Dhrubo works as an edit resource and writes at the intersection of caste, gender, sexuality and politics. Formerly trained in Physics, abandoned a study of the stars for the glitter of journalism. Fish out of digital water.
Articles by Dhrubo Jyoti
Cong conquers Karnataka with 136 seats
The Indian National Congress won Karnataka's assembly elections with a comfortable majority, winning 136 of the state's 224 assembly seats. The party's vote share is the highest in Karnataka since 1989, securing them their fourth state. This victory is a morale booster for the Congress, as it gains a resource-rich state and the confidence to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in head-to-head contests. The BJP won 65 seats, and the Janata Dal (Secular) slumped to just 19 seats.
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:14 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi
California’s caste bias bill clears Senate panel
A bill seeking to explicitly ban caste-based discrimination in California cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday after the state’s senate judiciary committee unanimously decided to move the draft law to the senate.
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:07 AM IST
Five years after Section 377 landmark, queer community hopes for an epoch
HT analysed the pleas before the top court seeking to legalise same-sex unions, to understand a moment that will serve as a touchstone for many lives
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:08 PM IST
ByDhamini Ratnam, Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi
Second phase of caste census starts in Bihar
The first round of the so-called caste census was conducted between January 7 and 21.
Published on Apr 16, 2023 05:00 AM IST
California aims to outlaw caste bias
California might become the first American state to ban caste-based discrimination after a lawmaker introduced a bill on Wednesday that added caste as a protected category to the state’s anti-discrimination laws, the latest in a string of moves that have spotlighted caste in the United States
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 01:45 AM IST
From hope to despair: They won, says Hathras victim’s family after court verdict
At the Dalit household, time has stood still. The family has remained under the watchful eyes of CCTV cameras and 35 paramilitary personnel for 32 months now, only venturing out to the field, for rations and for medicines.
Updated on Mar 08, 2023 04:31 AM IST
BJP wins cement road to 2024
For the BJP, the results bode well for 2024. The party is now the largest in the North-East and will likely snag a large chunk of the region’s 25 Lok Sabha seats come 2024
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 08:09 AM IST
A radical rural job scheme kicks off
Drought and water shortages were a way of life in Bandlapalli
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:23 AM IST
Dhrubo Jyoti picks his favourite read of 2022
An intimate portrait of the awkwardness of desire and the struggles of marginalisation creates a patchwork of queerness that is both comforting and startingly unfamiliar
Published on Dec 30, 2022 04:32 PM IST
In Jain prison row, a dilemma for the AAP
The decision to continue having Satyender Jain as a minister without a portfolio appears increasingly untenable, especially for the reputation of a party that once crusaded against the VIP culture
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 08:25 PM IST
Decoding EWS quota and its implications
The announcement for the quota was made by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in January 2019, months before the general election.
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 04:31 PM IST
From HT archives: The flag-bearer of Indian socialism who left a mark
Ram Manohar Lohia, the forebearer of backward caste and agrarian assertion that changed politics in the heartland forever, died in the early hours of October 12, 1967 in Delhi’s Willingdon Nursing Home. He was 57.
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 05:55 AM IST
8 yrs of NDA 2: Key schemes and ease of delivery topped NDA governance agenda
Unlike previous administrations, welfare delivery was not subsumed in a particular ministry’s functions, it was put front and centre of the PM Narendra Modi’s agenda.
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:50 AM IST
Two years since Covid lockdown: What migrant crisis taught us
At the time, many worried that migrant workers would carry the virus from cities to the countryside but with the exception of some districts, there was no major connection between the exodus and a spike in infection.
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 11:24 AM IST
Review: Vimukta by Dakxin Bajrange and Henry Schwarz
This first collection of creative texts on communities that were criminalised 150 years ago by the Criminal Tribes Act includes plays, translated excerpts and autobiographical sketches. These pieces offer vignettes of the life of these communities in post-Independence India where the policing and criminal justice systems continue to discriminate against them
Published on Mar 04, 2022 11:24 PM IST
Tamil Nadu amends law to punish cops for harassing LGBTQ people
Tamil Nadu has amended the legislation that governs it’s police force and inserted a clause banning any harassment of LGBTQIA + people.
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 05:36 PM IST
Social Justice Matters | Dalit women reporters and their lessons on merit
Khabar Lahariya's uncompromising quality holds lessons for the arguments around merit, which denies Dalits their rightful place in educational institutions and organisations.
Published on Feb 15, 2022 08:55 PM IST
IIT professor moves NCBC to probe caste complaint
In July last year, Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of IIT Madras of caste bias, alleging that he was not permitted to teach an elective course in his first year of joining
Updated on Feb 05, 2022 07:22 AM IST
No evidence of caste bias against faculty: IIT panel
The three-member panel, which was set up on July 2 after Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of the department of humanities and social sciences of caste-based harassment and bias, also noted that the lack of “desirable processes” may have led to misunderstandings.
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 06:39 AM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Social Justice Matters | What a Dalit girl’s rape trial tell us about caste
Years-long litigation is a common feature of the Indian justice system. Still, it is particularly extractive of Dalit victims and their families, who often lack the economic heft and social support to assemble a strong team
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 01:07 PM IST
We knew we were onto something: Wknd talks to the directors of Writing with Fire
Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s new documentary is about a newspaper run by Dalit women in rural UP. It’s won prizes at Sundance and made the Oscars shortlist. Shadowing these women was extraordinary, but Writing with Fire was not an easy film to make, they say.
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:45 PM IST
Social Justice Matters | Of caste-based discrimination in India's officialdom
A growing genre of scholarship and reports indicates that Dalit and marginalised groups are facing significant headwinds in government services
Published on Jan 08, 2022 01:19 PM IST
Social Justice Matters | How a pride walk in Palampur is breaking stereotypes
The pride walk at Palampur shattered the long-held notion of LGBTQIA+ activism being centered in big metropolises
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:51 PM IST
The year ahead: Seven states in poll position
With a population over 200 million cutting across caste and communities, and 80 Lok Sabha seats and 403 assembly seats, Uttar Pradesh wields disproportionate power in the country’s politics.
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:06 PM IST
Seven states in poll position
While UP assembly elections will be the most keenly watched political event of 2022, Punjab is particularly important as it birthed a movement that effected a reversal of three farm laws.
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 04:46 AM IST
A TIME OF CHURN: HEALTH CRISIS TO FARM CHAOS
2021 will be remembered for the second wave of the pandemic and the harsh lessons it held for the government, politicians and citizens. The year of the once-in-a-generation health crisis also saw a strong political fightback from regional parties, and a farm agitation that forced a retreat...
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:22 PM IST
122 students from central institutes died by suicide in seven years: Centre
total of 122 students from central government-run higher education institutions, including the IITs and IIMs, have died by suicide over the past seven years and roughly half of them belong to marginalised castes or tribes.
Published on Dec 21, 2021 12:26 AM IST
Social Justice Matters | To end manual scavenging, acknowledge caste as a factor
97% scheduled castes. 1% scheduled tribes. 1% other backward classes and 0.9% others. This was the breakup of the caste backgrounds of manual scavengers
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 09:35 PM IST
Social Justice Matters | Why some transgender groups want horizontal reservation
While there is no question that transpersons face hurdles in accessing education, employment and health care, some community activists are questioning why the government is lumping all transpersons across caste in the OBC category
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 06:04 PM IST
321 die cleaning sewers in 5 years: Govt to Lok Sabha
The government told Lok Sabha that there were no reports of manual scavengers being engaged in India at present
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 02:04 AM IST