Zehra Kazmi works for the Hindustan Times’ website. She writes on gender, literature and art, history and popular culture.
Articles by Zehra Kazmi
India’s terrible record in crimes against women is once again international headlines after the gang-rape, torture and death of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.
An exhibition on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay celebrates her role in the freedom struggle and India’s handloom revival
The self-taught Delhi artiste celebrates two decades of performing, this year.
Dopehri is the veteran actor’s dramatised reading of a novella he wrote more than 20 years ago,
Karim’s had transformed from a local purveyor of aloo gosht into a monument. It was visited by princes and prime ministers, eulogised by journalists, studied by historians, and patronised by tourists.
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 06:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAlex Traub and Zehra Kazmi, New Delhi
In complete control of the Capital after savagely quelling the 1857 rebellion, the British built a new city with the seat of power on the Raisina Hill.
Crowded roads, endless traffic snarls, unauthorised construction and crumbling infrastructure show how Shah Jahan’s meticulously planned city, once known for its grandeur, has fallen apart due to years of apathy.
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 03:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZehra Kazmi and Saudamini Jain
Firoz Shah was the third ruler from the Tughlaq dynasty. He was considered a people’s king and a committed conservationist. He built 30 palaces, 30 towns, 100 bridges and 200 sarais
Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, the first ruler of the Tughlaq dynasty, chose the rocky site of Tughlaqabad to build the city so that it could be defended easily. It was built in four years but never fully populated and abandoned in 15 years.
Updated on Feb 08, 2018 05:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaudamini Jain and Zehra Kazmi
The Delhi Sultanate, founded by Qutubuddin Aibak, built five cities in its over 300 years of rule. In Part 2 of our series, we looks at the remnants of these structures
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 06:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaudamini Jain and Zehra Kazmi
Terror attacks and America’s wars in West Asia have fuelled a global backlash against ordinary Muslims.
Updated on Jan 21, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByA Mariyam Alavi and Zehra Kazmi
Hilde Lysiak edits Orange Street News. She can report about murder or a school drug racket, or a missing zombie decoration.
Over 34,600 rape cases were reported in India in 2015. Are men finding just now how bad it’s for women in India?
BHU vice chancellor GC Tripathi’s defence of the clashes and police action leaves much to be desired.
Seventh Delhi international jazz festival has an interesting line-up of Indian and international jazz bands.
Omprakash Mishra’s viral rap song has created a furore.
Human rights organizations describe the systematic targeting of Rohingyas by the Myanmar government and Buddhist nationalists as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
The cover art criticises Donald Trump’s defence of far-right rally.
Is there a psychological explanation behind why people don’t come to the aid of accident victims?
Sadia Dehlvi’s book brings alive the saalans, imamdastas and mehmannawazi of Delhi
A look at the art of luring customers with words and images from the archives of Hindustan Times on August 15,1947.
Updated on Aug 14, 2017 12:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByZehra Kazmi and Sujoy Das, New Delhi
In the run up to the presidential election, media analysis and opinion focused on Ram Nath Kovind’s caste.
In a world of fake news and right-wing propaganda, a parody Facebook page called Humans of Hindutva is taking on the saffron brigade with satire and gallows humour.
The recent debate on triple talaq has put Muslim women at the centre of the mainstream discourse. But what are the concerns and challenges before Indian Muslim women today?
Here’s how leading Pakistani media outlets such as Dawn, Express Tribune reacted to ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav.
With the Delhi Theatre Festival kicking off, Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman talk about the beauty and challenge of playing the two celebrated poets on stage in a play called Ek Mulaqat.
Twitter used #MileSurMeraTumhara to celebrate India’s diversity and syncretic tradition.
From France to UK, countries have devised different ways to tackle food wastage at retail and consumer level.
Equal pay advocates have long argued that this question should be struck off the interview checklist.
Bihar-born Heraa Hashmi is behind Muslimscondemn.com, a database that records Muslims denouncing terror.