Niha Masih is a national affairs writer covering right wing politics, social justice and identity-based hate attacks.
Articles by Niha Masih
Hindustan Times, Mirchpur, Hisar | By Niha Masih
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 02:55 PM IST
Despite a rare, legal victory, Dalits of Mirchpur are back on the streets — to fight for the SC/ST Act that helped them win a case seven years ago.
Hindustan Times, Pune | By Niha Masih
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 08:18 AM IST
Many face backlash and are boycotted from their communities for marrying outside their caste. With the social boycott bill, that came into effect last July, there is hope for the victims.
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2018 08:20 PM IST
As the dates for the crucial Karnataka elections are announced by the Election Commission, a look at how the Congress led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah turned around the party’s prospects in the state.
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2018 03:41 PM IST
Little known in the country, the women’s ice hockey team of India, based in Leh, has managed to catch international attention by fighting odds and daring to persevere with a sport that has become their life’s passion
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2018 08:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times talks to a few Dalit students to understand what is ailing the government’s higher education schemes especially designed for the community.
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2018 08:23 PM IST
Suneeta Pottam and Munni Pottam have filed a case against extra-judicial encounters allegedly by security forces, and have asked the Supreme Court to take it up.
Jignesh Mevani Delhi rally Highlights: We don’t believe in love jihad, we believe in ‘pyar, ishq, mohabaat’, says Dalit leader
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2018 06:23 PM IST
The Yuva Hunkar Rally was held amid heavy police presence where the demand for the release of Dalit outfit Bhim Army’s founder Chandrashekhar Azad was raised. Here are the highlights
Hindustan Times, Bharuch/ Dahod | By Niha Masih
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2017 09:43 AM IST
While the BJP and Modi rode on the success of the Gujarat model in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, economists have long argued that Gujarat was a relatively well developed state.
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2017 08:58 AM IST
Diluting Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code will deprive women of necessary and crucial legal protection from domestic violence and dowry harassment, say women’s rights activists and lawyers
Bhavnagar/Botad/Surendranagar | By Niha Masih
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2017 10:56 AM IST
Gujarat elections 2017: Farmers in Saurashtra say they have voted for the BJP in the past but are now fed up with waiting for water.
Hindustan Times, Sanand | By Niha Masih, Sanand
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2017 04:29 PM IST
Dalits, who make up 7% of Gujarat’s population, mostly voted for the BJP in the last elections. But this time, the Una movement leader says the community is angry.
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By Hiral Dave and Niha Masih
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2017 10:40 PM IST
Gandhi in on a two-day tour of Gujarat. On Friday, he interacted with fishermen, Dalits, pharmaceutical industrialists, doctors and teachers at separate events.
‘My family was murdered in front of me’: Sheela Kaur is an eyewitness but still awaits justice for 1984 anti-Sikh riots
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2017 09:34 AM IST
One of the few surviving witnesses to the anti-Sikh riots, Sheela Kaur has identified Congress leader Sajjan Kumar as the man who instigated the frenzied mobs .
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2017 11:56 AM IST
Rajbir Singh was only 11 months old in 1984 but he knows minute details of how his father was burnt alive by anti-Sikh mobs.
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2017 12:47 PM IST
Sixty-five-year-old widow, Attar Kaur, lost her husband and 11 members of her extended family in the riots. She said she has not been able to forget how Sikhs were slaughtered like animals. She lives with vivid memories and faded photos.
Lost in transition: Has linking Aadhaar to government welfare schemes made it difficult for beneficiaries to avail of aid?
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 01:08 PM IST
Aadhaar is now compulsory for 87 government welfare schemes. HT reviews how this decision is working on the ground for two of the biggest schemes of this kind
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2017 08:24 PM IST
Activist Harsh Mander claims that within days of clashing with RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha on a television debate, he has been slapped with an Income Tax notice.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2017 08:38 PM IST
Zahid Hussain is only 26 years old. But he has spent the last four years looking for a safe refuge. If India decides to deport him, the young man will be on the move again
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 11:41 AM IST
The Centre has termed Rohingyas illegal immigrants and ordered their deportation, citing threat to national security as reason. The UN calls them refugees. There is no evidence so far of their involvement in terror or cross-border activities. Are the Rohingyas then being targeted for their religion?
New Delhi | By Ravi Choudhary / Niha Masih
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2017 08:57 PM IST
Deaf Olympic Gold medallist Virender Singh who can neither speak nor hear is an Arjuna Awardee winner, a champion with three international gold medals. Ignored by the sports authorities, today he can neither afford a home nor a car.
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2017 08:56 AM IST
The deaf and mute wrestler is an Arjuna awardee after years of toil and global recognition but still doesn’t earn enough to give himself a comfortable life.
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2017 07:29 AM IST
Muheet Mehraj’s abiding memory of Independence Day is being home without internet. As part of security protocol, internet services are suspended in Kashmir every August 15. Now, he runs a successful e-commerce website, Kashmir Box.
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 02:11 PM IST
Hate Tracker will be a crowd-sourced database of hate crimes in India since September 2015.
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 11:46 AM IST
#LetsTalkAboutHate | Kashmiri students who travel in search of education often become targets of hate crimes.
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2017 07:42 PM IST
#LetsTalkAboutHate | In Part 2, we focus on violence against Dalits. Seven years after their homes were set ablaze, few families have dared to return to Mirchpur.
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2017 01:17 PM IST
In Part 1 of HT series Let’s Talk About Hate, we revisit a Bisada divided by Mohammad Ikhlaq’s brutal killing.
Hindustan Times | By Niha Masih and Ritam Halder, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2017 10:52 PM IST
Away from the politicking in the aftermath of the heinous terror attack on pilgrims, Zaheeruddin was among those who came out to mourn the dead. Five people from Gujarat and two from Maharashtra were killed when terrorists attacked a bus at Anantnag in Kashmir.
Hindustan Times | By Niha Masih, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 07:22 AM IST
At Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, schoolchildren, professionals, and foreign tourists joined the #notinmyname protest against attacks on Muslims in India. The BJP government has come under criticism for not condemning the killings taking place in the guise of cow protection.
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 09:08 PM IST
The opposition blames the government for delay in filling the posts and making the commission dysfunctional at the time atrocities against Dalits in Saharanpur.
Hindustan Times, Saharanpur | By Niha Masih
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2017 09:45 AM IST
Chunks of Dalit votes buoyed the BJP during its recent Uttar Pradesh assembly election sweep. But now, the caste clashes have jeopardised the community’s support for the saffron party.