Gulam Jeelani

Gulam Jeelani

Gulam Jeelani writes on politics, national affairs and socio-economic issues for Hindustan Times. A journalist for seven years, he worked in Lucknow and Srinagar, before moving to New Delhi.

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In November last year, the government had started Dastak — a series of cultural programmes held at local venues such as community parks across the city.(Sourced)
In November last year, the government had started Dastak — a series of cultural programmes held at local venues such as community parks across the city.(Sourced)

Govt to organise dance, song competitions to mark Republic Day

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2018 06:09 PM IST
Termed as ‘Delhi for Democracy’, the 280 programmes — primarily competitions — will start with mohalla-level events and culminate with a grand finale at Central Park in Connaught Place.
First, the Congress had alleged that Gupta had been appointed as trustee of the NPS on March 30, 2015. Following the complaint, the Returning Officer had written a letter to Gupta.(HT File Photo)
First, the Congress had alleged that Gupta had been appointed as trustee of the NPS on March 30, 2015. Following the complaint, the Returning Officer had written a letter to Gupta.(HT File Photo)

AAP Rajya Sabha candidate Narain Dass Gupta’s nomination accepted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2018 11:43 PM IST
Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Rajya Sabha candidate ND Gupta’s candidature was approved by the returning officer who found Congress’ objections ‘not valid’.
Narain Dass Gupta, Rajya Sabha nominee by Aam Aadmi Party at AAP office in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, January 4, 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Narain Dass Gupta, Rajya Sabha nominee by Aam Aadmi Party at AAP office in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, January 4, 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Nomination of AAP’s Rajya Sabha pick put on hold

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2018 01:15 PM IST
The nomination of AAP’s Rajya Sabha candidate, Narain Dass Gupta, was held back by the returning officer after the Congress filed a complaint against him, alleging Gupta held an office of profit
AAP’s Rajya Sabha candidate Narain Dass Gupta.(HT File Photo)
AAP’s Rajya Sabha candidate Narain Dass Gupta.(HT File Photo)

Congress seeks rejection of AAP’s Rajya Sabha candidate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2018 11:28 PM IST
The objection filed by Congress’s Delhi chief, Ajay Maken claimed that Narain Dass Gupta was ineligible for candidature as he holds the office of a trustee of the government-owned National Pension System Trust.
AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal came under criticism from former colleagues and opposition members over the choice of nominees for Rajya Sabha.(PTI FILE)
AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal came under criticism from former colleagues and opposition members over the choice of nominees for Rajya Sabha.(PTI FILE)

AAP’s Rajya Sabha nominees: Take a look at who said what, from Yogendra Yadav to Anjali Damania

Hindustan Times | By Parvez Sultan and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 12:31 PM IST
The AAP on Wednesday nominated Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and Narain Dass Gupta as its nominees for Rajya Sabha evoking sharp reactions.
In 2014 general elections, AAP had fielded Kumar Vishwas against then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Nehru Gandhi bastion.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
In 2014 general elections, AAP had fielded Kumar Vishwas against then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Nehru Gandhi bastion.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Vishwas mocks Kejriwal over AAP’s choice of RS nominees, calls himself a martyr

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 11:50 AM IST
The announcement of AAP’s RS nominees came as another blow for Kumar Vishwas, who has been at loggerheads with the party’s top leadership. Vishwas said he was ready to fight his battle alone as a ‘martyr’ after being punished and rewarded for speaking the truth.
AAP’s highest decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), met soon after the meeting of MLAs and formally approved the decision.(HT Photo)
AAP’s highest decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), met soon after the meeting of MLAs and formally approved the decision.(HT Photo)

AAP’s RS nomination list out, Vishwas says punished for ‘speaking truth’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2018 11:04 PM IST
The decision was taken at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in a meeting attended by around 56 AAP MLAs. Elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi would be held on Jan 16.
A woman looks at her phone as she walks inside an exhibition centre in Shanghai.(AFP File Photo)
A woman looks at her phone as she walks inside an exhibition centre in Shanghai.(AFP File Photo)

World-class convention centre in Dwarka by 2025, contract awarded for phase-1

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2018 12:53 PM IST
The facility is being built in Dwarka’s Sector 25 at a cost of Rs 25,703 crores and the first phase of its construction — comprising convention centre with a seating capacity of 10,000 guests, two exhibition halls spread over 80,000sqm and a foyer — is expected to get over by 2019.
A view of the burnt down restaurant at Kamala Mills, in Mumbai on Saturday. Fourteen people died in the fire.(PTI Photo)
A view of the burnt down restaurant at Kamala Mills, in Mumbai on Saturday. Fourteen people died in the fire.(PTI Photo)

Space-starved urban villages are fire hazards waiting to happen

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani, Shiv Sunny and Tanushree Venkatraman
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2018 01:08 PM IST
The Kamala Mills fire incident throws sharp light on how urban spaces are being tightly packed with commercial complexes, that more often that not flout basic safety norms.
AAP leaders Sanjay Singh is one of the three nominees for the three Rajya Sabha seats in Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
AAP leaders Sanjay Singh is one of the three nominees for the three Rajya Sabha seats in Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

AAP chooses Sanjay Singh as one of three nominees for Rajya Sabha elections

HIndustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2017 10:18 PM IST
AAP sources told Hindustan Times that Sanjay Singh’s name was confirmed by the top leadership and a formal announcement will be made after the PAC meeting.
Supporters of Kumar vishwas protesting inside AAP Office as they want his name for Rajya Sabha nomination(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Supporters of Kumar vishwas protesting inside AAP Office as they want his name for Rajya Sabha nomination(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

AAP to take call on Rajya Sabha nominations next week

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2017 11:55 PM IST
Among the names floating within the party circles included senior leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh, both insiders
More than 50 business units, running from properties officially earmarked as residences without paying the ‘use conversion charges’, were sealed in Defence Colony market last week as part of the drive.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
More than 50 business units, running from properties officially earmarked as residences without paying the ‘use conversion charges’, were sealed in Defence Colony market last week as part of the drive.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi sealing: Huge relief for shop owners as govt slashes ‘use conversion charges’

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2017 11:41 PM IST
The revised ‘use conversion charges’ — for owners of shops in local shopping complexes to convert residential floors beyond first into commercial — would be 22,274 per-square-metre instead of existing 89,000 per-square-metre,
The AAP’s outreach team has sought donation from people over the ‘snub’ that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal got in the inauguration of a Metro line and the on-going standoff with Delhi lieutenant governor, Anil Baijal, over its government’s doorstep delivery scheme.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The AAP’s outreach team has sought donation from people over the ‘snub’ that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal got in the inauguration of a Metro line and the on-going standoff with Delhi lieutenant governor, Anil Baijal, over its government’s doorstep delivery scheme.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Angry that Kejriwal not invited to Metro opening? Donate to us’: AAP’s appeal

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2017 11:01 PM IST
The party’s outreach team in the two separate emails appealed its donors to ‘unite and convert every ounce of outrage into a powerful force’ through a minimum donation of Rs 100.
Ghalib ki Haveli was the residence of the 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and is now a heritage site located in the Gali Qasim Jan, Ballimaran, Old Delhi.(NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ghalib ki Haveli was the residence of the 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and is now a heritage site located in the Gali Qasim Jan, Ballimaran, Old Delhi.(NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Remembering Mirza Ghalib as he turns 220: ‘The world is the body, Delhi its soul’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2017 04:01 PM IST
Ghalib (the conqueror) was born as Asadullah Baig Khan on December 27, 1797 in Kala Mahal, Agra into a family descending from Aibak Turks who moved to Samarkand (modern-day Uzbekistan) after downfall of Seljuk kings. He came to Delhi when he was 13.
MCD officials seal shops in Defence Colony market in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
MCD officials seal shops in Defence Colony market in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Sealing drive to continue in Delhi till Jan 12 hearing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani and Vibha Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2017 04:16 PM IST
More than 50 business units, running from properties officially earmarked as residences, have been shut down in Defence Colony and Chattarpur since Thursday, barely a few days after the SUpreme Court revived the sealing committee.
Shops and other establishments were sealed at the Defence Colony market on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Shops and other establishments were sealed at the Defence Colony market on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi sealing drive to move beyond shops and restaurants, says panel

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Vibha Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2017 11:28 PM IST
The drive, which started on Thursday, is likely to turn its attention next to prominent areas of the national capital where unauthorised constructions have come up
Municipal authorities shut down more than 50 shops and restaurants in south Delhi’s posh Defence Colony market and Chattarpur
Municipal authorities shut down more than 50 shops and restaurants in south Delhi’s posh Defence Colony market and Chattarpur

No notice given, what was the urgency, question Defence Colony shop owners

Hindustan Times | By Vibha Sharma and Gulam Jeelani
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2017 12:33 AM IST
Municipal authorities shut down more than 50 shops and restaurants in south Delhi’s posh Defence Colony market and Chattarpur
Delhi Police personnel enforcing sealing drive in Defence Colony.(Vibha Sharma / HT Photo)
Delhi Police personnel enforcing sealing drive in Defence Colony.(Vibha Sharma / HT Photo)

Sealing in Delhi’s Defence Colony; Social, Moets, Aka Saka, 4S among eateries hit

Hindustan Times | By Vibha Sharma and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Shops and restaurants that had extended businesses beyond ground floor were reportedly “sealed” in Defence Colony. Municipal officials were acting under the orders of a committee set up by SC to crack down on illegal constructions in Delhi.
Thursday morning’s AQI was 77 notches higher than Wednesday’s 24-hour average of 359 falling under ‘very poor’ category.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Thursday morning’s AQI was 77 notches higher than Wednesday’s 24-hour average of 359 falling under ‘very poor’ category.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

‘Smoggy’ day in Delhi, keep your masks around as air quality back to severe

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2017 10:30 AM IST
The AQI spiked to 436 qualifying as ‘severe’ on Thursday morning in Delhi. According to the Central Pollution Control Board the AQI is expected to become worse as the day progresses.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia(HT File)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia(HT File)

Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia appointed AAP’s Punjab in-charge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2017 04:02 PM IST
The political affairs committee of the party decided to appoint Sisodia as “prabhari” after assessing “prevailing political situation” in the state
A letter from General Lake Sahib to Zaibun Nisa Baigum dated 8 October 1802 at Delhi archives.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A letter from General Lake Sahib to Zaibun Nisa Baigum dated 8 October 1802 at Delhi archives.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Battle of Patparganj to Bahadur Shah Zafar’s trial: Delhi’s journey since 1803, at the click of a mouse

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2017 03:11 PM IST
A 100-member team of archivists is digitising over 10 crore documents to prevent further loss. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in two years.
Over 150 families owning flats in the colony are caught in a bind as the legal status of the gated society in the middle-class neighbourhood near Heritage school in Vasant Kunj remains uncertain.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Over 150 families owning flats in the colony are caught in a bind as the legal status of the gated society in the middle-class neighbourhood near Heritage school in Vasant Kunj remains uncertain.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

When home dreams crash: Anatomy of an ‘illegal’ colony in Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Over 150 families owning flats in the colony are caught in a bind as the legal status of the gated society in a middle-class neighbourhood, near Heritage school in Vasant Kunj, remains uncertain.
Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan had formed Swaraj India after being sacked from AAP for alleged anti-patry activities.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan had formed Swaraj India after being sacked from AAP for alleged anti-patry activities.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan say ‘no possibility’ of returning to AAP

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2017 03:49 PM IST
Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, founder members of AAP, were sacked in April 2015 for their alleged anti-party activities after they questioned party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s style of functioning
Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas addressing a press conference at AAP office in New Delhi today.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas addressing a press conference at AAP office in New Delhi today.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Kumar Vishwas calls for AAP ‘version-2’, wants estranged leaders back in party

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2017 08:55 PM IST
The poet-politician says the party is drifting away from its core values
People at the draw of DDA housing scheme at Vikas Sadan in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
People at the draw of DDA housing scheme at Vikas Sadan in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

DDA housing scheme 2017 draw: Dreams come true for some, others to wait for next offer

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2017 03:21 PM IST
The three-hour draw of lots for the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) 2017 housing scheme left several lucky allottees smiling.
Audience members and participants hold candles during performance in Central Park.(Photo: Sourced)
Audience members and participants hold candles during performance in Central Park.(Photo: Sourced)

Delhi govt organises ‘Voices of People’ a musical platform for dissent

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2017 01:22 PM IST
The first concert was held on October 28 with a performance by activist couple, Vinay Mahajan and Charul Bharwada, at Central Park in Connaught Place, who sang a satirical critique of politicians.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has received Rs 130.6 crore in donations to date since it was founded in 2012.(PTI)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has received Rs 130.6 crore in donations to date since it was founded in 2012.(PTI)

AAP received 130 crore funds in five years

HIndustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2017 11:24 PM IST
On November 26, the foundation day of the party, AAP received Rs 6.2 lakh from 617 donors. This amount is almost double the donations the party received on November 25 (2.95 lakh) and November 27 (2.80 lakh).
Expressing his grudge, Kumar Vishwas said he was not provided a chance to speak in the last few months.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Expressing his grudge, Kumar Vishwas said he was not provided a chance to speak in the last few months.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Five years of AAP: Kumar Vishwas says party has drifted from its vision

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2017 12:24 PM IST
In his 30-minute speech at the AAP convention, Kumar Vishwas voiced his grievances as senior party leaders Manish Sisodia, Ashutosh, Gopal Rai, and others, looked on from the stage.
(From left) AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla during the national convention at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
(From left) AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla during the national convention at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

At AAP’s 5th anniversary meet, Kejriwal says BJP playing into the hands of Pak

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2017 12:27 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP is playing into the hands of Pakistan by pitting Hindus against Muslims. He was addressing AAP workers at the party’s national convention to mark the fifth year of its foundation at Ramlila Maidan
The Rajiv Ratan Awaas Township in Bawana is a ghost town with abandoned apartment buildings constructed for 3,680 poor families in 2008.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Rajiv Ratan Awaas Township in Bawana is a ghost town with abandoned apartment buildings constructed for 3,680 poor families in 2008.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

No room for poor: Why Delhi’s housing plans are ending up in ghost townships

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2017 06:06 PM IST
HT SPOTLIGHT | About 26,000 flats of the total 28,000 built for the poor in Delhi remain vacant in the absence of a uniform rehabilitation policy and reluctance of slum dwellers to shift to faraway places.
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