Vignesh Radhakrishnan

Vignesh Radhakrishnan

Vignesh Radhakrishnan 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 Vignesh Radhakrishnan
Budgam : Defence Minister Manohar Parikar addresses army personnel after paying tributes to the first Param Vir Chakra recipient Major Somnath Sharma on his 69th death anniversary, near the airport in Budgam district of Kashmir on Thursday. PTI Photo by S Irfan (PTI11_3_2016_000174A)(PTI)
Budgam : Defence Minister Manohar Parikar addresses army personnel after paying tributes to the first Param Vir Chakra recipient Major Somnath Sharma on his 69th death anniversary, near the airport in Budgam district of Kashmir on Thursday. PTI Photo by S Irfan (PTI11_3_2016_000174A)(PTI)

He goes nuclear again: The worst Parrikarisms of all times

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2016 03:31 PM IST
His latest off-the-cuff remark, this time on India’s nuclear doctrine, has again led to a controversy and possibly an embarrassment for the government at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Japan, the country which is the worst sufferer of nuclear weapons, to sign a nuclear deal.
Ashwin’s strike rate of 49.4 is the best for any spinner in the last 100 years.(AP)
Ashwin’s strike rate of 49.4 is the best for any spinner in the last 100 years.(AP)

Ashwin tops charts: No Test spinner in last 100 years has a better strike-rate

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2016 07:33 PM IST
When spinner Ravichandran Ashwin caught Trent Boult off his own bowling in Indore on Tuesday evening, it was a befitting end to a game he dominated and also won for India, who crushed New Zealand again to win the Test series 3-0.
Thirty two farming machines, ranging from tractors, cultivators to harvesters stood purring on a giant chess board ready to move according to the moves made by the two young players.(Youtube screen grab)
Thirty two farming machines, ranging from tractors, cultivators to harvesters stood purring on a giant chess board ready to move according to the moves made by the two young players.(Youtube screen grab)

Watch: When a field became a chess board and machines its pieces

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2016 03:45 PM IST
Farmers in a Spanish village invited two players for a game of chess and replicated their moves on a giant field using tractors and other agricultural machinery as pieces, sometime last week.
We have presented all the 20 questions asked in a Class 1 talent exam in a quiz format. Have a go at it. Tweet to us a screenshot if you get more than 10 correct.(Shutterstock)
We have presented all the 20 questions asked in a Class 1 talent exam in a quiz format. Have a go at it. Tweet to us a screenshot if you get more than 10 correct.(Shutterstock)

Here are 20 questions asked in a Class 1 talent exam. Can you answer 5?

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2016 08:10 AM IST
We have presented all the 20 questions in a quiz format. Have a go at it. Tweet to us a screenshot if you get more than 10 correct.
This is not the first time the defence minister has been overtly candid with his comments, many of which have attracted criticism from various quarters.(PTI)
This is not the first time the defence minister has been overtly candid with his comments, many of which have attracted criticism from various quarters.(PTI)

No defence, minister: The worst Parrikarisms of all times

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2016 08:01 PM IST
This is not the first time the defence minister has been overtly candid with his comments, many of which have attracted criticism from various quarters.
Gopalakrishnan Nair is on a mission. He is riding solo from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to educate people about Subhash Chandra Bose’s role in Indian independence.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Gopalakrishnan Nair is on a mission. He is riding solo from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to educate people about Subhash Chandra Bose’s role in Indian independence.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Kanyakumari to Kashmir, ex-army man on a mission to spread Bose’s message

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2016 02:28 PM IST
Fifteen years after retiring from the army, ‘Robin’ Gopalakrishnan Nair is riding across the length of the country on his motorcycle to enlighten people about Bose’s contribution to India’s independence.
Rajinikanth plays an ageing don who champions the cause of Tamils in Malaysia in Kabali.
Rajinikanth plays an ageing don who champions the cause of Tamils in Malaysia in Kabali.

Kabali review: It’s a clash between signature styles of Rajinikanth, Ranjith

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2016 10:32 AM IST
What kind of a film do people expect from Rajinikanth? Do they expect a thriller? Perhaps a revenge drama or a gangster saga? A romantic comedy maybe? Or a cocktail of all these? If you liked him in films such as Aarilirundu Arupadhu Varai or Thalapathi, then you will love him in Kabali.
Superstar Rajinikanth is back with what promises to be his biggest hit yet.
Superstar Rajinikanth is back with what promises to be his biggest hit yet.

Kabali quick take: Rajinikanth shines in this emotional roller-coaster

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2016 01:17 PM IST
Kabali is almost as big as Rajinikanth - but not quite. Not because it’s a bad movie, but because nothing - not even Rajinikanth himself - can top Rajinikanth.
With a world rank of 772, Willis had to play in a qualifier event just to get to the Wimbledon qualifiers.(REUTERS)
With a world rank of 772, Willis had to play in a qualifier event just to get to the Wimbledon qualifiers.(REUTERS)

Marcus Willis: Why a Federer loss may not be a sad affair this Wimbledon

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2016 04:26 PM IST
Leicester City, Iceland and now Marcus Willis - Is 2016 the year of the underdogs?
Harlequin baby being held Dr Yash Banait at Lata Mangeshkar Medical College just after her birth.(HT File Photo)
Harlequin baby being held Dr Yash Banait at Lata Mangeshkar Medical College just after her birth.(HT File Photo)

Cause, symptoms and cure: What is the Harlequin disorder?

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2016 08:40 AM IST
India’s first recorded case of a baby born with Harlequin Ichthyosis - a rare genetic disorder - died on Monday morning after it developed breathing problems at a private hospital in Nagpur.
While PM Narendra Modi visited 35 nations in the first two years, US President Obama only visited 25 countries.(Agencies)
While PM Narendra Modi visited 35 nations in the first two years, US President Obama only visited 25 countries.(Agencies)

Modi visited more nations than Obama in first two years in office

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2016 05:54 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to the US, has visited more countries and flew more air miles than American president Barack Obama in the first two years of their tenures, according to their flight logs.
A RTI reply has revealed that over 2,000 people across India contracted HIV between October 2014 and March 2016 because of unsafe blood transfusion processes followed by hospitals.(Shutterstock)
A RTI reply has revealed that over 2,000 people across India contracted HIV between October 2014 and March 2016 because of unsafe blood transfusion processes followed by hospitals.(Shutterstock)

Over 2000 Indians got HIV due to unsafe blood transfusions in 18 months

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2016 08:23 AM IST
Around 2000 Indians were infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after getting botched blood transfusions, in the last 18 months, according to data shared by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) on Tuesday.
File photo of CPI(ML) Polit Boreau member Kavita Krishnan.(File Photo)
File photo of CPI(ML) Polit Boreau member Kavita Krishnan.(File Photo)

‘I had free sex’: Activist Kavita Krishnan, mother take on FB troll

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2016 12:58 AM IST
CPI(ML) Polit Bureau member Kavita Krishnan and her mother Lakshmi ignited a debate on social media and teamed up to tackle a Facebook troll over women’s rights and consensual sex.
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were integral parts of the Chennai Super Kings team.(AFP Photo)
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were integral parts of the Chennai Super Kings team.(AFP Photo)

Once CSK teammates, Dhoni and Raina set for face-off this IPL

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2016 07:57 PM IST
It will be interesting to see how players who rubbed shoulders with each other on the field until last year suddenly turn rivals. It will be a delight to watch players who used to share secrets to plot opponents’ downfall spill the beans to their new coaches.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi interacts with Virat Kohli during their training session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.(PTI)
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi interacts with Virat Kohli during their training session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.(PTI)

Stat analysis: What happens if India lose to Pakistan today?

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2016 05:44 PM IST
India’s WorldT20 title hopes may end on Saturday if they were to lose against Pakistan in Kolkata.
March 15 is observed as World Consumer Rights Day by the Consumers International (CI).(Picture courtesy: Shutterstock)
March 15 is observed as World Consumer Rights Day by the Consumers International (CI).(Picture courtesy: Shutterstock)

Are you an alert consumer? Answer these questions to find out

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2016 02:47 PM IST
March 15 is observed as World Consumer Rights Day by the Consumers International (CI), a world federation of consumer groups.
An analysis of Suresh Raina’s stats scream out the reason for his struggle: Raina is not comfortable batting at No 4.(AP)
An analysis of Suresh Raina’s stats scream out the reason for his struggle: Raina is not comfortable batting at No 4.(AP)

T20 stats: Is Suresh Raina’s batting position hurting his form?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2016 01:20 PM IST
India’s second most experienced T20 player Suresh Raina, who has 57 matches and 1162 runs in his kitty, is struggling.
This file photo taken on October 06, 2014 shows heat radiating from the Pacific Ocean as imaged by the NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument on the Terra satellite.(Nasa via AFP File Photo)
This file photo taken on October 06, 2014 shows heat radiating from the Pacific Ocean as imaged by the NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument on the Terra satellite.(Nasa via AFP File Photo)

Oceans absorbed heat equal to 2 bn times a Hiroshima bomb since 1997

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2016 01:12 PM IST
Oceans around the world have absorbed man-made heat energy to the tune of two billion Hiroshima-style atomic bombs in the last 18 years, a study released last week claimed.
JD(U) supporters celebrate the Mahagathbandhan's victory in Bihar assembly elections in Patna.(PTI)
JD(U) supporters celebrate the Mahagathbandhan's victory in Bihar assembly elections in Patna.(PTI)

Bihar polls: Political battle ends, online war continues

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan and Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2015 03:35 PM IST
As Bihar’s poll battle ended on Sunday with the JD(U)-RJD combine securing a comfortable win, social media exploded with debates on issues as diverse as pollsters getting things wrong and a BJP leader’s remarks about the role of “foreign powers” in the election.

Is India in danger zone after recent earthquakes in Afghanistan, Nepal?

Hindustan Times | By Zia Haq and Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2015 12:11 PM IST
Monday’s earthquake in Afghanistan was likely triggered by the same colliding of tectonic plates that caused Nepal’s devastating temblor earlier this year – an indication the Himalayan region is seismically very active now, a top Indian seismologist has said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia leave after attending the swearing-in ceremony of their new colleague Imran Hussain at Rajniwas in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia leave after attending the swearing-in ceremony of their new colleague Imran Hussain at Rajniwas in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Will Kejriwal’s plan to fast-track cases help Delhi women?

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2015 05:59 PM IST
How easy would it be to set up fast track courts and how efficient are they in India? Will setting up fast track courts make the national capital a safer place for women?
An all-woman Indian Air Force contingent marching down Rajpath.(Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
An all-woman Indian Air Force contingent marching down Rajpath.(Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)

In pics: First women fighter pilots from around the world

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2015 06:48 PM IST
Meet some of the first female fighter pilots from around the world
Sairam Engg college, Chennai (Photo: Wikicommons)
Sairam Engg college, Chennai (Photo: Wikicommons)

Jail on campus? Chennai college's rules for girls slammed

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2015 06:12 PM IST
A Chennai engineering college circular purportedly containing various dress and ethics codes for girl students has gone viral on social media, leading to a furore over the ‘draconian’ rules.

Delhi dialled '100' more than the rest of India: NCRB

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2015 05:59 PM IST
The total number of distress calls received by police over phone in Delhi exceeds those from the rest of India by a huge margin, according to the latest data from the National Crimes Record Bureau.

Online threat: Hacker claims test results on Indore varsity portal can be tampered with

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, Indore
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2017 10:10 AM IST
The websites of several leading varsities, including Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya of Indore and Mumbai University, are vulnerable to hacking that can alter sensitive information stored on their databases, according to a white hat hacker.
Root_X_Flood a, white-hat or ethical hacker, claims he can access and edit sensitive information hosted in various university websites. (Photo: Screen grab)
Root_X_Flood a, white-hat or ethical hacker, claims he can access and edit sensitive information hosted in various university websites. (Photo: Screen grab)

Hacker claims Madhya Pradesh varsity’s results can be altered

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2015 08:51 PM IST
The websites of several leading varsities, including Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya of Indore and Mumbai University, are vulnerable to hacking that can alter sensitive information stored on their databases, according to a white hat hacker.
Hell Shield Hackers - an anonymous Indian hacker group - defaced various Pakistan websites on Independence day.
Hell Shield Hackers - an anonymous Indian hacker group - defaced various Pakistan websites on Independence day.

Indian hackers bring down Pak websites on Independence day

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2015 11:06 PM IST
A group of anonymous Indian hackers, called 'Hell Shield Hackers', claimed on Saturday to have taken down around 100 Pakistani business websites as a "tribute to Indian jawans" on the occasion of Independence Day.
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Screen-grab-from-Sofia-Ashraf-s-Kodaikanal-won-t-song-video-Youtube

Unilever misinformed to save face: 'Kodaikanal' rapper Sofia

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2015 07:14 PM IST
Sofia Ashraf opened up to HT in an e-mail where she talked about the song, the issue, conflict of interest and much more.
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27,581 Indians died in railway accidents in 2014

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2015 02:06 PM IST
A total of 27,581 Indians died in 2014 in railway related accidents, the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau shows.
Yakub Memon
Yakub Memon

Yakub Memon hanging: For every execution, 1250 were commuted

Hindustan Times | By Vignesh Radhakrishnan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2015 12:29 AM IST
According to the statistics provided by the National Crime Records Bureau, for every execution carried out 1,250 death sentences were commuted in India between 2004 and 2013.
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