Harinder Baweja

Harinder Baweja anchors special projects for Hindustan Times. She has been a journalist for three decades and has focussed on covering conflict zones, including Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Articles by Harinder Baweja

Fear again grips Kashmiri Pandits amid targeted attacks

The killing of Rahul Bhat inside the tehsil office in Budgam’s Chadoora on May 12, has left Kashmiri Pandits fearing for their lives.
Kashmiri Pandits protest against Rahul Bhat’s killing, in Srinagar. (ANI)
Kashmiri Pandits protest against Rahul Bhat’s killing, in Srinagar. (ANI)
Updated on May 18, 2022 09:49 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

How the sedition law has been used against citizens: Four personal journeys

According to Kapil Sabil, the lawyer representing the petitioners, there were 800 sedition cases across India and 13,000 people are in jail
The Supreme Court on Thursday put a hold on Section 124A, till the controversial law is reviewed by the Centre. But scores have been singed and have ended up spending a part of their life in jail. The incarceration has taken a psychological toll on victims and their families. (AFP)
The Supreme Court on Thursday put a hold on Section 124A, till the controversial law is reviewed by the Centre. But scores have been singed and have ended up spending a part of their life in jail. The incarceration has taken a psychological toll on victims and their families. (AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:37 PM IST
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As delimitation concludes, the disturbing story of J&K’s panchayat leaders

The fear now is that with the delimitation exercise nearing completion, elections will be conducted this year for the newly constituted Union Territories. All contestants – including those already members of the Panchayats — will become fresh targets again
Activists of National Conference shout slogans and hold placards during a protest against the delimitation commission in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, January 1, 2022. (Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times)
Activists of National Conference shout slogans and hold placards during a protest against the delimitation commission in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, January 1, 2022. (Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 09, 2022 07:11 PM IST
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When love becomes a covert operation: The story of interfaith marriages

  • The road to love is littered with landmines, when interfaith couples choose to marry. This is where Dhanak has stepped in to help thousands of couples tie the knot. 
While promoting the right to choose a partner, it also provides protection to couples under threat from their families and Right-wing organisations. (Getty Images)
While promoting the right to choose a partner, it also provides protection to couples under threat from their families and Right-wing organisations. (Getty Images)
Updated on May 02, 2022 01:35 PM IST
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Sharif inherits a troubled India-Pakistan legacy and a crumbling economy

  • A new dispensation comes with space for new beginnings. However, with the poor state of its economy and ties with Delhi having nosedived, small, incremental steps are the only way to build back better, in time.
He has taken charge and announced a team of ministers but has at least eight coalition partners and several independents to juggle and please. (AFP)
He has taken charge and announced a team of ministers but has at least eight coalition partners and several independents to juggle and please. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 06:35 PM IST
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Harinder Baweja, Editor, Special Projects, picks her favourite read of 2021

Farah Bashir’s memoir tells a poignant and often harrowing tale of a girlhood in Kashmir in the 1990s, when it was rocked by constant violence
Farah Bashir’s child-narrator tells a story of a life bereft of hope. (HT Team)
Farah Bashir’s child-narrator tells a story of a life bereft of hope. (HT Team)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:18 AM IST
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26/11 has no parallels... it needed a kinetic response, says Congress MP Manish Tewari

Both NDA and UPA have tried to manage the challenges from Pakistan and China in different ways. In terms of trying to get peace, neither has succeeded, Tewari said.
Manish Tewari says no question of leaving the Congress party. (Hindustan Times)
Manish Tewari says no question of leaving the Congress party. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 11:31 PM IST
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Uphaar and the 25-year long battle for justice

That fateful Friday in June, they were among 59 who died a slow death as smoke billowed into the balcony area of Delhi’s Uphaar cinema, asphyxiating each one of them
The seven-year jail term has finally given the 59 families the relief they were looking for. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The seven-year jail term has finally given the 59 families the relief they were looking for. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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‘Terrorists told to kill non-Muslim civilians’

  • The administration has started moving non-Kashmiri labourers to the safety of security camps but the exercise is difficult because they have to step out for work.
The Valley is currently full of non-locals, especially since it is apple-picking season, and security estimates put their number at 300,000 to 400,000.
The Valley is currently full of non-locals, especially since it is apple-picking season, and security estimates put their number at 300,000 to 400,000.
Published on Oct 19, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

SAS Geelani: The man central to the separatist story in Kashmir departs

The teacher-turned-separatist had a huge following amongst the Valley’s youth and he held sway over an anti-India sentiment that still prevails in some sections of the Kashmiri population
A file photo of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He was the face of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the political arm of the outlawed terror organisation, Hizbul Mujahideen. (ANI)
A file photo of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He was the face of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the political arm of the outlawed terror organisation, Hizbul Mujahideen. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 06:33 PM IST
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Weren’t sure will be able to bring back stranded Indians: AI Kabul flight crew

Air India flight number 243 took off on time, a little after noon, Sunday, but the ground reality changed in just the two hours that the plane took to reach Afghanistan airspace. Just as the crew prepared for landing and the pilots tried to coordinate with Air Traffic Control, it got no reply
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:03 PM IST
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Air force flight lands in Kabul to evacuate Indians

Afghanistan has closed its airspace for civilian flights but military evacuations are being carried out with the help of US forces still stationed at the Kabul airport
Men try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. (REUTERS)
Men try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. (REUTERS)
Published on Aug 16, 2021 04:40 PM IST
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Delhi-Kabul Air India flight lands 1 hour later amid tense moments in high skies

The Taliban army, which has swept the war-torn country, reached the outskirts of Kabul and officials in Kabul’s air traffic control were not available to help Air India Flight 243 land. At one point, the pilot had to switch off the plane’s radar to prevent detection and the possibility of being targeted.
The Air India commercial passenger flight finally landed an hour later on Sunday, amid tense moments and drama in the skies. The flight is also bringing back diplomats and security officials posted at the Indian embassy in Kabul. (REUTERS)
The Air India commercial passenger flight finally landed an hour later on Sunday, amid tense moments and drama in the skies. The flight is also bringing back diplomats and security officials posted at the Indian embassy in Kabul. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 07:06 PM IST
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From 1996 to 2021: A personal chronicle of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Unlike in 1996, when India refused to recognise the Taliban government in Afghanistan, it has now opened some communication channels with the gun-wielding group. But with the Taliban, one thing can be certain: there is neither sincerity nor certainty when it comes to any deal
Former Mujahideen hold weapons to support Afghan forces in their fight against Taliban, on the outskirts of Herat province, Afghanistan, on July 10, 2021. (REUTERS)
Former Mujahideen hold weapons to support Afghan forces in their fight against Taliban, on the outskirts of Herat province, Afghanistan, on July 10, 2021. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 12, 2021 09:10 AM IST
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‘Will continue to raise Article 370 issue for however long it takes’: Abdullah

"The restoration of Article 370 is very much part of our political discourse and is an important ongoing issue for us," former chief minister Omar Abdullah said.
"I will not contest elections till Jammu & Kashmir stays a Union Territory," Omar Abdullah said.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 26, 2021 02:51 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Good start... will keep up struggle to restore 370: Omar Abdullah

"We will continue with our struggle to see it restored, constitutionally, legally and politically,” Omar Abdullah said on restoring Article 370.
Omar Abdullah emphasised that full statehood to J&K needs to be restored in its entirety.(ANI)
Omar Abdullah emphasised that full statehood to J&K needs to be restored in its entirety.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 26, 2021 02:45 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s history of engagement and estrangement with Kashmir’s parties

The all-party meeting on Thursday comes in the backdrop of dramatic and sweeping changes that have altered the history and geography of the state. In one fell swoop on August 5, 2019, the government revoked Article 370, did away with Article 35-A, and split J&K into two Union Territories
A security personnel stands guard ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, Wednesday. (PTI)
A security personnel stands guard ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 10:19 AM IST
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‘Won’t settle for statehood, Art 370 must be restored’: Mehbooba Mufti

"The Gupkar alliance was set up to fight for the restoration of Article 370. We will continue this fight," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.(HT File Photo)
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2021 01:15 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Won’t settle for statehood, want restoration of Article 370: Mehbooba Mufti

The remarks by Mufti, PAGD vice-chairperson and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, came two days before the meeting in Delhi to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.(HT File Photo)
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2021 01:00 AM IST
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The onus rests on PM Modi to build trust with J&K’s political forces

The June 24 invite is an olive branch of sorts but it comes at a time when the trust deficit between J&K and New Delhi is at its lowest. Can Mufti and the Abdullahs trust the government of India again?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 12:36 PM IST
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Jammu and Kashmir outfits warm to idea of all-party meet

  • Even as the parties said they would hold consultations internally to decide whether to attend the meeting, clear indications emerged that they were inclined to do so as all of them favoured the restoration of political engagement with New Delhi.
Among those who received calls were National Conference’s Farooq and Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and CPI(M) leader, Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami.
Among those who received calls were National Conference’s Farooq and Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and CPI(M) leader, Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami.
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 07:11 AM IST
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By, Mir Ehsan, , New Delhi/srinagar

For those with dementia, Covid’s impact has been brutal

India has 5.3 million dementia patients. According to the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), the number will grow to 7.6 million by 2030
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 04:00 PM IST
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How the second wave devastated the elderly in India

At 140 million, India has the second largest population of old people in the world, as per the 2011 census. Several NGOs working with the elderly are finding themselves totally stretched
An elderly man gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at sector 30 district hospital, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. (HT file)
An elderly man gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at sector 30 district hospital, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 01:33 PM IST
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In a crematorium, a silent Hindu-Muslim bond

The two met for the first time at the unlikeliest of places: Kanpur’s Bhairoghat crematorium. Both had volunteered to work with Madad Guru, a wing of Divya Prakash Sewa Samiti, an NGO that has lent its shoulder during the Covid-19 pandemic
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 06:11 PM IST
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Trafficked, exploited, starved: The story of the pandemic and sex workers

Unlike traffickers who are managing to push girls into the flesh trade even during the pandemic, sex workers, already stereotyped and marginalised, are struggling to survive in near penury
Delhi’s GB Road, which used to spring to life in the evenings, is now struggling for survival. Of the approximately 4,000 sex workers who resided there, close to half have migrated back to their villages. (Representational image/HT Archive)
Delhi’s GB Road, which used to spring to life in the evenings, is now struggling for survival. Of the approximately 4,000 sex workers who resided there, close to half have migrated back to their villages. (Representational image/HT Archive)
Updated on May 24, 2021 01:39 PM IST
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In Covid-19 second wave, how children are suffering

What we need is for kinship care to kick in on an urgent basis. Institutional care and shelter homes should be the last resort. The grief and trauma will damage the children and they will grow up to be broken adults
Relatives of a Covid-19 victim perform the last rites, at Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, in New Delhi. (HT file photo)
Relatives of a Covid-19 victim perform the last rites, at Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, in New Delhi. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 17, 2021 11:24 AM IST
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Pakistan seeks 'guarantees' on J&K for better ties

  • The thaw comes after a considerable deterioration in ties that followed New Delhi’s decision to do away with the special status granted to J&K under Article 370.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Updated on Apr 02, 2021 06:36 AM IST
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Follow my father’s ideology... he’d never, ever give up on idea of India: Mufti

A former ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mehbooba Mufti, who heads the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also spent the maximum time under detention before being freed in October 2020.
August 5 was a black day in the history of our country. It destroyed the trust that people of Jammu & Kashmir had placed while choosing to be a part of this country, said Mufti. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)
August 5 was a black day in the history of our country. It destroyed the trust that people of Jammu & Kashmir had placed while choosing to be a part of this country, said Mufti. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2021 06:47 AM IST
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BJP is treating J&K like a political laboratory: Mehbooba Mufti

She admitted that the alliance between her People’s Democratic Party and the BJP was her father’s idea.
Mufti also indicated that she had misgivings about the alliance.(PTI File Photo)
Mufti also indicated that she had misgivings about the alliance.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2021 04:15 AM IST
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Follow my father’s ideology... he’d never, ever give up on idea of India: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti, 61, was the last chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir before the momentous events of August 5, 2019, when the Centre scrapped the special status and converted the state into two Union territories
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Updated on Jan 22, 2021 11:39 PM IST
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