Ranjan Srivastava leads HT’s coverage from Bhopal. He has spent more than two decades in journalism in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, covering political and other affairs. For the past 16 years, he has been working in Madhya Pradesh.

Articles by Ranjan

How will BJP-JD(S) alliance impact Karnataka?

The JD (S)’s decision to join the NDA comes just about six months before the 2024 general elections.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda with former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy durig a meeting, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 08:18 AM IST

In MP’s Indore, Gangajal bottles is Congress’s counter to sanatana dharma barbs

MP Congress leader Himanshu Yadav said the Gangajal “was to signify Congress’s stand on Sanatan Dharma”

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath being felicitated at a Vishwakarma community convention in Bhopal on Wednesday (ANI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 08:55 PM IST

CM Chouhan unveils 108-ft tall Adi Shankaracharya statue in MP’s Omkareshwar

Adi Shankaracharya, as per Hindu religion scholars, is credited with restoring the glory of Sanatan Dharma in ancient India with his preaching and debate with scholar

Adi Shankaracharya’s 108 feet tall statue known as Statue of Oneness on the bank of Narmada river at Omkareshwar (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 06:04 PM IST

INDIA bloc considering electoral alliance for Madhya Pradesh polls; AAP wary

Another constituent of the INDIA bloc, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is keen to contest all 230 seats in the state assembly on its own

Three key constituents of the INDIA have begun talks for an electoral alliance in the Madhya Pradesh assembly (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 04:46 PM IST

10-year analysis puts spotlight on boat capsizing deaths in Bihar

Between 2012 and 2021, Bihar accounted for 12.2% of all deaths in incidents involving capsizing of boats

Search operation continues on the banks of Bagmati river. (HT)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 05:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Behind the top court's pendency challenge

The Supreme Court of India will now be a part of the National Judicial Data Grid, the Chief Justice of India announced on Thursday

HT Image
Published on Sep 15, 2023 08:55 AM IST

MP Congress’ Jan Akrosh Yatra on Sept 15 set to be delayed

Local tribal and Dalit leaders will prominently figure in leading the yatra in different regions.

The yatra was aimed at reaching out to people of the state ahead of the assembly elections later this year. (HT file photo)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 03:41 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh: Lukewarm response to poll yatra, defections worry BJP brass

Union home minister Amit Shah has repeatedly visited Madhya Pradesh as part of attempts to blunt anti-incumbency and infighting.

The BJP leadership is unhappy over a “not so impressive” response to Jan Ashirvad Yatra. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 09:15 AM IST

Factionalism, expected influx of BJP leaders delays Cong’s 1st list for MP polls

Another party leader said that apart from factionalism, there is a view within the party that announcing candidates early could prevent more Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from joining the Congress ahead of the polls

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 04:29 PM IST

BJP seeks to get caste arithmetic right, counter Madhya Pradesh anti-incumbency

The BJP has sought to retain support among the Other Backward Classes (OBC), the single largest voting bloc estimated to be around 50% of the population

The BJP has announced a slew of measures to blunt infighting and anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Will decide who will be Madhya Pradesh CM after election results: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that the BJP will decide on the Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s post only after the elections.

Union home minister Amit Shah.
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 05:01 AM IST
By, Bhopal

Number theory: OBC chief ministers in India; deep dive into social patterns

This piece will look at the data on OBC chief ministers in detail. It will focus on three key questions to examine this issue.

Parliament House in Delhi(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 01:33 AM IST

Number theory: A caste-wise analysis of all chief ministers in India

A look at the overall, intertemporal and state-wise caste breakup of chief ministers.

Caste plays a crucial role in India's electoral arithmetic.
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh’s “Ladli Behna” comes as succour for poor but price rise hurts

According to MP government officials, the state is spending ₹1,210 crore per month to benefit about 12.5 million woman beneficiaries under the Ladli Behna scheme

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan during the inauguration of the Mukhyamantri Ladli Behna Yojna’s fund transfe (Twitter)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 11:46 AM IST

In poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Shah seeks to blunt anti-incumbency, infighting

Except for 18 months between 2018 and 2020, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power in the Madhya Pradesh since 2003

Union home minister Amit Shah (PTI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 03:56 PM IST
ByRanjan Srivastava

Arbitration law needs to tackle a key concern

The arbitration law has undergone repeated amendments with only one aim — making India the hub of international arbitration.

The A&C Act can offer a broad definition of the term commercial to include investment (Getty Images/iStockphoto) )
Published on Jul 31, 2023 10:29 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh has the highest crime rate against Dalits

MP had the highest crime rate against people belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) groups in 2021, according to NCRB data.

Madhya Pradesh tops this list in crime rate against Scheduled Castes in 2021, according to NCRB. (Representational Image)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 04:45 AM IST

Number theory: Is Congress today where Jan Sangh was in the ‘60s and ‘70s?

A look at how Cong is trying to achieve what the Jan Sangh did by forming a diverse opposition grouping against a dominant party.

Jan Sangh leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed a rally at New Delhi’s India Gate lawns on August 12, 1971. (HT Archive)
Published on Jul 07, 2023 09:09 PM IST

Bihar school teacher dies by suicide at home

The 50-year-old teacher was recently posted as the principal in-charge of a middle school but he was yet to take charge

Police said his wife asked an acquaintance to check on her husband after he did not respond to phone calls (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 03:05 PM IST
ByPrashant Ranjan

Number theory: The new tripartite alignment in Indian politics

A look at why the current anti-BJP alliance may be different from similar experiments in the past.

In a two-part data series, HT captures India’s political re-alignment.
Published on Jul 06, 2023 12:47 AM IST

Bimstec can anchor a new regional economic order

Bimstec has emerged as a critical instrument of regional cooperation linking five South Asian countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

On June 6, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec)(PTI)
Published on Jun 19, 2023 09:47 PM IST

Can opposition unity defeat the BJP in 2024?

Opposition parties are trying to build an argument that the best way to defeat BJP in 2024 is to ensure the opposition fields just one candidate against the BJP

Published on Jun 19, 2023 12:44 AM IST

Number theory: The changing profile of new civil service recruits

The top three candidates in the merit list of the 2022 Civil Services Exam, announced recently were women who studied economics, commerce and engineering.

Aspirants queue for UPSC preliminary exam in Delhi.
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 03:32 AM IST

Number theory: Understanding the political economy of free electricity

An HT analysis of data on domestic urban power tariffs for various states and Union territories (UTS) shows that these vary significantly across states.

Analysis of data from the Union power minister's UDAY portal shows that Karnataka power distribution is also the most profitable in the country.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 12:27 PM IST

Bridge the gap with EU, UK on taxation issues

Can India convince the EU and the UK for a complete carve-out for all kinds of taxation measures from the purview of the investment treaty or FTA?

India’s stand on the issue of taxation assumes importance considering India’s ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) and investment treaty negotiations with several countries, including the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) (AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2023 07:43 PM IST

Karnataka election results point to bipolar polity in southern state

Congress won the Karnataka assembly elections by the biggest vote share and seats after a whopping 34 years.

Congress supporters celebrate the party's victory in the Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 14, 2023 03:40 AM IST

Karnataka elections: Congress seat share 50% in 5 of 6 sub-regions

The BJP on the other hand has recorded its worst ever seat shares in Central and Southern sub-regions

Congress leaders celebrate their win in the Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 14, 2023 01:01 AM IST

Number theory: The relevance of NCP in Maharashtra and India

Sharad Pawar formed the NCP in 1999, after opposing Sonia Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, and leaving the Congress

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 09:48 PM IST

Number theory: A SWOT analysis of the Congress in Karnataka

Can Congress capture power in Karnataka? Congress has the biggest support base in the state, but its seat share to vote share ratio is the lowest among parties.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and senior party leader Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 09:34 PM IST
ByNishant Ranjan

Number theory: A SWOT analysis of the BJP in Karnataka

Here are three charts which look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the BJP in the forthcoming Karnataka polls.

Union home minister Amit Shah with Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:07 PM IST
ByNishant Ranjan
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