Krittivas Mukherjee

Krittivas Mukherjee

Krittivas Mukherjee was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of journalists that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Krittivas Mukherjee
A demonstrator wears a mask depicting Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, poses with a mock gravestone bearing the words "Hard Brexit, RIP", during a protest photocall near the entrance 10 Downing Street in central London.(AFP Photo)
A demonstrator wears a mask depicting Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, poses with a mock gravestone bearing the words "Hard Brexit, RIP", during a protest photocall near the entrance 10 Downing Street in central London.(AFP Photo)

UK election result 2017: Why a hung parliament is good news from Britain

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2017 04:44 PM IST
A multi-party government can ensure against Britain pandering to any erratic and unhelpful global order.
BJP workers and supporters, wearing the mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrate the party’s victory in the assembly elections, at party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
BJP workers and supporters, wearing the mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrate the party’s victory in the assembly elections, at party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

From BJP wins in UP, Uttarakhand to Congress surge in Punjab: Five highlights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee and DK Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 09:48 AM IST
Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charismatic campaign, the BJP registered the biggest-ever victory by any political party in Uttar Pradesh since Indira Gandhi led the Congress to 309 seats in 1980 before the state was divided. In doing so the saffron outfit replicated its landslide victory in the 2014 national polls.
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Modi emerges heartland’s new Shah as BJP wins big in UP, Uttarakhand

By Krittivas Mukherjee and DK Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2017 09:01 PM IST
A BJP worker holds a huge laddu during celebrations after the party’s victory in UP and Uttarakhand assembly elections, at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI)
A BJP worker holds a huge laddu during celebrations after the party’s victory in UP and Uttarakhand assembly elections, at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI)

Assembly elections 2017: Modi new Shah of heartland as BJP wins big in UP, Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee and DK Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2017 01:22 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party captured stunning election victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday, a personal triumph for Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could ensure his party’s near-domination of politics in India.
A supporter of BJP celebrates outside the party headquarters in New Delhi after the elections results were announced.(AFP)
A supporter of BJP celebrates outside the party headquarters in New Delhi after the elections results were announced.(AFP)

Riding ‘Brand Modi’, BJP set to storm to power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee and DK Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 07:18 PM IST
Winning the politically crucial state, Uttar Pradesh, will boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances of getting a second term in the national elections in 2019. .
GSLV-Mk-III lifts off on its first experimental suborbital mission from Sriharikota on December 18, 2014.(Picture courtesy: ISRO)
GSLV-Mk-III lifts off on its first experimental suborbital mission from Sriharikota on December 18, 2014.(Picture courtesy: ISRO)

ISRO’s achievements remarkable but it must tame ‘naughty boy’ GSLV

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2017 07:44 PM IST
India has long proven its proficiency in the kind of rocket that launched a record number of satellites at one go on Wednesday, but the country’s future growth in space will depend exclusively on its success with the indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme that is now far from perfect.
Indian onlookers watch the launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) at Sriharikota on Febuary 15.(AFP Photo)
Indian onlookers watch the launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) at Sriharikota on Febuary 15.(AFP Photo)

ISRO’s record of innovation: Bullock cart to launching 180 foreign satellites

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2017 05:32 PM IST
To many, Wednesday’s triumph once again underlined the credibility of India’s space technology, despite the country’s antiquated industrial processes and manufacturing record, and the brilliance of its poorly paid scientists.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly in the informal sector, lost their jobs.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Tens of thousands of people, mostly in the informal sector, lost their jobs.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Union Budget 2017: The poor find little comfort in Jaitley’s cash crunch balm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2017 09:25 AM IST
Farmers, labourers say proposals not enough as FM toes prudence line.
From Infosys to Tata Consultancy Services, many IT companies have struggled to guard the safety of workers, a concern brought back into focus by the alleged murder of a 25-year-old woman at an IT park in Pune on Sunday
From Infosys to Tata Consultancy Services, many IT companies have struggled to guard the safety of workers, a concern brought back into focus by the alleged murder of a 25-year-old woman at an IT park in Pune on Sunday

Infosys techie murder: Dealing with rape and murder on India’s IT campuses

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2017 05:27 PM IST
Campus security – be it of companies or colleges – must build on cultural, procedural, legal, and above all, preventive measures.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

HTLS 2016: Cash clean-up will make political funding transparent, says Jaitley

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2016 06:42 PM IST
India is still “very hush hush” when it comes to how political parties raise funds but the government clampdown on the cash economy will help make these transactions more transparent in future, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.
Scrapping 1000-and 500-rupee banknotes is unlikely to eliminate illicit flows altogether.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Scrapping 1000-and 500-rupee banknotes is unlikely to eliminate illicit flows altogether.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Rs 500, Rs 1000 junked: How PM’s currency shakeup can help Indian economy

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2016 03:15 PM IST
Scrapping 1000-and 500-rupee banknotes is unlikely to eliminate illicit flows altogether, but a ban on large bills should help cut back on cash which is used in about 80% of transactions in India.
Bangladesh Border Guards are seen near Gulshan restaurant, after gunmen stormed a restaurant popular with expatriates in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka.(Reuters)
Bangladesh Border Guards are seen near Gulshan restaurant, after gunmen stormed a restaurant popular with expatriates in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka.(Reuters)

Dhaka siege: How long before Bangladesh becomes a failed state?

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2016 01:27 PM IST
It has been a year of unusual Islamist violence in Bangladesh, with at least 18 murderous attacks on freethinkers, minority religious preachers and a much-loved English professor at the Rajshahi University.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley meeting the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Japan, Taro Aso in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, May 31, 2016.(PTI)
Finance minister Arun Jaitley meeting the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Japan, Taro Aso in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, May 31, 2016.(PTI)

After China slump, world expects India to shoulder burden of growth: Jaitley

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2016 12:04 PM IST
Money spent to modernise infrastructure will be among the top drivers of the country’s economic growth, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.
India, which overtook China at the end of last year to become the fastest growing major economy in the world, has been hailed as a bright spot in times of flailing global growth. (AFP photo)
India, which overtook China at the end of last year to become the fastest growing major economy in the world, has been hailed as a bright spot in times of flailing global growth. (AFP photo)

India rising but must scale up economic activity: Experts

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2016 07:21 PM IST
A slowing China presents a great opportunity to India to become the growth engine of the world but New Delhi must work harder to boost its economic productivity, speakers at a conference of leaders and policymakers said in Tokyo on Monday.
Politicians appear to back calls for prohibition because they dovetail into the rights of women, a substantial vote-bank in any state.(PTI Photo)
Politicians appear to back calls for prohibition because they dovetail into the rights of women, a substantial vote-bank in any state.(PTI Photo)

Women’s vote bank in mind, prohibition is new elixir for politicians

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2016 09:55 AM IST
At the height of anti-alcohol protests in Tamil Nadu last year, Sasi Perumal went up a telephone tower with a can of kerosene, threatening to set himself on fire unless a local liquor shop was closed. As police tried to persuade him to come down, Perumal appeared to suffer a fatal cardiac arrest.
People walk past an overturned mobile urinal during a demonstration by members of the Jat community in Bahadurgarh in Haryana.(REUTERS)
People walk past an overturned mobile urinal during a demonstration by members of the Jat community in Bahadurgarh in Haryana.(REUTERS)

Jat protests: How caste quotas have triggered a race to the bottom

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2016 02:59 PM IST
Disadvantaged groups have enough education to deserve more opportunity but not enough education to compete for jobs.
Workers make Indian national flags inside a textile printing workshop in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
Workers make Indian national flags inside a textile printing workshop in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

HTLS 2015: Debate on India’s march to shared prosperity begins

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2015 10:10 AM IST
India has achieved much since independence, although it is still far from transitioning to a prosperous, healthy nation. But in a world buffeted by strong economic and political headwinds, it appears like an oasis of growth. It must seize this moment to shape it into a brighter future
Modi began his campaign with the promise to pull millions of Bihar’s people out of poverty but, as the race tightened, shifted to appealing to religious and caste alliances.(PTI File Photo)
Modi began his campaign with the promise to pull millions of Bihar’s people out of poverty but, as the race tightened, shifted to appealing to religious and caste alliances.(PTI File Photo)

Loss in Bihar polls: A message for Narendra Modi to reinvent himself

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2015 01:05 AM IST
The bruising defeat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bihar signals the need for his party to move away from an over-emphasis on communal politics and help him deliver on his agenda of development that had endeared him to many voters across the country just 18 months ago.
1993 blasts accused Yakub Memon is a CA by profession. When he goes to the gallows, he will be one of the few prisoners who will have completed two masters degrees from IGNOU. (HT file photo)
1993 blasts accused Yakub Memon is a CA by profession. When he goes to the gallows, he will be one of the few prisoners who will have completed two masters degrees from IGNOU. (HT file photo)

Why Yakub Memon’s hanging diminishes the Indian State

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2015 01:51 AM IST
Yakub Memon was guilty. But in hanging him we passed up an opportunity to amplify the scope for grace and empathy in our justice system if a convict presented mitigating behaviour.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing the press conference at vallabh Bhavan in Bhopal. (Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing the press conference at vallabh Bhavan in Bhopal. (Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)

The story makers: Parachuting into the deadly Vyapam scandal

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2015 01:54 AM IST
The last time para-trooping journalists disrupted the languid air of Bhopal was when the world’s worst industrial disaster killed more than 5,000 people and spawned a pestilence-stricken generation of disabled and deformed victims.
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Babulal-Gaur

Tough to protect Vyapam witnesses; bodyguards killed Indira: MP minister

Hindustan Times | By Ranjan and Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2015 06:26 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur sought to deflect blame for a string of deaths linked to the Vyapam scandal on Thursday, pointing to the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to argue it was difficult to protect witnesses in India.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT Photo)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT Photo)

Amit Shah said party stands by me: Shivraj Chouhan on Vyapam storm

Hindustan Times | By Kumar Uttam, Ranjan and Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2015 11:18 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said the BJP was behind him as he faced a political storm following a spate of mysterious deaths of people connected to a multi-crore scam that has sullied his image.
Shivraj-Singh-Chauhan
Shivraj-Singh-Chauhan

Initiated probe, but put in the dock now: Chouhan on Vyapam scam

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee and Ranjan Kumar Srivastava
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2015 08:42 AM IST
An interview with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is yet to come to terms with the embarrassing situation arising from the growing number of deaths related to Vyapam scam.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT Photo)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (HT Photo)

Will go to SC if HC rejects plea for CBI probe of Vyapam: Chouhan

Hindustan Times | By Ranjan and Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2015 07:58 PM IST
A trial by media has ruined Madhya Pradesh’ image as one of India’s fastest growing states, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday, hoping that an investigation by the CBI would clear perceptions of a cover-up after a string of mysterious deaths related to the Vyapam scam.
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Youth-Congress-workers-protest-against-the-death-of-the-people-linked-with-Vyapam-scam-in-Bhopal-Mujeeb-Faruqui-HT-Photo

Reporter's Diary: In Bhopal, Vyapam deaths are hardly news

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2015 03:42 PM IST
It is one of India's biggest-ever corruption scandals, one that has only seen the plot thicken with every mysterious death of witnesses and racketeers linked to the test-rigging scam. Even by standards in India, where corruption abounds, the scale of the fraud in Madhya Pradesh is staggering. Yet, on the streets of its capital Bhopal, there is hardly any sign of unease.
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Social-activists-hold-a-banner-of-blogger-and-author-Ananta-Bijoy-Das-during-a-protest-against-his-killing-in-Dhaka-Bangladesh-AP-Photo

Hasina’s silence on bloggers' murders strengthening hand of Salafists in Bangladesh

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2015 01:35 PM IST
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, known to be sympathetic to liberal intellectuals, is yet to make clear public statements defending secularism and free speech on the murder of Ananta Bijoy Das this week, the third secularist blogger-writer to be killed since February.
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A-man-sits-on-the-rubble-of-his-damaged-house-in-Bhaktapur-Nepal-Reuters-Photo

Indian media in quake-hit Nepal: Grace, empathy thrown to the winds

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2015 12:11 PM IST
Our media, especially some TV stations, chose to extol their hometown heroes. It ignored the tremendous display of dignity and resilience from grief-stricken Nepalis. writes Krittivas Mukherjee.
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A-woman-sells-temple-paraphenalia-outside-a-damaged-building-near-Pashupatinath-temple-in-Kathmandu-Gurinder-Osan-HT-Photo

Killer earthquake exposes lingering lack of governance in Nepal

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2015 02:03 AM IST
An earthquake maybe a natural phenomenon but last week’s tremor that pulverised large swathes of Nepal also exposed a lingering lack of governance in an impoverished country still struggling to emerge from years of war and write a constitution.
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Childern-playing-with-pigeons--near-Pashupathinath-Temple-in-Kathmandu-Gurinder-Osan-HT-Photo

Out in the cold, children are the hidden tragedy in Nepal’s mega earthquake

Hindustan Times | By Krittivas Mukherjee
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2015 01:14 AM IST
A week on from the earthquake, the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of Nepali children hang in the balance, aid agencies say, seemingly hidden in plain sight of an otherwise massive international relief effort.
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