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
The death of Haryana dairy farmer who was assaulted by gau rakshaks, weighs heavy on the minds of cattle transporters, even if their cargo are buffaloes.
The death of Haryana dairy farmer who was assaulted by gau rakshaks, weighs heavy on the minds of cattle transporters, even if their cargo are buffaloes.

After Alwar lynching, cattle transporters live in fear of gau rakshaks and cops

Hindustan Times, Ajmer/Jaipur | By Gulam Jeelani and Deep Mukherjee
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 12:10 PM IST
HT follows a cattle transport vehicle from Nasirabad market in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district to Dasna in Uttar Pradesh as the death of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was assaulted by gau rakshaks in Alwar, weighs heavy on the minds of transporters.
A slaughterhouse in the Qaiserbagh area of Lucknow wears a deserted look after the ban on illegal abattoirs came into effect in March. The ban has cut supply of buffalo hides to leather industry across the country.(HT Photo)
A slaughterhouse in the Qaiserbagh area of Lucknow wears a deserted look after the ban on illegal abattoirs came into effect in March. The ban has cut supply of buffalo hides to leather industry across the country.(HT Photo)

UP slaughterhouse crackdown: Leather, cricket balls and footwear may get costlier

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani and Suchetana Ray
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2017 06:57 PM IST
The ban on illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh which has also led to the shutdown of many legal abattoirs due to violations of one law or another, is beginning to affect the leather industry across the country because half of the raw materials used to come from UP.
UP’s weekly cattle markets, including Dhanaura in Bulandshahr, have seen a drastic fall in business.(HT Photo/Gulam Jeelani)
UP’s weekly cattle markets, including Dhanaura in Bulandshahr, have seen a drastic fall in business.(HT Photo/Gulam Jeelani)

Crashing sales, fear of vigilantes push cattle farmers to the edge in Yogi Adityanath’s UP

Hindustan Times, Dhanaura (Bulandshahr) | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 12:31 PM IST
In the aftermath of the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, Uttar Pradesh’s 20 weekly cattle markets have seen a drastic fall in business.
The Aligarh-based Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited is one of the country’s biggest slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units, contributing to a huge industry that provides livelihood to an estimated 25 lakh people directly or indirectly.(HT photo/Gulam Jilani)
The Aligarh-based Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited is one of the country’s biggest slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units, contributing to a huge industry that provides livelihood to an estimated 25 lakh people directly or indirectly.(HT photo/Gulam Jilani)

UP slaughterhouses: All about the Rs 15,000-cr industry that employs 25 lakh people

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Lucknow | By Gulam Jeelani, Brajendra K Parashar & M Tariq Khan
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 08:24 AM IST
Uttar Pradesh’s meat processing industry accounts for 50% of India’s exports and employs 25 lakh people, directly or indirectly. As the Yogi Adityanath government launches a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in the state, HT looks at what drives the industry
Butchers and traders along with family members gather outside a closed slaughterhouse in Naini, Allahabad, on March 21. Hundreds of ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses have shut down in the state over the past week since Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister.(AFP photo)
Butchers and traders along with family members gather outside a closed slaughterhouse in Naini, Allahabad, on March 21. Hundreds of ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses have shut down in the state over the past week since Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister.(AFP photo)

Job loss fear looms over UP’s biggest slaughterhouse where Hindus outnumber Muslims

Hindustah Times, Aligarh | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2017 02:40 PM IST
At Frigerio Conserva Allana, one of the country’s biggest, and legal, slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units, most of the 2,100 workers are Hindus.
The Supreme Court, on March 21, had suggested an amicable out-of-court settlement to the decades-old dispute.(AFP file photo)
The Supreme Court, on March 21, had suggested an amicable out-of-court settlement to the decades-old dispute.(AFP file photo)

Fake UP govt website conducts poll on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Lucknow | By Gulam Jeelani and M Tariq Khan
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2017 07:23 AM IST
The website – www.ayodhya-issue.gov-up.in – with its URL misleadingly similar to the UP government’s official website also carries a photograph of chief minister Adityanath.
Police question men outside RGPG College for Women in Meerut on Wednesday. Across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh, cops have hit the streets to carry out a drive against ‘Romeos’ on the orders of newly sworn-in CM Yogi Adityanath.(Chahatram/HT photo)
Police question men outside RGPG College for Women in Meerut on Wednesday. Across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh, cops have hit the streets to carry out a drive against ‘Romeos’ on the orders of newly sworn-in CM Yogi Adityanath.(Chahatram/HT photo)

Uttar Pradesh’s anti-Romeo drive leaves boys scared, girls unconvinced

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2017 12:08 AM IST
The sight of policemen zipping across Meerut in convoys, beacons flashing and sirens blaring, have sent single men scurrying for cover.
The centuries-old Babri masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by a Hindu mob in December 1992. The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested an out-of-court settlement in the case.(HT file photo)
The centuries-old Babri masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by a Hindu mob in December 1992. The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested an out-of-court settlement in the case.(HT file photo)

Resolving Ayodhya dispute since 1859: The nine failed attempts at out-of-court settlements

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani and M Tariq Khan
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 11:39 AM IST
Between 1859 and 2017, nine attempts have been made to resolve the Ram temple issue, but with no success
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj meets the two sufi clerics who had gone missing in Pakistan.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj meets the two sufi clerics who had gone missing in Pakistan.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Delhi clerics: Full text of Pakistan newspaper article that hinted at RAW links

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2017 10:10 PM IST
Asif Ali Nizami and Nazim Nizami are from Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi. They had gone missing in Pakistan. A Pakistani daily, Ummat, had hinted that they were linked with RAW.
Actor Kareena Kapoor’s morphed 'Love Jihad' photo on the cover of a magazine in 2015.
Actor Kareena Kapoor’s morphed 'Love Jihad' photo on the cover of a magazine in 2015.

From love jihad, conversion to SRK: 10 controversial comments by UP’s new CM Yogi Adityanath

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 11:39 AM IST
HT lists 10 of the most controversial statements by the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
File photo of former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati who was arrested in Lucknow on Wednesday on charges of gang rape(HT Photo)
File photo of former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati who was arrested in Lucknow on Wednesday on charges of gang rape(HT Photo)

Rape-accused Gayatri Prajapati’s roller coaster ride from rags to riches ends in jail

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Rohit K Singh and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2017 07:44 PM IST
Gayatri Prajapati journey from a minor contractor to a powerful minister in the Samajwadi party government in UP came to a halt on Wednesday with his arrest in a gang rape case.
Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal merged with the BSP before the 2017 assembly polls(HT File Photo)
Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal merged with the BSP before the 2017 assembly polls(HT File Photo)

UP election results: Fielding Ansaris failed to get Muslim votes for Mayawati’s BSP

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 11:16 PM IST
Fielding jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari and his family in the assembly election proved to be a wrong move for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.
Mukhtar Ansari.
Mukhtar Ansari.

Ansari factor failed for Mayawati

Lucknow, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2017 03:55 PM IST
Mayawati gave tickets to the three Ansari’s-- Mukhtar (Mau), his brother Sibgatullah (Mohammadabad) and son Abbas Ansari (Ghosi), to cash in on their popularity in the region, but the Ansari’s could not win, or influence, any seat in eastern UP.
Women in burkhas line up to cast their vote in Varanasi on March 8.(Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)
Women in burkhas line up to cast their vote in Varanasi on March 8.(Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)

Election results: Why the Muslim vote didn’t count much in PM Modi’s UP win

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Lucknow | By Jayanth Jacob and Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2017 07:19 AM IST
The saffron party – which didn’t field a single Muslim candidate – won 31 of the 42 seats where the minority community comprised a third of the electorate, a strike rate of 74%. In 2012, the BJP had won eight and five in 2007.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the results proved that secular parties have failed the Muslims yet again and asserted that the Muslim vote bank is a myth.(HT FILE PHOTO)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the results proved that secular parties have failed the Muslims yet again and asserted that the Muslim vote bank is a myth.(HT FILE PHOTO)

AIMIM fails to make a mark; Owaisi says UP verdict an indictment of secular parties

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani & Jayanth Jacob, Lucknow/new Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 12:08 AM IST
In a state with 19.3% Muslim voters, AIMIM fielded candidates on seats where Muslim voters were in large numbers, but lost all the seats.
Mohit (in blue) and his two friends were briefly arrested in case of harassment after they were videotaped being beaten up on a bus by two girls.(Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)
Mohit (in blue) and his two friends were briefly arrested in case of harassment after they were videotaped being beaten up on a bus by two girls.(Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Got justice but will we get back jobs, ask 3 men framed by ‘Sonepat bravehearts’

Hindustan Times, Rohtak/Sonepat | By Gulam Jeelani and Hardik Anand
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 09:07 PM IST
Three Haryana youth were discharged last week by a local court of charges of harassing two sisters on a bus about two years ago. A video of the three men being thrashed on a bus by two girls, Aarti and Pooja, on being allegedly harassed went viral and the sisters were quickly hailed as ‘Sonepat brave hearts’.
Santosh Danve, BJP MLA from Bhokardan in Maharashtra, wedded Renu, the daughter of well-known Marathi musician Rajesh Sarkate, in Aurangabad on March 2.(Video grab/Santosh Danve Facebook)
Santosh Danve, BJP MLA from Bhokardan in Maharashtra, wedded Renu, the daughter of well-known Marathi musician Rajesh Sarkate, in Aurangabad on March 2.(Video grab/Santosh Danve Facebook)

Thought Maha BJP chief can throw a lavish wedding? Here’s how other VIPs got married

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2017 02:23 PM IST
A list of seven big fat Indian weddings that caught the eye and hit the headlines.
Sunil Ambekar, the national organising secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Sunil Ambekar, the national organising secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Sunil Ambekar: No place for violence, Ramjas incident was exaggerated

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2017 11:46 PM IST
Forty-nine-year-old Sunil Ambekar, the national organising secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has no qualms about the RSS-affiliated outfit challenging the Leftist thought which, he feels, has dominated campuses for long. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Ambekar, while denouncing violence, said ABVP will not compromise with issues concerning ‘national integrity’. Excerpts:
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members carry out Tiranga Rally on Tuesday.(AFP)
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members carry out Tiranga Rally on Tuesday.(AFP)

Besieged by protests: Is Delhi University the new Jantar Mantar?

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 11:23 PM IST
From students of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to teachers, from non-teaching employees to National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) office bearers, people with varied demands held the campus — which resembled a protest site — to ransom on Tuesday.
ABVP members took out a Tiranga march from Rajmas College to the Faculty of Arts at Delhi University on Monday, February 27, 2017.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
ABVP members took out a Tiranga march from Rajmas College to the Faculty of Arts at Delhi University on Monday, February 27, 2017.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

ABVP rides on BJP’s 2014 success, stamps its mark in campuses across India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 11:13 AM IST
ABVP is actually on a roll across India, especially after the Bharatiya Janata Party rode to power at the Centre in 2014.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI Photo)

In Meerut, PM Modi’s ‘shamshan’ remark meets grave silence

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2017 07:25 AM IST
Those managing Meerut’s Soorajkund cremation ground — the city’s biggest about two kilometres away from the Nauchandi graveyard — are not complaining.
AAP’s Nabha candidate, Gurdev Singh ‘Dev’ Mann sings ‘Tere ishq nachaya karke thaiya thaiya’ with party supporters keeping an eye on EVMs in the strongroom at Patiala.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
AAP’s Nabha candidate, Gurdev Singh ‘Dev’ Mann sings ‘Tere ishq nachaya karke thaiya thaiya’ with party supporters keeping an eye on EVMs in the strongroom at Patiala.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Punjab election: AAP volunteers ‘guard’ EVMs across 59 strongrooms

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2017 07:56 PM IST
Like Kapoor, many AAP supporters are displaying the same level of watchfulness across Punjab, which has 117 assembly constituencies. They are “guarding” all the EVMs kept in 59 strongrooms across the state.
Afzal Ansari campaigns for his jailed brother and MLA Mukhtar Ansari.(HT Photo)
Afzal Ansari campaigns for his jailed brother and MLA Mukhtar Ansari.(HT Photo)

UP election: How ‘bad men’ in politics turn Robinhood for common man

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani and Gurman Bhatia
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2017 08:32 AM IST
The criminalisation of politics emerged in UP in 1980’s when the village panchayat and assembly polls were held under the shadow of dacoits.
Youths outside an employment office in Etawah.(HT Photo)
Youths outside an employment office in Etawah.(HT Photo)

UP polls: Youth in Yadav bastion of Etawah want jobs, not laptops or cell phones

Hindustan Times, Etawah | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2017 06:52 AM IST
Etawah, the pocket borough of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his extended family, will vote in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls on February 19.
Yogi Adityanath at a meeting of Vahini workers in Gorakhpur earlier this week.(HT photo)
Yogi Adityanath at a meeting of Vahini workers in Gorakhpur earlier this week.(HT photo)

Yogi Adityanath’s band of rebels want to teach BJP a lesson in eastern UP

Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur | By Gulam Jeelani and Abdul Jadid
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2017 01:43 AM IST
Known as Hindu Yuva Vahini, the right-wing youth outfit that Yogi floated in 2002 has decided to field candidates in 64 constituencies of eastern UP against the BJP. They are doing this to ‘’punish’’ the BJP for “sidelining” their leader by not projecting him as the CM face in the ongoing seven-phase UP polls.
Tanushri Mani Tripathi in Barwa Kalan village of Uttar Pradesh. She and her sister are campaigning for their brother Aman Mani Tripathi who is in jail for allegedly murdering his wife.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)
Tanushri Mani Tripathi in Barwa Kalan village of Uttar Pradesh. She and her sister are campaigning for their brother Aman Mani Tripathi who is in jail for allegedly murdering his wife.(Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh elections: Tripathi sisters campaign for jailed brother Aman Mani

Hindustan Times, Nautanwa (Maharajganj) | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2017 01:04 AM IST
Tanushri Mani Tripathi, 27 and Alankrita Mani Tripathi, 24, are going door-to-door in villages of Nautanwa in Maharajganj to campaign for their brother Aman Mani Tripathi, 34, in jail for allegedly murdering his wife, Sara.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav Yadav at the opening ceremony for the of Agra-Lucknow expressway in Unnao in November 2016.(PTI File Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav Yadav at the opening ceremony for the of Agra-Lucknow expressway in Unnao in November 2016.(PTI File Photo)

Akhilesh Yadav’s political fortunes in UP polls ride on Agra-Lucknow expressway

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/ Unnao/ Kannauj/ Etawah/Agra | By Gulam Jeelani and M Tariq Khan
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2017 07:10 AM IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s political fortunes are riding on the expressway, which is at the core of a development plank the Samajwadi Party is hoping will carry it back to power in the upcoming assembly elections.
NRIs from Punjab have been camping out in Doaba, an electorally significant region, and could be a significant chunk of voters in the coming assembly elections. For people in Doaba, drug abuse tops the agenda alongside unemployment. Politicians and their parties have promised solutions in the past but failed to deliver, resulting in voter fatigue.(Gurpreet Singh/HT File Photo)
NRIs from Punjab have been camping out in Doaba, an electorally significant region, and could be a significant chunk of voters in the coming assembly elections. For people in Doaba, drug abuse tops the agenda alongside unemployment. Politicians and their parties have promised solutions in the past but failed to deliver, resulting in voter fatigue.(Gurpreet Singh/HT File Photo)

Punjab polls: Will the state’s ‘NRI belt’ determine the course of the future?

Hindustan Times, Nawanshahr/Hoshiarpur/Pathankot | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2017 07:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times looks at the mood on the ground in poll-bound Punjab while travelling with truckers. For those in Doaba, an electorally significant region, the issues of drug abuse and unemployment are top priorities.
Gagandeep Singh stands in front of his truck.(HT Photo)
Gagandeep Singh stands in front of his truck.(HT Photo)

Punjab election: Who are the truckers voting for?

Hindustan Times, Bathinda/Faridkot/ Moga/Ludhiana | By Gulam Jeelani
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2017 07:55 AM IST
Capturing the mood on the ground in poll-bound Punjab while travelling with truckers .
The woman, who lives in an apartment along Golf Course Road, said she had hired two helps from a placement agency while her husband was abroad.(HT File)
The woman, who lives in an apartment along Golf Course Road, said she had hired two helps from a placement agency while her husband was abroad.(HT File)

Gurgaon: Thieves make off with Rs 11.5 lakh from Japanese woman’s house

Hindustan Times | By Gulam Jeelani, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2017 10:49 PM IST
The stolen money, police said, comprised 19,00,000 in Japanese Yen (Rs 11,30,212) and Rs 25,000 in Indian currency.
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