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
The killing of Rahul Bhat inside the tehsil office in Budgam’s Chadoora on May 12, has left Kashmiri Pandits fearing for their lives.
According to Kapil Sabil, the lawyer representing the petitioners, there were 800 sedition cases across India and 13,000 people are in jail
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
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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
"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.
"We will continue with our struggle to see it restored, constitutionally, legally and politically,” Omar Abdullah said on restoring Article 370.
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
"The Gupkar alliance was set up to fight for the restoration of Article 370. We will continue this fight," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said.
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.
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?
- 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.
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
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
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
She admitted that the alliance between her People’s Democratic Party and the BJP was her father’s idea.
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