Leena Misra

Leena Misra is working with The Indian Express as the Resident Editor of Gujarat.

Articles By Leena Misra

Remembering Vikram Sarabhai in his birth centenary year

The architect of India's space programme founded 38 institutions, many of which continue to be a critical part of the country's missions.

Explained: The history of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad

The Rath Yatra procession, since its launch, has only been growing, now at a length of nearly three kilometres, escorted by nearly 20,000 policemen pooled from across Gujarat’s forces, including the paramilitary, like the Rapid Action Force (RAF).

Gujarat to Centre: How Modi-Shah partnership will shape Govt, party

Amit Shah is the third person after Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari to bring his political experience of having served as BJP president into the government.

Gujarat: Where Campaigner Modi delivered as well as Candidate Modi

The BJP which was also unsure of capturing all 26 seats, saw hope two days before polling day on April 21, when Modi did his last address in Patan and invoked the Balakot strike as a victory over terrorism.

Gujarat: Farmers unhappy, but their vote could go either way

“We must do something. See, how prices of groundnut, cotton, and onion we produce have gone down,” a 45-year-old sharecropper says, adding that the market price of onions, “around Rs 250 per quintal may not even cover my transportation expense”.

Saurashtra farmers talk about low prices, drought ahead of voting for Lok Sabha

While he may look disinterested from the world outside his farm, Gajnotar, a sharecropper, is aware that it is time for Lok Sabha election and is eager to cast his vote.

PM Modi will not contest Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat, but can he still tilt the balance in his home state?

For the first time since 2001, Narendra Modi is not a candidate in an election in his home state. But while caste has returned, farmer anger runs high, and Congress is fighting back, could Gujarat’s own PM still tilt the balance? The Indian Express finds out.

Explained: Vaghela, his ambition, and the Congress

The Congress-NCP alliance thrived in Gujarat while he held high posts in the Congress. But the Congress began to lose ground with the rise of Narendra Modi -- and in 2014, it could not win even a single seat in Lok Sabha.

Women quota Bill a good start… just educate girls, it will change India: Canadian Consul General

Canadian Consul General in India, Annie Dube said that Canadians want to see the relationship between the two countries grow and it wants more Indian immigrants to enrich its diversity and “integrate in the Canadian landscape”.

‘Putting past behind’, Gordhan Zadaphia gears up for poll assignment in UP

The crucial political assignment to Zadaphia by BJP chief Amit Shah comes at a time when the RSS has sidelined former VHP leader Pravin Togadia who he was close to; and former CM Keshubhai Patel, in whose party Zadaphia was general secretary, has retired from active politics.

Have forgotten the past… My job is to achieve success for the party: UP BJP election in-charge Gordhan Zadaphia

With Zadaphia getting the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh, many see it as the political resurrection of a former VHP leader who had quit the BJP after being sidelined by the party following the 2002 riots.

Rakesh Asthana: Fodder scam to Godhra, never far from limelight

With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.

Mahatma Swachh Bharat: He dusts 36 windows, 16 doors — and a slice of Dandi history

The road to Dandi from Navsari town is lined by neem and mango trees along fields of paddy and sugarcane, with shrimp farms in between. It ends at a wooden gate that opens to Saifee Villa, where a plaque at the steps displays a faded photo of Mahatma Gandhi picking salt.

Meet Gitaben, she keeps Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Swachh for Bharat, daily

Today marks the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma. And four years of Swachh Bharat, the national cleanliness campaign that was launched in Gujarat by the state’s then chief minister Anandiben Patel at Porbandar.

Brick by Brick

The revamped Natarani amphitheatre in Ahmedabad is a throwback to the city’s architectural roots and its cultural legacy

Shankersinh Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh joins BJP

Mahendrasinh is a former Congress MLA who quit the party last year in a rebellion led by his father, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections where Congress top leader Ahmed Patel was seeking re-election to the upper house.

Naroda Patiya case: Will Maya Kodnani be more in demand in the BJP after her acquittal?

Among the only people who met Kodnani after her conviction was RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, when she was in the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad as a prisoner suffering from heart disease, tuberculosis and depression.

Gujarat braces for tough summer, sanctions water emergency works worth Rs 206 cr

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has assessed the development of these works at a high level meeting held here Saturday which was also attended by Chief Principal Secretary to the CM K Kailashnathan, Chief Secretary J N Singh and other senior officers related to water.

Vijay Rupani perfect to promote Hindutva agenda 

Vijay Rupani may not be a tall BJP leader, but with his roots in the RSS is seen as someone who can contain a revivified Opposition

Gujarat elections: How ‘anger’ faded, why Patidars didn’t ‘deliver’ for Congress

Although the Congress staged a “Gabbar Singh” rally to protest the tax, the traders decided to go by their business instinct and vote for a party that is seen to back industry.