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.

Articles by Gulam Jeelani
AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the Aam Aadmi Party National Conference at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi on November 26.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses the Aam Aadmi Party National Conference at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi on November 26.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

BJP playing into Pakistan’s hands, says Arvind Kejriwal at AAP meet

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2017 11:47 PM IST
The chief minister said Pakistan’s biggest dream was to divide Hindustan on the lines of Hindus and Muslims.
Ever since coming to power in Delhi, the AAP government has been demanding bringing Centre-run Delhi Police under the control of the state government.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Ever since coming to power in Delhi, the AAP government has been demanding bringing Centre-run Delhi Police under the control of the state government.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

If Delhi Police were under my control, I would have taught trolls a lesson: Kejriwal

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2017 10:21 AM IST
Ever since coming to power in Delhi, the AAP government has been demanding bringing Centre-run Delhi Police under the control of the state government.
Singers Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain regaled over 1,000 residents with their renditions like ‘Mein hawa hoon’ and ‘Khayal-e-yaar’ at the ‘Ghazal ki dastak’ at Mahavir Vatika Park.((Handout))
Singers Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain regaled over 1,000 residents with their renditions like ‘Mein hawa hoon’ and ‘Khayal-e-yaar’ at the ‘Ghazal ki dastak’ at Mahavir Vatika Park.((Handout))

A music festival that breaks the Lutyens’ Delhi monopoly

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2017 02:24 PM IST
Singers Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain regaled over 1,000 residents with their renditions like ‘Mein hawa hoon’ and ‘Khayal-e-yaar’ at the ‘Ghazal ki dastak’ at Mahavir Vatika Park.
In the movie, Yogendra Yadav (left) is projected as someone who meticulously planned the strategies during the campaign that catapulted Arvind Kejriwal to his spectacular electoral success.(HT File Photo)
In the movie, Yogendra Yadav (left) is projected as someone who meticulously planned the strategies during the campaign that catapulted Arvind Kejriwal to his spectacular electoral success.(HT File Photo)

Why Yogendra Yadav is tweeting about a movie on Arvind Kejriwal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2017 10:23 AM IST
Going by the trailer and posters, the film seemingly eulogises Arvind Kejriwal — mapping his rise from an activist to a politician. Yet the evident cold shoulder by Kejriwal and his trusted lieutenants in his party has puzzled many.
A DDA flat under construction at Jasola Vihar in south Delhi.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
A DDA flat under construction at Jasola Vihar in south Delhi.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Coming in 2018: 20,000 DDA flats with multilevel parking, rainwater harvesting

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2017 01:45 PM IST
DDA housing scheme 2018: Currently, the flats are under construction and DDA officials say the work will be completed by March next year. The scheme will have flats for all income groups — LIG, MIG, HIG and EWS
Many experts raised questions on how would exempting women would help when most of them use public transport to commute.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Many experts raised questions on how would exempting women would help when most of them use public transport to commute.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Will exempting women from odd-even really help? The jury is out

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2017 12:44 AM IST
Many experts raised questions on how would exempting women would help when most of them use public transport to commute.
This HT photo by Praveen Kumar of an old man crying after missing his spot at the State Bank of India’s New Colony branch in Gurgaon went viral on Twitter.
This HT photo by Praveen Kumar of an old man crying after missing his spot at the State Bank of India’s New Colony branch in Gurgaon went viral on Twitter.

Year after note ban: This is what ex-soldier who became face of cash woes says

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2017 01:17 PM IST
The Hindustan Times photograph of retired soldier Nand Lal crying and begging bank officials to let him withdraw his pension became the face of the people’s struggle during the cash crunch after the government’s shock recall of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in November.
A team of nearly two dozen people, supervised by chef Sanjeev Kapoor, cooked the traditional rice-dal dish for more than nine hours at the World Food India fest, before it was weighed and declared a world record.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A team of nearly two dozen people, supervised by chef Sanjeev Kapoor, cooked the traditional rice-dal dish for more than nine hours at the World Food India fest, before it was weighed and declared a world record.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: 918kg of khichdi helps World Food India make it to Guinness World Record

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2017 11:33 PM IST
The khichdi was cooked in a specially made stainless steel wok that weighed around 300kg and had a capacity of 1,000 litres. The wok full of khichdi was lifted with a crane to measure the total weight.
Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor along with others at the World Food India festival in Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor along with others at the World Food India festival in Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

World Food India: 800kg of khichdi cooked for world record, Ramdev adds ‘tadka’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2017 07:38 PM IST
The feat was done at the World Food India event at India Gate lawns in New Delhi where the night-long preparations were supervised by chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
The Delhi Walk Festival this year has 170 walks on offer.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The Delhi Walk Festival this year has 170 walks on offer.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Delhi by foot - the well-known, unknown and the offbeat

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2017 08:51 AM IST
Special walks by historians, activists, artistes
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged that despite being in power, the Delhi government has been rendered “powerless” due to constant interference by the Central government.(Sonu Mehta/HT file)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday alleged that despite being in power, the Delhi government has been rendered “powerless” due to constant interference by the Central government.(Sonu Mehta/HT file)

Can’t appoint my peon: CM Kejriwal says Centre has rendered Delhi govt powerless

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2017 10:01 AM IST
AAP has maintained that if an elected government did not get control over ACB, it cannot live up to its anti-graft stand or deliver on its promise made to Delhi’s electorate. Soon after the AAP government came to power in 2015, a joint-commissioner-level officer was made the ACB chief by the then L-G, a move that AAP government alleges took away its control of ACB.
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas talks to media persons after attending the AAP National Council Meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas talks to media persons after attending the AAP National Council Meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

AAP denies internal rift, Kumar Vishwas says party members afraid of his voice

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2017 10:30 AM IST
Vishwas has been unhappy after suspended MLA Amanatullah Khan was reinstated in the party earlier this week. Khan, an MLA from Okhla, was suspended in May for his tirade against Vishwas.
After Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was reinstated by the party, founder-member Kumar Vishwas had aired his grievances on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
After Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was reinstated by the party, founder-member Kumar Vishwas had aired his grievances on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

AAP convention: Row over Amanatullah Khan, Kumar Vishwas likely to cloud meet

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2017 05:46 PM IST
Arvind Kejriwal is likely to reach Alipur resort later in the day. Kumar Vishwas will not be speaking at the council meet which he has anchored for the last 5 years.
Kumar Vishwas, who is known for his oratory skills, has not been allotted a slot to speak at the council meet according to the agenda shared among the members. He had, in fact, anchored the last four such meets.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Kumar Vishwas, who is known for his oratory skills, has not been allotted a slot to speak at the council meet according to the agenda shared among the members. He had, in fact, anchored the last four such meets.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Kumar Vishwas unhappy with Amanatullah Khan’s return, won’t anchor AAP meet

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2017 10:51 AM IST
Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan was suspended in May for accusing Kumar Vishwas of being an RSS-BJP agent. Kumar Vishwas was given a ‘bigger’ responsibility and made incharge of Rajasthan assembly polls.
Political analysts say the change was a result of the realisation that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi had probably backfired in the Punjab and Goa and elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Political analysts say the change was a result of the realisation that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi had probably backfired in the Punjab and Goa and elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

From daily tirade to radio silence, how Kejriwal stopped Modi-bashing on Twitter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Samarth Bansal and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2017 11:42 PM IST
Since April this year, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweets have not mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi by name at all.
Devotees shopping for Chhath Puja at a market in Gurgaon.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Devotees shopping for Chhath Puja at a market in Gurgaon.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Chhath in Delhi: How Yamuna got a facelift for the ‘biggest’ festival in town

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 01:21 PM IST
More than 35,000 workers will ensure that celebrations go peacefully at 565 Yamuna ghats in Delhi as Chhath Puja starts today. See pictures
Sanjay Van in south Delhi is part of the south central ridge.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Sanjay Van in south Delhi is part of the south central ridge.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘Haunted’ in folklore, south Delhi’s Sanjay Van is now a birders’ paradise

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2017 11:29 AM IST
Over the past two months, Sanjay Van has also become popular among morning walkers, cyclists and bird watchers in south Delhi thanks to a joint effort of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and a citizens’ group
The party has already started mobilising public support for the event. It held one event in Talkatora Stadium in April, 2015 after coming to power in Delhi for the second time.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The party has already started mobilising public support for the event. It held one event in Talkatora Stadium in April, 2015 after coming to power in Delhi for the second time.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

AAP’s first national convention on November 26

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2017 12:03 AM IST
Kejriwal ,along with other activists of the then India Against Corruption (IAC), had launched the party on November 26, 2012, on the occasion of Constitution Day, following differences with Anna Hazare who led the anti-graft movement.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had demanded an audit of the DMRC accounts while opposing the metro fare hike.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had demanded an audit of the DMRC accounts while opposing the metro fare hike.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

I’ll continue to fight against Delhi Metro fare hike: Kejriwal in Google Hangout address

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2017 02:07 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also said demonetisation and subsequent Goods and Services Tax (GST) had hit the economy and his government was making efforts to help the unemployed youth by providing skills training
Arvind Kejriwal’s message, issued in an email sent to donors on Dhanteras on Tuesday, led to fresh donations of Rs 14.72 lakh within a day, with more than 1,830 people responding.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Arvind Kejriwal’s message, issued in an email sent to donors on Dhanteras on Tuesday, led to fresh donations of Rs 14.72 lakh within a day, with more than 1,830 people responding.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

AAP gets 24L in donation after Kejriwal’s appeal

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2017 10:06 AM IST
In the latest appeal, Kejriwal quoted recently issued statistics by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to hit out at the BJP and the Congress.
Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with his colleagues in New Delhi.(HT file)
Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal with his colleagues in New Delhi.(HT file)

Rs 18 lakh and counting: AAP receives a windfall after Kejriwal seeks donations to ‘keep politics clean’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2017 03:48 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal quoted Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) statistics to criticise political bigwigs Congress, BJP over anonymous donations. The appeal comes ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Rajasthan
Delhi chief ministar Arvind Kejriwal in his blue WagonR car in January 2013 in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)
Delhi chief ministar Arvind Kejriwal in his blue WagonR car in January 2013 in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

Arvind Kejriwal’s Wagon R stolen from outside Delhi Secretariat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shiv Sunny and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 10:09 PM IST
Nicknamed ‘AAP Mobile’, the hatchback shot to limelight in January 2014 when Kejriwal used it to camp and sleep in during a protest against the Delhi Police at the Rail Bhawan.
An AAP worker hands out pamphlets protesting the Metro fare hike near Lajpat Nagar Metro station on Wednesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
An AAP worker hands out pamphlets protesting the Metro fare hike near Lajpat Nagar Metro station on Wednesday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: AAP hits streets, launches Metro Kiraya Satyagraha against fare hike

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 11:41 AM IST
During the agitation dubbed “Metro Kiraya Satyagraha”, party volunteers blamed the Centre and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for increasing the fares despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s opposition.
Swaraj India was founded by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. The party said the Delhi government’s representatives did not attend the DMRC board meeting before the fares of Metro were hiked.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
Swaraj India was founded by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. The party said the Delhi government’s representatives did not attend the DMRC board meeting before the fares of Metro were hiked.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

AAP govt missed almost all Metro board meetings before fare hike, says Swaraj India

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2017 10:53 AM IST
The allegations come close on the heels of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that the state government was ready to take over Delhi Metro and provide efficient service. AAP had been protesting the hike in Delhi Metro fares which were enforced from Tuesday.
AAP Rajasthan in-charge Kumar Vishwas at the Rajasthan University to felicitate the winners in students’ union election.(HT File Photo)
AAP Rajasthan in-charge Kumar Vishwas at the Rajasthan University to felicitate the winners in students’ union election.(HT File Photo)

Buoyed by students’ union poll results, AAP to fight Rajasthan assembly elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2017 10:02 PM IST
The AAP, led by its Rajasthan in-charge Kumar Vishwas, will start campaigning for 100 of the 200 assembly seats.
The film, a confluence of serene shots from the valley, brings to the fore the experience of a young couple on their first trip to Kashmir. (Videograb)
The film, a confluence of serene shots from the valley, brings to the fore the experience of a young couple on their first trip to Kashmir. (Videograb)

‘Warmest Place on Earth’: Kashmir releases tourism video to counter negative portrayal

Hindustan Times, Srinagar/New Delhi | By Abhishek Saha and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2017 04:39 PM IST
The video has a Kashmiri song with lyrics written by IAS officer Shah Faesal. As the video captures the natural beauty, Sahibo sung by Mudasir Ahmad and Vibha Saraf talks about loss and solitude.
Haji Public School is located in Breswana village of Doda district, where almost every household was hit by militancy till 2004.(HT Photo)
Haji Public School is located in Breswana village of Doda district, where almost every household was hit by militancy till 2004.(HT Photo)

Volunteer teachers redefining education at a rural school in once militancy-hit Doda

Breswana | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2017 04:08 PM IST
Given the remote location of this village of about 1,600 residents and its troubled past, finding regular teachers was not easy.
A magnetic card reader.(Representative image)
A magnetic card reader.(Representative image)

Cyber frauds rise after demonetisation, Tikamgarh to Jamtara turn hubs for cheats

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 03:23 PM IST
More than 27,000 cybercrimes were reported in first half 2017, according to data released by the information and technology ministry. The figure was 50,362 in 2016 .
Katarpur, 70 km from state capital Dehradun, already has a ‘Gau Rakshak memorial’ where an annual function is organised to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives to protect the cow.(HT Photo)
Katarpur, 70 km from state capital Dehradun, already has a ‘Gau Rakshak memorial’ where an annual function is organised to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives to protect the cow.(HT Photo)

RSS seeks ‘cow pilgrimage’ site in Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2017 08:50 AM IST
Katarpur, 70 km from state capital Dehradun, already has a ‘Gau Rakshak memorial’ where an annual function is organised to pay tributes to those who laid down their lives to protect the cow.
Shayara Bano at her house in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.(HT photo)
Shayara Bano at her house in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.(HT photo)

Triple talaq verdict: Meet the five women who fought to stop instant divorce

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2017 08:29 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down instant triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional and against the tenets of Islam.
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