Category archives: Celebrity

Silenced Zia-ul-Haq reportedly had the evidence to nail Raja Bhaiya’s role in the 2012 riots

In Pic :Silenced Zia-ul-Haq . Murder charges and clashes with cops are nothing new for Raja Bhaiya. But his alleged role in the murder of a police officer could derail his charmed life. FEW PEOPLE are able to maintain a life in politics coterminous with a life in crime. Raja Bhaiya, a strongman in Uttar Pradesh, has done exactly that for two decades. But comeuppance is the staple of the men of […]

For her, toilets signify dignity

You’ve probably heard of Puri, the sea-side resort in Odisha. But have you heard of Sagada, a tiny village in Puri’s Nimapada block? Kabita Nayak (44), strong and gritty, hadn’t heard of Sagada either, until she came to the village as a young bride in 1985. India was taking slow steps towards liberalisation but Sagada stood out for reasons no one would ever want to advertise. Imagine a village, an […]

Is Narendra Modi another Sanjay Gandhi?

‘To Sanjay Gandhi, the means were not as important as the end…’ ‘The appeal that someone like Narendra Modi holds is precisely this — that he gets things done. Don’t ask too many questions about how he gets it done though…’ ‘But that’s exactly what is dangerous because that is how authoritarianism comes in. It always comes in with public consent.’ Vinod Mehta, editor extraordinaire, speaks to Rediff.com‘s Saisuresh Sivaswamy in […]

The Man We Released At Kandahar

Q&A Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, 46, Commander-In-Chief, Al-Umar Mujahideen MUSHTAQ ZARGAR is the chief of pro-Pakistan Al-Umar Mujahideen, which had 700 militants when the Kashmiri insurgency was at its peak in the 1990s. Zargar, who comes from a copper polishing family, crossed the LoC in 1988, and rose to lead Al-Umar after breaking away from pro-azaadi JKLF in 1990. Al-Umar’s key men were killed in gunfights and Zargar was arrested from his hideout […]

Why is Behenji missed?

At a time when Akhilesh Yadav led-government in Uttar Pradesh is embroiled in charges of mismanagement, corruption and power struggle, one can’t help but remember Yadav’s predecessor. A lot of people may hate Mayawati for various reasons. Yet there could be no denying that there were still ample reasons why one would love the 57-year old heiress of the political empire founded by her mentor Kanshi Ram, who gave that […]

Ramdev follows Kejriwal, announces political outfit

Four months after Arvind Kejriwal announced his Aam Aadmi Party, yoga guru Ramdev followed suit. On Wednesday, Ramdev announced he was forming a political outfit. Its name and coalition possibilities would be announced within two months  Ramdev said the party’s focus would be on fighting corruption and bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks. But it would also “work towards” forming the government in the Centre.   Declaring he has […]

Varun Gandhi acquitted in one of two hate speech cases

Pilibhit: A court in Uttar Pradesh has acquitted BJP leader Varun Gandhi in one of two cases that accuse him of making hate speeches while campaigning in his constituency of Pilibhit in 2009 for the national elections. The second case is expected to be decided on Friday. Mr Gandhi won his parliamentary election after he spent 19 days in jail. He has denied that the speeches he delivered were designed […]

Indian media uses late MQM MPA photo for Hyderabad blasts suspect

Indian media on Sunday mistakenly used an image of the late MPA Manzar Imam for an alleged suspect involved in the recent blasts in Hyderabad, India, Express News reported. At least 18 people were killed and over 50 were wounded in multiple blasts in the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on Thursday. Imam, a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was killed in a targeted attack on January 17, […]

Media, police should be more sensitive toward Dalits, Muslims: Siddiqui

In Pic :Journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui addressing the media along with his family at Press Club of Bangalore, after releasing from Parappana Agrahara Central Jail on 26,02,2012. Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy “If I was the mastermind, then why are the others still in jail?” A day after his release from jail, 26-year-old journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui has accused the police of harbouring an “institutional bias” against the Muslim community. “If I wasn’t […]

Don’t be ashamed of Parliament attack, Afzal wrote

Why should you call it a conspiracy? If Dec 13 is a conspiracy, then entire Kashmir militancy is,” Afzal told Hizb chief Salahuddin through an Urdu weekly editor in 2008 Nearly five years before his execution at Delhi’s Tihar Jail for the December 13, 2001, terrorist strike on Parliament, Afzal Guru purportedly justified the attack in a letter to the editor of an Urdu weekly in Srinagar. Writing by hand, […]