Harinder Baweja

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
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)

Follow my father’s ideology... he’d never, ever give up on idea of India: Mufti

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:47 AM IST
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.
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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)

BJP is treating J&K like a political laboratory: Mehbooba Mufti

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:15 AM IST
She admitted that the alliance between her People’s Democratic Party and the BJP was her father’s idea.
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Follow my father’s ideology... he’d never, ever give up on idea of India: Mehbooba Mufti

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:39 PM IST
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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President and Mrs John F Kennedy smile at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Minutes later the President was assassinated as his car passed through Dealey Plaza.(Bettmann Archive)
President and Mrs John F Kennedy smile at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Minutes later the President was assassinated as his car passed through Dealey Plaza.(Bettmann Archive)

Review: The Ultimate Goal by Vikram Sood

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:04 PM IST
Former R&AW chief Vikram Sood outlines how narratives are crucial to any country’s goal of avoiding being dominated by another
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The LoC is witnessing 300 to 400 violations every single month.(PTI file photo)
The LoC is witnessing 300 to 400 violations every single month.(PTI file photo)

From LAC to LoC, Indian Army on alert

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 06:33 AM IST
According to a report tabled in the Parliament on the first day of the current session, 3,186 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army have been reported this year along the Indo-Pak border between January and September this year.
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An army truck moves towards LAC, amid India-China border dispute in eastern Ladakh.(PTI)
An army truck moves towards LAC, amid India-China border dispute in eastern Ladakh.(PTI)

PLA territorial violations since July not limited to eastern Ladakh: Intel

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 07:15 AM IST
The Chinese transgression was not restricted to Eastern Ladakh alone, the officials and reports reveal — with, in one case, the PLA transgressing up to 40km inside Indian territory before withdrawing.
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Congress MP Manish Tewari(Raj k Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Congress MP Manish Tewari(Raj k Raj/ Hindustan Times)

‘Congress has to confront the question of secularism’, says Manish Tewari

By Harinder Baweja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 08:40 AM IST
The Congress party needs to confront the “central question of secularism” and “combat the immoral allure of majoritarianism”, Congress MP Manish Tewari told HT in his first interview since he and 22 other leaders signed a controversial letter seeking sweeping reforms in the party.
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Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)
Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)

‘The tag of a conscientious dissenter works for me’, says Manish Tewari

By Harinder Baweja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 05:55 AM IST
Former Union minister and Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari in an interview to Hindustan Times talks about the letter that created ripples within the Congress and the party’s future course of action.
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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.(PTI)
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.(PTI)

Congress at its historic low, needs 24x7 leader, says Kapil Sibal

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 10:08 AM IST
The letter sent to interim party president Sonia Gandhi on August 7 called for a “visible”, “effective” and “full-time” leader; elections at all levels in the party; and establishing an institutional leadership model to collectively guide the party, among other steps.
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One Member of Parliament, who is a signatory to the letter and was also at Tharoor’s dinner, said on condition of anonymity that he signed because he believes that there is an urgent need for reforms within the Congress.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
One Member of Parliament, who is a signatory to the letter and was also at Tharoor’s dinner, said on condition of anonymity that he signed because he believes that there is an urgent need for reforms within the Congress.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Seed of letter germinated at dinner hosted by Tharoor five months ago

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 04:57 AM IST
Prominent among those who attended Tharoor’s dinner – but did not sign the letter asking for a “visible” and “active” leader – are former Union minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram, Sachin Pilot, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Mani Shankar Iyer.
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SAS Geelani, former chairman Hurriyat Conference, at a protest in Srinagar in 2016.(Reuters Archives)
SAS Geelani, former chairman Hurriyat Conference, at a protest in Srinagar in 2016.(Reuters Archives)

Pakistan on lookout for new voice to lead Hurriyat

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 04:04 AM IST
In a surprise move, 91-year-old SAS Geelani who was the separatist group’s “chairman for life” resigned from the faction of the Hurriyat he headed.
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Faesal, 37, who hits the headlines in 2009, when he became the first person from Kashmir to top the Indian Administrative Services exam, acknowledged that he has been in touch with officials in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times/Ronjoy Gogoi)
Faesal, 37, who hits the headlines in 2009, when he became the first person from Kashmir to top the Indian Administrative Services exam, acknowledged that he has been in touch with officials in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times/Ronjoy Gogoi)

Shah Faesal reached out to NSA before he quit party; open to IAS return

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 08:57 AM IST
Faesal, 37, who hits the headlines in 2009, when he became the first person from Kashmir to top the Indian Administrative Services exam, acknowledged that he has been in touch with officials in New Delhi, although he declined to specify details.
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Coronavirus updates: Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said India’s armed forces are “battle-ready” and can even respond to a call from a neighbouring country.(PTI)
Coronavirus updates: Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said India’s armed forces are “battle-ready” and can even respond to a call from a neighbouring country.(PTI)

‘Our medical teams a call away’: CDS General Bipin Rawat

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2020 08:29 AM IST
Coronavirus: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat is part of the daily conferences convened by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba.
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Former J&K Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah was detained and placed under house arrest soon after Article 370 was nullified.(HT FILE Photo)
Former J&K Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah was detained and placed under house arrest soon after Article 370 was nullified.(HT FILE Photo)

Ex-RAW chief flew to J-K to gauge Farooq Abdullah’s mood on Art 370 repeal

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 09:34 AM IST
The brief for AS Dulat’s secret mission was simple: to suss out Abdullah’s mood in “accepting the new reality of Jammu & Kashmir after the nullification of Article 370”, according to one of the officials.
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The deferment also came after the CEO had issued notifications for the first two phases, scheduled to commence from March 5.(AP)
The deferment also came after the CEO had issued notifications for the first two phases, scheduled to commence from March 5.(AP)

Fear of violence during Trump’s visit may have pushed back J-K panchayat polls

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The sudden deferment was announced late on Tuesday night through a notification issued by the chief electoral officer (CEO), Shailendra Kumar. “Credible inputs from the law enforcement agencies” were cited as the reason for the postponement of the polls that had been announced on February 13.
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Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)

Intel points to enhanced activity in Balakot, expansion of JeM camp

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:43 AM IST
The Balakot facility was bombed by the Indian Air Force in February last year, soon after an explosive-laden car rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 troopers.
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Fahmeeda (L), mother of Adil Ahmad Dar, who according to police carried out the suicide attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy and killed 44, at her home in Gundbagh village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.(Reuters File Photo)
Fahmeeda (L), mother of Adil Ahmad Dar, who according to police carried out the suicide attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy and killed 44, at her home in Gundbagh village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.(Reuters File Photo)

Apathy forced him to opt for violence, says Pulwama bomber’s family

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 05:09 AM IST
February 14 was the bloodiest day in the Valley’s 30-year-old insurgency. Never before had so many people died in a single strike in the Kashmir Valley. Nothing remained of Adil Ahmad Dar, the Pulwama suicide bomber.
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Kamra on Tuesday posted a 1 minute, 52 second video in which he is heard talking to Goswami, in a style that he claimed was mimicking the news anchor’s.(Screengrab)
Kamra on Tuesday posted a 1 minute, 52 second video in which he is heard talking to Goswami, in a style that he claimed was mimicking the news anchor’s.(Screengrab)

More airlines ban comedian Kunal Kamra for IndiGo incident

By Sunetra Choudhury and Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2020 03:28 AM IST
Within hours of the video being posted, IndiGo on Tuesday said he will not be allowed to fly on the airline for six months. State-run carrier Air India followed suit, announcing Kamra would be banned on its fleet “till further notice”.
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The former Supreme Court employee who levelled charges of sexual harassment against former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi (in pic) gave a written assurance that she would not pursue the matter.(REUTERS File Photo)
The former Supreme Court employee who levelled charges of sexual harassment against former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi (in pic) gave a written assurance that she would not pursue the matter.(REUTERS File Photo)

Gogoi complainant reinstated after she promises not to pursue matter

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 06:05 AM IST
The assurance was given at the insistence of a top government functionary was also involved in the complainant’s decision to withdraw an appeal she filed against her termination last year.
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Kashmir is not “completely normal”, contrary to what home minister Amit Shah said in Parliament on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Kashmir is not “completely normal”, contrary to what home minister Amit Shah said in Parliament on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Normalcy in the Valley still some distance away | Opinion

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 07:00 AM IST
Since the decision to remove its special status and bifurcate the region into two Union territories on August 5, a lot of the fears of what might happen did not play out on the ground.
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AS Dulat, former RAW chief and an author of a book on Kashmir, said: “It’s a positive idea but will be a challenging assignment since the youth are enraged and very alienated.”(HT image)
AS Dulat, former RAW chief and an author of a book on Kashmir, said: “It’s a positive idea but will be a challenging assignment since the youth are enraged and very alienated.”(HT image)

Government forms new post to wean Jammu and Kashmir youngsters away from violence

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 05:51 AM IST
The administration, in the process of allocating a budget for the two new UTs, will also allocate funds for the CEO, Youth. The CEO is likely to be appointed from South Kashmir, a hotbed of local militancy.
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The army knows, through its sources in the Valley, that directions are being sent, but the Military Intelligence directorate has not yet been able to figure out if Pakistan-backed terror organisations have switched to a new system or just changed their frequency, the officials explained.(ANI File Photo)
The army knows, through its sources in the Valley, that directions are being sent, but the Military Intelligence directorate has not yet been able to figure out if Pakistan-backed terror organisations have switched to a new system or just changed their frequency, the officials explained.(ANI File Photo)

Army hit by silent wall in LoC intelligence ops

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 07:49 AM IST
There is concern in the highest levels of government over this silence especially because “we know that messages are being sent to militants in the Valley”, said a third official who also asked not to be named.
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Farooq Abdullah has often rebuked Pakistan, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism in India and always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India.(HT Photo)
Farooq Abdullah has often rebuked Pakistan, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism in India and always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India.(HT Photo)

Not fair to see Farooq as enemy of the state

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 12:32 AM IST
The 81-year-old politician, who was on Monday booked under the Public Safety Act -- that allows an imprisonment of two years without a trial -- has unfailingly and unflinchingly stood for India.
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“India says it wanted to integrate Kashmir but it is an ugly country. You are a sham democracy,’’ says a young man on a street in a South Kashmir village.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
“India says it wanted to integrate Kashmir but it is an ugly country. You are a sham democracy,’’ says a young man on a street in a South Kashmir village.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Pockets of resistance spring up in Kashmir

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 01:39 PM IST
No major violence has been reported since Article 370 was revoked; but a civil resistance may be taking shape in Kashmir.
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Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visited troops on the Line of Control to review prevailing situation and operational readiness of the units of White Knight Corps. The army chief said he was offering a peaceful gesture towards the terrorists and appealed them to stop the bloodshed.(ANI Photo)
Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visited troops on the Line of Control to review prevailing situation and operational readiness of the units of White Knight Corps. The army chief said he was offering a peaceful gesture towards the terrorists and appealed them to stop the bloodshed.(ANI Photo)

‘J&K move timed to avoid fresh violence, checkmate Pak’: Army chief Bipin Rawat

By Harinder Baweja | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 02:00 AM IST
FATF, a multilateral watchdog, placed Pakistan on its “grey list” in June 2018 for failing to counter fund-raising by terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
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The ongoing restrictions on movement and communication in Jammu & Kashmir have also taken a toll on security operations, officials said.(ANI File Photo)
The ongoing restrictions on movement and communication in Jammu & Kashmir have also taken a toll on security operations, officials said.(ANI File Photo)

Militants trying to drive agenda in Valley: Officials

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 05:51 AM IST
Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik said in an interview that operations against militants have indeed taken a hit.
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Guns are booming on the Line of Control, with infiltration attempts surging to an all-time high since the nullification of Article 370, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, by Parliament on August 5 and 6.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Guns are booming on the Line of Control, with infiltration attempts surging to an all-time high since the nullification of Article 370, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, by Parliament on August 5 and 6.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Infiltration attempts surge, alert sounded near border in J-K

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 09:35 AM IST
“Launch pads are full to their capacities. Attempts are being made day and night to infiltrate. These are being effectively neutralized and have resulted in injuries, death of terrorists and recovery of weapons,” Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander, 15 Corps, told HT.
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Guns are booming on the Line of Control, with infiltration attempts surging to an all-time high since the nullification of Article 370, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, by Parliament on August 5 and 6.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Guns are booming on the Line of Control, with infiltration attempts surging to an all-time high since the nullification of Article 370, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, by Parliament on August 5 and 6.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Infiltration attempts surge, alert sounded near border in J-K

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 03:21 AM IST
“Launch pads are full to their capacities. Attempts are being made day and night to infiltrate. These are being effectively neutralized and have resulted in injuries, death of terrorists and recovery of weapons,” Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander, 15 Corps, told HT.
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: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik(Nitin Kanotra/ HT Photo)
: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik(Nitin Kanotra/ HT Photo)

No talks with J&K leaders: Governor Satya Pal Malik

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 07:26 AM IST
Satya Pal Malik’s comments come at a time when there has been anger over the continued detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, most of whom were put under house arrest following the Union government’s decision to strip the region of its special status.
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Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inspects the guard of honor during the 73rd Independence Day celebration in Srinagar .(ANI file photo)
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inspects the guard of honor during the 73rd Independence Day celebration in Srinagar .(ANI file photo)

‘People had false impression Article 370 empowered them’: J-K Governor

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, Jammu/Srinagar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 09:27 PM IST
The J&K Governor said that restrictions will be eased and the decision was taken because BJP had a majority in the Government.
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