Rahul Karmakar

Rahul Karmakar

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

Articles by Rahul Karmakar
The Namami Barak theme song being screened at its official launch in Silchar on Monday.(HT Photo)
The Namami Barak theme song being screened at its official launch in Silchar on Monday.(HT Photo)

Protests erupt after Leftist singer edited out of ‘saffronised’ Assam river fest’s theme song

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2017 09:46 AM IST
Though a clip previously uploaded on the social media showed Subha Prasad Nandi Majumdar – an avowed Leftist and Sangh Parivar critic – along with 15 other singers, he was missing from the official video that state industries minister Chandra Mohan Patowary released in Silchar on Monday evening.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people had voted for BJP and its allies because of “our resolve to root out corruption”.(AP FILE PHOTO)
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people had voted for BJP and its allies because of “our resolve to root out corruption”.(AP FILE PHOTO)

Ministers’ kin among 21 arrested in Assam cash-for-jobs scam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2017 10:11 PM IST
Two of the arrested are relatives of junior railway minister Rajen Gohain and former state minister Sumitra Patir.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi addressing media in Guwahati.(PTI File Photo)
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi addressing media in Guwahati.(PTI File Photo)

Assam jailer suspended after visitors click photos with sedition accused Akhil Gogoi

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2017 02:01 PM IST
Akhil Gogoi was arrested under National Security Act on September 13.
NorthEast United FC had a disastrous start in the inaugural Indian Super League in 2014, finishing last. In subsequent editions, they have finished fifth and have never entered the play-offs.(NorthEast United FC)
NorthEast United FC had a disastrous start in the inaugural Indian Super League in 2014, finishing last. In subsequent editions, they have finished fifth and have never entered the play-offs.(NorthEast United FC)

Indian Super League 2017-18: NorthEast United FC aim for play-offs

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2017 05:00 PM IST
NorthEast United FC, who have not entered the play-offs in the Indian Super League, have a good chance in the 2017-18 season thanks to a balanced squad with enough depth and with a new coach in the form of João Carlos Pires de Deus
Kismat Ali with son Isfan, 7, and wife Sajeda Begum.(HT Photo)
Kismat Ali with son Isfan, 7, and wife Sajeda Begum.(HT Photo)

Generations of doubtful voters in Assam fight off Bangladeshi tag

Hindustan Times. Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2017 07:59 AM IST
They were sent to a detention camp in Goalpara near the Bangladesh border after being marked as D-voters by the Election Commission.
A rally by All Assam Minority Students’ Union in western Assam on the National Register of Citizens. The NRC is being updated specifically in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to weed out illegal immigrants.(HT File Photo)
A rally by All Assam Minority Students’ Union in western Assam on the National Register of Citizens. The NRC is being updated specifically in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to weed out illegal immigrants.(HT File Photo)

Assam begins countdown for publishing of updated citizen register

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2017 11:15 PM IST
NRC’s state coordinator said the draft would not include “original inhabitant”, a contentious issue in the state sensitive about identity and culture.
Rahul Gandhi at 112th PHD Chamber's Annual Session & Awards for Excellence 2017 in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Rahul Gandhi at 112th PHD Chamber's Annual Session & Awards for Excellence 2017 in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi’s dog tweet irks Assam minister

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2017 11:17 PM IST
A complaint has been filed against Javier Ceppi (L) and Praful Patel over shifting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and England from Guwahati to Kolkata.(AIFF)
A complaint has been filed against Javier Ceppi (L) and Praful Patel over shifting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and England from Guwahati to Kolkata.(AIFF)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Complaint against Praful Patel, Javier Ceppi in Guwahati

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 09:21 AM IST
The complaint filed on Wednesday is also against alleged misappropriation of money generated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches in Guwahati
The turnout for ticket refunds in Guwahati was quite low after the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal was shifted to Kolkata.(UB Photos?HT)
The turnout for ticket refunds in Guwahati was quite low after the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal was shifted to Kolkata.(UB Photos?HT)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Guwahati refund turnout low, ‘Kolkata lobby’ blamed for shift

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2017 10:27 PM IST
The Guwahati football fans blamed the ‘Kolkata lobby’ for shifting the FIFA U-17 World Cup between England and Brazil to the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
The Ghana-Mali FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Guwahati was played in heavy rain and on a soggy pitch.(AFP)
The Ghana-Mali FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Guwahati was played in heavy rain and on a soggy pitch.(AFP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Football should’ve learned from cricket to avoid embarrassment

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2017 08:56 AM IST
The FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final between England and Brazil was moved from Guwahati to Kolkata after heavy rain damaged the pitch at Sarusajai Stadium. FIFA said they took the decision to safeguard the players’ health and to ensure best playing conditions.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal between England and Brazil was moved from Guwahati due to pitch concerns.(AFP)
The FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal between England and Brazil was moved from Guwahati due to pitch concerns.(AFP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Nature denies Guwahati Brazil-England semifinal clash

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2017 11:50 PM IST
The woeful conditions of the pitch in Guwahati was the main reason why the Brazil-England FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal match was moved to Kolkata.
Police has sought an autopsy to find out the reasons of his death.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Police has sought an autopsy to find out the reasons of his death.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Assam cop, arrested for minor’s custodial death, dies in jail

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2017 07:55 PM IST
As authorities ordered a magisterial inquiry into Tamizuddin Ahmed’s death, his family sniffed foul play, accusing jail officials and Ahmed’s arrested colleagues of poisoning him.
Congress workers burn effigies of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tassa in Guwahati on Sunday in protest against Tassa’s alleged speech. (Rajib Jyoti Sarma / HT Photo)
Congress workers burn effigies of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tassa in Guwahati on Sunday in protest against Tassa’s alleged speech. (Rajib Jyoti Sarma / HT Photo)

Assam MP allegedly calls Gandhis and Nehru ‘garbage’, Congress files complaint

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2017 10:40 PM IST
BJP parliamentarian Kamakhya Prasad Tassa allegedly said the Congress washed the brains of people with garbage like Gandhi and Nehru without knowing the ideologies of Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Mali secured yet another victory over Ghana as they won the quarter-final 2-1 in Guwahati to enter the semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(PTI)
Mali secured yet another victory over Ghana as they won the quarter-final 2-1 in Guwahati to enter the semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(PTI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Mali upstage Ghana twice in six months, enter semis

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2017 09:08 PM IST
Mali, the African U-17 champions, prevailed over their western African opponents Ghana in the quarter-final on a rain-sodden pitch in Guwahati. In the semifinals, they will face the winners of the clash between Spain and Iran.
Ghana have been in top form in the FIFA U-17 World Cup but Mali have been the team to beat and both African nations will square off in the quarter-final of the tournament.(PTI)
Ghana have been in top form in the FIFA U-17 World Cup but Mali have been the team to beat and both African nations will square off in the quarter-final of the tournament.(PTI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana vs Mali clash dominated by battle of ‘odd’ jerseys

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2017 05:09 PM IST
Ghana will square off against Mali in the quarter-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and both teams will be eyeing a hat-trick of wins but the contest is being dominated by players not sporting a number associated with the best in football.
An artist gives finishing touches to a Goddess Kali idol ahead of Kali Puja. About 10,000 people, comprising Hindus and Muslims, in three villages in Assam’s Milan Chowk, celebrate Kali Puja together.(PTI)
An artist gives finishing touches to a Goddess Kali idol ahead of Kali Puja. About 10,000 people, comprising Hindus and Muslims, in three villages in Assam’s Milan Chowk, celebrate Kali Puja together.(PTI)

Kali Puja is a Hindu-Muslim initiative in this Assam village cluster

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2017 05:22 PM IST
People in Milan Chowk organise festivals celebrated by both religions such as Eid and Rongali Bihu.
Kristi Das had received the highest e-vote during the pageant. HT Photo
Kristi Das had received the highest e-vote during the pageant. HT Photo

Mrs Universe contestant assaulted by ‘land-grabbers’ in Assam’s Guwahati

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2017 04:28 PM IST
At least 25 men squatted on a plot of land belonging to Kristi’s father next to her residence in central Guwahati.
A 1-1 draw against Japan in their last FIFA U-17 World Cup Group E match in Kolkata has infused hope for football in New Caledonia, France’s overseas territory, whose biggest star in the sport has been Christian Karembeu, who has won the World Cup and Euro with France national football team(FIFA)
A 1-1 draw against Japan in their last FIFA U-17 World Cup Group E match in Kolkata has infused hope for football in New Caledonia, France’s overseas territory, whose biggest star in the sport has been Christian Karembeu, who has won the World Cup and Euro with France national football team(FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: New Caledonia take positives home in hunt for Karembeu successors

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2017 11:41 AM IST
Jekob Jeno, who equalised dramatically in the 83rd minute against Japan in their last match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and Une Kecine, who became the first New Caledonian goalie to block a penalty shot at a FIFA tournament, have given the group of islands hope of the rise of a new star of the same stature as Christian Karembeu
Football legend Zinedine Zidane, who led the France national football team to the FIFA World Cup triumph, currently coaches Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. As the U-17 side from France and Spain get ready to take on each other in the FIFA U-17 World Cup round of 16 match, there are a few parallels in the sides thanks to Zidane.(Getty Images)
Football legend Zinedine Zidane, who led the France national football team to the FIFA World Cup triumph, currently coaches Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. As the U-17 side from France and Spain get ready to take on each other in the FIFA U-17 World Cup round of 16 match, there are a few parallels in the sides thanks to Zidane.(Getty Images)

How Zinedine Zidane is a big factor in France vs Spain clash at FIFA U-17 World Cup

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2017 09:54 AM IST
One of the greatest players of all time, Zinedine Zidane, who was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA golden jubilee poll in 2004 -- has a positive influence over both France and Spain U-17 sides who will play each other in a FIFA U-17 World Cup round of 17 match in Guwahati on Tuesday
Mexico played out a goalless draw against Chile in their final Group F match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AP)
Mexico played out a goalless draw against Chile in their final Group F match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Mexico draw with Chile, enter Round of 16

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2017 11:06 PM IST
Two-time champions Mexico played out a goal-less draw in a high-intensity Group F final game against Chile but that was enough for them to qualify for the knock-out stage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
France thrashed Honduras 5-1 in a Group E match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.(PTI)
France thrashed Honduras 5-1 in a Group E match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.(PTI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: France crush Honduras 5-1, to face Spain in Round of 16

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2017 11:21 PM IST
France rallied from a goal down to hand a 5-1 drubbing on Honduras and qualify for the knock-out stage as group toppers in the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.
An army vehicle that was ambushed on the Pengeri-Digboi road near the Pengeri reserve forest in Assam's Tinsukia district by suspected ULFA (I) and NSCN-K militants in November 2016.(PTI File Photo)
An army vehicle that was ambushed on the Pengeri-Digboi road near the Pengeri reserve forest in Assam's Tinsukia district by suspected ULFA (I) and NSCN-K militants in November 2016.(PTI File Photo)

NIA arrests 4 govt officers in Nagaland for allegedly funding militants

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2017 07:43 PM IST
The NIA investigation into terror funding in Nagaland began after the Assam Rifles caught a senior member of the NSCN-K, identified as Khetoshe Sumi, in Dimapur on July 31 last year.
A view of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(PTI)
A view of the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(PTI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Probe ordered into substandard snacks served in Guwahati

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2017 08:34 AM IST
A probe has been ordered after substandard snacks were served during the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches being held in Guwahati.
Jagdish Mukhi(PTI File Photo)
Jagdish Mukhi(PTI File Photo)

Guests at Assam governor’s swearing-in came on personal expense: Raj Bhavan

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 12, 2017 11:00 PM IST
The Raj Bhavan clarified that no expenditure was incurred from the state exchequer for travel and expense of the guests.
A CBI team on Thursday questioned the three persons who had filed a case in the bribery scam — Bhaben Handique, Abdul Wahid and Jayanta Gogoi — at the CBI’s office in Guwahati.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
A CBI team on Thursday questioned the three persons who had filed a case in the bribery scam — Bhaben Handique, Abdul Wahid and Jayanta Gogoi — at the CBI’s office in Guwahati.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

CBI begins probe into Louis Berger bribery case in Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 05:37 PM IST
The CBI took over the case after the Gauhati High Court had on September 2 said Assam’s criminal investigation department was going slow on the case and purportedly trying to shield the accused.
Carlos Mejia (2nd left) of Honduras celebrates with teammates after scoring against New Caledonia during their FIFA U-17 World Cup in Guwahati on Wednesday.(PTI)
Carlos Mejia (2nd left) of Honduras celebrates with teammates after scoring against New Caledonia during their FIFA U-17 World Cup in Guwahati on Wednesday.(PTI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Honduras lord over New Caledonia in battle of lightweights

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2017 11:41 PM IST
Honduras routed New Caledonia 5-0 in the match between the two weaker teams in Group E of the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Riding on Amine Gouiri’s brilliance, France beat Japan 2-1 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AP)
Riding on Amine Gouiri’s brilliance, France beat Japan 2-1 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(AP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: France beat Japan to enter pre-quarterfinals

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2017 08:55 PM IST
Amine Gouiri struck a brace as France notched up a 2-1 victory over Japan to secure a pre-quarterfinal berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Jagdish Mukhi being administered oath as Governor of Assam by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh at a ceremony at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra at Panjabari in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)
Jagdish Mukhi being administered oath as Governor of Assam by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh at a ceremony at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra at Panjabari in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)

Assam governor’s lavish swearing-in with over 200 guests from Haryana draws flak

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2017 06:29 PM IST
The guests included 223 people from Sohna village in Haryana and the cash-strapped Assam government paid for their trip.
Japan will face Honduras in their FIFA U-17 World Cup opener.(FIFA)
Japan will face Honduras in their FIFA U-17 World Cup opener.(FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Japan bring green card idea for cleaner football

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2017 07:13 PM IST
Japan will begin their FIFA U-17 World Cup Group E campaign against Honduras in Guwahati on Sunday.
Selective killing by rebels in Assam reopened a 24-year-old conflict in 2013-14, leaving at least 15 dead – nine of them Karbi youths across the border in Nagaland – and displacing more than 3,000, a majority of them Rengma Nagas. Forced to flee home, Rengma Nagas from the Phencherop belt of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council took shelter at relief camps.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Selective killing by rebels in Assam reopened a 24-year-old conflict in 2013-14, leaving at least 15 dead – nine of them Karbi youths across the border in Nagaland – and displacing more than 3,000, a majority of them Rengma Nagas. Forced to flee home, Rengma Nagas from the Phencherop belt of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council took shelter at relief camps.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

That Rohingya feeling: NE no stranger to xenophobia, genocides, say experts

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2017 08:00 AM IST
Almost every community or sub-region has a word, often used derogatorily, for outsiders. But the animosity is not restricted to those considered outsiders.
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