Ashok Kumar Behera

Ashok Behera is a news editor of the national editions of Hindustan Times. He was heading the desk of HT’s Bhopal and Indore editions for over eight years. With a desk experience of over two decades, he has worked in newspapers in Delhi, Hyderabad, Panaij, Kolkata, Bangalore and Bhopal.

Articles by Ashok Kumar Behera

UP election results: Caste calculus, note ban and Hindutva behind BJP landslide

Road shows are not more than a show unless backed by consistent work on the ground. Here the Sangh Parivar was far ahead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at crowd during a road show in Varanasi on March 5. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with a thumping majority.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at crowd during a road show in Varanasi on March 5. The BJP won the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with a thumping majority.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2017 08:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Hyderabad univ to JNU: Dialogue the way to tackle ideological conflicts

Instead of pursuing the path of a dialogue, Modi’s government used police action in the JNU and bureaucratic methods in the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) to tackle ideological conflicts.

JNU students took out a march in support of JNUSU president who was sent to judicial custody.(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
JNU students took out a march in support of JNUSU president who was sent to judicial custody.(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 20, 2016 11:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

JNU campus refrain: ‘Govt sees the university as an ideological hurdle’

The arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar under anti-national charges is an attempt by the BJP government to snuff out the progressive voice of the university, kill campus activism and foist a Hindutva version of nationalism, said many academics and students of the university.

JNU students protest inside the university campus against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.(PTI)
JNU students protest inside the university campus against the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2016 05:18 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Greed for property and power behind Jharkhand witch hunts

Jharkhand is among the few states in the country to have a specific law against witch hunts. But the mild Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 2001 has not done much to stop the victimisation of women branded as daayan, or witches.

Police personnel at the spot where five women accused of practicing witchcraft were beaten to death in a village of Kinijia in Jharkhand on Saturday.(PTI)
Police personnel at the spot where five women accused of practicing witchcraft were beaten to death in a village of Kinijia in Jharkhand on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2015 11:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Greed for property and power behind Jharkhand witch hunts

Jharkhand is among the few states in the country to have a specific law against witch hunts. But the mild Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 2001 has not done much to stop the victimisation of women branded as daayan, a local term for witches.

Police-personnel-at-the-spot-where-five-women-accused-of-practicing-witchcraft-were-beaten-to-death-in-a-village-of-Kinijia-in-Jharkhand-on-Saturday-PTI-Photo
Police-personnel-at-the-spot-where-five-women-accused-of-practicing-witchcraft-were-beaten-to-death-in-a-village-of-Kinijia-in-Jharkhand-on-Saturday-PTI-Photo
Updated on Sep 19, 2015 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Academics back museum recast if Nehru not cast aside

The NDA government’s plan to revamp the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is welcome if it means expanding the compass of research on modern and contemporary India without diluting the Nehruvian legacy and distorting the saga of the freedom movement,senior academics said on Wednesday.

Updated on Sep 10, 2015 04:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jharkhand stuck in domicile tangle, experts divided

Opinion appears sharply divided over whether a contentious domicile policy for Jharkhand would benefit its largely impoverished indigenous, tribal population or only end up destroying the state’s delicate social fabric.

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Tribals-take-part-in-the-ancient-festival-Sarhul-in-Ranchi-Diwakar-Prasad-HT-Photo
Updated on Aug 23, 2015 06:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Watering down land law could hurt PM Modi: Experts

Tweaking rules to make it easier to acquire land for industry could dent PM Narendra Modi’s huge political capital unless he also ensures a commensurate rise in compensation for farmers, political experts and economists say.

Updated on Jul 29, 2014 10:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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