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Seema Chishti

Articles By Seema Chishti

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Surveillance via WhatsApp: Rights lawyers to activists, DU prof to scribes on snoop list

Among over two dozen users whose phones have been targeted by operators using Pegasus spyware.

WhatsApp reveals Israeli spyware was used to snoop on Indian journalists, activists

It is learnt that about a dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were contacted and alerted by WhatsApp that their phones had been under state-of-the-art surveillance for a two-week period until Ma

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Express adda: As artistes we take no sides, we take the side of what’s right, says Vishal Bhardwaj

The latest edition of the Express Adda in New Delhi hosted director and composer Vishal Bhardwaj. In a discussion moderated by Deputy Editor Seema Chishti, Bhardwaj spoke on making films and music, the role of cinema and why

The characters were not aspirational but that’s what drew me to them, says Tabu

This edition of Express Adda, held at The Claridges, New Delhi, hosted actor Tabu. In a discussion moderated by Deputy Editor Seema Chishti, Tabu talked about playing dark characters with layers, exploring changing relationsh

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Idea Exchange: Print media will survive the social media onslaught, says BBC Director General Tony Hall

In the UK, we (the BBC) have 3% of sports rights but 40% of the audience. So what’s going on there? We have just signed a deal with the (English) Premier League for a highlights programme called Match of the Day.

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Art should be frontally open to rejection, not these critic kind of rejections, says TM Krishna

This edition of Express Adda, held at The Claridges, New Delhi, hosted Carnatic maestro TM Krishna. In a discussion with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti and Associate Editor Amrith Lal, Krishna spoke about chal

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Anyone who tries to control the media is making a huge mistake: Veteran journalist Sir Mark Tully

Mark Tully spoke on being a celebrity journalist before the age of the selfie, the BBC scooping the news of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and why he thinks an assault on ideas will not go too far in India.

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‘We live in a fear-based industry. That is the motivator, the prime mover’

The latest edition of the Express Adda held at Tote on the Turf in Mumbai hosted actor Saif Ali Khan.

Cricketer Rohit Sharma on batting, criticism, pink ball and more

THIS EDITION of the Express Adda held at Tote on the Turf, Lower Parel, Mumbai, saw India’s star batsman Rohit Sharma in conversation with The Indian Express Deputy Editor, Seema Chishti...

In fact: Why calling India’s disabled ‘divyang’ won’t enable them

At a meeting in early December last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he thought persons with disability should be renamed as people who are “divyang”, or possessed with divinity.

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In fact: Why calling India’s disabled ‘divyang’ won’t enable them

India was the among the first countries to sign and ratify the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which uses the term “Persons with Disabilities”.

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Modi government’s second year: Too many controversies, too little governance?

The biggest worry for Modi sarkar is the state of the economy which has shown signs of worsening decline in the past few months.

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Between the lines of Tina Dabi’s IAS success story

Tina Dabi, the IAS Topper this year, is gracious and calm despite the pressures of the moment. A story of “patience and consistency”, as she puts it herself.

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Why govt is wrong to argue Kohinoor was ‘gift’ to British

A former Permanent Representative to UNESCO says India has always had a principled line on the Kohinoor’s return, and the matter has been in the domain of the MEA, not the Culture Ministry.

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I can get the youth to dream. They have fewer biases about society: APJ Abdul Kalam

As India’s 11th President, APJ Abdul Kalam led an active public life and came to be known as the People’s President. In this Idea Exchange from 2009, moderated by deputy editor Seema Chishti, Kalam speaks about his ideas,

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‘Mrs Gandhi paid for Emergency. If bad things had not happened… she would never have lost the elections’

Forty years after the Emergency, RK Dhawan, Indira Gandhi’s closest aide and her biggest confidante, admits to excesses during those times, blames then chief ministers for ‘instigating’ Sanjay Gandhi and insists Emerg

In inoculation and irony, the Emergency’s lasting lessons

Columbia University professor Philip Oldenburg has written about how “political scientists did not expect India to survive as a democracy...

HC on Indira Gandhi's murder

Inch for an inch: Govt works out a metre-to-paise rate

Did the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs give an inch, or did it take a mile? That’s the question, as officials across states and at various levels ponder how to take the measure of a measuring tape.

‘Shariah’ Mutual Fund scheme deferral: Is govt prejudiced with the word, ask MPs

SBI Mutual Fund, after detailed studies, internal reports and due procedure, was set to launch the Shariah-compliant scheme on December 1, 2014.

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Express Adda: Once the election is over, you have to take care of people without differentiating, says Vasundhara Raje

The Express Adda presented by Yes Bank in association with Olive and IIFL was at The guppy pop up at Olive, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, last week. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje spoke to Seema Chishti, Deputy Editor, and P V

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Express Adda: We have to understand that children cannot be vote banks, says Smriti Irani

At the Express Adda held in Delhi, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani in conversation with The Indian Express deputy editor Seema Chishti, spoke...

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‘The one lesson I have learnt is that I will never resign’

At the latest edition of Express Adda, held last week at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai, in association...

‘The one lesson I have learnt is that I will never resign’
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