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
A government official punches the tag number on a cow in Ranchi. Scientists have proposed research on GPS and sensor tagging of cows for better management of cow farms and curb theft.(HT FIle Photo)
A government official punches the tag number on a cow in Ranchi. Scientists have proposed research on GPS and sensor tagging of cows for better management of cow farms and curb theft.(HT FIle Photo)

Shortage of funds holds back research to find if cow products can cure cancer, say scientists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2017 02:38 PM IST
A string of top institutes across India have invested personnel, energy and money into researching the animal considered holy by many Hindus. But scientists claim lack of funds is the reason for no major breakthrough.
A dilapidated chimney is all that remains of Calico Mills, once considered the ‘pride of Gujarat’. (Gulam Jeelani / HT Photo)
A dilapidated chimney is all that remains of Calico Mills, once considered the ‘pride of Gujarat’. (Gulam Jeelani / HT Photo)

Gujarat election: Restoring textile hub’s lost glory low on parties’ agenda

Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By Gulam Jeelani and Hiral Dave
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2017 07:30 AM IST
Once the core of Ahmedabad’s economy, mill workers say politicians turned a blind eye to their ordeal as they ceased to be a voting bloc.
Residents of an apartment complex in Noida woke up to a riot-like situation on Wednesday morning, when a mob stormed its gates and vandalised the premises alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help.(PTI Photo)
Residents of an apartment complex in Noida woke up to a riot-like situation on Wednesday morning, when a mob stormed its gates and vandalised the premises alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help.(PTI Photo)

Noida: Mob violence at Mahagun Moderne exposes deep class fault lines

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, Noida
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 07:33 AM IST
The Noida incident, like the earlier ones, will be forgotten in a few days. The helps will keep yearning for their rights even as they struggle hard to make ends meet in a society divided by class, money and prestige.
Traders take out a protest rally against the Goods and Services Tax in Surat.(PTI File)
Traders take out a protest rally against the Goods and Services Tax in Surat.(PTI File)

Gujarat polls: Disenchantment in Patel-dominated diamond hub Surat after GST

Surat, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Hiral Dave
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2017 10:03 AM IST
In a few months, PM Narendra Modi’s home state goes to the polls in what is being billed as one of the most important tests for the BJP before the general elections in 2019.
A year ago, seven Dalits were flogged for skinning a dead cow in Una; Jitu Sarvaiya (centre), the only Dalit from Mota Samadhiyala village to complete B.Tech, says they also want to lead a respectful life.(Gulam Jeelani/Hindustan Times)
A year ago, seven Dalits were flogged for skinning a dead cow in Una; Jitu Sarvaiya (centre), the only Dalit from Mota Samadhiyala village to complete B.Tech, says they also want to lead a respectful life.(Gulam Jeelani/Hindustan Times)

A year after Una, Dalit ire may not be able to dent BJP prospects in Gujarat polls

Hindustan Times, Mota Samadhiyala (Una) | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 06:05 PM IST
Although anger brews in community over last year’s flogging incident, Dalits make up 7% of the state’s population, which reduces their electoral clout. In part 1 of our series on the Gujarat polls, we examine whether the flogging of Dalits in Una a year ago will impact the elections.
Junaid’s two brothers (first and second from right) travel on an EMU train at Ballabhgarh railway station in Haryana's Faridabad district .(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Junaid’s two brothers (first and second from right) travel on an EMU train at Ballabhgarh railway station in Haryana's Faridabad district .(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

HT Special: Two weeks after Junaid’s lynching, no one from his village has boarded a train

By Snigdha Poonam and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2017 08:23 PM IST
HT travels on the train on which Junaid was allegedly attacked and stabbed on June 22. The train is sparsely crowded and conversation turns to Junaid and what emerges is a sharp division in views
Junaid’s two brothers (first and second from right) travel on an EMU train at Ballabhgarh railway station in Haryana's Faridabad district .(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Junaid’s two brothers (first and second from right) travel on an EMU train at Ballabhgarh railway station in Haryana's Faridabad district .(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Two weeks after Junaid’s lynching, no one from his village has boarded a train

Hindustan Times, Ballabhgarh | By Snigdha Poonam and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2017 10:49 AM IST
This Thursday, Junaid’s brothers got on the train he was stabbed on only in the company of HT reporters. The train was sparsely crowded and conversation turned to Junaid and what emerged was a sharp division in views.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Community Reception Programme, in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Community Reception Programme, in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

India’s only Hebrew Univ teacher hopes Modi-Netanyahu bonhomie will boost Israel language

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2017 04:30 PM IST
JNU in New Delhi is the only university in the country and Imam the only faculty to teach Hebrew language.
Candidates emerge from the test centre after taking the civil services examination in Bhopal.(Bidesh Manna/HT file)
Candidates emerge from the test centre after taking the civil services examination in Bhopal.(Bidesh Manna/HT file)

A new record: Fifty Muslim candidates clear civil services exam this year

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By M Tariq Khan and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2017 06:44 PM IST
A panel headed by retired judge Rajender Sachar had noted in 2006 that Muslims enjoyed just 3% representation in the civil services and 4% in the police service.
Slain Thakur youth Sumit Rana’ s family at Rasoolpur Tang village near Deoband.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)
Slain Thakur youth Sumit Rana’ s family at Rasoolpur Tang village near Deoband.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)

Divided by caste, two deaths amplify the rift in Saharanpur

Hindustan Times, Saharanpur | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2017 07:51 PM IST
The two deaths were the latest casualty in a series of clashes that has rocked Saharanpur district in western Uttar Pradesh. The violence has also left scores wounded. The police have arrested 74 people so far.
HT Image(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
HT Image(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

In Saharanpur, cult of Chandrashekhar grows as Dalit-led Bhim Army takes on Thakurs

Hindustan Times, Saharanpur | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2017 01:18 PM IST
Saharanpur is deeply divided over Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar. Thakurs loathe him but Dalits call him a messiah.
Kamla Devi, 55, was one of the affected Dailt woman whose house was burnt down. She fears a repeat of the attacks.(HT Photo)
Kamla Devi, 55, was one of the affected Dailt woman whose house was burnt down. She fears a repeat of the attacks.(HT Photo)

Saharanpur caste violence: Too scared to work for Thakurs, Dalits get squeezed for jobs

Hindustan Times, Saharanpur | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 06:35 PM IST
Dalits work as labourers on Thakur-held farms. But Saharanpur’s caste violence has scared them and Dalits fear more attacks.
Avinash Kumar rode to the bridge on his friend’s motorcycle this Sunday to surf to his heart’s content Facebook and click some selfies.(HT Photo)
Avinash Kumar rode to the bridge on his friend’s motorcycle this Sunday to surf to his heart’s content Facebook and click some selfies.(HT Photo)

Bridge over Yamuna river breaks internet barrier in riot-hit Saharanpur

Sarsawa, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2017 09:46 AM IST
Uttar Pradesh authorities blocked mobile internet services in Saharanpur on Tuesday after a series of clashes between Thakurs and Dalits.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi meets Dalit families on Saturday.(Photo: Congress Twitter)
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi meets Dalit families on Saturday.(Photo: Congress Twitter)

Blocked from entering Saharanpur, Rahul blames Centre for Dalit-Thakur clashes

Hindustan Times, Saharanpur | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2017 09:46 AM IST
The western UP district has been rocked by clashes between Dalit and Thakur communities and has seen more than 50 houses of Scheduled Caste families burnt down.
The Uttar Pradesh government rushed senior officials to a checkpost at Saharanpur district border to prevent Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from entering the region torn by caste violence.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)
The Uttar Pradesh government rushed senior officials to a checkpost at Saharanpur district border to prevent Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from entering the region torn by caste violence.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)

Rahul Gandhi leaves for Saharanpur, authorities say won’t let him in

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Gulam Jeelani and Umesh Raghuvanshi
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2017 09:45 AM IST
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has left New Delhi for Saharanpur but district authorities say political visits will be allowed only after normalcy is restored
A view of the Bhopal central jail. Last year in October, eight suspected SIMI men were killed allegedly in an encounter after they broke out from the prison.(HT File Photo)
A view of the Bhopal central jail. Last year in October, eight suspected SIMI men were killed allegedly in an encounter after they broke out from the prison.(HT File Photo)

NHRC orders probe into ‘harassment’ of SIMI members lodged in Bhopal jail

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2017 11:06 PM IST
Family members of the some inmates claimed that the harassment started after eight suspected SIMI men were killed in October 2016, allegedly in an encounter after they escaped from the prison.
File photo of the Bhopal central jail where 21 suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) are being held.(HT PHOTO)
File photo of the Bhopal central jail where 21 suspected members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) are being held.(HT PHOTO)

Families of suspected SIMI men say undertrials tortured, abused in Bhopal jail

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2017 09:17 PM IST
In a complaint to the NHRC, families of suspected members of SIMI in the Bhopal central jail have alleged that prison authorities are torturing, abusing and humiliating the undertrials.
Ghulam Mohammad Wani, whose son Gulzar Ahmad Wani was acquitted of all charges in Sabarmati Express blast case, says for family it has been a painful journey.(HT Photo)
Ghulam Mohammad Wani, whose son Gulzar Ahmad Wani was acquitted of all charges in Sabarmati Express blast case, says for family it has been a painful journey.(HT Photo)

Sabarmati Express blast: Truth prevailed, says acquitted Gulzar Wani’s father

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2017 12:02 PM IST
Gulzar Ahmad Wani was acquitted by a sessions court in Uttar Pradesh after he spent 16 years in jail
Wani, who was pursuing his PhD in AMU’s Arabic department, was arrested from New Delhi on July 31, 2001, and named as an accused in the case. He was 28 years old.(HT Photo)
Wani, who was pursuing his PhD in AMU’s Arabic department, was arrested from New Delhi on July 31, 2001, and named as an accused in the case. He was 28 years old.(HT Photo)

Sabarmati Express blast: Kashmiri man acquitted of charges after 16 years

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Pawan Dixit and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2017 06:35 PM IST
Gulzar Ahmed Wani, who was pursuing his PhD in AMU’s Arabic department, was arrested from New Delhi on July 31, 2001, and named as an accused in the case.
The park were Budha Purnima function was held on Wednesday.(Gulam Jeelani/Hindustan Times)
The park were Budha Purnima function was held on Wednesday.(Gulam Jeelani/Hindustan Times)

In riot-hit Saharanpur, 30-year-old lawyer leads Dalit fight with his Bhim Army

Hindustan Times, Ghadkoli (Saharanpur) | By Gulam Jeelani, Ghadkoli (saharanpur)
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 06:34 PM IST
Bhim Army Ekta Mission founder Chandrashekhar was an ABVP member as a law student; the Dalit group’s members say BSP chief Mayawati paid only lip service after arson at Shabbirpur village; the activists claim their group has 40,000 members in seven states.
A Dalit woman in Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur stands among the ruins of her house allegedly destroyed by a Thakur mob on May 5.(Gulam Jeelani/HT PHOTO)
A Dalit woman in Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur stands among the ruins of her house allegedly destroyed by a Thakur mob on May 5.(Gulam Jeelani/HT PHOTO)

Caste violence: In Saharanpur’s ghost villages, fear looms large among Dalits

Hindustan Times, Shabbirpur (Saharanpur) | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 06:34 PM IST
As tension continues to simmer in Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur following caste violence, Dalits are living in fear of retribution by Thakurs and accuse the police of being biased towards them.
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Shivpal Singh Yadav.(PTI File Photo)
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Shivpal Singh Yadav.(PTI File Photo)

Yadavs part ways 8 months after pari-war broke out, all eyes on Mulayam

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2017 03:41 PM IST
Former ruling party of Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has been caught in a bitter feud between former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav over control of the party, with Mulayam Singh Yadav hitting out at his son in the past for making wrong organisational calls.
A Kashmiri man browses the internet on his mobile phone on a footbridge in Srinagar.(AFP Photo)
A Kashmiri man browses the internet on his mobile phone on a footbridge in Srinagar.(AFP Photo)

Secret browsers, encrypted messages: How Kashmiris are dodging social media gag

Hindustan Times, Srinagar/New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani and Abhishek Saha
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2017 10:35 AM IST
The state government directed internet service providers to block 22 social networking platforms to clamp down on tensions spurring clashes between security forces and civilians. However, a day after the ban was imposed, people found a way around the gag.
Sunil Kulkarni being produced at Killa Court in Mumbai on April 20.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Sunil Kulkarni being produced at Killa Court in Mumbai on April 20.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)

The many disguises of Mumbai cult leader, sex racket ‘operator’ Sunil Kulkarni

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | By Gulam Jeelani and Shiv Sunny
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2017 11:19 AM IST
Kulkarni’s world began to crumble on April 18, after Bombay HC put its foot down and ordered the police to file a FIR against him. A couple from Malad had approached the HC in December 2016 with a plea that the police trace Kulkarni, who they accused of luring their daughters into a ‘sex and drugs cult’ through social media.
Tamil Nadu minister floated Rs10 lakh worth thermocol sheets in Vaigai reservoir to prevent loss of water due to evaporation.(Twitter/ ANI)
Tamil Nadu minister floated Rs10 lakh worth thermocol sheets in Vaigai reservoir to prevent loss of water due to evaporation.(Twitter/ ANI)

Tamil Nadu minister’s Rs 10 lakh water-saving ‘innovation’ blown away by wind

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 08:02 PM IST
In a bizarre attempt, a minister floated thermocol sheets in a water reservoir in Madurai to prevent evaporation of water in drought-hit Tamil Nadu.
Security has been beefed up at Taj Mahal, the high court in Allahabad and its Lucknow bench, the assembly and secretariat buildings and other important government offices in Lucknow.(HT file photo)
Security has been beefed up at Taj Mahal, the high court in Allahabad and its Lucknow bench, the assembly and secretariat buildings and other important government offices in Lucknow.(HT file photo)

Uttar Pradesh on alert: Police warn of ‘spectacular attacks by ISI-trained sadhus’

HindustanTimes, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Manish Chandra Pandey and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 11:47 PM IST
The alert comes roughly a month after Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister of the state, and two days after UP’s anti-terrorist squad busted a suspected terror module along with sleuths from five other states.
Maulana Wali Rahmani (Gen Sec AIMPLB) with Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, (President AIMPLB) and Maulana Kalbe Sadiq ( Vice President AIMPLB) during the All India Muslim personal Law board meeting on the triple talaq issue at Darul Uloom Nadvatul Ulema (Nadva College) in Lucknow on April 15.(PTI)
Maulana Wali Rahmani (Gen Sec AIMPLB) with Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, (President AIMPLB) and Maulana Kalbe Sadiq ( Vice President AIMPLB) during the All India Muslim personal Law board meeting on the triple talaq issue at Darul Uloom Nadvatul Ulema (Nadva College) in Lucknow on April 15.(PTI)

Muslim board’s campaign to build awareness on triple talaq runs out of steam

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By M Tariq Khan and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2017 06:35 PM IST
Clerics pinned the blame on the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) that had announced the initiative, saying it didn’t print and circulate a two-page booklet containing the code of conduct for Muslims on marriage and divorce.
The hoardings assume significance as they surfaced at a time when Kashmir valley is witnessing volatile situation.(HT Photo)
The hoardings assume significance as they surfaced at a time when Kashmir valley is witnessing volatile situation.(HT Photo)

UP: Hoardings in Meerut ask Kashmiris to leave, cops take action against accused

Meerut/New Delhi | By S Raju and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 10:33 AM IST
The Meerut hoardings appeared a day after a group of Kashmiri students of Mewar University in Rajasthan were assaulted.
The scene in the immediate vicinity of RG Girls PG College in Meerut is the same as before the Anti-Romeo drive.(Chahat Ram/Hindustan Times)
The scene in the immediate vicinity of RG Girls PG College in Meerut is the same as before the Anti-Romeo drive.(Chahat Ram/Hindustan Times)

‘Just a hype of two days’: Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo drive fizzles out in Meerut

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2017 08:39 AM IST
Cops argue that the drive, launched by the CM last month has been scaled back over complaints of overzealousness.
A cow is seen inside a truck after being checked by volunteers of a vigilante group on a highway in Rajasthan.(AFP File Photo)
A cow is seen inside a truck after being checked by volunteers of a vigilante group on a highway in Rajasthan.(AFP File Photo)

Inter-state cattle transport: Rajasthan ‘nodal’ officer ignorant about permit norms

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 07:55 PM IST
Jaipur SDO says he is not entitled to issue any transit permit, contradicting a Rajasthan bovine protection law
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