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Articles by Ruben Banerjee
Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Apart from getting enraged, Palestinians can do little
The Israeli State --both economically and militarily powerful -- is no easy pushover and fury on the streets is unlikely to propel the Palestinians anywhere close to their goal of an independent nation.
Updated on Dec 09, 2017 04:39 PM IST
Gauri Lankesh killing: True tribute only when journalists stand for principles
Journalist Gauri Lankesh may have been silenced, but it is now for us – the journalists –to ensure her lifelong battle is not lost.
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 01:54 PM IST
HIndustan Times, New Delhi | ByRuben Banerjee
There will be more Gurmeet Ram Rahims, it’s a question of demand and supply
Freeing India of the menace of charlatans -- the likes of Ram Rahims -- is a far stiffer challenge than cleaning up India through the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Updated on Aug 29, 2017 09:11 PM IST
Heartless Delhi: Punish those who look away when accident victims plead for help
An accident victim lay on a Delhi road with a broken spine for 12 hours but nobody came to his rescue. Standing by and doing nothing is no less a crime. It’s perhaps time that the Good Samaritan law have punitive provisions for ‘Bad Samaritans’
Updated on Aug 18, 2017 05:49 PM IST
Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee’s stand will fuel Gorkhaland demand
50 days of Darjeeling unrest: The coming days don’t offer better prospects, with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee betraying little or no sympathy for the Gorkha agitators.
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 07:49 AM IST
Brave Paikas are cannon fodder for Odisha’s politicians
Odisha goes to the polls in 2019 and the BJP hopes to unseat Patnaik who has been at the helm of the state uninterruptedly since 2000.
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 04:53 PM IST
Basirhat tells us battle for Bengal will be bloody
Religious fault lines have run deep in the state with 27% Muslim population. It has grown deeper since Mamata Banerjee took over as the chief minister.
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 07:09 AM IST
Why Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is rocking the alliance boat but not sinking it
Nitish Kumar is worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return in 2019 and Lalu Prasad will stake claim in Bihar the year after. And that could leave him nowhere.
Updated on Jun 28, 2017 08:42 PM IST
Darjeeling will remain in India; Bengal must dump opposition to Gorkhaland
It is about time Bengalis should set aside their emotional opposition and weigh the demand for separate Gorkhaland for whatever its worth
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 06:58 PM IST
Al Jazeera: Good, bad, and a little ugly
Al Jazeera’s very deep pockets allow it to hire the best and brightest and the newsroom drawn from all continents and across nationalities is a mini-United Nations.
Updated on Jun 09, 2017 11:17 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByRuben Banerjee
Gulf crisis: Don’t panic, Qatar situation is far from apocalyptic | Opinion
The latest crisis in the Gulf was triggered after seven countries cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism.
Updated on Jun 06, 2017 09:12 PM IST
Jharkhand lynching: Our outrage is selective, and also possibly discriminatory
India hasn’t reacted to the lynching of Jharkhand villagers with rage, maybe because the incident didn’t take place in any of India’s big cities or the victims don’t belong to a particular religion or caste, or the crime is not connected to cows.
Updated on May 21, 2017 01:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRuben Banerjee, New Delhi
It is time to shed these ‘watershed’ moments in Kashmir
From ‘time to act’ to ‘about time the Kashimiri issue is settled’, the response of those who shape our national discourse has grown stale. The Indian Army oversteps and ties up an innocent Kashmiri to a jeep as a human shield and we are told the army leadership must be more mature. When militants kill an unarmed soldier, our conscience-keepers take the high moral ground and decry violence.
Updated on May 16, 2017 01:02 PM IST
For all her political success, it’s time to admit Jayalalithaa was no Amma
Jayalalithaa, accused by the Supreme Court of being a mastermind who misused her public office to amass wealth, should be remembered for whatever her worth: She was a politician par excellence, but she was not someone who can lay claim to sainthood
Updated on Feb 17, 2017 01:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times. New Delhi | ByRuben Banerjee
Nagaland blocks women’s participation in local polls: Lack of outrage is outrageous
The news from Nagaland over the past few days has been unnerving. The violence that swept the state, resulting in several deaths and destruction of property, was terrible. More appalling were the reasons fuelling the street protests.
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 09:40 PM IST
Heartless India? Time to punish people who watched Karnataka cyclist bleed to death
Since standing by and watching a person die is no less a crime, it’s perhaps time that the Good Samaritan law have punitive provisions for ‘Bad Samaritans’: people who do nothing to help a dying person.
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 05:43 PM IST
New Delhi | ByRuben Banerjee
‘Murthal gang-rape’ to ‘Bengaluru molestation’: Media vigilantism to the fore
Being a vigilante rather than being just vigilant can be disastrous. The past few days dominated by the news of reported ‘mass molestation’ of women in Bengaluru’s MG Road on New Year’s Eve proved how damaging it is for journalists.
Updated on Jan 06, 2017 06:57 PM IST
Assembly elections in five states not the semis for 2019 Lok Sabha contest
The five-state elections are crucial, but are in no way critical. Neither are they a semi-final to the 2019 general elections as being suggested by many.
Updated on Jan 05, 2017 09:56 AM IST
Bengaluru molestation: Politicians add hype, but where is the evidence?
Putting emotions aside, it is time to take a clinical look at what’s fast snowballing into the country’s latest collective shame.
Updated on Jan 03, 2017 02:44 PM IST
Impunity of Bastar police holds up mirror to our collective impotency
The controversial officer in charge of Bastar’s insurgency-ridden six districts threatened HT’s Raipur-based reporter for having the temerity to question him over academic Nandini Sundar’s alleged involvement in a recent murder in the region.
Updated on Nov 15, 2016 02:58 PM IST
Shameless ‘beef’ politics eclipses teen rape-survivor’s plight in Uttar Pradesh
Failure of the establishment to help the unwed pregnant Bareilly girl in time is not only shameful, but also makes the system criminal.
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 06:21 PM IST
Majhi gets help, what about others like him?
Published on Sep 18, 2016 06:42 AM IST
Symbols of our shame: In Odisha, Dana Majhis and deprivation abound
Dana Majhi has ultimately been saved from doom. The Odisha tribal who dented our collective conscience on being forced to walk 10 kilometres with the body of his dead wife last month was in Delhi this week to collect financial aid. The Bahrain government gave him Rs 8 lakh. Others also chipped in with donations that add up to no less than a king’s ransom for the poor farmer from poverty-stricken Kalahandi.
Updated on Sep 17, 2016 05:53 PM IST
Dana Majhi collects financial aid, says ‘life has turned upside down’
Published on Sep 16, 2016 10:09 AM IST
ByRuben Banerjee and Ritam Halder
After his ‘death walk’, Dana Majhi gets the red carpet in Delhi
A month after the video of a helpless Dana Majhi walking back home with the body of his wife on the shoulder triggered nationwide outrage, the Odisha tribal received a red carpet reception during a day’s visit to the city to collect financial aid.
Updated on Sep 16, 2016 12:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRuben Banerjee & Ritam Halder, New Delhi
Rape survivor struggles in face of apathy
Published on Sep 15, 2016 12:17 PM IST
Why no outrage over this rape victim denied permission by court to abort?
Rape victim is 32-weeks pregnant but her plea for abortion has been rejected many times.
Updated on Sep 14, 2016 04:20 PM IST
Money or dignity: The dilemma of Indians in the Gulf
Middle East is great as long as the going is good. But things can go horribly wrong all of a sudden, if you find yourself at the wrong side of law, or someone locally influential.
Updated on Aug 01, 2016 04:01 PM IST
ByRuben Banerjee, New Delhi
Qatar: An oasis for exiles
In granting nationality to M.F. Husain, the Gulf state of Qatar has done what it always does best — providing refuge to those in trouble back home, writes Ruben Banerjee.
Updated on Feb 27, 2010 11:40 PM IST