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Leena Misra


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

(Joining) BJP an option, AAP has better strategy than Congress: Hardik Patel
Wed, May 25, 2022

According to Hardik Patel, the Gujarat elections will “not be interesting as it will be one-sided” but he would “play a better role” than in 2017.

Hardik Patel interview: ‘When polls come, you’ll see me in an important position… Why should BJP not be an option?’
Wed, May 25, 2022

“The cases (against me, others) will not be done in one go. We agitated against the people in power, and people in power did what they did against us... (But) This very govt gave the 10% reservation... So we fought against the govt and it has fulfilled the demands,” Patel says.

Gujarat Pulse | A party for the Patels: Which way will Hardik, Naresh go?
Sat, May 21, 2022

Reading the straws in the wind — Will Hardik join BJP or AAP? Will Naresh finally say yes to the Congress? Questions swirl over the two Patidar leaders and their next course of action

After meteoric rise, 28-year-old Patidar leader Hardik Patel deals body blow to Congress
Thu, May 19, 2022

In his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Hardik Patel has accused the Congress of allegedly hating "Gujarat and Gujaratis", calling it a party that has been more into "virodh" (oppositional politics) than providing a “vikalp” (alternative).

Hardik Patel quits Congress: Plays roadblock, leaders abroad when needed
Thu, May 19, 2022

In his resignation letter, addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and posted on Twitter, Hardik took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi without naming him: “Whenever our country faced challenges and when the Congress needed leadership, Congress leaders were enjoying abroad.”

MSU, where freedom was once a lived reality
Sun, May 15, 2022

Leena Misra writes: With every clash, every assault on creativity such as the recent one, that space for "experimental and research-minded" art shrinks somewhat.

The Sunday Profile: Jignesh Mevani
Sun, May 01, 2022

A vocal critic of the BJP, Jignesh Mevani, Gujarat’s only Independent MLA, is out on bail after 10 days in custody over a tweet on the PM. Leena Misra & Parimal Dabhi on the man and his journey so far — from his lawyer-activist days to being the face of the state’s Dalit politics

Hardik ko gussa kyon aata hai: 5 reasons
Wed, May 18, 2022

Rahul Gandhi had brought Hardik into the Congress in a largely “lateral” entry. His appointment within a year as working president had caused much heartburn among leaders who had served the party for years.

Boris Johnson vows to visit Gujarat again, drive a Jaguar Land Rover
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

The British Prime Minister also hailed the "people to people ties" between the UK and India and said he wanted to take it further.

State govt continuity on our mind while investing… policy can change: Singapore High Commissioner Simon Wong
Wed, Apr 20, 2022

'We have invested in all southern states, mainly because of natural ties. It all boils down to the state, how friendly they are. The new state coming up is Gujarat. We are also looking at northern states like Haryana.'

Singapore envoy: ‘Gujarat, Haryana, UP, Assam (all good for investment)…If a state govt will continue is always on our mind’
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

High Commissioner Simon Wong talks to The Indian Express, among other things, about his country’s investments in India, the sectors Singapore is looking at, and the states that are business-friendly. 

SGX due to start ops at GIFT City, Singapore envoy says a ‘ghost town’ after work hours
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Singapore High Commissioner Simon Wong says it is “hard” for Singaporeans to live in GIFT City as it is “quite a ghost town” after working hours. He also says the “bylaws are very tough” and “it is difficult to build a financial centre”.

Looking for Jinnah at Azad Chowk, Moti Paneli
Sun, Mar 13, 2022

The RSS featured Jinnah among 200 “eminent persons” from Gujarat, at a recent exhibition organised as part of its Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha. The caption accompanying the photograph had said, “A barrister who was initially a staunch patriot, later the creator of India’s Partition on basis of religion.”

Do hazaar do: Godhra remembers its scars with an eye to the future
Sun, Feb 27, 2022

The university has 96 affiliated colleges. Pankti was in Class 1 when the Sabarmati Express was attacked. Her only memory is they were sent home from school as curfew was imposed.

Congress unable to convert favourable atmosphere into votes, says Raghu Sharma
Sat, Feb 05, 2022

AICC incharge of Gujarat for the 2022 elections Raghu Sharma speaks about what Congress looks to fix ahead of the polls.

‘Indo-US bilateral relation better today than it ever has been’: David J Ranz
Mon, Jan 17, 2022

🔴 In an email interview with Avinash Nair and Leena Misra, he spoke on how the “tariff war” has impacted the relation between two countries and the key take aways from Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

Bangladesh@50: Bangla War theatre from ruins of a cinema hall, a veteran recalls
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

🔴 Then just 19 and a Second Lieutenant, Binay Kumar Sinha recalls the meeting happened in a “half-finished cinema hall with no screen”.

Explained: Why meat-eating cannot be banned in ‘vegetarian state’ Gujarat
Tue, Nov 23, 2021

Events over the last two weeks show how unlikely it is that meat-eating can be banned in Gujarat.

Best choli forward, and anybody can dance
Mon, Oct 25, 2021

Leena Misra writes: When the Gujarat government allowed the garba this time, with restrictions, the dance returned with a vengeance.

Explained: Behind Congress’s continuous struggle in Gujarat
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Some 25 state unit leaders have called on Rahul Gandhi to discuss leadership issues. Why is the party in such a state despite improving its vote share over the years?

Mevani gets a party, Cong a face, but will the twain meet?
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

But if the 41-year-old needs the Congress at a time when the BJP seems resurgent in a state that it has ruled for decades, the party needs voices and faces like Mevani if Rahul Gandhi has to carry through his ambitions to “rebuild the Congress”.

Day 2: Ripples settle, BJP leaders hail Modi’s ‘bold, strong’ move
Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Senior BJP leaders cited this to hail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “bold experiment” in his home state, and another example of him as a "strong leader".

The Anandiben parallel: this time, how the tables turned on Vijay Rupani
Tue, Sep 14, 2021

With Vijay Rupani’s exit Saturday, a year ahead of polls in December 2022, the tables are turned reflecting the changing contours of power in the Gujarat BJP.

Gandhi Ashram expansion: Work begins on relocating residents, getting 6 Trusts on board
Wed, Sep 08, 2021

In October last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal for a larger ashram complex had caused much anxiety among Trustees and residents, with the ashramwasis — third or fourth generation of ashram residents —sitting on protests fearing eviction.

Tushar Mehta’s arc — from apprentice to a Congressman lawyer in Gujarat to India’s second most senior law officer
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta found himself in a political muddle last week over his alleged meeting with Narada-accused Suvendu Adhikari. However, for someone who has vigorously held the government's brief in political matters, the latest row was just another day in office.