Mukesh Rawat

Mukesh Rawat

Mukesh Rawat is based in Dehradun and reports on a range of issues including health, crime, education, environment, civic issues and state politics. He was earlier in Chandigarh and used to edit stories for the Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh news desks of the paper.

Articles by Mukesh Rawat

Wall graffiti to beautify Dehradun

Chandan, a city-based artist, who goes by one name, has been commissioned by the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) for a drive to beautify the city’s urbanscape
The Dehradun Municipal Corporation in Uttarakhand, has commissioned artists and social organisation to paint walls with graffiti to beautify the city’s urbanscape.(HT Photo.)
The Dehradun Municipal Corporation in Uttarakhand, has commissioned artists and social organisation to paint walls with graffiti to beautify the city’s urbanscape.(HT Photo.)
Updated on Feb 15, 2018 10:13 PM IST
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Soon, a sticker to publicly shame you for breaking traffic rules

While many have welcomed the move, some Facebook users have also raised concerns about it.
The sticker is specially designed to shame rule breakers publicly, through the words ‘shameless traffic violator’.(HT Photo)
The sticker is specially designed to shame rule breakers publicly, through the words ‘shameless traffic violator’.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2018 09:48 PM IST
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BJP has failed to get approval for new projects in Kedarnath, says Harish Rawat

Harish Rawat.(HT PHOTO)
Harish Rawat.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 13, 2018 08:58 PM IST
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Five cyber criminals held for duping elderly of lakhs

Additional director general of police (ADGP) Ashok Kumar said that those arrested are students aged between 21 and 25 years.
Three of those arrested are from Arunachal Pradesh, while two are from Orissa.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))
Three of those arrested are from Arunachal Pradesh, while two are from Orissa.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))
Published on Feb 12, 2018 10:22 PM IST
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Despite late winter rain, apple flowering set to be delayed

Apple requires a chilling period of 90 days and very little rain or snow will have a direct impact on the flowering and the quantity and quality of the produce will be affected.(HT FILE)
Apple requires a chilling period of 90 days and very little rain or snow will have a direct impact on the flowering and the quantity and quality of the produce will be affected.(HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 12, 2018 10:16 PM IST
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Harish Rawat to BJP: Practise what you preach, drink cow urine everyday

Former chief minister Harish Rawat accused the BJP of fanning communal tensions in Uttarakhand and elsewhere in the name of cow protection
Former chief minister Harish Rawat (left) accused BJP of fanning communal tensions in the name of cow protection.(HT Photo)
Former chief minister Harish Rawat (left) accused BJP of fanning communal tensions in the name of cow protection.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2018 08:44 PM IST
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Duty no bar for Uttarakhand woman cop to follow her passion

The eight-ten-hour-long duty everyday in a police control room in Dehradun, has failed to keep 42-year-old Sunita Negi from pursuing her passion of making pencil sketches of celebrities
A sketch done by constable Sunita Negi.(Photo courtesy Facebook)
A sketch done by constable Sunita Negi.(Photo courtesy Facebook)
Published on Feb 06, 2018 09:30 PM IST
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After attack, transgenders in Uttarakhand feel unsafe

Dehradun police have arrested two eunuchs after a video went viral showing a group of eunuchs thrashing 17-year-old Ajay Pal, a transgender “socially adopted” by doctors at Coronation Hospital
Transgenders say even some of their community members living in Uttarakhand hold “conservative worldview”.(HT Photo)
Transgenders say even some of their community members living in Uttarakhand hold “conservative worldview”.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 05, 2018 09:52 PM IST
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In state, rise in cancer cases higher than national average

Despite the rising trend over the years, cancer treatment facilities in the state are limited.
The mortality of cancer patients also increased by 10.19% between 2014 and 2016 in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
The mortality of cancer patients also increased by 10.19% between 2014 and 2016 in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2018 09:14 PM IST
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Surprise and coincidence, the operation to occupy Siachen had it all

In 1983, the Pakistan army tried to occupy Siachen, but its troops could not stand the inclement weather and retreated.
From left: Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni, Rahul Bedi and Shiv Kunal Verma during a session on ‘Siachen - the ongoing conflict’ at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
From left: Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni, Rahul Bedi and Shiv Kunal Verma during a session on ‘Siachen - the ongoing conflict’ at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Dec 10, 2017 12:35 PM IST
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Military diplomacy can be made very effective as it is secretive: Gen VP Malik

Gen VP Malik recounted his experience of engaging with the leadership in Myanmar in 2000 when its army ruled the country.
Former Army chief General VP Malik at the Military Literature Festival, in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Former Army chief General VP Malik at the Military Literature Festival, in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2017 11:14 PM IST
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Remembrance Day: ‘No one wins in a war, even victors are dehumanised’

Remembrance Day is observed to honour the soldiers of World War 1.
Captain Amarinder Singh flanked by British depty high commissioner Andrew Ayre (left) and consulate general of Canada Dr Christopher Gibbins during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday.(Mukesh Rawat)
Captain Amarinder Singh flanked by British depty high commissioner Andrew Ayre (left) and consulate general of Canada Dr Christopher Gibbins during the Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday.(Mukesh Rawat)
Updated on Nov 17, 2017 10:50 AM IST
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Delectable dream: Rogan josh in Kashmiri style

(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 12, 2017 11:53 PM IST
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Youth in distress: A conversation can heal mental wounds

Experts say parents also need counseling as half the battle can be won at home if they befriend their children and keep an eye out for any warning signals. Teachers can do the same in schools.
20% of world’s children and adolescents have mental health issues.(Shutterstock)
20% of world’s children and adolescents have mental health issues.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 11, 2017 12:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByMukesh Rawat & Nidhi Wadhwa, Chandigarh

A demanding Chandigarh is chipping away at childhood

Traumatised: A series of studies have found that an increasing number of adolescents in Chandigarh are feeling lonely, depressed, and suicidal.
Suicidal tendency among adolescents in Chandigarh was more prevalent in females (60.4%) and that most of the patients who attempted self-harm (among the cases analysed) were between 16 and 18 years of age.(IStock Photo)
Suicidal tendency among adolescents in Chandigarh was more prevalent in females (60.4%) and that most of the patients who attempted self-harm (among the cases analysed) were between 16 and 18 years of age.(IStock Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2017 11:55 AM IST
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Panjab University’s first transgender student is determined to fight on

Into the second year of her post-graduate course in human rights and duties now, 46-year-old Dhananjay became PU’s first and only transgender student so far in 2016. She scored 55% in her first semester and expects to get a first division in the second, the results of which will be declared soon.
Dhananjay Mangalmukhi.(PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK)
Dhananjay Mangalmukhi.(PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK)
Updated on Jul 29, 2017 05:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByMukesh Rawat, Chandigarh

‘We must harness private capital, not be enslaved by it’

Speaking on the topic ‘Pathways out of neoliberalism -- Can we revive the development state?’ Prof Chibber argued that neoliberalism, globally, is “in deep crisis” and this has become more profound in the last one decade starting from the economic crisis of 2007-08.
(From left) Institute for Development and Communication director Dr Pramod Kumar, keynote speaker Prof Vivek Chibber, from New York University and Prof Harish Puri attending the first Randhir Memorial Lecture on neoliberalism in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
(From left) Institute for Development and Communication director Dr Pramod Kumar, keynote speaker Prof Vivek Chibber, from New York University and Prof Harish Puri attending the first Randhir Memorial Lecture on neoliberalism in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 11:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByMukesh Rawat, Chandigarh

Why not use storytelling to serve purposes beyond entertainment, says Neelesh Misra

For Misra the idea to tell stories germinated seeing the gradual disappearance of the tradition of storytelling and the shrinking family time.
Radio storyteller Nilesh Misra was in Chandigarh for his new programme Kahaani Express with Saavan.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Radio storyteller Nilesh Misra was in Chandigarh for his new programme Kahaani Express with Saavan.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 16, 2017 04:14 PM IST
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HT Youth Forum 2017: If not cricket, Gambhir would’ve joined army

His message for youth: “Work for your country in your chosen field. The country comes first as it is your first identity.”
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir.(HT Photo)
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2017 12:32 AM IST
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Are we not citizens of this country, ask transgenders in Chandigarh

Around 70 transgenders from Nabha, Nawashahar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh got together at the event to commemorate the Supreme Court’s historic verdict of 2014, upholding rights of the transgenders. They were also joined by members of the LGBT community in Chandigarh and students of PU.
Around 70 transgenders from Nabha, Nawashahar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh got together to raise their concerns and presented cultural performance during an event to commemorate Supreme Court’s historic verdict of 2014.(HT Photo)
Around 70 transgenders from Nabha, Nawashahar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh got together to raise their concerns and presented cultural performance during an event to commemorate Supreme Court’s historic verdict of 2014.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2017 10:06 AM IST
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Through graffiti, celebrating Le Corbusier in Chandigarh: Take a look and meet the artists

To celebrate his work and pay him a tribute, a group of city’s young artistes, Musawar, collaborated with Alliance Francaise and came up with a graffiti which was inaugurated on Wednesday.
A glimpse of the graffiti art on a wall of the Alliance Francaise centre in Sector 36, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
A glimpse of the graffiti art on a wall of the Alliance Francaise centre in Sector 36, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2017 11:28 PM IST
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Fee hike: Others have family support, what about me, asks PU’s first transgender student

A postgraduate student of human rights, she says, “I am paying around 20,000 per semester presently. After the fee hike, this is likely to increase up to 30,000 per semester.”
Dhananjay Mangalmukhi(HT Photo)
Dhananjay Mangalmukhi(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2017 07:33 PM IST
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Book launch | Scent of the soil: Does past provide us refuge from present?

“After all the hard work that civil servants do in the line of duty, which often comes at the cost of their personal lives, the fraternity is called as babus. Isn’t it demeaning? Despite years of service, the public perception lingers on,” rues a retired officer in a hall full of civil servants.
(From left) Writer Robin Gupta, former Punjab chief secretary RI Singh, Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi, author Suchita Malik and former Haryana chief secretary RS Verma during the release of Malik’s novel ‘Scent of the Soil’ in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
(From left) Writer Robin Gupta, former Punjab chief secretary RI Singh, Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi, author Suchita Malik and former Haryana chief secretary RS Verma during the release of Malik’s novel ‘Scent of the Soil’ in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2017 03:12 PM IST
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When a truck crushed a biker in Mohali: Could he be saved? Maybe not. Shouldn’t we even try?

What will you say if during the golden hour, the police instead of trying to rescue the injured get busy shooting videos, clicking photographs, with some of them sitting comfortably in PCR vans, even as passersby come forward to try to rescue the victim?
Abhishek Dubey (32) was crushed after an overloaded truck overturned and fell on him on the airport road in SAS Nagar on March 20 night when he was returning home on his motorcycle.
Abhishek Dubey (32) was crushed after an overloaded truck overturned and fell on him on the airport road in SAS Nagar on March 20 night when he was returning home on his motorcycle.
Updated on Mar 25, 2017 06:53 PM IST
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A village plundered by termites and orphaned by the state government

Elections come and go. But termites do not in the remote village of Lambari in Almora district. Changes in governments and even formation of Uttarakhand have failed to end the termite menace in Lambari.
The ceiling of a house (above) completely eaten up by termites in Lambari.(HT Photo)
The ceiling of a house (above) completely eaten up by termites in Lambari.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2017 08:33 PM IST
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