Zeeshan Shaikh

Articles By Zeeshan Shaikh

Maharashtra Samajwadi Party Abu Asim Azmi: Have been betrayed by Congress

Azmi said Congress leaders in Delhi are still living under the illusion that they will come here, raise their hands... and people will vote for them.

The votebank | Muslims: In Maharashtra, they are trying to reshape political identity

The resurgence of the BJP is deemed to be one of the most important reasons for the blunting of the Muslim card which used to play a decisive role in up to 40 Assembly seats in Maharashtra.

I can’t do anything else but politics: Aaditya Thackeray

More than two decades later, as he lays the ground for his own electoral debut, Aaditya Thackeray, the Shiv Sena heir apparent, has seized on environmental issues, to stake out an identity for himself as a “woke” champion of socially progressive values.

‘From biscuits to cars, nothing is selling; govt giving money to corporates via tax waivers’

CPI(M) central committee member Dr Ashok Dhawale speaks to The Indian Express about his party’s poll prospects and why it is allying with the Congress-NCP combine, of which it has been critical in the past.

‘We have made a request that five Muslims should be given tickets’: Hyder Azam, vice-president, Mumbai BJP

Hyder Azam, vice-president of Mumbai BJP, speaks to The Indian Express on why Muslims need to vote for the BJP and how he hopes the party should grant tickets to at least five candidates from the community in the upcoming Assembly elections.

Reality of our times no one stands for Muslims’ empowerment: AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel

Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel speaks to The Indian Express about his party’s poll prospects, the status of Muslims in Indian polity and why its attempt at striking a Dalit-Muslim political front came unstuck.

Pawar and nephew, Sena, Congress leaders booked by ED in co-op bank fraud

The Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was registered Monday, ED sources said Tuesday, adding that the case is based on an FIR filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police in connection with alleged irregularities in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank.

Ayesha’s stove

‘Beneficiary No. 8 crore’ of the Ujjwala scheme wanted biryani to be the first dish she made using her LPG connection. Some problems later, it’s tea.

Maharashtra polls: Clamour for local face, Yeola seat may not be cakewalk for three-time MLA Bhujbal

 At a recent meeting, held by Sharad Pawar in Nashik, residents of Yeola, including the NCP chief’s one-time ally Manikrao Shinde, reportedly urged Pawar to ensure that Bhujbal did not get a ticket this time.

Man dies in Nashik jail three days after incarceration, relatives blame officials

Gorakh Ramdas Kakde (25), a driver from Chalisgaon in Jalgaon, was estranged from his wife Deepali Kakde.

Sound of faith: Nashik’s Muslim drummers pray their music binds communities

Khalil says while they have never faced any hostility for their faith in the past, the instances have increased where being Muslim has caused problems for them.

In Nashik, convict-turned-master sculptor teaches prisoners the art of making Ganesh idols

Depressed over his eight-year conviction in a rape case, Pawar found his calling as a master sculptor, training prisoners double his age the art of designing and developing clay models.

Two years after state govt phased them out, typewriters set to return

This will help at least 200 manual typewriting institutes in the state, but the move has upset more than 3,000 institute owners who have stopped offering manual typewriting classes and sold their typewriters after the state’s 2017 order.

Gone off the rails: How and why the Mumbai Monorail project flopped

The Monorail was hailed as the panacea for Mumbai’s transportation woes. Shoddy planning has turned the project into a white elephant. The Indian Express finds out how and why it has flopped.

‘Procurement of spare parts from foreign vendors takes time… affecting services’: D L N Murthy

COO, Mumbai Monorail, speaks to The Indian Express on what is being done to ensure that the project picks up pace and improve the commuting experience.

Hardlook: Open for entries

Several prominent Congress and NCP leaders crossed over to BJP and Shiv Sena recently. The Indian Express analyses how this is reshaping the political map of the state ahead of Assembly elections

Maharashtra Police deradicalisation project: Core curriculum step by step

As the ongoing series in The Indian Express showed, after speaking to officials and individuals part of the programme, the deradicalisation programme has helped pull back 120 youth, including six women, from the brink of jihadi recruitment.

Explained: Why Shiv Sena, BJP, NCP are planning state-wide ‘yatras’ ahead of Maharashtra polls

The Shiv Sena was the early bird with a Jan Ashirwad Yatra fronted by Yuva Sena chief and party scion Aditya Thackeray. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis followed with his own month-long Maha Janadesh Yatra which began Thursday and the NCP, too, has planned one.

Maharashtra Assembly polls: AIMIM sets its eyes on contesting over 80 seats

On the back of its success in the Lok Sabha elections and the general disarray in the ranks of the Congress-NCP, the AIMIM is hoping to capitalise by fielding more candidates in the state polls.

Explained: Here’s what Census data show about migrations to Mumbai

Mumbai attracts migrants from every state in India. The state that sent the largest share of migrants to Mumbai (nearly 41 per cent) was Uttar Pradesh.