Furquan Ameen Siddiqui

Furquan Ameen Siddiqui

Furquan Ameen Siddiqui was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Furquan Ameen Siddiqui

When Shatrughan Sinha was anything but khamosh about Sachin

Amid much fanfare, Shatrughan Sinha promoted his book, Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography on the last day of the Jaipur Literature Festival. On the panel of the session were Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, writer Bharathi S Pradhan, and adman Suhel Seth.
BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha launched his book, Anything But Khaamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 in Jaipur on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha launched his book, Anything But Khaamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 in Jaipur on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2016 10:09 PM IST
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The confinement of Gaza: Of Hopelessness and worst-case scenario

The picture presented by American activist and Vice columnist Molly Crabapple at the session entitled Eyeless in Gaza at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Monday gave the audience a fair idea of the situation in Gaza, which has only got worse after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Journalist Jonathan Shainin (left) moderating the session, Eyeless in Gaza with Molly Crabapple (second from left) OmarBarghouti (second from right) and Laleh Khalili (right) at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Journalist Jonathan Shainin (left) moderating the session, Eyeless in Gaza with Molly Crabapple (second from left) OmarBarghouti (second from right) and Laleh Khalili (right) at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Monday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2016 08:51 PM IST
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JLF 2016: We have medicalised mortality, says Atul Gawande

“The crisis is not often what you think. It’s not necessarily the stroke. The most common crisis moment is the fall. They might have broken their hip, or they may have crashed a car,” said Atul Gawande, the US-based surgeon, writer and public health researcher, during a session on his book Being Mortal at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Sunday.
US-based surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande with Arathi Prasad speaking at a session titled Being Mortal at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Sunday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
US-based surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande with Arathi Prasad speaking at a session titled Being Mortal at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Sunday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2016 08:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Jaipur

JLF 2016: Can longform journalism lift reportage?

So how does longform journalism lift reportage and take it beyond pedestrian daily news coverage? That’s what was discussed during a session on the form that brought together some of its best practitioners.
From left: Session moderator Jonathan Shainin, Atul Gawande, Alex Shoumatoff, Marie Brenner and, and Raghu Karnad during the session Longform at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 in Jaipur on Friday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
From left: Session moderator Jonathan Shainin, Atul Gawande, Alex Shoumatoff, Marie Brenner and, and Raghu Karnad during the session Longform at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 in Jaipur on Friday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2016 08:27 PM IST
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JLF 2016: How Zuckerberg intends to recoup his $19billion!

Before debating whether there has been an end to privacy, individuals might need to ask themselves about what exactly constitutes privacy and also if they are at all concerned about it. The session Total Recall: The End of Privacy on the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival discussed just this.
Left to right- Homi K Bhabha, Niyam Bhushan, Dayanita Singh and Pratap Bhanu during the session Total Recall: The End of Privacy at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.(HT Photo)
Left to right- Homi K Bhabha, Niyam Bhushan, Dayanita Singh and Pratap Bhanu during the session Total Recall: The End of Privacy at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2016 08:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Jaipur

147 days after Manipur violence, nine bodies yet to be buried

The nine had died between August 31 and September 1 last year while protesting against the Manipur assembly passing three controversial bills allegedly aimed at depriving tribals of the right to their land, and benefitting only those living in the valley.
A vehicle is set on fire during a protest in Manipur on September 1, 2015.
A vehicle is set on fire during a protest in Manipur on September 1, 2015.
Updated on Jan 22, 2016 07:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Imphal

Much is forgotten about Pakistan because of terror: Reema Abbasi

An interesting question by the former foreign secretary Shyam Saran debated the existence of a deeper affinity spanning across the subcontinent. “Is there a message we are missing?” he asked.
Left to right: Shyam Saran, Venkat Dhulipala and Christophe Jaffrelot during the session The Pakistan Paradox at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Left to right: Shyam Saran, Venkat Dhulipala and Christophe Jaffrelot during the session The Pakistan Paradox at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2016 07:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Jaipur

The art of happiness: Rediscover the child in you

An exhibition of the works of Japanese picture book artists connects viewers with the child within.
Takeshi Motai’s ‘Gorsh the Cellist’.(Saumya Khandelwal / HT & The Japan Foundation)
Takeshi Motai’s ‘Gorsh the Cellist’.(Saumya Khandelwal / HT & The Japan Foundation)
Updated on Jan 02, 2016 12:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

Pen or gun: Journos in Chhattisgarh stuck between cops and Maoists

The detention of Santosh Yadav and Somaru Nag which their supporters see as unlawful and an act of intimidation, is snowballing into a faceoff between journalists and authorities as violation of human rights and free speech have come under the spotlight in this insurgency-riddled Chhattisgarh.
Somaru Nag, a journalist who ran a news agency for Rajasthan Patrika, is accused of keeping a watch on the movements of police for the maoists.(Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)
Somaru Nag, a journalist who ran a news agency for Rajasthan Patrika, is accused of keeping a watch on the movements of police for the maoists.(Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2015 06:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Bastar, Chhattisgarh

Dharmshala film festival: Beyond the glitter of Rs 100-crore club

Screen Shots – Notes from the Dharamshala International Film Festival where films beyond typical Bollywood blockbusters got a showing.
A still from Chauthi Koot which is set in the dark days of militancy in Punjab..
A still from Chauthi Koot which is set in the dark days of militancy in Punjab..
Updated on Dec 06, 2015 01:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Dharmshala

Of layers and surfaces: Art woven in warp and weft

Fibre Fables, which features collaborations between 11 artists and 40 weavers, showcases the beauty of our sadly endangered weaving traditions.
Shivani Aggarwal’s carved wood ‘Shuttle’. Shuttles are a common tool in the weaving industry. Behind it, on the left, is Sahaya Sharma’s ‘Cherry Blossom Storm’ and ‘3 Wise Men’ made using chikankari, binding, braiding, bath mat tufting and chromojet printing.(Saumya Khandelwal / Hindustan Times)
Shivani Aggarwal’s carved wood ‘Shuttle’. Shuttles are a common tool in the weaving industry. Behind it, on the left, is Sahaya Sharma’s ‘Cherry Blossom Storm’ and ‘3 Wise Men’ made using chikankari, binding, braiding, bath mat tufting and chromojet printing.(Saumya Khandelwal / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 28, 2015 01:01 PM IST
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Calling all theatre lovers for a short+sweet repast

Now in its fifth edition, the annual Short+Sweet theatre festival presents a fresh collection of crisp ten-minute plays.
Updated on Oct 31, 2015 02:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

What’s left behind: Life six months after Nepal’s earthquake

Six months after the earthquake that devastated Nepal, HT finds out how people are dealing with disaster and displacement amid the changing climate.
People in Patlekhet village are still afraid of another earthquake occuring. They prefer to spend the nights in a tin shelter that was built after the quake. Brothers, Niranjan and Vivek Gautam have put their cots in the cattle shed next to their mud house.(Furquan Ameen Siddiqui/ HT Photo)
People in Patlekhet village are still afraid of another earthquake occuring. They prefer to spend the nights in a tin shelter that was built after the quake. Brothers, Niranjan and Vivek Gautam have put their cots in the cattle shed next to their mud house.(Furquan Ameen Siddiqui/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2015 12:46 PM IST
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Mapping the cosmos: When religious symbolism meets historical maps

The Cosmology to Cartography exhibition at the National Museum juxtaposes paintings of religious symbolism with historical maps
New Delhi, India - Sept. 17, 2015: People looking the exhibits
New Delhi, India - Sept. 17, 2015: People looking the exhibits "Cosmology to Cartography- A Cultural journey of Indian maps and how the exhibition space looks like" at Special Exhibition Hall - 1, National Museum, Janpath, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 17, 2015.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 19, 2015 04:12 PM IST
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Mapping the cosmos: When religious symbolism meets historical maps

The Cosmology to Cartography exhibition at the National Museum juxtaposes paintings of religious symbolism with historical maps
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Updated on Sep 19, 2015 12:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

Chasing stories to death: Attacks on journos show dangers they face

Recent attacks on journalists in mofussil towns are indicative of the dangers they face on the job.
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Updated on Aug 23, 2015 02:55 PM IST
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Chasing stories to death: The challenges of being a journalist

Recent attacks on journalists in mofussil towns are indicative of the dangers they face on the job. A look at the challenges they face and the temptations they fight
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Updated on Jul 06, 2015 12:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

India-B'desh land boundary deal: Tales of loss and struggle peppered with hope

Nearly 70 years after Partition, the people of the enclaves along the Indo-Bangla border, can finally access schools, banks, healthcare. The Land Boundary Agreement is a game-changer. Now, for a reality check
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Updated on Jun 14, 2015 04:54 PM IST
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Why villagers protesting against UP dam project are living in fear

Villagers protesting against the loss of their lands by the revival of a 40-year-old dam project in UP's Sonbhadra district have been silenced by brute force.
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Updated on May 17, 2015 08:03 PM IST
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Exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Indo-Pak border

From breathtaking landscapes to warm welcomes and sweet apricots, life in this border village in Ladakh is a window to the edge of the world
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Updated on Mar 17, 2015 11:27 AM IST
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Finding sex online: I have met only one guy twice

Her usual way of deciding on a prospective date is to chat with the ones she likes for a while. Piyali doesn't let on if she is a wild sexter - someone who enjoys sending and receiving text messages with sexual content.
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Updated on Mar 08, 2015 12:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

Curse of the black gold: How Meghalaya depends on coal

Unscientific coal mining has destroyed parts of Meghalaya. Despite this, locals still root for the industry. A visit to the coal belt reveals both dependence and devastation.
Updated on Mar 02, 2015 03:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

Manipur: The place where polo was born?

Britishers may have introduced polo to the world, but Manipur claims they taught them the game. The sport died out during the communist era, but is now catching up again. A look at the space it gets in the state's cultural calendar.
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Updated on Dec 21, 2014 02:39 PM IST
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Aims to propagate ideology

Donyi Polo Chhatrawas, run by the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Tirkha colony in Ballabhgarh in Haryana's Faridabad houses 41 children between the ages of 12 to 16 from north east. The students say that because the Christians are converting tribals across their region, their parents sent them to these hostels.
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Updated on Dec 14, 2014 01:59 PM IST
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Sowing saffron in the north east

Largely populated by tribes, the Seven Sisters have always attracted proselytisers. With the ongoing debate on conversions, the work of the RSS and its affiliates in the north east raises questions about their attempts to bring tribal animists into the Hindu fold.
Updated on Dec 14, 2014 02:54 PM IST
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Target northeast: How RSS plans to make region saffron

With the ongoing debate on conversions, the work of the RSS and its affiliates in the northeast raises questions about their attempts to bring tribal animists into the Hindu fold.
Updated on Dec 15, 2014 07:34 PM IST
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A grave matter: Illegal land deals have made Muslim burial a costly affair

As if finding a piece of land to live on wasn't difficult enough, the search for an eternal resting place, those precious 'two-yards', is making many Muslims lose their sleep. Shrinking urban spaces and illegal land deals have made Muslim burial a costly affair.
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Updated on Nov 16, 2014 12:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui with Afroz Alam Sahil, New Delhi

Jazz masters join folk singers at Rajasthan International Folk Festival

The annual Jodhpur RIFF, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, has been bringing together folk musicians from across the world.
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Updated on Nov 02, 2014 02:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, New Delhi

Poverty forcing thousands of rural parents to send their kids away

On May 24, more than 450 children were rescued by the Railway Protection Force at Palakkad railway station in Kerala.
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Updated on Jun 24, 2014 08:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Furquan Ameen Siddiqui, Godda, Jharkhand

Justice elusive for Muzaffarnagar rape survivors

'Why is a gang-rape in Muzaffarnagar different from the gang-rape in Badaun?' ask riot-affected Muslims who have been fighting to bring justice to seven gang-rape victims who registered complaints in Sep 2013.
Updated on Jun 07, 2014 01:45 PM IST
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