Yogesh Joshi

Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

Articles by Yogesh Joshi

Monday Musings: The Maratha factor in Maharashtra

The apex court has taken a firm stand on the issue and has also quashed a review petition by Shinde-led state government in April this year

For around a decade and a half, no chief minister in Maharashtra has escaped the wrath of Maratha community, seeking reservation. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 11:56 PM IST

CM calls all party meeting on Maratha reservation today

At Antarwali Sarati, Jarange Patil welcomed the decision to convene an all-party meeting although he clarified that hunger strike will continue

Maratha reservation has become a complex issue for the government with those agitating from the community is pressing for their inclusion in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Monday Musings: 20 years later, stamp paper scam continues to score political points

Responding to Chhagan Bhujbal’s criticism, Sharad Pawar senior said his one-time colleague would have ended up in jail in the Telgi case if he hadn’t resigned

A jackfruit seller to a stamp vendor turned master forger, Abdul Karim Telgi (C) , first came into focus in 2003, two years after his arrest that unfolded a nexus between criminals, politicians and police. (AP/FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Centre’s 40% duty on onion exports will harm farmers: Sharad Pawar

The central government’s 40% duty on onion export will harm farmers, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday

 NCP President Sharad Pawar(PTI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 01:06 AM IST

Monday Musings: Rationalism in the era of fake news

If science is believed to be something realistic, yet the technologies based on science seem to facilitate more fake news and information that doesn’t necessarily advance the public good

The anti-superstition movement has grown faster across Maharashtra post Dabholkar’s murder in 2013 in Pune. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 12:23 AM IST

Traders upset over Centre’s 40% export duty on onion, farmers stop auction at wholesale market

At India’s largest onion trading mandi in Lasalgaon, Nashik district, farmers and traders staged a protest on Sunday while at Rahuri agriculture market in Ahmednagar, farmers affiliated to Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana stopped auctioning on the commodity

Onion traders from Nashik have decided not to hold auctioning at Lasalgaon and other markets in the district on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 11:54 PM IST

‘Dr Dabholkar’s work is rooted beyond Maharashtra’

Dr Narendra Dabholkar’s murder was an act of terrorism according to the charge sheet submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The main purpose was to create terror and unease in society. Many of those who were considered fringe elements back then are now at the forefront

The mastermind of Dr Dabholkar’s death is still at large. His son Hamid Dabholkar who carries his mantle now and heads the Andha Shraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, says that while the violence against the rationalists underlined the changing social atmosphere in the country, the job of the rationalists has only got tougher. (AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 12:28 AM IST

NCP members align with BJP after ED action, same case with Jayant Patil

Amid speculations of NCP's Jayant Patil joining BJP, Sharad Pawar says some colleagues joined BJP after receiving notices from central agencies. Pawar expressed confidence in Patil and his ideologies. He also clarified that there is no confusion within the MVA alliance over his meeting with nephew Ajit Pawar. Pawar visited Baramati for the first time after Ajit Pawar joined BJP-Shiv Sena. MVA constituents Congress and Shiv Sena sought clarification from Pawar about the meetings. Pawar reiterated that his faction will not align with BJP.

(From left) NCP leader Sharad Pawar along with Chhagan Bhujbal ,Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar at a meeting in Mumbai in 2019. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Not aware of what transpired between Pawars: Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil has denied that the meeting between party founder Sharad Pawar and nephew Ajit Pawar was "secret." Patil said he was not aware of what transpired between the two. The meeting, which took place at a businessman's residence, has sparked speculation about a possible split in the NCP. Patil, who is reportedly in touch with Ajit and BJP leaders for a possible switch to their side, was also present at the meeting. However, Patil insisted that he is still with Sharad Pawar and there is no split in the party.

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 10:13 PM IST

Some ‘well-wishers’ trying to persuade but won’t join hands with BJP: Sharad Pawar

Speaking in Solapur on Sunday, senior Pawar said that association with the BJP is not possible in accordance with the political ideology of the NCP

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Solapur on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Speculation intensifies as Pawar and Ajit hold secret meet in Pune

To avoid the media glare, Ajit had left his official convoy at the government guest house. Before leaving Chordia’s residence 15 minutes before Jayant Patil, he sent his official car out of the gate well ahead of his exit by another car. Visuals from Marathi television channels suggest that in its haste to leave the scene, the car bumped into the iron gate

According to leaders from both factions, attempts are being made by Ajit and his colleagues to convince Sharad Pawar to join the BJP-led NDA. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Monday Musings: Maharashtra’s power trading leaders, confused cadre & cynic voters

Absence of public representatives have left citizens with no choice but to directly reach out to civic administration

Traffic problem in Pune has been perennial with no solution in sight (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Modi-Pawar bonhomie on display amid political remarks at Tilak award ceremony

While CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis shook hands with Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar skipped the opportunity, and walked past his uncle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar were all smiles as Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde looks on at the Lokmanya Tilak National Award ceremony in Pune on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Sharad Pawar, nephew Ajit to share stage with PM Modi in Pune today

Ajit Pawar had last month joined hands with chief minister Eknath Shinde and assumed the post of deputy CM alongside Devendra Fadnavis on July 2

Nationalist Congress Party leaders Ajit Pawar (left) and Sharad Pawar. (Rahul Raut/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 11:04 AM IST

Monday Musings: Metro takes shape, Pune airport not even mentioned in debates

The irony is that while the city is the second largest in the state and a bigger contributor than any other city in terms of employment, the proposed airport on paper now doesn’t even figure among discussions of those ruling the state

The lower-than-expected ridership for Pune Metro so far is due to poor last-mile connectivity. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Ghost town gets new lease of life

The National Company Law Tribunal has approved a proposal by Darwin Platform Infrastructure Limited to take over Lavasa, a private city in Pune district. The decision has revived hopes for thousands of home buyers and investors who have been affected by the uncertainties surrounding the project. Darwin Platform Infrastructure Limited has expressed eagerness to revitalize the project and prioritize the needs of stakeholders. However, the execution of the resolution plan is subject to environmental clearances.

The township, a four-hour ride away from Mumbai, was modelled on the lines of the cotton-candy harbour of Italy’s Portofino. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO))
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 01:09 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar,

Monday Musings: Needed, a strong leader of opposition in Maharashtra

Maharashtra is also likely to get a new leader of opposition in the monsoon session of the state assembly that will begin today (Monday)

(From left) State Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole and Balasaheb Thorat. With the second highest number of MLAs in the house, the party can now claim the post of Leader of Opposition (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Monday Musings: Two steps forward, one step back: story of Pawar politics

The four-time chief minister and three-time Union Minister admitted in the book that due to ability to maintain friendship with politicians from various ideological spectrums, cost him politically

NCP chief Sharad Pawar during the party meeting at YB Chavan Centre, at Nariman Point, in Mumbai on July 5. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 12:21 AM IST

Gen-next to watch out for in Maharashtra politics

They come from different backgrounds though most of them are from political families – all unified by ambition and a forward looking approach in politics. They are equally well-versed with the politics of power and know why realpolitik matters. HT profiles some of the young players who are out there to bring about change

 (HT Illustration)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 01:16 AM IST

Honey-trapped DRDO scientist shared details of India’s missile, drone programmes

In its charge sheet, ATS claimed to have unearthed “explosive” chats between the scientist and the Pakistani operative.

DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar (in lined shirt and wearing mask) produced in the Shivaji Nagar Court, in Pune.(HT Photo/file)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 07:21 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar,

DRDO scientist who leaked secrets to get close to Pak agent called her ‘babe'

The alleged Pakistani agent created multiple fake accounts under different names to engage with the scientist

Pradeep Kurulkar (IDU Twitter)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 10:27 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar,

DRDO scientist leaked secrets to get intimate with Pak agent: ATS

Pradeep Kurulkar, 60, was director, research and development, at DRDO when he shared this information with the woman “in order to establish intimate relations with her”, said the charge sheet

It was sometime in March this year that DRDO informed the Maharashtra ATS about its suspicions about Pradeep Kurulkar’s activities and he was subsequently arrested. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:39 AM IST
ByNadeem Inamdar,

Ajit Pawar's revolt alters Western Maharashtra’s politics & Baramati’s dynamics

All eyes will now be on Baramati, the family bastion of Pawars for more than five decades that the BJP has been desperately trying to wrest.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar during the party meeting at MET Bandra, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 04:36 AM IST

Maharashtra’s influential Pawar clan, and a power struggle within

The political dynasty of the Pawars with its roots in Baramati, an industrial town in the east of Pune district, is as old as Maharashtra.

Sharad Pawar (seated centre) is flanked by his wife Pratibha and Ajit Pawar. Standing, from left: Pawar’s grandnephew and MLA from Karjat-Jamkhed Rohit Pawar; Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule; her children Revati and Vijay with an unidentified cousin; and extreme right is Supriya’s husband Sadanand Sule. (BY ARRANGEMENT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 04:31 AM IST
By, Pune

Congress justified in claiming post of LoP in Maharashtra assembly: Sharad Pawar

NCP leader Sharad Pawar says the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly can be from the Congress, as Congress currently has the largest number of MLAs.

HT Image
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 01:02 AM IST

Day after his party split, Pawar sets out to rebuild NCP

The 82-year-old leader headed to Karad in Satara to pay his respects at the memorial of his political mentor YB Chavan on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

Karad: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar with Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan pays tribute to former Maharashtra chief minister Yashwantrao Chavan, in Karad, Monday, July 3, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI07_03_2023_000052A) (PTI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 01:00 AM IST

Congress justified in claiming post of LoP in Maharashtra assembly: Sharad Pawar

In the 288-member state assembly, Congress currently has 45 legislators after a win in Kasba Peth bypolls in Pune

Shiv Sena is now reduced to 16 MLAs in the state assembly. (ANI photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 04:17 PM IST

No legal battle over NCP, will go to people directly, says Sharad Pawar

Among the 37 NCP MLAs who have defected-- and that number is likely to go up in the next few days—are some of Pawar’s closest aides, Dilip Walse-Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal. But, Pawar said he was undeterred by the split and that he would rebuild his party from scratch

Mumbai, July 02 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar addresses a press conference on party leader Ajit Pawar joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and taking oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 01:09 AM IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar: Will seek people’s support, not legal remedy

Among the 37 NCP MLAs who have defected-- and that number is likely to go up in the next few days—are some of Pawar’s closest aides, Dilip Walse-Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 11:55 PM IST

Monday Musings: At 82, Sharad Pawar faces toughest challenge of his political career

Ajit Pawar's rebellion against Sharad Pawar has left the NCP chief facing the most difficult period in his political career. Despite losing most of his party, Sharad Pawar remains calm and determined to take on the challenge. His ability to keep his close aides by his side is now in question. Ajit Pawar's rebellion may be driven by the desire to safeguard the interests of those controlling cooperatives and educational institutes, who see advantage in being on the ruling side. Sharad Pawar's previous defections may have come back to haunt him.

Sharad Pawar address a press at his residence of 1Modibaug on Ganeshkhind Road in Pune on Sunday. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 11:14 PM IST
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