Chetan Chauhan

Chetan Chauhan

Chetan Chauhan heads regional editions as Deputy National Affairs Editor. A journalist for over 20 years, he has written extensively on social sector with special focus on environment and political economy.

Articles by Chetan Chauhan
Several states are in the favour of allowing interstate travel while some are against it.(HT Photo/Himanshu Vyas)
Several states are in the favour of allowing interstate travel while some are against it.(HT Photo/Himanshu Vyas)

Lockdown 4.0: Here’s what different states are considering to open

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 08:27 PM IST
Different states are coming up with state specific strategies for the fourth phase of lockdown.
In this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the green zones sacred, and emphasised that while practising social distancing, these regions will contribute to economic activity.(ANI photo)
In this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the green zones sacred, and emphasised that while practising social distancing, these regions will contribute to economic activity.(ANI photo)

Need to focus on economy in battle against Covid: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 05:41 AM IST
This is widely being interpreted as a sign that after May 3, the lockdown will continue in red zones — which are home to clusters of cases — while there can be further relaxations in the less affected zones.
Enrolment for manual work under the MGNREGS, which provides at least 100 days of employment a year to at least one member of every rural household, has risen 10-fold in Rajasthan and Maharashtra(HT File Photo)
Enrolment for manual work under the MGNREGS, which provides at least 100 days of employment a year to at least one member of every rural household, has risen 10-fold in Rajasthan and Maharashtra(HT File Photo)

Spike in demand for NREGS jobs, PDS ration hints at rural distress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 02:24 AM IST
In the absence of any real-time data, the MGNREGS and the PDS act as pointers to the state of the rural economy and the living conditions of the marginalised sections.
The order may help industries to find workers. A large number of workers have left for their home states after the 21-day lockdown was enforced from March 25.(HT file photo)
The order may help industries to find workers. A large number of workers have left for their home states after the 21-day lockdown was enforced from March 25.(HT file photo)

Covid curbs relaxation: Factories to run at limited capacity

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 07:32 AM IST
The conditional relaxations announced by the Centre focus on the rural sector and daily-wage earners and do not apply to so-called hotspot districts where most of the coronavirus cases have been detected.
People are thermal screened and sensitized about the coronavirus by workers in PPE.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
People are thermal screened and sensitized about the coronavirus by workers in PPE.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Infections with no symptoms raise concerns across states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 11:32 AM IST
An analysis by HT found that 65% of Maharashtra’s 3,648 cases and 75% of Uttar Pradesh’s 974 cases did not show symptoms at the time of testing.
Only aggressive testing can help identify a number of asymptomatic cases that can further spread the disease.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Only aggressive testing can help identify a number of asymptomatic cases that can further spread the disease.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

Coronavirus outbreak: 50 to 82% Covid cases in India are asymptomatic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 11:23 PM IST
India has high number of asymptomatic coronavirus cases which underlines the importance of increased testing and isolation of patients, say experts.
A civic worker sanitizes an area as policemen stand guard after a protest against the ongoing lockdown, at a slum in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 14, 2020.(AP photo)
A civic worker sanitizes an area as policemen stand guard after a protest against the ongoing lockdown, at a slum in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 14, 2020.(AP photo)

India’s Covid fight so far is marked by hits and misses

UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 05:03 AM IST
During this period, the virus spread from 85 districts to 368 of the total 718 districts in India; 1,300 containment zones with a large number of Covid cases were demarcated and completely sealed.
Migrant workers from other states look through the window of a room in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, during lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Mumbai.(AP)
Migrant workers from other states look through the window of a room in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, during lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Mumbai.(AP)

Coronavirus: 816 cases jolt India amid harder curbs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul, Anisha Dutta, Chetan Chauhan and Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 08:12 AM IST
On Thursday, India reported a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, adding 816 infections to take the total case count up to 6,701, according to a compilation of the official data released by states.
An MCD worker sprays disinfectant while sanitizing the West Vinod Nagar area which has been declared a containment zone, on day sixteen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
An MCD worker sprays disinfectant while sanitizing the West Vinod Nagar area which has been declared a containment zone, on day sixteen of the 21 day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Coronavirus update: India sets up 1,200 Covid-19 containment zones; Maharashtra tops this list

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 03:55 PM IST
In containment zones , the police, including special response team of armed commandoes, maintain a round-the-clock watch, assisted with CCTV cameras and drones. Essentials are being delivered by Covid volunteers.
Workers manufacturing Personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for the medical staff in Kolkata.(ANI Photo)
Workers manufacturing Personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for the medical staff in Kolkata.(ANI Photo)

Shortage of safety equipment crippling states’ Covid-19 containment efforts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 06:07 AM IST
Admitting the shortage, UP health secretary, Amit Mohan Prasad said 31 units in the state had started manufacturing kits and that the government had also placed orders with other companies.
This may be the first phase of the easing, the official said, adding that the second would cover the districts with relatively few patients.(S Bate/HT)
This may be the first phase of the easing, the official said, adding that the second would cover the districts with relatively few patients.(S Bate/HT)

Will districts with no Covid-19 cases be first to be unlocked?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan and Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 02:49 AM IST
This strategy could be crucial to lifting the three-week lockdown in force since March 25 without risking a resurgence of the disease.
Laboratory technicians sit next to boxes containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
Laboratory technicians sit next to boxes containing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing kits at a sample collection centre in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 crisis: At 32 per million, India lagging far behind on testing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 06:42 AM IST
Worryingly, questions also remain about whether Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set unrealistic standards for testing kits.
Medics, wearing masks, walk as the police cordoned off an area in Nizamuddin after some people showed coronavirus symptoms, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Medics, wearing masks, walk as the police cordoned off an area in Nizamuddin after some people showed coronavirus symptoms, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Covid-19 crisis: At 32 per million, India lags far behind on testing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Health officials in Kerala said that much more tests was a reason for the state, with population of 34.8 million, reporting highest number of Covid cases in the country.
Deserted Old Railway road in Haryana’s Gurugram during the first day of national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Deserted Old Railway road in Haryana’s Gurugram during the first day of national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

India under Covid-19 lockdown: All about the disaster management law

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Coronavirus update: The Disaster Management Act, 2005 gives the Central government powers to take quick policy decisions and impose restrictions on people to manage a disaster. Here’s an explainer on what the law entails for people and governments in these difficult times.
A man with Covid-19 symptoms gets down from an ambulance at the Government Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, India.(AP)
A man with Covid-19 symptoms gets down from an ambulance at the Government Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, India.(AP)

Covid-19| 52 labs for coronavirus test for 1.3 billion people: An appraisal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 11:29 PM IST
There are not more than 50,000 isolation beds across hospitals in the states to admit patients or suspected coronavirus cases in a country of 1.3 billion people, and most of them are in the capitals and major district hospitals.
A male African cheetah released at his enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad.
A male African cheetah released at his enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad.

Rajasthan, Gujarat look to beat MP in hosting cheetahs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Bhopal | By Chetan Chauhan and Ranjan
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 11:49 PM IST
The Supreme Court last week allowed the Centre to take a call on the introduction after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) sought its permission for introducing the cheetah from Namibia.
The Census is a decadal exercise for the collection of data on households and various demographic, socioeconomic and other parameters of the entire population.(HT File Photo)
The Census is a decadal exercise for the collection of data on households and various demographic, socioeconomic and other parameters of the entire population.(HT File Photo)

The low-down on Census, NPR exercises | HT explainer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2020 10:23 AM IST
The census data collected is used for planning and policymaking and provides valuable inputs about the impact of government policies.
Cyclone Fani that hit Odisha in May was among the high impact weather events of 2019, according to World Meteorological Organisation.(Twitter/@Indiametdept)
Cyclone Fani that hit Odisha in May was among the high impact weather events of 2019, according to World Meteorological Organisation.(Twitter/@Indiametdept)

Goodbye 2019: A year of extreme rainfall, highest cyclones and severe cold

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 08:33 AM IST
The IMD declared July 2019, as the hottest every July recorded in meteorological history with 65.12% of India’s population exposed to temperature over 40 degree Celsius.
In the campaign for the 2019 assembly elections, Soren has campaigned only for a few days ahead of the fifth and final phase of voting. (Photo @ShibuSorenJMM)
In the campaign for the 2019 assembly elections, Soren has campaigned only for a few days ahead of the fifth and final phase of voting. (Photo @ShibuSorenJMM)

Jharkhand polls: In Santhal region, JMM fights for ex-CM Shibu Soren’s pride

Hindustan Times, Dumka | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 12:46 AM IST
Locals and experts say the ageing Shibu Soren’s influence has waned in the past five years. Soren rose to prominence after his 1972 agitation against local money lenders, called mahajans, who lent money by keeping tribal land as mortgage.
Tribals overall make up 26.3% of Jharkhand’s population, of whom 91.7% reside in the villages.(ANI)
Tribals overall make up 26.3% of Jharkhand’s population, of whom 91.7% reside in the villages.(ANI)

Minority rights and conversions figure among poll issues in Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, Jamtara/Ramgarh | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 04:57 AM IST
The opposition says the BJP has ignored demands of Muslims, Christians; ruling party says it has worked for everyone.
Neeraj Singh, husband of Congress candidate Purnima Singh, who was shot dead in 2017.(HT file photo)
Neeraj Singh, husband of Congress candidate Purnima Singh, who was shot dead in 2017.(HT file photo)

2-year-old murder case now focal point of Jharkhand poll campaign in mining town

Hindustan Times, Jharia | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:33 AM IST
Suraj Deo Singh’s family has been winning the seat because of the clout of the Janata Majdoor Sangh, said Mohammed Salim, a coal mine worker in Jharia, who senses a degree of anti-incumbency against the family.
The NRC in Assam was mandated and monitored by the Supreme Court in 2014 and was based on the 1951 NRC done in Assam and voters’ lists of 1961, 1966 and 1971 — together bunched as legacy documents.(AP FILE)
The NRC in Assam was mandated and monitored by the Supreme Court in 2014 and was based on the 1951 NRC done in Assam and voters’ lists of 1961, 1966 and 1971 — together bunched as legacy documents.(AP FILE)

Amit Shah reiterates call for pan-India National Register of Citizens: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 10:10 AM IST
NRC is a verified digital register having names and basic demographic information about all Indian citizens in a digital format.
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda holds the distinction of being the longest serving independent legislator in the state.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT File Photo)
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda holds the distinction of being the longest serving independent legislator in the state.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT File Photo)

Despite corruption charge, Madhu Koda’s clout remains intact

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 01:10 PM IST
Koda, once a worker for the Rashtriya Swayamseval Sangh, started his journey in 2000 when he was elected to the Bihar legislature from Jagannathpur on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket.
The core issue in rural areas, especially in tribal-dominated villages, appears to be a fear of losing land. There also appears to be a discontentment over issues like the poor delivery of the subsidised rations under the Public Distribution System (PDS).(ANI)
The core issue in rural areas, especially in tribal-dominated villages, appears to be a fear of losing land. There also appears to be a discontentment over issues like the poor delivery of the subsidised rations under the Public Distribution System (PDS).(ANI)

Battle of two narratives in Jharkhand poll arena

Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Chaibasa/Dhanbad/Jamshedpur/Dumka | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 07:32 AM IST
The BJP’s election campaign stresses ‘double engine’ growth while the opposition JMM promises ‘restoration of land rights’.
Malnutrition is not an election issue in poll-bound Jharkhand, especially in tribal-dominated districts such as West Singhbhum, where the hot button issues are potable water, access to foodgrains through the Public Distribution System, and electricity. Around 45.3% of children in the state are malnourished, according to the National Family Heath Survey 2015-16, compared to the national average of 38.4%.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)
Malnutrition is not an election issue in poll-bound Jharkhand, especially in tribal-dominated districts such as West Singhbhum, where the hot button issues are potable water, access to foodgrains through the Public Distribution System, and electricity. Around 45.3% of children in the state are malnourished, according to the National Family Heath Survey 2015-16, compared to the national average of 38.4%.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019| Malnutrition neglected as poll issue

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Chetan Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2019 12:12 AM IST
More than half of all newborn children are stunted (low height for age) and a third suffer from wasting (low weight for height), according to a report of public health experts from Harvard University and Tata Trusts, who are mapping India’s development indicators for each district.
In this file pic, a passersby reads a plaque written in, Pathalgadi, a local dialectwhich carried certain articles of the Indian Constitution meant for 5th Schedule areas. It specifically warns outsiders from entering, wandering, living or settling down in tribal villages at Bhandra Village in Khunti District.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)
In this file pic, a passersby reads a plaque written in, Pathalgadi, a local dialectwhich carried certain articles of the Indian Constitution meant for 5th Schedule areas. It specifically warns outsiders from entering, wandering, living or settling down in tribal villages at Bhandra Village in Khunti District.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)

Assembly Elections 2019| In poll-bound Jharkhand, Pathalgadi movement signals tribal distress

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Chetan Chauhan and Bedanti Saran
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 06:01 AM IST
Pathalgadi is a traditional practice of Munda Adivasis of erecting stone slabs (pathals) in honour of their ancestors, to announce important decisions regarding their families and villages or to mark the boundary of their villages.
Mumbai residents protest against Jharkhand Police who dropped murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case, in Thane on September 14, 2019.
Mumbai residents protest against Jharkhand Police who dropped murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case, in Thane on September 14, 2019.

As kin try to pick up pieces, mob violence finds place in manifestos

Hindustan Times, Ramgarh/Saraikela | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 01:01 AM IST
Ansari’s was among 20 lynching cases recorded in the tribal-dominated state since 2016, the highest number of lynching cases for any state in the country, according to civil society group Human Rights Watch
In the 2011 Census, the NRC was to be a subset of the National Population Register (NPR), which is a register of the usual residents of a country.(AP)
In the 2011 Census, the NRC was to be a subset of the National Population Register (NPR), which is a register of the usual residents of a country.(AP)

BJP’s pan-India NRC pitch: Decoding the National Register of Citizens debate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 10:23 AM IST
NRC is a verified digital register having names and basic demographic information about all Indian citizens in a digital format.
A dense smog cover over Ghaziabad. The Uttar Pradesh city remained the most polluted in the country for three consecutive days after Diwali.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)
A dense smog cover over Ghaziabad. The Uttar Pradesh city remained the most polluted in the country for three consecutive days after Diwali.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

Baghpat, Jind among new pollution hot spots in north India, shows data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 05:46 AM IST
Since October 1, when the pollution levels in the northern plain started to deteriorate, several northern cities had higher pollution levels than Delhi. Tracking air pollution this winter clearly shows that several cities in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the new hot spots as compared to places such as Gwalior and Jhansi, which used to have high particulate pollution.
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