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
Dhekiajuli memorial was started in 1971 and unveiled in 1975. The Assam government on Wednesday decided to give a one-time financial package to the survivors of the 13 Dhekiajuli martyrs besides naming as many streets after each of them.(HT Photo)
Dhekiajuli memorial was started in 1971 and unveiled in 1975. The Assam government on Wednesday decided to give a one-time financial package to the survivors of the 13 Dhekiajuli martyrs besides naming as many streets after each of them.(HT Photo)

Assam wants national recognition for India’s youngest 1942 martyr

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2017 07:47 PM IST
On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, the committee that observes the day wants India to recognise her as the youngest martyr.
New Caledonia will be making their FIFA U-17 World Cup debut.(FIFA)
New Caledonia will be making their FIFA U-17 World Cup debut.(FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: New Caledonia aim to make impactful debut

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2017 04:00 PM IST
New Caledonia have finished second in the OFC U-17 Championship thrice and will look to make a mark in what will be their FIFA U-17 World Cup debut.
Honduras will look to make the knockout rounds for the second time in their history.(AFP/FIFA)
Honduras will look to make the knockout rounds for the second time in their history.(AFP/FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Honduras seek steady improvement in fortunes

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2017 03:58 PM IST
Honduras have only made it to the knockout rounds of the FIFA U-17 World Cup once, but are a much-improved side and will look to do better this year.
A Rohingya refugee baby cries as his mother jostles for aid in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(Reuters Photo)
A Rohingya refugee baby cries as his mother jostles for aid in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(Reuters Photo)

Rohingya crisis: Northeastern states wary of free movement pact with Myanmar

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2017 05:03 PM IST
India and Myanmar have a decades-old free movement regime (FMR) that allows ethnic communities living on either side of the border to travel 16km across the boundary without a visa.
France will be looking to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup for a second time.(Getty Images/FIFA)
France will be looking to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup for a second time.(Getty Images/FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: France look to replicate European Championships form

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2017 03:56 PM IST
France have only won the FIFA U-17 World Cup once and will look to replicate their impressive form in the UEFA European U-17 Championships on the world stage.
Japan has never won the FIFA U-17 World Cup, despite being a footballing powerhouse in Asia.(FIFA)
Japan has never won the FIFA U-17 World Cup, despite being a footballing powerhouse in Asia.(FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Japan look to improve on previous showings

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2017 07:33 PM IST
Japan has failed to make it beyond the quarterfinals in the previous editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, something The Blue Samurai will hope to improve on this year.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union protests in Itanagar against the Centre’s move to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees on Tuesday.(ANI)
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union protests in Itanagar against the Centre’s move to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees on Tuesday.(ANI)

Arunachal shuts down over citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2017 01:50 PM IST
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh expressing “inability” to accept the Centre’s decision.
The bamboo image of Durga in Guwahati before a storm felled it.(HT PHOTO)
The bamboo image of Durga in Guwahati before a storm felled it.(HT PHOTO)

Storm topples ‘world’s tallest’ Durga bamboo idol in Guwahati

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2017 07:53 PM IST
A bid for a world record with the tallest image of Durga now seems a tall order after a storm knocked down the 100-ft bamboo image of the goddess in Guwahati.
A resolution, passed by the Assam assembly seeks to bar those having more than two children from contesting polls, getting government jobs or benefits.(File Photo)
A resolution, passed by the Assam assembly seeks to bar those having more than two children from contesting polls, getting government jobs or benefits.(File Photo)

Assam population policy criticised for being ‘anti-minority

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2017 10:53 PM IST
The resolution seeks to bar those having more than two children from contesting polls, getting government jobs or benefits.
The bill also has provisions for helping siblings with physical or mental disabilities.(Shutterstock)
The bill also has provisions for helping siblings with physical or mental disabilities.(Shutterstock)

Assam bill aims to make ‘uncaring’ state employees pay for their aged parents

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2017 08:08 PM IST
The bill has provisions for deducting 10% of an employee’s pay and transferring it to the account of the relative concerned. Another 5% would be deductible if the employee has a differently abled sibling.
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)

RSS-backed BJP govt arrested me for speaking up for Assamese people: Akhil Gogoi

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2017 11:49 PM IST
The KMSS leader accused CM Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of betraying the Assamese people to appease Bengali Hindu migrants that the RSS wants rehabilitated.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi.(PTI)
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi.(PTI)

Akhil Gogoi: The controversial activist branded as Maoist and an Ulfa sympathiser

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2017 01:17 PM IST
The 41-year-old Gogoi, who had been rebellious since his college days, became popular with ‘anti-establishment class’ since winning the first RTI national awards in 2009. He even accused former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi of buying property in the US.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi.(PTI Photo)
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi.(PTI Photo)

RTI activist Akhil Gogoi arrested, charged with sedition in Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2017 01:19 PM IST
The police said Gogoi, who heads the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, had “instigated the common people to wage war against the nation and also delivered speeches against communal harmony”.
Maitree Divas organised in Tawang on Sunday.(Rahul Karmakar/HT)
Maitree Divas organised in Tawang on Sunday.(Rahul Karmakar/HT)

Tawang organises civilian-army friendship event Maitree Divas after six years

Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2017 12:27 AM IST
Its revival attained significance after the stand-off between Indian and Chinese army at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border, about 550 km west of the north-western tip of Tawang district.
Angurlata Deka, BJP MLA who became a mother in August has mooted the idea of a baby feeding for lactating mothers.(Rajib Jyoti Sarma/HT PHOTO)
Angurlata Deka, BJP MLA who became a mother in August has mooted the idea of a baby feeding for lactating mothers.(Rajib Jyoti Sarma/HT PHOTO)

Assam MLA seeks breastfeeding room in assembly complex

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2017 07:07 PM IST
The lawmaker says a facility similar to the one at the Tanzanian parliament would be of great help to lactating mothers.
Mission China is directed by Zubeen Garg.
Mission China is directed by Zubeen Garg.

Mission China: Old-fashioned projector promo helps Assamese film beat Baahubali record

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 02:11 PM IST
Mission China, the costliest Assamese produced by Garima Saikia Garg and released on Friday, had a net collection of approximately Rs 39-lakh across 65 cinema halls.
Journalists, activists hold protest against Gauri Lankesh's murder in Mumbai.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT PHOTO)
Journalists, activists hold protest against Gauri Lankesh's murder in Mumbai.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT PHOTO)

Gauri Lankesh murder: Why no outrage for 32 journalists killed in Assam, asks local press

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2017 07:33 PM IST
No one has been convicted of killing these journalists, some of whom mediated between the government and extremist outfits like Gauri Lankesh, who was gunned down at her home in Bengaluru.
Bridge number 133 between Sudhani and Telta. Boulder dumping in progress at approach washed out by flood.(HT Photo)
Bridge number 133 between Sudhani and Telta. Boulder dumping in progress at approach washed out by flood.(HT Photo)

Flood-enforced blockade hurts Northeast Frontier Railway in best revenue year

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2017 04:22 PM IST
Rail link between the Northeast and the mainland cut off since August 13. Track damage has also put the spotlight on alternative rail routes for bailing out the Northeast during emergencies.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju along with two other ministers cut the cake during a function on Thursday to flag off Tiranga Yatra, organised by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.(HT Photo)
Union minister Kiren Rijiju along with two other ministers cut the cake during a function on Thursday to flag off Tiranga Yatra, organised by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.(HT Photo)

Congress in Arunachal slams Rijiju for cutting cake sporting India’s flag, map

Guwahati, Hindustan Times | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2017 11:56 PM IST
The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress demanded the sacking of Rijiju, Mein and Chai over the “dissection of the country on a cake.”
The animal body parts that were seized by wildlife officials in Assam from two men in Dhemaji district. (HT photo)
The animal body parts that were seized by wildlife officials in Assam from two men in Dhemaji district. (HT photo)

Huge haul of body parts of wild animals in Assam, 2 men detained

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2017 09:15 PM IST
Heads and skins of two clouded leopards, a bear head and skin, a wild goat head with antlers, four otter skins, a hornbill beak and bones of different animals were seized.
School students laid their books on the road for drying in a flood-affected village in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI File Picture)
School students laid their books on the road for drying in a flood-affected village in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI File Picture)

Assam flood toll 154, more than 14 lakh still affected

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 07:41 PM IST
Though flood situation has improved, the Brahmaputra continues to flow above the danger mark at two places Neematighat in Jorhat district and Dhubri
The only MLA standing for NCP in the Northeast is Sanbor Shullai, also the party’s president in Meghalaya.(HT Photo)
The only MLA standing for NCP in the Northeast is Sanbor Shullai, also the party’s president in Meghalaya.(HT Photo)

As BJP rises in the Northeast, NCP fades away

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 05:54 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress and NCP, which started their electoral innings in the Northeast almost at the same time, a struggling in the face of a surging BJP.
A general view of Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.(Shutterstock)
A general view of Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.(Shutterstock)

Mizoram Cong minister quits to protest racism after Chakma students denied MBBS seats

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 03:09 PM IST
Buddha Dhan Chakma handed in his resignation after the government decided that the state quota for medical seats will be reserved only for students from Zo ethnic community
People transport sacks of rice through a boat at a flooded village in Morigaon district in Assam.(REUTERS)
People transport sacks of rice through a boat at a flooded village in Morigaon district in Assam.(REUTERS)

Assam flood toll reaches 151, more than 50,000 in relief camps

Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2017 07:25 PM IST
Officials say 16 of Assam’s 33 districts continue to be flood-affected. As many as 54,982 people have taken shelter in 276 relief camps. 
The operation was conducted on August 15 at the charity Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in the state capital Itanagar.(Tom Meitei/HT Photo)
The operation was conducted on August 15 at the charity Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in the state capital Itanagar.(Tom Meitei/HT Photo)

50 tumours removed from Arunachal woman’s uterus

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2017 05:56 PM IST
Doctors decided to carry out the difficult surgery to preserve the woman’s fertility.
A bomb squad of the Assam Police transporting a suspected IED from the Guwahati rail station before detonating it on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
A bomb squad of the Assam Police transporting a suspected IED from the Guwahati rail station before detonating it on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

Compensate for hand pump destroyed as IED, Maharashtra firm tells Assam Police

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2017 11:40 AM IST
The Assam Police took no chance after a ticking sound was detected from a parcel, but ended up destroying a small machinery instead.
Villagers ferrying their cattle to safety on a raft made with banana plant stems from a flood-hit village in Nagaon district of Assam on Sunday.(PTI)
Villagers ferrying their cattle to safety on a raft made with banana plant stems from a flood-hit village in Nagaon district of Assam on Sunday.(PTI)

Assam floods kill more on receding mode, toll 63

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2017 11:51 PM IST
On receding mode, the floods in Assam killed three people on Saturday to take the toll in the second deluge this season to 63. The first wave of floods that ended mid-July had claimed 84 lives. 
Rally demanding the burial of a 42-year-old woman in Imphal.(HT photo)
Rally demanding the burial of a 42-year-old woman in Imphal.(HT photo)

12 days and counting: Manipur Baptist village stalls woman’s burial as she became Catholic

Hindustan Times, Guwahati/Imphal | By Rahul Karmakar and Sobhapati Samom
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2017 05:49 PM IST
Imphal has been rocked by protests after Rita Haorei’s burial was blocked by her husband’s native village. Meghalaya has seen a similar case this month.
Activist Irom Sharmila with her husband British citizen Desmond Coutinha after getting married in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal.(HT Photo)
Activist Irom Sharmila with her husband British citizen Desmond Coutinha after getting married in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal.(HT Photo)

Activist Irom Sharmila marries British partner Desmond Coutinha in Kodaikanal

Hindustan Times, Chennai/Guwahati | By KV Lakshmana and Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 06:18 PM IST
Rights activist Irom Sharmila decided to marry her long-time partner British citizen Desmond Coutinha after she quit politics following her defeat in the Manipur assembly elections.
Four teachers and two students assemble to mark Independence Day in Naskara Lower Primary School in Dhuburi, Assam on August 15.(Joydev Roy)
Four teachers and two students assemble to mark Independence Day in Naskara Lower Primary School in Dhuburi, Assam on August 15.(Joydev Roy)

In Assam, teachers brave flood waters, take boats to celebrate Independence day

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Rahul Karmakar
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2017 08:42 PM IST
Students and teachers braved surging waters and rowed boats to hoist the Tricolour to join the country in celebrating the 71st Independence Day on Tuesday, large parts of Assam have been inundated for weeks from heavy monsoon rains that also swelled rivers,
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