Kumar Uttam

Kumar Uttam

Kumar Uttam covers politics and public affairs. He has been a journalist for 15 years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove down to former union minister Arun Jaitley’s house on Tuesday to pay tributes.(Twitter/@narendramodi)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove down to former union minister Arun Jaitley’s house on Tuesday to pay tributes.(Twitter/@narendramodi)

PM Modi back in Delhi, his first stop is ‘friend’ Arun Jaitley’s house

UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 08:27 PM IST
PM Modi wrapped up the three-nation tour last night - the G-7 Summit in France was his last stop - and landed in the national capital earlier this morning. Minutes later, he was headed to Jaitley’s south Delhi house to meet the former union minister’s family.
Vehicles move on the road after the ease of restriction in Srinagar on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Vehicles move on the road after the ease of restriction in Srinagar on Monday.(ANI Photo)

How BJP plans to make the most of the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 08:31 AM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party feels that Kashmir is one such issue when the entire country needs to speak in one voice and the decision to strip the state of its special status received support from across political and ideological divide.
BJP leader and Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.(India Today Group/Getty Images)
BJP leader and Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.(India Today Group/Getty Images)

Five times Bhopal lawmaker Pragya Thakur embarrassed BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 10:58 AM IST
Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur suggested that the opposition was resorting to sorcery against the ruling party leaders when attempting to reason the spate of deaths in the BJP ranks.
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley died at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday.(Kunal Patil /Hindustan Times)
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley died at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday.(Kunal Patil /Hindustan Times)

As LoP, Arun Jaitley re-energised the party

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 12:11 AM IST
Jaitley’s discussion with his friends from Opposition was not limited to just the legislative agenda, but he would often talk to them about watches, fountain pens and, of course, shawls, a personal passion.
Former Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday at Delhi AIIMS.(PTI File Photo)
Former Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday at Delhi AIIMS.(PTI File Photo)

Arun Jaitley, served as BJP’s troubleshooter in multiple arenas

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 08:05 AM IST
Arun Jaitley was the darling of the media, and redefined the way the BJP engaged with television channels and newspapers by grooming a generation of spokespersons and leaders who now occupy high offices in the Narendra Modi government.
The BJP lost the assembly elections held two years later, a defeat that is blamed in the BJP on Yediyurappa’s power play and the swirling controversies around him.(PTI)
The BJP lost the assembly elections held two years later, a defeat that is blamed in the BJP on Yediyurappa’s power play and the swirling controversies around him.(PTI)

BJP brass wants to keep Yediyurappa in check. His new cabinet is the proof

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 07:45 AM IST
That approval came around Monday midnight. It had been firmed up after several rounds of negotiation between Yediyurappa and the BJP leadership and was the best that Yediyurappa could have extracted from New Delhi.
The first ordnance factory was set up in 1784 — predating even the Indian Railways — and OFB is perhaps the oldest government-run entity in India.(Photo: Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times file photo)
The first ordnance factory was set up in 1784 — predating even the Indian Railways — and OFB is perhaps the oldest government-run entity in India.(Photo: Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times file photo)

41 ordnance units may be turned into public enterprises

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Kumar Uttam
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2019 07:39 AM IST
The official noted that in the past, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG), the government’s auditor, and the armed forces, repeatedly raised issue of quality and delays in delivery of equipment by the ordnance factories.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during a summit on Shiksha Mein Bhartiyeta (Indian Nationalism in Edication) at Pusa Institute in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, August 17, 2019.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during a summit on Shiksha Mein Bhartiyeta (Indian Nationalism in Edication) at Pusa Institute in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, August 17, 2019.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Why Mohan Bhagwat spoke about reviewing quotas, and what it may mean

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 08:33 AM IST
This is not the first time that some RSS functionary, or even Bhagwat, has set up a political firestorm by suggesting that the present system of caste-based reservations merits a re-look.
BJP formed a government in Haryana for the first time in 2014 by bagging 47 of the state’s 90 assembly seats.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
BJP formed a government in Haryana for the first time in 2014 by bagging 47 of the state’s 90 assembly seats.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

BJP kicks off Haryana election campaign

Hindustan Times, Kalka | By Kumar Uttam
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2019 12:35 AM IST
The BJP formed a government in Haryana for the first time in 2014 by bagging 47 of the state’s 90 assembly seats. The party has set a target of winning at least 75 seats this time.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flags addresses a rally in Haryana.(Photo: Sant Arora/Hindustan Times)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flags addresses a rally in Haryana.(Photo: Sant Arora/Hindustan Times)

If we talk to Pak, it will be about PoK now: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, Kalka/Islamabad | By Kumar Uttam and Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 11:41 PM IST
If a dialogue is held between India and Pakistan in future, it would be focused on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday
Former Mayor of Kolkata & TMC MLA, Sovan Chatterjee joined BJP presence of BJP leader Mukul Roy at BJP headquarters, in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma)
Former Mayor of Kolkata & TMC MLA, Sovan Chatterjee joined BJP presence of BJP leader Mukul Roy at BJP headquarters, in New Delhi. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma)

Another jolt for Mamata, former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee joins BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 07:42 AM IST
Former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee is among several of those who have deserted Trinamool Congress and joined the BJP after the latter won 18 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats – 4 short of Trinamool’s tally of 22.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.(HT image)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.(HT image)

The secret to BJP’s ‘all are welcome’ mode | Opinion

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 02:47 PM IST
The lesson that Modi delivered to the BJP in 2013 remained an effective tool for the party’s during the 2019 parliamentary polls and, even, afterwards.
10 MLAs from Sikkim’s SDF have joined BJP.(BJP4India/Twitter)
10 MLAs from Sikkim’s SDF have joined BJP.(BJP4India/Twitter)

In Sikkim assembly, BJP zooms from 0 to 10 after inducting SDF lawmakers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 10:18 PM IST
Former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling of the SDF, who is currently the leader of the opposition in Sikkim, did not join the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild. (Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild. (Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)

What went into PM Modi’s wild adventure with Bear Grylls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Proceeds from the Man vs Wild show with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shot in Corbett in February, and aired on Monday night on Discovery channel, will be donated for a national cause, according to officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and the broadcaster.
Wrestler Babita Phogat, father join BJP in the presence of Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiren Rijiju, party’s general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain and its state chief Subhash Badala.(Twitter/@ANI)
Wrestler Babita Phogat, father join BJP in the presence of Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiren Rijiju, party’s general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain and its state chief Subhash Badala.(Twitter/@ANI)

Wrestler Babita Phogat, father join BJP ahead of Haryana polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 10:33 PM IST
They joined the BJP in the presence of Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiren Rijiju, party’s general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain and its state chief Subhash Badala.
On July 8, the defence minister had told the Rajya Sabha that the decision to go back to exempting disability pension from being taxed was under the consideration of the ministry.(File photo for representation)
On July 8, the defence minister had told the Rajya Sabha that the decision to go back to exempting disability pension from being taxed was under the consideration of the ministry.(File photo for representation)

Government to roll back tax on disability pension for forces

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 05:58 AM IST
Disability pensions in the Indian armed forces will continue to be exempt from tax, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to senior government officials, effectively rolling back a recent order that brought the provision in the tax net.
Prakash Javadekar(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Prakash Javadekar(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

BJP appoints Prakash Javadekar as in-charge of Delhi assembly polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 02:05 PM IST
Prakash Javadekar will be assisted by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Nityanand Rai.
All BJP-ruled states have been told a pass a resolution felicitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Union government for effectively revoking Article 370.(Bloomberg)
All BJP-ruled states have been told a pass a resolution felicitating Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Union government for effectively revoking Article 370.(Bloomberg)

BJP plans to launch outreach programme over J-K move

Hindustan Times, Jammu | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 01:09 AM IST
The decisions were approved by Parliament with an overwhelming majority. They were endorsed by several Opposition parties, and even by some leaders from parties that opposed the decisions.
PM Narendra Modi consoles Bansuri Swaraj, the daughter of Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI image)
PM Narendra Modi consoles Bansuri Swaraj, the daughter of Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI image)

Sushma Swaraj: A fiery orator who knew the art of building bridges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 12:08 AM IST
The feisty Haryana-born leader played many roles in a career spanning over four decades, and she played them well.
In a short stint as Dehi chief minister, Sushma Swaraj was able to leave an imprint by going beyond the call of duty(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
In a short stint as Dehi chief minister, Sushma Swaraj was able to leave an imprint by going beyond the call of duty(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

A disciple of Krishna, Sushma Swaraj played many roles

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 03:32 PM IST
A student of Sanskrit, Sushma Swaraj was fond of reading poetry. A book shelf, tucked in one corner of her Safdarjung lane office was meant for people from her constituency.
Late Sushma Swaraj.(Twitter image)
Late Sushma Swaraj.(Twitter image)

Sushma Swaraj to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Leaders BJP lost in a year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 01:05 PM IST
While some of them had retired from active politics, a few died while in office.
Sushma Swaraj(Sushil Kumar/HTFILE PHOTO)
Sushma Swaraj(Sushil Kumar/HTFILE PHOTO)

Sushma Swaraj: The first woman leader to make it big in BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 11:48 AM IST
Sushma Swaraj died on the day the Bharatiya Janata Party fulfilled one of its three ideological commitments by rendering Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, ineffective.
FILE Photo of MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is accused of the Unnao rape case. He was suspended by BJP earlier and no change in the status has been recorded since then. (ANI Photo)
FILE Photo of MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is accused of the Unnao rape case. He was suspended by BJP earlier and no change in the status has been recorded since then. (ANI Photo)

BJP expels Kuldeep Singh Sengar amid outrage

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi | By Pawan Dixit and Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 12:11 AM IST
Demands for Sengar’s removal from the party had mounted after a road accident last Sunday killed two female relatives of the rape survivor and her lawyer and her battling for their lives.
Parliament had passed law in January this year and was subsequently signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.(HT FILE)
Parliament had passed law in January this year and was subsequently signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.(HT FILE)

SC reserves order on plea over EWS reservation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 05:57 AM IST
A three-judge bench led by Justice SA Bobde told attorney general KK Venugopal that the petitions raised substantial questions of law that needed to be settled.
In the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said that all MPs must be present in the House to clear pending bills, failing which a second extension may be required.(PTI Photo)
In the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said that all MPs must be present in the House to clear pending bills, failing which a second extension may be required.(PTI Photo)

Government may further extend Budget session till Aug 9

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 01:00 AM IST
The current session started on June 17 and was to end on July 26, but the government extended it till August 7 to clear pending bills. The extension was opposed by parties such as the Congress and Trinamool Congress.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to extend support to triple talaq victims of the practice in the northeastern state.(PTI Photo)
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to extend support to triple talaq victims of the practice in the northeastern state.(PTI Photo)

For triple talaq victims, Tripura chief minister has one-stop solution. His office

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Biplab Kumar Deb’s tweet came hours after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition pulled off a coup of sorts in the Rajya Sabha, getting the house to clear the contentious legislation that had been in the deep freezer for about a year.
J&K is currently under President’s rule and awaits election for the 87-member state assembly.(HT FILE)
J&K is currently under President’s rule and awaits election for the 87-member state assembly.(HT FILE)

BJP holds meet, readies J&K poll strategy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 06:14 AM IST
BJP’s working president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday held a meeting with the party’s core group from J&K in Delhi to discuss the future programmes that will set the tone for the assembly elections.
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Sinh on Tuesday resigned from the party.(ANI Photo)
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Sinh on Tuesday resigned from the party.(ANI Photo)

‘Congress still in the past’: Sanjay Sinh quits party, will return to BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2019 04:55 PM IST
The Congress and the Rajya Sabha chairman have accepted senior Congress leader Sanjay Sinh resignation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild.(Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild.(Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)

With a raft and a spear, see the unseen side of PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 08:48 PM IST
The video shows PM Modi, dressed in outdoor casuals, on a makeshift raft, walking through wild growth and making a make-do spear with Grylls.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked state units to increase their cadre size by at least 50%, which, if achieved, would take the ruling party’s membership base to almost 170 million, two leaders privy to the matter said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked state units to increase their cadre size by at least 50%, which, if achieved, would take the ruling party’s membership base to almost 170 million, two leaders privy to the matter said.

Membership drive: BJP eyes 55 million new enrolments

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 12:54 AM IST
The BJP claims it is the world’s largest political party after it enrolled 110 million members in 2015. A big jump from its previous tally of 29 million members.
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