articles by Rashme Sehgal

India

Heatwave hits over half of India, with 15 cities among world's hottest; Pune sizzles at highest temp in 50 years

Bengaluru, where summer temperatures rarely crossed 26 degrees, is presently seeing temperatures hovering at around 40 degrees as are other regions in central Karnataka

Politics

'Priyanka has a nose for detail, and Rahul is great with strategy': A look into relationship of India's best-known dynasts as Lok Sabha election voting ends

When Rahul had decided to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, many believed that the wrong Gandhi sibling had joined politics. Priyanka, it was widely held, was more suited for the role

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Lok Sabha election: In Himachal Pradesh, dynasts gear up to capture Hamirpur, Mandi with eye on tenure in Delhi

Prem Singh Dhumal’s loss sent out a strong warning signal to Anurag Thakur and the public here believe that it was only during the last two years that Anurag had begun devoting time to his constituency.

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I was Captain of INS Viraat in 1987 when Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul went to Lakshadweep, there were no foreigners on board, says Vinod Pasricha

Vice Admiral (retired) Vinod Pasricha, who was the captain of INS Viraat in December 1987, categorically denied that former prime minister and late Rajiv Gandhi had used this warship as his 'personal taxi' to enjoy a vacation in the island of Lakshadweep as alleged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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UPA 3 will be a reality after 23 May, says Sachin Pilot: BJP's national issue poll plank a misplaced perception, says Rajasthan deputy CM

Lok Sabha election 2019: Rajasthan Congress president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who has been travelling across the state, expressed confidence that Congress will do well at the hustings.

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Independent candidates from Varanasi accuse EC of bias towards Narendra Modi after poll panel axes nominations on flimsy grounds

The candidates contesting from Varanasi against Narendra Modi have just a little over two weeks to campaign. They all admit that defeating the prime minister is going to prove difficult, but they hope people will take cognisance of their issues.

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Are the armed forces becoming politicised with nationalism and security being cornerstone of 2019 election?

The 2019 Lok Sabha election has been the most vituperative the country has witnessed with nationalism and security issues forming its cornerstone

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Lok Sabha polls: Congress plays coy as Varanasi prepares for Priyanka Gandhi versus Narendra Modi battle

Priyanka, not one to reveal anything in advance, is keeping her cards close to her chest. So is her brother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The siblings certainly believe in keeping suspense alive. Their brief hints on just how important this constituency is for the Congress have kept political watchers on their toes.

India

In Narendra Modi's constituency of Varanasi, demolition of 250-year-old buildings for religious corridor creates resentment

Many Varanasi residents are concerned about the way around 300 buildings in the heart of the city were demolished to construct the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Corridor.

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Jats in western UP remain divided even as Ajit Singh, gathbandhan express confidence on turning tide against Modi

Jats in western Uttar Pradesh, whose voting preference usually set the trend in the state, and who had voted in favour of Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, remain undecided a day before phase-I of polling begins for the Lok Sabha Election 2019

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Ganga water quality has worsened due to untreated sewage, govt should have prioritised clean-up project, says chief of NGO

Sankat Mochan Foundation, which has been monitoring the quality of the Ganga water for over three decades, found in its latest study that levels of faecal coliform bacteria had risen substantially, while levels of dissolved oxygen had dropped.

India

Development projects vs lack of toilets: Contrast between Modi-adopted villages in Varanasi, Dalit village in Mirzapur

There's a striking difference between Jayapur and Nagepur villages in Varanasi, which Narendra Modi adopted, and the Dalit-dominated Tedhwa in Mirzapur.

India

India must play hardball against Pakistan's terror policy, dialogue lulls us into complacency: Ex-dy NSA Satish Chandra

A large swathe of India's security establishment believe in imposing a cost on Pakistan for exporting terror to India. They warn against holding any dialogue with Pakistan till such time as Pakistan-sponsored terrorism did not end.

India

Indus Waters Treaty doesn't fit into current sociopolitical situation of India-Pakistan, says riverine expert Uttam Sinha

Referring to the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan after the Uri attack, Modi had said 'blood and water can't flow together'. It remains to be seen how things will unfold after Pulwama.

India

After Pulwama attack, call for uniform compensation across states for war widows grows louder

Between 2014 and 2018, a total of 339 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir, a 176% jump from the Manmohan Singh regime, according to figures released by the Ministry of Home Affairs this month

India

Paramilitary forces gravely dissatisfied with lack of pay parity as promise of better service conditions remains unfulfilled

Despite the India-Pakistan conflict escalating after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Pakistan's Balakot and additional paramilitary forces being deployed in the Kashmir Valley to quell any insurgency, the issue of pay parity among Indian security forces continues to simmer.

India

'After Pulwama, can't be business as usual': Defence experts demand policy changes, accountability, modernisation of armoury

Post Pulwama, the question that security experts are asking is who should be held accountable for both policy and intelligence failures in Kashmir.

India

Political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir has given rise to incidents like Pulwama attack: Counter-terror expert Ajai Sahni

Dr Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management is a counter-terrorism expert who focuses on terrorism in South Asia. He feels that only a political initiative in the Valley will help curb terrorism

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'Anybody better than Modi': N Chandrababu Naidu on step-motherly treatment of AP, Mahagathbandhan

N Chandrababu Naidu talks on the "grave injustice" done to his state, the possible repercussions on national unity, the Mahagathbandhan, the Lok Sabha polls and the agriculture crisis