Danish Raza

Danish Raza is a special correspondent with the Hindustan Times. He covers gender, identity politics, human rights, conflicts and online speech.

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Life in the times of lockdown: Is your new routine hurting you?

Is the anxiety getting to you? Limit the time you spend worrying and scrolling through social media feeds. Make healthy meals and time with loved ones the focus of your day. Spend less time alone.
Play more music. its regular rhythms help create what is called cognitive ease.(Unsplash)
Play more music. its regular rhythms help create what is called cognitive ease.(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 11, 2020 09:06 AM IST
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Let us make you a celebrity: Agencies are tapping into the talent of your favourite social media stars

Social media influencer platforms guide content creators through brand promotion, digital culture and legal contracts
Sonal Devraj, co-founder of YouTube channel Team Naach, promotes brands which are in sync with her lifestyle and profession.
Sonal Devraj, co-founder of YouTube channel Team Naach, promotes brands which are in sync with her lifestyle and profession.
Updated on Mar 19, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Cricket: The men in blue you don’t know

A documentary film, The Other Men in Blue, tracks the raw grit and talent that has seen India’s blind cricket team bring home four World Cups
A still from the film.
A still from the film.
Published on Mar 13, 2020 07:57 PM IST
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If Romeo and Juliet did the bhangra

After Mughal-e-Azam, Feroz Abbas Khan is back with a folksy Punjabi retelling of the Shakespeare play
Raunaq & Jassi
Raunaq & Jassi
Published on Feb 07, 2020 05:10 PM IST
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Truck tales: Rajat Ubhaykar’s travelogue records his unique on-road experiences

The author travelled the country in trucks and discovered a new, different world
A stranded truck driver wash his face as he stranded at Srinagar-Jammu national highway.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A stranded truck driver wash his face as he stranded at Srinagar-Jammu national highway.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 18, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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How crowdsourced archives are making Indian history personal and accessible

Half-remembered anecdotes, photos from fading family albums, treasured tales and half-preserved keepsakes. In India, personal memory is finally becoming part of public record with crowdsourced archives, oral-history projects and online initiatives
This picture from 1918 shows Kuwait native Muhammad Salem al-Sudairawi, one of the wealthiest Arabs in Bombay. The photo was taken at his summer home in Poona.(Courtesy: Kuwait History & Gulf South Asia.)
This picture from 1918 shows Kuwait native Muhammad Salem al-Sudairawi, one of the wealthiest Arabs in Bombay. The photo was taken at his summer home in Poona.(Courtesy: Kuwait History & Gulf South Asia.)
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 06:23 PM IST
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Hindu Raksha Dal claims responsibility for JNU violence, police launch probe

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Published on Jan 07, 2020 09:41 PM IST
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Abracadbra is history: Meet the new-age magicians

Unlike traditional wizards, they use smartphones and tablets as props
Mumbai based digital illusionist Rajesh Kumar is one of the youngest in the industry.
Mumbai based digital illusionist Rajesh Kumar is one of the youngest in the industry.
Updated on Jan 05, 2020 01:43 PM IST
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The dying art of color painting black-and-white photos

The color painting of black-and-white photos reveals the link between the two art forms
An image Jaykumar Shankar painted for Paris based artist Vasantha Yoganathan.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
An image Jaykumar Shankar painted for Paris based artist Vasantha Yoganathan.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 25, 2020 01:48 AM IST
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Punjabi by birth, Bhojpuri by nature

Bhojpuri rappers are getting massive hits on YouTube. The surprise is that not all of them are from Bihar! Leading the pack is a boy from Punjab
Amreek Singh’s first song, Jai Jai Bihar (2016), crossed 3,00,000 views on YouTube, impressive for a debut song. A Punjabi from Gurugram, he wants to “better” the image of the Bhojpuri music industry.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Amreek Singh’s first song, Jai Jai Bihar (2016), crossed 3,00,000 views on YouTube, impressive for a debut song. A Punjabi from Gurugram, he wants to “better” the image of the Bhojpuri music industry.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 24, 2019 12:28 PM IST
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The last show: The mujra dancers at Delhi’s GB Road struggle to keep alive the once thriving form of entertainment

Once they danced for royalty and were known for their lavish lifestyles. But dwindling patronage and a changing cultural market have pushed mujra performers to the margins
The tinkling sound created by the ghungroos is distinctive to the mujra style of dancing.(The Magical Lens)
The tinkling sound created by the ghungroos is distinctive to the mujra style of dancing.(The Magical Lens)
Updated on Mar 09, 2019 01:50 PM IST
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They aim to save: Meet India’s authorised hunters

They rein in man-eaters and pull the trigger as a last option. This tough job has earned them admirers and critics.
Dehradun based dentist Prashant Singh is one of the authorised hunters in Uttarakhand. He also conducts workshops in areas affected by the human-animal conflict.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Dehradun based dentist Prashant Singh is one of the authorised hunters in Uttarakhand. He also conducts workshops in areas affected by the human-animal conflict.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 19, 2019 07:16 PM IST
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‘Accountability is a must in democracy’

First time voter, Binish Humayun says she will opt for the party that lays stress on education, women’s issues.
Nineteen-year-old Binish Humayun, an undergraduate student of Delhi University, will cast her first vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Nineteen-year-old Binish Humayun, an undergraduate student of Delhi University, will cast her first vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2019 03:16 PM IST
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Pishaach Sundari Ka Badla: Enter the dark, secret world of India’s horror writers

Horror was a steady seller in the world of Hindi pulp fiction, traditionally dominated by crime stories. Now, e-books & online sales are giving the subgenre new life
Purshuram Sharma’s Agiya Betal is one of the most successful Hindi horror novels. It has been reprinted and is available on Aamazon. His next is titled Darr Lagta Hai.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Purshuram Sharma’s Agiya Betal is one of the most successful Hindi horror novels. It has been reprinted and is available on Aamazon. His next is titled Darr Lagta Hai.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 24, 2019 06:28 PM IST
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30 yrs after Safdar Hashmi’s death, his legacy lives on

Janam —founded in 1973 by a group of youngsters including actor, writer and activist Safdar Hashmi — became popular for its plays on inflation, the public distribution system, workers’ rights, women’s empowerment, communalism and corruption.
Safdar Hashmi became a full-time theatre activist in 1983. (Left) Thousands joined Safdar’s nine-mile long funeral procession to Nigambodh ghat, Kashmere Gate.(SAHMAT ARCHIVE)
Safdar Hashmi became a full-time theatre activist in 1983. (Left) Thousands joined Safdar’s nine-mile long funeral procession to Nigambodh ghat, Kashmere Gate.(SAHMAT ARCHIVE)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 07:22 PM IST
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The long and short of storytelling in India

With professional storytellers taking centre stage at literary festivals, private gatherings and other events, narrating stories to an audience has moved beyond being a bedtime activity for children
Left to Right: Vicky Ahuja, Jeeva Raghunath and Syed Sahil Agha during their performances at Udaipur Tales International Storytelling Festival, 2018.(Image courtesy Udaipur tales)
Left to Right: Vicky Ahuja, Jeeva Raghunath and Syed Sahil Agha during their performances at Udaipur Tales International Storytelling Festival, 2018.(Image courtesy Udaipur tales)
Updated on Dec 07, 2018 10:02 PM IST
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The story of theatre’s coming-of-age in small town India

A quiet revolution is sweeping the hinterland—more and more theatre enthusiasts are coming together in group and performing plays regularly
Danish Khan, a member of Rangviyanak Rangmandal theatre group in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) is seen rehearsing for his part in the play, Abhimanyu.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Danish Khan, a member of Rangviyanak Rangmandal theatre group in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) is seen rehearsing for his part in the play, Abhimanyu.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 28, 2018 10:22 AM IST
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Duty and loyalty on display in the First World War

According to the note on the bayonet, Singh got all the respect in the hospital that a senior officer in the British Indian Army was entitled to including private room and dedicated staff.
Subedar Major Thakur Singh, who participated in World War-I. Picture clicked from an old photograph at his grandson’s residence, in Sector-04 in Panchkula, Haryana.(Photo by Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)
Subedar Major Thakur Singh, who participated in World War-I. Picture clicked from an old photograph at his grandson’s residence, in Sector-04 in Panchkula, Haryana.(Photo by Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 12:24 AM IST
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Journey of music: How members of Dilli gharana are keeping up with changing times

Even today, the custodians of the centuries-old Dilli Gharana of music, known for its Khayal gayaki, live and practice their art in the old, romantically named Mausiqi Manzil in the Walled City. But with changing times and commercialisation, they are experimenting with their craft to stay relevant
The khalifa of the Dilli Gharana, Iqbal Ahmed Khan (right) with his cousins, vocalist Imran Khan and Tanveer Khan in Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The khalifa of the Dilli Gharana, Iqbal Ahmed Khan (right) with his cousins, vocalist Imran Khan and Tanveer Khan in Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 12:12 PM IST
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Nowhere’s child: A year after Sherin Mathews case, are Indian adoptees in foreign countries any safer?

HT finds out that inter-country adoption is still a work in progress
A photograph of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews at a makeshift memorial, October 2017, in Richardson, Texas.(AP images)
A photograph of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews at a makeshift memorial, October 2017, in Richardson, Texas.(AP images)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 01:10 PM IST
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The book keepers: How an Old Delhi neighbourhood rallied to save a library of rare reads

Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library is home to about 20,000 books, including rare works in Urdu, Persian and Arabic
Mohammad Naeem, co-founder of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Library supervises the restocking of the new shelves, part of library’s renovation.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Mohammad Naeem, co-founder of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Library supervises the restocking of the new shelves, part of library’s renovation.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2018 03:46 PM IST
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Report: The Mountain Echoes Literature Festival in Bhutan

The Beatles and the Yeti, among others, livened up things at the ninth edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Bhutan
Usha Uthup, Naseeruddin Shah and Ajoy Bose launching into the Beatles!(Courtesy Mountain Echoes Literary Festival)
Usha Uthup, Naseeruddin Shah and Ajoy Bose launching into the Beatles!(Courtesy Mountain Echoes Literary Festival)
Updated on Aug 31, 2018 09:21 PM IST
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Search for salvation: In Varanasi, establishments offer moksha-seekers a place to await death

It is said that if you die in Kashi, you are liberated from the cycle of birth and rebirth. For centuries, this is what has motivated the devout to go to Varanasi in their last days. Or last years, in many cases
Hyderabad couple GVSP Kumar and his wife E Usha Bala at their room in Varanasi’s Kasivas Dham.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Hyderabad couple GVSP Kumar and his wife E Usha Bala at their room in Varanasi’s Kasivas Dham.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 04:38 PM IST
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In small towns, web and word of mouth help infertile couples

Rising incomes, changing attitudes, and a virtuous cycle of successful outcomes at regional clinics are making IVF popular outside the metros.
Kamla and Bishan Dev with Dr Latika Agarwal at her IVF centre in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. The Devs are sugarcane farmers from a nearby village.(Rohit Umrao / HT Photo)
Kamla and Bishan Dev with Dr Latika Agarwal at her IVF centre in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. The Devs are sugarcane farmers from a nearby village.(Rohit Umrao / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 08:05 PM IST
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Hot Ashiq, the stars and secrets of India’s digital soft porn industry

The sun has set on the once profitable soft porn video film industry of the web, with its ten-minute low-budget films shot in rented farmhouses and airless flats.
When the digital soft porn industry was flourishing in India, Manish Agrawal was one of its most sought after actors.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)
When the digital soft porn industry was flourishing in India, Manish Agrawal was one of its most sought after actors.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 09:41 AM IST
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Wake up, Delhi: Town crier gives voice to a fading Ramzan tradition

Nawabuddin, the oldest town crier of Delhi’s Walled City, roams the streets at night during Ramzan to wake devotees for the pre-dawn meal and to reconnect with his neighbours and the community
Peer Ji walking in the lanes of Old Delhi on a Ramzan night.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Peer Ji walking in the lanes of Old Delhi on a Ramzan night.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2018 10:44 AM IST
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How Muslim voices are breaking stereotypes online

A look at the expanding group of alternative media platforms founded on the premise that the Indian mainstream media narrative tends to reinforce stereotypes around Muslims.
Syed Zubair Ahmad, editor, muslimmirror.com.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)
Syed Zubair Ahmad, editor, muslimmirror.com.(Anushree Fadnavis/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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Meet the Dalits who are using online platforms to tell stories of their community

Rather than feeling ignored by the mainstream media or disgruntled by the ‘biased’ coverage, Dalits are using digital space to publish news and opinions.
Arun Khote, executive editor, Justice News.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Arun Khote, executive editor, Justice News.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 25, 2018 10:36 PM IST
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Meet the IITians who quit jobs, businesses to enter politics for the Dalit cause

More than 50 IIT alumni have formed a political party to work for the Dalit cause. Without any grassroots experience and support of a mainstream political outfit, how far can they go?
Members of Bahujan Azad Party at IIT Delhi campus.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Members of Bahujan Azad Party at IIT Delhi campus.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 20, 2018 09:39 AM IST
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Manto on a poster, Tagore on a lamp: When literature meets pop-art

Pop-art: Making popular literature and literary figures part of daily life
Writer Saadat Hasan Manto on a poster(Photo courtesy: Khwaab Tanha Collective)
Writer Saadat Hasan Manto on a poster(Photo courtesy: Khwaab Tanha Collective)
Updated on May 12, 2018 09:46 AM IST
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