Dhrubo Jyoti

Dhrubo Jyoti

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
A year into the pandemic, many of the curbs that kept us indoors during the summer are gone. But experts point out that the transition in home design and psyche may be permanent.(Unsplash. Representative image)
A year into the pandemic, many of the curbs that kept us indoors during the summer are gone. But experts point out that the transition in home design and psyche may be permanent.(Unsplash. Representative image)

Covid-19 changed the meaning of home, exposed social chasm

By Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:41 AM IST
Covid-19 transformed not just our homes but their purpose. The television screens turned to home workout tutors in the morning, conference tables for Zoom meetings in the day, and movie screens for binge-watching at nights. Dining tables became work desks and balconies the new parks.
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IIT Bombay in Powai, Mumbai. (HT Archive)
IIT Bombay in Powai, Mumbai. (HT Archive)

SC/ST intake drops in departments across IITs, shows govt data

By Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 01:31 AM IST
  • When it came to enrolment of scheduled tribe (ST) students at the doctoral level, 19 departments at IIT-Delhi and five at IIT-Bombay didn’t admit any in 2020, according to the same dataset.
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The order was passed by justice Sunita Agarwal on February 2 but made public on Tuesday.(HT_PRINT)
The order was passed by justice Sunita Agarwal on February 2 but made public on Tuesday.(HT_PRINT)

Allahabad HC comes to rescue of man fired over sexual orientation

By Dhrubo Jyoti, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 04:35 AM IST
Kunal Sharma’s lawyers hailed the order. “We were able to argue that the man was dismissed from his job with no opportunity to make his case, investigation, or inquiry committee,” said Awadesh Kumar Malviya, who represented Sharma.
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No proposal for transgender reservation: Govt

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 04:43 PM IST
The Centre is working on a scheme to ensure access to health, education and livelihood for transgender persons but there is no proposal to enforce reservations for the community, the government told Parliament on Tuesday
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A girl named Jyoti Kumari carrying her injured father cycled around 1200 km from Gurugram to Bihar's Darbhanga native place amid coronavirus lockdown.(ANI)
A girl named Jyoti Kumari carrying her injured father cycled around 1200 km from Gurugram to Bihar's Darbhanga native place amid coronavirus lockdown.(ANI)

Migrant crisis holds lesson for Covid-19 vaccination, PDS effort

By Bishnu K Jha and Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, Darbhanga/ New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:11 AM IST
Today, cycle girl Jyoti Kumari and her family are worried again. The money they received from politicians and philanthropists is dwindling, a film deal is stalled, her school education hasn’t resumed, and no one in the family has a permanent job.
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As talks dragged on with the government, the protesters at Singhu border realised they needed a system to coordinate with families back home for grain and other resources.(PTI)
As talks dragged on with the government, the protesters at Singhu border realised they needed a system to coordinate with families back home for grain and other resources.(PTI)

A month on, farmers have made highway their home

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Protests began in Punjab and Haryana shortly after the government pushed the three laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
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A view of the house in Chitrakoot where the crimes allegedly took place.(HT Photo)
A view of the house in Chitrakoot where the crimes allegedly took place.(HT Photo)

12 years, 50 victims: The making of a molester

By Haidar Naqvi and Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, Chitrakoot/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:57 PM IST
Biggest child abuse scandal to hit UP: The CBI arrested Singh for allegedly sexually abusing at least 50 children, a majority of them boys between five and 16, and filming and selling child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the dark web to racketeers across the globe.
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Activists belonging to various human and civil rights organisations hold placards during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.(AFP)
Activists belonging to various human and civil rights organisations hold placards during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.(AFP)

Love or ‘jihad’? A consent dilemma

By Dhrubo Jyoti and Rohit K Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:29 AM IST
A new Uttar Pradesh law that is sweeping in its remit of forced conversions puts to the test the fibre of interfaith unions and the future of Hindu-Muslim couples.
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A cattle race in progress. Shyamal Kumar Pramanik’s poetry draws from the experience of rural life in Bengal.(Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times)
A cattle race in progress. Shyamal Kumar Pramanik’s poetry draws from the experience of rural life in Bengal.(Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times)

Review: Untouchable and other poems by Shyamal Kumar Pramanik

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Part of Bengali literature’s rich trove of Dalit writing, Shyamal Kumar Pramanik’s new collection, The Untouchable and Other Poems is full of the stark imagery of rural life, and the scars of Partition
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An ode to networking

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 04:16 PM IST
The pandemic has snatched from us the joy of physical events, full of the promise of new connections. It also threatens a skill many honed with care — that of working a room.
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Members of the Valmiki community stage a protest against the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who murdered and gang-raped in Hathras, in Moradabad.(PTI)
Members of the Valmiki community stage a protest against the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who murdered and gang-raped in Hathras, in Moradabad.(PTI)

UP reported 25% of crimes against people from SC communities

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The report recorded 45,852 crimes against SCs – or one every 12 minutes – across India in 2019, representing a rise of 7.3% from the previous year.
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UP ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar addresses a press conference. He said that the forensic examination of the Hathras victim revealed that there was no rape though experts say that there were lapses in medical examination of the victim.(PTI Photo)
UP ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar addresses a press conference. He said that the forensic examination of the Hathras victim revealed that there was no rape though experts say that there were lapses in medical examination of the victim.(PTI Photo)

Hathras case: Cops contradict victim’s statement

By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Dhrubo Jyoti and Shiv Sunny | Hindustan Times, Hathras/Agra
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Experts pointed to lapses in the medical examination procedure, which occurred eight days after the alleged rape, and said it violated national and international guidelines that say the scrutiny must be done at the earliest in sexual assault cases.
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Mohandas Gandhi (center) sits with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office in 1902.(National Gandhi Museum)
Mohandas Gandhi (center) sits with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office in 1902.(National Gandhi Museum)

Satyagraha in South Africa

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:17 AM IST
Gandhi’s views and writing as a young lawyer in a nation torn by apartheid continues to be the most bitterly contested part of his legacy with a growing cohort of activists and academics coming to see Gandhi as not liberating but as a racist who looked down on local residents.
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The unique power of the supreme court to shape lives: 24-year-old Hadiya (Akhila) (in red) at the Supreme Court in New Delhi after a hearing on November 27, 2017.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The unique power of the supreme court to shape lives: 24-year-old Hadiya (Akhila) (in red) at the Supreme Court in New Delhi after a hearing on November 27, 2017.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Review: Sex and the Supreme Court edited by Saurabh Kirpal

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 04:58 PM IST
From the reading down of Section 377 to the Vishakha judgement, and the triple talaq decision, this book takes an expansive view of the top court’s interventions in the field of gender and sexuality
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The petition pointed out that in 2018, the Supreme Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexuality.(HT Photo)
The petition pointed out that in 2018, the Supreme Court read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexuality.(HT Photo)

Delhi HC to hear PIL on same-sex marriage

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 04:39 PM IST
The PIL said that nothing in the Hindu Marriage Act mandated that a marriage take place only between a Hindu man and a Hindu woman.
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LGBTQ people celebrate the Section 377 verdict on September 6, 2018.(HT archive)
LGBTQ people celebrate the Section 377 verdict on September 6, 2018.(HT archive)

Marking two years of freedom

By Dhamini Ratnam and Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 09:32 AM IST
When the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in 2018, it was a burst of relief for Nikesh Usha Pushkaran after a decade of battling depression, anxiety and bigotry.
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Life after Section 377: Read what four LGBTQ people have to say

By Dhamini Ratnam and Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 11:30 PM IST
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(File photo for representation)

Covid-19: Antibodies may not stop transmission in children

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 03:41 AM IST
Some children may have the potential to transmit the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, even if they have measurable antibodies in their system, said a new study that indicated immune response, by itself, may be inadequate to protect children from the pandemic.
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The clashes first began with disagreement over the football match on August 23 between the Dalit and OBC village teams and led to a social boycott of Dalits and violence four days later.(REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)
The clashes first began with disagreement over the football match on August 23 between the Dalit and OBC village teams and led to a social boycott of Dalits and violence four days later.(REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)

Football match dispute triggers caste violence in western Odisha

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 03:45 PM IST
On August 27, the simmering tension snowballed into violence and several members of the Dalit community were allegedly injured
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The first batch of 12 women IAF pilots at the Air Force Day in 1992 in New Delhi.(Photo courtesy: Anupama Joshi)
The first batch of 12 women IAF pilots at the Air Force Day in 1992 in New Delhi.(Photo courtesy: Anupama Joshi)

Sexist or sensational? Film stirs row

By Rahul Singh, Dhamini Ratnam and Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 03:40 AM IST
Controversy: Biopic about one of India’s first women pilots alleges discrimination and bias, but IAF and former officers say charges are trumped up and inaccurate.
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Representatives from five states or Union Territories, on a rotational basis, will be members of the commission. The first such clutch comprises Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura and Gujarat. (HT Photo)
Representatives from five states or Union Territories, on a rotational basis, will be members of the commission. The first such clutch comprises Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura and Gujarat. (HT Photo)

National Council for Transgender Persons formed

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 09:23 PM IST
The council – India’s first and formed under Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 – was announced in a gazette notification issued late on Friday.
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Migrant workers in Delhi walk back to their villages in Uttar Pradesh in March.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Migrant workers in Delhi walk back to their villages in Uttar Pradesh in March.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)

Pandemic teaches a tragic lesson in migration

By Debabrata Mohanty and Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 07:42 PM IST
Migration is an old phenomenon in India, but exploded as growth soared with liberalisation in 1991, birthing a paradox: Booming cities needed cheap labour but the high cost of living was far beyond what migrant workers could afford.
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Legal experts pointed out that a number of measures were recommended in the past – by judicial and law commission reports – but none were implemented thoroughly.(PTI)
Legal experts pointed out that a number of measures were recommended in the past – by judicial and law commission reports – but none were implemented thoroughly.(PTI)

Case exposes deeper problems: Experts

UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 03:27 AM IST
Prakash Singh, a former director-general of police who filed a landmark petition for police reforms in the Supreme Court in 2006, called for an attitudinal change and reinforcing the architecture of state and district level “accountability commissions” that were mandated by the top court 14 years ago.
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The study, published in the journal Science and conducted by mathematicians from the University of Nottingham and University of Stockholm, categorized people into separate groups reflecting their age and social activity levels.(File photo for representation)
The study, published in the journal Science and conducted by mathematicians from the University of Nottingham and University of Stockholm, categorized people into separate groups reflecting their age and social activity levels.(File photo for representation)

Covid-19: Herd immunity can be achieved at 43%, new study finds

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 07:57 AM IST
A region can achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 with fewer people than previously estimated, a new study said on Wednesday, but experts cautioned that the humanitarian and medical costs of taking the route continue to remain high, especially in India.
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In Harinhula village, local residents line up for relief material as water levels rise due to the full-moon tide .
In Harinhula village, local residents line up for relief material as water levels rise due to the full-moon tide .

In one village, rising tide waters bring back nightmare of cyclone

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:54 AM IST
The road approaching his house has almost been washed away, making it difficult for relief workers to access his family.
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A man stands next to a house damaged in Cyclone Amphan in Sunderbans region’s Sagar island.(by special arrangement)
A man stands next to a house damaged in Cyclone Amphan in Sunderbans region’s Sagar island.(by special arrangement)

Cyclone Amphan: A trail of death, misery and destruction

By Joydeep Thakur, Dhrubo Jyoti and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | Sunderbans/Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The government had, two days before, sounded an alarm about an approaching super cyclone and evacuated roughly 360,000 people from the delta.
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People wait to receive free food at an industrial area, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
People wait to receive free food at an industrial area, during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Cyclical curbs, relaxations likely to help

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 03:57 AM IST
A cycle of 50 days of hard lockdown followed by 30 days of easing may be effective in reducing the number of Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations while not hobbling the economy beyond repair, a 16-nation modelling study has suggested.
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People queue following social distance rules as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a street market, in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 20, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
People queue following social distance rules as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a street market, in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 20, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Two-metre distance may not be enough: Study

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 02:42 AM IST
The study, published in the Physics of Fluids journal under the American Institute of Physics, used a three-dimensional model to investigate the transport, dispersion, and evaporation of saliva particles from a human cough.
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(File photo for representation)
(File photo for representation)

Temperature, humidity may do little to halt the spread of Covid

By Dhrubo Jyoti and Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 04:41 AM IST
A batch of studies during the initial surge of the pandemic had held out hope that drier and colder climates are more suited to the virus, and that the weather in tropical countries may hobble the spread to the disease.
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