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Ashutosh Mishra

Ashutosh Mishra

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Ashutosh Mishra is a Bhubaneswar-based journalist with more than three decades of experience in the field. Starting his career with the Times of India he has worked for a number of reputed publicat ...more

Ashutosh Mishra is a Bhubaneswar-based journalist with more than three decades of experience in the field. Starting his career with the Times of India he has worked for a number of reputed publications including Sunday Mail, the Pioneer, Mail Today, Down to Earth and the Telegraph. Having reported extensively on human condition and politics he has a unique perspective on these issues.

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Posts by Ashutosh Mishra

Odisha elections 2019
Op-Ed: Major Parties in Odisha Face Rebel Threat

Bhubaneswar: Candidate selection is invariably an invidious exercise in any political party at the time of elections. But the wave of discontent currently sweeping the three major parties of the state over the issue is...

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Op-Ed: Will Dilip Ray Also Return to BJP?

Bhubaneswar: With veteran Bijay  Mohapatra mollified and back in the BJP fold there is intense speculation about the possible return of his comrade-in-arms, former union minister, Dilip Ray to the party. Ray, who was elected...

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Op-Ed: Family To The Fore in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Sons, daughters and wives, this election seems to be all about family. Major political parties, which do not tire of railing against dynastic politics, appear to be promoting the same. A look at their...

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Op-Ed: High Stake Battles To Spice Up Elections

Bhubaneswar: Some interesting battles are on the cards in these elections which are a crucial test of popularity for the three major parties of the state, more so for the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal...

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Op-Ed: Down the memory lane: An object lesson In election reporting

Bhubaneswar: I cut my journalistic teeth reporting for a highly respected newspaper–perhaps the best and the most powerful in the country ( it still is)—in undivided Bihar. The state was a political hotbed and you...

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Op-Ed: Major parties pay lip service to women's cause

Bhubaneswar: Pradesh Mahila Congress chief, Sumitra Jena has vociferously complained about inadequate representation to women in the distribution of party tickets. The first list of the party for the Lok Sabha did not have the...

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Op-Ed: Let Expediency Rule, This Is Election Time!

Bhubaneswar: This is election time, the season of defections. Political loyalties become conveniently fickle at this time and expediency invariably gets precedence over principles. What else can explain former minister, Damodar Rout, a lifelong critic...

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Op-Ed: Modi and Naveen Winning the Perception War

Bhubaneswar: In politics, like most other things in life, it is perception that matters most. And no one knows this better than Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik. Both are past...

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Op-Ed: Will Naveen’s Western Odisha Gamble Pay Off ?

Bhubaneswar: For the first time in his political career chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has decided to contest from two seats simultaneously—Hinjili, his traditional seat in Ganjam district, and Bijepur in western Odisha’s Bargarh district. His...

Odisha elections 2019
Op-Ed: Whose manifesto is it anyway?

Bhubaneswar: Manifestoes are an integral part of elections in India. They are supposed to mirror the thinking of the political parties in the fray and their understanding of the collective aspirations of the people they...

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Op-Ed: Poll Rhetoric Set To Get More Acerbic In The State

Bhubaneswar: Announcement of the poll schedule by the Election Commission has set the political temperature soaring in the state. With the Commission staggering the polls and Odisha set to vote in four phases stretching from...

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Op-Ed: Will Rahul Visit Boost Congress Prospects in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: On his third visit to the state in the last two months, Congress president Rahul Gandhi did not put a foot wrong in Jeypore, the political and commercial nerve centre of undivided Koraput district,...

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Op-Ed: Rulers Must Ensure That Police Morale Remains High

Bhubaneswar: Recently we saw on our TV screens disturbing visuals of a bunch of hoodlums ransacking a police station in the state capital and attacking the men in khaki. Some of the accused, who are...

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Op-Ed: Jay Panda’s BJP Gambit

Bhubaneswar: Setting all speculations at rest former Kendrapara MP, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has finally joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. His saffron switch was expected, but yet when it came about, it was a big media...

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Op-Ed: Homo Sapiens To Blame For The Plight of Aquatic Species In The State

Bhubaneswar: The recent dolphin survey in the state threw up some startling figures. The number of these human-friendly mammals in Odisha’s known aquatic ecosystems, has fallen alarmingly, coming down from 469 in 2018 to 259...

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Op-Ed: The State Must Change Its Attitude Towards Tribals

Bhubaneswar: The Kondh tribals of Niyamgiri, a forest-clad hill in Kalahandi that shot into international focus during the anti-bauxite mining movement, are reportedly gearing up for another battle, this time against possible eviction in the...

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Op-Ed: Naveen Government's Response to Farmers' Issues Inadequate

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Bandh organised by Naba Nirman Krushak Sangthan (NNKS), an umbrella body of farmers, was a reminder that everything is not fine with the state’s vast farming community, a major contributor to the...

Op-Ed: Will Congress’ Priyanka Gamble Pay off?

Bhubaneswar: The formal induction of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of AICC president, Rahul Gandhi, into the Congress with the responsibility of the crucial eastern UP belt being placed on her shoulders, has caused ripples...

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Op-Ed: Congress In Odisha Stares At An Uncertain Future

Bhubaneswar: As elections draw closer the fluctuating fortunes of Congress, the main opposition party in the state, are being closely watched. The Grand Old party, which ruled the state for the longest period and was...

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Op-Ed: Shah’s 120 Plus, An Unrealistic Target

Bhubaneswar: Odisha figures prominently in the BJP’s scheme of things for the approaching elections. This is obvious from the repeated visits of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and party chief, Amit Shah. Modi had even chosen...

Ashutosh Mishra is a Bhubaneswar-based journalist with more than three decades of experience in the field. Starting his career with the Times of India he has worked for a number of reputed publications including Sunday Mail, the Pioneer, Mail Today, Down to Earth and the Telegraph. Having reported extensively on human condition and politics he has a unique perspective on these issues.