Padma Shastri

Padma Shastri

Padma is a Special Correspondent and looks after Central govt and political parties. She has special interest in local history of Indore and Malwa region, art and architecture.

Articles by Padma Shastri
Indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors were set to come up at the two nuclear plants to produce electricity.(Pic for representation only)
Indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors were set to come up at the two nuclear plants to produce electricity.(Pic for representation only)

Fate of N-power plants hangs in balance in MP

Hindustan Times, Indore | By Padma Shastri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2017 11:40 AM IST
Thirty-four years after they were first proposed in Madhya Pradesh, the fate of its first two nuclear power plants still hangs in balance.
Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar with women at a rally in Barwani on September 16, 2016.(Shankar Mourya/ HT File Photo)
Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar with women at a rally in Barwani on September 16, 2016.(Shankar Mourya/ HT File Photo)

Is Medha Patkar’s anti-Sardar Sarovar dam agitation losing its steam?

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2016 12:20 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh officials barely took note of Medha Patkar’s rally in Barwani, or the 49-day relay hunger strike that she organised in the town recently, prompting many to conclude that the iconic Narmada Bachao Andolan activist’s influence has dwindled.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing public rally at Jhotrada vilage in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh on August 09, 2016.(Shankar Mourya/ HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing public rally at Jhotrada vilage in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh on August 09, 2016.(Shankar Mourya/ HT Photo)

Kashmir has the same freedom that any other Indian state enjoys: Modi

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri and Anubha Rohatgi, Jhotrada/new Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2016 05:57 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that a few misguided people are somewhere hurting Kashmir’s great tradition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Bhim Janma Bhoomi Memorial on BR Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary in Mhow, Indore on Thursday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Bhim Janma Bhoomi Memorial on BR Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary in Mhow, Indore on Thursday.(PTI)

PM Modi launches mega rural outreach campaign on Ambedkar anniversary

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Mhow, Indore
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2016 11:27 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched Gram Uday se Bharat Uday, an 11-day intensive rural outreach programme
A view of Mai Mangeshkar auditorium, which was constructed between 1999 and 2008, situated at Sneh Nagar area in Indore.(Shankar Mourya/ HT Photo)
A view of Mai Mangeshkar auditorium, which was constructed between 1999 and 2008, situated at Sneh Nagar area in Indore.(Shankar Mourya/ HT Photo)

Indore: Mangeshkar auditorium row spurs demand for name change

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2016 04:17 PM IST
The running feud between legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s family and Indore Marathi Samaj over financing Mai Mangeshkar auditorium has worsened to the extent that a section of Samaj members has demanded to change its name.

MP: A score to settle? I-T department comes in handy

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2016 09:05 PM IST
The Indore region of income tax department is getting strange complaints from domestic maid, estranged husband and angry daughter who want the premises of their relatives raided for settling a score
Rekha Rathore from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, teaches in Indore while pursuing graduation. Asked to choose between education and her husband, she opted for both.(Shankar Mourya / HT Photo)
Rekha Rathore from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, teaches in Indore while pursuing graduation. Asked to choose between education and her husband, she opted for both.(Shankar Mourya / HT Photo)

Husband told her to pick between him and studies, she chose both

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2016 01:39 PM IST
Rekha Rathore from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, teaches in Indore while pursuing graduation. Asked to choose between education and her husband, she opted for both.
DB Shekatkar said terrorism in Punjab is being re-activated at behest of men like Hafiz Saeed.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)
DB Shekatkar said terrorism in Punjab is being re-activated at behest of men like Hafiz Saeed.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

‘India should build retaliatory capacity in Punjab’

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2016 08:57 PM IST
Forum for Integrated National Security president (retired) Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar who was in Indore recently has said that a new front of terrorism has opened in Punjab where it is being re-activated at behest of men like Hafiz Saeed whose area of operation stretches from Punjab in Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress and BJP will attempt to outdo each other to impress voters for assembly elections scheduled in 2018.(Arun Mondhe/HT file photo)
Congress and BJP will attempt to outdo each other to impress voters for assembly elections scheduled in 2018.(Arun Mondhe/HT file photo)

2016: An eventful year for politics in MP

By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2015 07:10 PM IST
The coming year will sow seeds of a high-voltage drama when Congress and BJP will attempt to outdo each other to impress voters for MP assembly elections scheduled in 2018.
Violet Jacob’s painting of a Hindu temple at Ranibagh near Rau.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)
Violet Jacob’s painting of a Hindu temple at Ranibagh near Rau.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

MP: Jacob brings 19th-century Central India to life in her letters

By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2015 07:49 PM IST
In a series of letters to her mother in Scotland between 1895 and 1900, Violet Jacob, a Scottish poet and novelist, painted an elaborate picture of Central India during her time in Mhow, where her husband was an officer in the army.
Congress activists celebrate Kantilal Bhuria’s victory in by-poll in Indore.(File photo)
Congress activists celebrate Kantilal Bhuria’s victory in by-poll in Indore.(File photo)

Ratlam by-poll: Limited RSS influence in tribal belt costs BJP dearly

By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2015 06:40 PM IST
The defeat in the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha by-elections reflects the BJP’s poor network and the RSS’ low penetration in the largely tribal-dominated constituency spread across eight assembly segments of Jhabua, Alirajpur and Ratlam districts.
Farmers of Kasarbadi village have been demanding the extension of Mahi river canal (above) by 2.5 kilometres to link it with a nearby nullah, which will reduce their irrigation woes to a large extent.(HT photo)
Farmers of Kasarbadi village have been demanding the extension of Mahi river canal (above) by 2.5 kilometres to link it with a nearby nullah, which will reduce their irrigation woes to a large extent.(HT photo)

Farmers seethe with discontent in Jhabua

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Jhabua/alirajpur
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2015 01:27 PM IST
Farmers of Kasarbadi village, located 20 kms from Petlawad teshil in MP’s Jhabua district, are seething with discontent because despite owning fertile lands, they are unable to produce crops round the year as they have no means of irrigation.
With just a few days left for the polling, political temperatures are running high in the area, but the mood in Petlawad is largely sombre.(HT file photo)
With just a few days left for the polling, political temperatures are running high in the area, but the mood in Petlawad is largely sombre.(HT file photo)

MP by-election: In Petlawad, blast victims’ kin still in pain

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Petlawad (jhabua)
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2015 05:44 PM IST
With just a few days left for the polling for Ratlam-Jhabua by-election, political temperatures are running high in the area, but the mood in Petlawad is largely sombre.
Kantilal Bhuria said Ratlam-Jhabua is a tribal-dominated area and it needs the government’s special attention.
Kantilal Bhuria said Ratlam-Jhabua is a tribal-dominated area and it needs the government’s special attention.

MP by-poll: Cong hasn’t raised issue of reservation, says Kantila Bhuria

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2015 06:08 PM IST
After a slew of electoral defeats in assembly by-polls, the Congress is pinning its hopes of revival in MP on the upcoming by-polls.
Nirmala Bhuria said people have seen development in the area due to the efforts of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.(HT file photo)
Nirmala Bhuria said people have seen development in the area due to the efforts of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.(HT file photo)

‘Petlawad blast will not impact Ratlam-Jhabua by-poll’

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2015 05:45 PM IST
The tussle between Congress and BJP to win Ratlam-Jhabua parliamentary by-elections has intensified, with just one week left for voting.
Bhutan’s foreign minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji was guest of honour at inaugural session of the 3rd International Dharma-Dhamma Conference held in Indore on Saturday.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)
Bhutan’s foreign minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji was guest of honour at inaugural session of the 3rd International Dharma-Dhamma Conference held in Indore on Saturday.(Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

‘No country better placed than India to deal with religious conflicts’

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2015 05:19 PM IST
Bhutan’s foreign minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji talked about the significance of religious conferences in Indore.
Abdul Hamid Shah at his shop in Ahmad Nagar in Ujjain.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)
Abdul Hamid Shah at his shop in Ahmad Nagar in Ujjain.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Ujjain’s Tangewalas rule antique trade since 1962

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2015 08:35 PM IST
In early sixties, a trader from Surat Gulam Rasool Chakkiwale would often come to Ujjain in search of western MP’s lavishly decorated havelis of old merchants and palaces of erstwhile princely rulers who wanted to sell off their belongings.
Dr Ram Chandra Thakur shows his collection of coins.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)
Dr Ram Chandra Thakur shows his collection of coins.(Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

‘Coins excavated from Ujjain have enriched history’

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2015 06:33 PM IST
Seventy four-year-old Mahidpur resident, Dr Ram Chandra Thakur has a collection of over one lakh coins dating back to 600 BC.
Despite bleak business prospects, experts are exploring whether Indore can become central India’s hub for antiques sale and promotion. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)
Despite bleak business prospects, experts are exploring whether Indore can become central India’s hub for antiques sale and promotion. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Indore losing antiques business, dealers suggest ways to revive the heritage

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2015 09:54 PM IST
Indore, which once was a meeting point of different royalties and a goldmine of antiques, is now struggling to retain its antiques business due to poor demand and poorer profit margins, say antique dealers and showroom owners.

Today’s cars have aggressive looks, are macho but lack elegance, says automotive historian in Indore

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2015 09:37 PM IST
Considered as India’s leading automotive historian, Manvendra Singh, the ruler of erstwhile Barwani princely state in Madhya Pradesh, has been a judge at California’s annual Pebble Beach vintage and classic car contest for last five years. HT spoke to Singh about the Pebble Beach show, history of cars and other issues.
Sanitary workers clear a choked drainage chamber in Nandlalpura area in Indore. (HT file photo)
Sanitary workers clear a choked drainage chamber in Nandlalpura area in Indore. (HT file photo)

‘Labyrinth’ of Indore’s drainage system

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2015 07:43 PM IST
“It’s a complex labyrinth,” remarked a senior Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) official at a recent meeting on the city’s drainage system. He is not wrong.Consider this. Indore's total water supply is 383 million litres a day. Of this, 75% is turned into waste water generated from households and business establishments.
An open sewer littered with garbage near Velocity Cinema at Ring Road in Indore; the IMC has sanctioned Rs 248 crore for installation and repair of sewage lines this fiscal. (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)
An open sewer littered with garbage near Velocity Cinema at Ring Road in Indore; the IMC has sanctioned Rs 248 crore for installation and repair of sewage lines this fiscal. (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

Indore’s frail sewerage system

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2015 07:53 PM IST
The newly included 16 wards of the Indore municipal limits have no sewerage system to carry the waste its burgeoning population produces every day, in what many see as a mockery of the Central government’s much-vaunted Clean India campaign. The wards spread over a sprawling 145 square kilometres and is home to 2.31 lakh people.
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'We hope to harmonise reporting standards in 5 years'

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2015 08:48 PM IST
The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) is a UK-based global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard-setters, accounting professionals and NGOs. Its chief executive, Paul Druckman was in Indore for the international conference on accountancy organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Here are some excerpts from the interview.
Glancy power house today serves as the headquarters of MP West Zone Electricity Distribution Co Ltd. (File photo)
Glancy power house today serves as the headquarters of MP West Zone Electricity Distribution Co Ltd. (File photo)

Let there be light: 108 years of electricity supply in Indore

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2015 05:44 PM IST
The year 2015 marks 108 years of electricity supply to Indore. As the Union government prepares to table the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 in Parliament, sparking fears of tariff hike and harsh revenue recovery, Hindustan Times digs up the history of the city’s power supply.
Former Indian ambassador to the United Nations, Narendra P Jain, recently published his memoirs titled, 'Jina isika naam hai.' (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)
Former Indian ambassador to the United Nations, Narendra P Jain, recently published his memoirs titled, 'Jina isika naam hai.' (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

'Swarn Singh had precision, Vajpayee an instinctive feel, while Rao had hand on pulse'

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2015 08:42 PM IST
Former Indian ambassador to the United Nations Narendra P Jain, recently published his memoirs titled, 'Jina isika naam hai'. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he recalls his association with the country's leading politicians.
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Frail Congress Seva Dal seeks young blood for resuscitation in MP

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2015 04:32 PM IST
They were two organisations born within a period of two years with similar objectives.

Islam-dominant region facing clash within its own civilisation, says retired envoy

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2015 09:00 PM IST
Former Indian Ambassador to United Nations, Narendra P Jain joined talks about Indian foreign policy as the BJP government completes one-year at the centre. Read excerpts of the interview.

Sanskrit textbook crunch: Teachers in MP pitch for e-books, e-classes

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Indore
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2015 07:34 PM IST
Here is a revelation for BJP-led MP government which has been making tall claims to revive Sanskrit and ancient Indian studies by advocating their modern-day relevance.
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MP: Tribals object to 'distorted' Bhagoria portrayal, say it's not a love festival

Hindustan Times | By Padma Shastri, Jhabua/alirajpur
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2015 10:49 PM IST
Tribals in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua and Alirajpur districts have objected to the alleged distorted portrayal of the century-old Bhagoria fair which is widely publicised as a festival that allows young boys and girls to elope after choosing their partners.
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