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Sheela Bhatt


The writer is a senior journalist and contributing editor to

Ahmed Patel had a sense of Congress’ history, and future challenge
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Ahmed Patel knew the Modi phenomenon better than any Congressman, but he could not get the senior leaders of the party to unite in their fight against the rising wave of Hindutva by understanding and decoding Modi’s strengths and the BJP’s strategies.

Bilkis Bano gangrape case: ‘Finally feeling a sense of justice’
Fri, May 05, 2017

Bilkis said that her agony has been “deeper” because the convicts were her neighbours in Randhikpur village in the tribal belt of Dahod

Former RAW chief A S Dulat: We refused to talk… invited Pakistan back into Valley
Wed, May 03, 2017

The former R&AW chief, with years of experience working in Kashmir, feels the situation there has never been as bad as it is now

Consensus in BJP core: Best if they stand trial, get acquitted
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Many in the BJP expressed “surprise” that the CBI pushed its case against the veteran BJP leaders at a time when the party is ruling the Centre and Uttar Pradesh.

‘Gujarat tough for us, not impossible,’ says Bharatsinh Solanki
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Facing a resurgent BJP, Gujarat Congress chief tells Indian Express the party is up to the poll challenge

As long as PDP-BJP coalition continues, anger will continue, says Ghulam Nabi Azad
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha discusses situation in Kashmir with The Indian Express

PM Modi’s victory procession coming to Gujarat: Amit Shah
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

“When Narendra Modi was Chief Minister, the BJP had won 128 seats (in 2002 elections). Now, when he is Prime Minister, how many seats can the BJP win?” Shah asked.

Strongest signal before 2019: Party leaders
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Identity politics, the leader said, will dominate the next Lok Sabha election.

In spite of BJP’s huge victory in Uttar Pradesh, Cabinet reshuffle unlikely soon
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Following the elections, and the shifting of Manohar Parrikar to Goa, the buzz has been all about the reshuffle and the selection of UP’s chief minister.

Next on Amit Shah’s table: 120 Lok Sabha seats where BJP is hardly present
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The party cup of joy was brimming over, leader after leader hailing them for the stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh.

UP election results 2017: Modi plus Mandal plus Kamandal plus
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

How PM and Amit Shah honed a strategy, weaving castes and communities, confusing rivals and relying on ideological weapons

UP elections 2017: From vikas to liquor ban, what Varanasi wants from Modi
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

At the end of two roadshows, it is clear that Varanasi’s residents have a number of diverse expectations of Modi.

UP elections 2017: At Mayawati rally, Dalit woman pleads; need a job, not LPG
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The election rallies of the BSP leader are like no other in Uttar Pradesh. They are attended by those at the very bottom of the caste and economic pyramid.

UP polls 2017: In Modi’s Varanasi, boatmen still long for promised achche din
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

"Although votes in my village will be divided in this election, most villagers will vote for Modi once more in 2019, because he is good for India."

UP polls 2017: After Modi loses here, his government in Delhi won’t be same, says Akhilesh Yadav
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

"This is an election of the youth. People with progressive views are supporting me; this election is all about people's disillusionment with the Modi government. People are feeling hopeless that the BJP government."

UP Assembly Elections 2017: In Varanasi village, they wonder who can give them a toilet or cooking gas
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Next door to district HQ, Karsada villagers allege caste discrimination in distribution of benefits.

Let Supreme Court monitor SIT probe, say Kalikho Pul’s wife and son
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Kalikho Pul had allegedly committed suicide in Itanagar on August 9.

Amit Shah: Why assume BJP govt is just for five years? People want Modi govt for a long time to come
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Amit Shah believes the BJP is set for a clear majority — even if not many in his party agree.

Uttar Pradesh elections: I see a BJP wave in UP bigger than in 2014, says Amit Shah
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Amit Shah also said he thinks the BJP is up against the BSP as well in certain areas of the state.

Rajnath Singh interview: ‘I am satisfied with whatever I am, I have no big ambition left in life’
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Union home minister discusses UP polls, his posts and what he said in Pakistan

Uttar Pardesh elections 2017: On campaign trail, Rajnath Singh’s themes; Pakistan, national pride
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

In the process, this former chief minister of UP also ensures that his voters know how he has handled the Home Ministry in New Delhi with an iron hand.

BJP waits and watches as Panneerselvam said to have PM Modi and Amit Shah support
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

The BJP’s stand has been that Sasikala should take charge only after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the case against late Jayalalithaa and Sasikala.

BJP waits and watches as O Panneerselvam said to have PM Modi, Amit Shah support
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

After Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, sources said, her former aide V K Sasikala’s hurry to push for transfer of power provoked Panneerselvam to take this step.

For Opposition, Govt’s prudence good news: ‘Relieved there’s nothing’
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

There was endless debate on whether loans of farmers would be waived — as the UPA had done it in 2008 — or the idea of Universal Basic Income introduced to guarantee basic income to all citizens.

Uttar Pradesh polls: How Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi misread Akhilesh Yadav
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Congress' attitude to play a national party vis-a-vis what it sees as a regional player, touched a raw nerve in the SP leadership.