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
“Who will ensure our safety?”: Kashmiri Pandit employees ask government
The killing of Rahul Bhat inside the tehsil office in Budgam’s Chadoora on May 12 has left Kashmiri Pandits fearing for their lives, with many refusing to return to work.
Published on May 18, 2022 03:57 PM IST
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.
Updated on May 18, 2022 09:49 AM IST
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
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:37 PM IST
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
Updated on May 09, 2022 07:11 PM IST
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.
Updated on May 02, 2022 01:35 PM IST
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.
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 06:35 PM IST
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
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:18 AM IST
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.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 11:31 PM IST
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
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 04:16 PM IST
‘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.
Published on Oct 19, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 06:33 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:03 PM IST
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
Published on Aug 16, 2021 04:40 PM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 07:06 PM IST
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
Updated on Jul 12, 2021 09:10 AM IST
‘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.
Updated on Jun 26, 2021 02:51 AM IST
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.
Updated on Jun 26, 2021 02:45 AM IST
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
Published on Jun 24, 2021 10:19 AM IST
‘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.
Published on Jun 23, 2021 01:15 AM IST
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.
Published on Jun 23, 2021 01:00 AM IST
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?
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 12:36 PM IST
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.
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 07:11 AM IST
ByHarinder Baweja, Mir Ehsan, Smriti Kak Ramachandran, 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
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 04:00 PM IST
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
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 01:33 PM IST
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
Updated on May 27, 2021 06:11 PM IST
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
Updated on May 24, 2021 01:39 PM IST
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
Updated on May 17, 2021 11:24 AM IST
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.
Updated on Apr 02, 2021 06:36 AM IST
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.
Published on Jan 23, 2021 06:47 AM IST
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.
Published on Jan 23, 2021 04:15 AM IST