara court remands Maria Susairaj to 4-day police custody
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Clad in a military green sleeveless top, navy blue sweatshirt and denims, Maria appeared unfazed as she walked into the Vadodara court, escorted by women constables and officers of the Vadodara Crime Branch on Friday evening.

Garba celebrations: After Gujarat High Court rap, VMC plans ‘religious’ tag for Navratri hoardings
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

In July, the VMC had covered up at least 800 hoardings across the city, after a rap on the knuckles by the HC.

Vadodara low-cost sanitary napkin model to be replicated in Jordan refugee camps
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Syrian women in refugee camps currently use unwashed rags for sanitary protection.

Haj Stampede – Missing relatives: Eid plans of several Gujarat families ruined
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

One pilgrim from Gujarat, Manjurhusen Habibullah Sheikh, has been critically injured and currently undergoing treatment at the Mina Armed Forces along with 12 other injured Indians.

Muslims oppose Ganesh pandal near masjid, Hindus refuse to shift idol
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Ganesh Chathurthi festivities are likely to coincide with Bakrid that may fall between September 22 and 24.

Those who think that all Patels are rich should come to our village: Hasmukh and Dharmishta
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

In a village near Vadodara, a Patidar family’s discontent spills over.

Every day, these Gujarat teachers trek 7 kilometres to reach their students
Sat, Sep 05, 2015

Climb 7 km, teach, take care of mid-day meal, climb down, repeat: this is the routine of the two government primary teachers on working days at Cheen Kuwa Primary School.

Gujarat Unrest: In quota stir, an anti-quota undertone
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

As Patidar leaders make resentment of quota system clear, OBC rivals wonder if real objective is to get reservation scrapped altogether.

13 girls now, father firm on having second son
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Ramsinh and Kanu have been married for 18 years. On July 3, The Indian Express had reported the couple’s bizarre quest for a second son, despite having 12 surviving daughters then and an 18-month-old son.

Tension in Vadodra village over ‘shifting’ of dargah
Wed, Jul 22, 2015

A faction of Muslim priests from Vadodara, however, has objected to the shifting of the dargah revered by Muslims and Hindus alike.

In quest for boys, this couple in Gujarat has 14 daughters
Fri, Jul 03, 2015

At the time of Beti Bachao, Selfie Banao, couple says: ‘Finally we had a boy, want one more’

2002 Ode massacre case: Three acquitted
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

A special trial court in Anand on Thursday acquitted three persons from one of the two 2002 Ode massacre cases reported from Ode town of the district on March 1, 2002.

Gujarat police on trail of ‘Britain’s youngest suicide bomber’
Fri, Jun 19, 2015

On Wednesday, a Special Operations Group team came to Masrad looking for relatives of Asmal, Ismail, was born in Britain.

Uneasy calm in Vadodara after clashes
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Police look for houses of Hindus, Muslims that stand singled out in communally-sensitive old city.

Vadodara Clash- The first victims: Five Hindu and Muslim families who lived together
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

3 Hindu and 2 Muslim families now homeless as the building was set afire.

No roof over their heads since 2013, 428 EWS families’ wait gets longer
Sat, May 30, 2015

In January 2014, developing authority, VUDA, had promised homes within 14 months after the demolitions.

Hiran River: Kids swimming to school this monsoon too
Fri, May 29, 2015

The Vadodara R&B department had floated the tender for the elevated 215 metre river bridge in April-end, placing a deadline of May 25 for the bids.

Iron collected from farmers unlikely to become part of Sardar Patel statue
Mon, May 25, 2015

The iron collected through the ‘Loha’ campaign will be melted, converted into rebar, and used in the foundation of the Statue of Unity to build the World’s Tallest Statue.

VMC decides to ‘return’ Kalyannagar evacuees to Kalyannagar
Thu, May 07, 2015

The VMC announced its decision to relocate the families of Kalyannagar and Kamatipura to a new proposed scheme in Kalyannagar, from where 1921 families were displaced in November 2014.

Those who ‘stall’ housing for Muslims have real-estate links
Sun, May 03, 2015

As Vadodara residents protest, corp panel clears proposal to move Muslim evacuees to Muslim area.

Sayajipura residents observe bandh, displaced families yet to get homes
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Residents had sought police permission for their event and a unit of the force was deployed around the venue for security.