Zehra Kazmi

Zehra Kazmi works for the Hindustan Times’ website. She writes on gender, literature and art, history and popular culture.

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Kathua rape, murder exposes ‘India’s religious friction’, says foreign media

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.
Activists of the National Panthers Party burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest demanding, among other things, a federal probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.(REUTERS)
Activists of the National Panthers Party burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest demanding, among other things, a federal probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 01:34 PM IST
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Delhi weekend: Exhibition on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay

An exhibition on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay celebrates her role in the freedom struggle and India’s handloom revival
The exhibition is being conducted by Delhi Craft Council.(India International Centre)
The exhibition is being conducted by Delhi Craft Council.(India International Centre)
Updated on Apr 07, 2018 09:14 AM IST
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Old Hindi songs are embedded in my soul, says pianist Brian Silas

The self-taught Delhi artiste celebrates two decades of performing, this year.
Brian Silas at his home in Delhi. ‘If even one person is listening, he will play happily,’ says wife Ravinder Kaur.(Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)
Brian Silas at his home in Delhi. ‘If even one person is listening, he will play happily,’ says wife Ravinder Kaur.(Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 27, 2018 05:27 PM IST
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This weekend in Delhi: Actor Pankaj Kapur’s dramatic reading of a poignant tale

Dopehri is the veteran actor’s dramatised reading of a novella he wrote more than 20 years ago,
Dopehri began as an experiment, but Theatron, the theatre company Kapur founded with wife and thespian actor Supriya Pathak, has already done 43 shows.
Dopehri began as an experiment, but Theatron, the theatre company Kapur founded with wife and thespian actor Supriya Pathak, has already done 43 shows.
Updated on Mar 10, 2018 08:44 AM IST
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Haji Zahooruddin, who upheld the traditions of Karim’s, dies at 85

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.
Haji Zahooruddin (extreme right) with Bollywood star Dilip Kumar.(Image courtesy Zain-al-Abedin,Zaeemuddin Ahmed and family))
Haji Zahooruddin (extreme right) with Bollywood star Dilip Kumar.(Image courtesy Zain-al-Abedin,Zaeemuddin Ahmed and family))
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 06:58 PM IST
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Imperial Delhi: How the British built a ‘New Delhi’ at the cost of the old

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.
Raisina Hill, which lies to the south of Shahjahanabad, was chosen as the site for the Viceroy’s Lodge and Secretariat buildings.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Archive)
Raisina Hill, which lies to the south of Shahjahanabad, was chosen as the site for the Viceroy’s Lodge and Secretariat buildings.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 09:33 PM IST
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Shahjahanabad: How a planned city came undone

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.
At the centre of this settlement was Qila-i-Mubarak (Red Fort), the palace-fortress. The city was encircled with a wall with 14 gates, from where Shahjahanabad gets its sobriquet of Walled City.(Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Archive)
At the centre of this settlement was Qila-i-Mubarak (Red Fort), the palace-fortress. The city was encircled with a wall with 14 gates, from where Shahjahanabad gets its sobriquet of Walled City.(Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 03:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZehra Kazmi and Saudamini Jain

Feroze Shah Kotla: A Tughlaq king’s citadel now ruled by djinns

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
In 1354 AD, Firoz Shah abandoned Tughlaqabad and Jahanpanah in Mehrauli, and founded a new city, Firuzabad, on the banks of the Yamuna. The move was necessitated by an acute water shortage in the old city.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Archive)
In 1354 AD, Firoz Shah abandoned Tughlaqabad and Jahanpanah in Mehrauli, and founded a new city, Firuzabad, on the banks of the Yamuna. The move was necessitated by an acute water shortage in the old city.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 03:04 PM IST
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Tughlaqabad Fort: Of a monarch and a revered Sufi

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.
Ghiyasuddin, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty, chose the rocky site for Tughlaqabad so it would be easy to defend. Work began on the fort, a massive, formidable structure with sloping walls.(Vipin Kumar/HT Archive)
Ghiyasuddin, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty, chose the rocky site for Tughlaqabad so it would be easy to defend. Work began on the fort, a massive, formidable structure with sloping walls.(Vipin Kumar/HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 08, 2018 05:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaudamini Jain and Zehra Kazmi

The cities of Delhi: How the sultans built citadels of Qutub and Siri

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
The Qutub Minar, the Quwwat ul Islam mosque that stands beside it and a new fort north of the mosque formed “the nucleus” of Delhi’s first iteration as an imperial city.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The Qutub Minar, the Quwwat ul Islam mosque that stands beside it and a new fort north of the mosque formed “the nucleus” of Delhi’s first iteration as an imperial city.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 06:10 PM IST
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‘Do your parents make bombs?’: Muslim students become targets of prejudice, hate in Delhi schools

Terror attacks and America’s wars in West Asia have fuelled a global backlash against ordinary Muslims.
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
Updated on Jan 21, 2018 08:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByA Mariyam Alavi and Zehra Kazmi

No cub reporter: Meet the 11-year-old US journalist who runs her own newspaper

Hilde Lysiak edits Orange Street News. She can report about murder or a school drug racket, or a missing zombie decoration.
Eleven-year-old Hilde Lysiak is a reporter and brings out her own paper called Orange Street News, in Pennsylvania, United States.(Source: Hikde Lysiak)
Eleven-year-old Hilde Lysiak is a reporter and brings out her own paper called Orange Street News, in Pennsylvania, United States.(Source: Hikde Lysiak)
Updated on Dec 05, 2017 02:48 PM IST
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#MeToo: Does it take a Twitter trend to know women are harassed every day?

Over 34,600 rape cases were reported in India in 2015. Are men finding just now how bad it’s for women in India?
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 26, 2017. Weinstein is accused of molesting and harassing several women in his career as a Hollywood mogul,.(REUTER)
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 26, 2017. Weinstein is accused of molesting and harassing several women in his career as a Hollywood mogul,.(REUTER)
Updated on Oct 17, 2017 06:03 PM IST
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It was molestation at BHU and not ‘eve-teasing’: Mind your language, Mr vice chancellor

BHU vice chancellor GC Tripathi’s defence of the clashes and police action leaves much to be desired.
A protest on Saturday by the students of Banaras Hindu University against the molestation of a student inside the campus, in Varanasi.(PTI)
A protest on Saturday by the students of Banaras Hindu University against the molestation of a student inside the campus, in Varanasi.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2017 06:59 PM IST
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Delhi weekend: The Delhi International Jazz fest is here

Seventh Delhi international jazz festival has an interesting line-up of Indian and international jazz bands.
Canadian saxophonist P.J. Perry at an earlier edition of the Delhi jazz festival.(ICCR)
Canadian saxophonist P.J. Perry at an earlier edition of the Delhi jazz festival.(ICCR)
Updated on Sep 23, 2017 01:07 PM IST
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Aunty ki Ghanti: How a Quint reporter was targeted by online mobs for calling out song’s misogyny

Omprakash Mishra’s viral rap song has created a furore.
Omprakash Mishra, the rapper behind ‘Aunty ki Ghanti’.(Facebook)
Omprakash Mishra, the rapper behind ‘Aunty ki Ghanti’.(Facebook)
Updated on Sep 17, 2017 10:31 PM IST
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Who are the Rohingya, why are they called ‘security threat’ and ‘nowhere people’

Human rights organizations describe the systematic targeting of Rohingyas by the Myanmar government and Buddhist nationalists as ‘ethnic cleansing’.
Rohingya refugees shelter from the rain in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton(REUTERS)
Rohingya refugees shelter from the rain in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 18, 2017 03:35 PM IST
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No cover for Trump: Time, Economist, New Yorker open fire over white supremacy defence

The cover art criticises Donald Trump’s defence of far-right rally.
Updated on Aug 18, 2017 08:20 PM IST
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Delhi accident victim: Why don’t people step forward to help? It’s the ‘bystander effect’

Is there a psychological explanation behind why people don’t come to the aid of accident victims?
Narendra Kumar, who lay on the road for 12 hours after his accident, before a PCR van found him. Not a single passerby helped him, instead, people stopped to steal his phone and money.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Narendra Kumar, who lay on the road for 12 hours after his accident, before a PCR van found him. Not a single passerby helped him, instead, people stopped to steal his phone and money.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 18, 2017 08:27 PM IST
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Review: Jasmine and Jinns by Sadia Dehlvi

Sadia Dehlvi’s book brings alive the saalans, imamdastas and mehmannawazi of Delhi
Author Sadia Dehlvi at a market in Delhi.(Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Author Sadia Dehlvi at a market in Delhi.(Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 19, 2017 11:46 AM IST
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Advertising India: How companies pitched themselves to citizens of independent nation

A look at the art of luring customers with words and images from the archives of Hindustan Times on August 15,1947.
Still in the market: An advertisement for Horlicks in the August 15, 1947 edition of Hindustan Times.(HT archives)
Still in the market: An advertisement for Horlicks in the August 15, 1947 edition of Hindustan Times.(HT archives)
Updated on Aug 14, 2017 12:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByZehra Kazmi and Sujoy Das, New Delhi

Hollow tokenism or Dalit empowerment: How media reported Ram Nath Kovind’s path to presidency

In the run up to the presidential election, media analysis and opinion focused on Ram Nath Kovind’s caste.
Ram Nath Kovind(PTI)
Ram Nath Kovind(PTI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 02:46 PM IST
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Humour is the weapon of mystery man behind Facebook’s Humans of Hindutva page

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.
A screenshot of Humans of Hindutva , a parody Facebook page that targets the extreme right through satire and humour.
A screenshot of Humans of Hindutva , a parody Facebook page that targets the extreme right through satire and humour.
Updated on Jul 17, 2017 11:27 AM IST
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Indian Muslim woman: She is looking within and stepping out

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?
Factors contributing to low enrolment and high incidence of drop outs among Muslim girls were poverty, absence of separate girls schools, conservative attitudes and early marriages.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Factors contributing to low enrolment and high incidence of drop outs among Muslim girls were poverty, absence of separate girls schools, conservative attitudes and early marriages.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 01:18 PM IST
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‘India didn’t win’: How Pakistan media reacted to ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav

Here’s how leading Pakistani media outlets such as Dawn, Express Tribune reacted to ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav.
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage.(PTI Photo)
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row in Pakistan on charges of espionage.(PTI Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2017 04:35 PM IST
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Ek Mulaqat: The unfinished love story of Amrita Pritam and Sahir Ludhianvi

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.
Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman essay the roles of poets Amrita Pritam and Sahir Ludhianvi in this play that explores their relationship through the lens of one fateful meeting.
Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman essay the roles of poets Amrita Pritam and Sahir Ludhianvi in this play that explores their relationship through the lens of one fateful meeting.
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 04:42 PM IST
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Remember Mile Sur Mera Tumhara? Here’s why it is trending on Twitter

Twitter used #MileSurMeraTumhara to celebrate India’s diversity and syncretic tradition.
A still from Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, Doordarshan’s short film celebrating India’s diversity.
A still from Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, Doordarshan’s short film celebrating India’s diversity.
Updated on Apr 18, 2017 01:26 PM IST
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India to fix portion sizes in hotels, here’s how the world curbs food wastage

From France to UK, countries have devised different ways to tackle food wastage at retail and consumer level.
Countries across the world are adopting different measures to tackle food wastage.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Countries across the world are adopting different measures to tackle food wastage.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 11, 2017 08:05 PM IST
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‘What’s your salary?’ Why New York banned employers from asking this question

Equal pay advocates have long argued that this question should be struck off the interview checklist.
(Shutterstock)
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Updated on Apr 07, 2017 06:15 PM IST
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‘Yes, Muslims condemn terror’: This woman proves it with 712-page Google doc

Bihar-born Heraa Hashmi is behind Muslimscondemn.com, a database that records Muslims denouncing terror.
Heraa Hashmi, 19, is behind Muslimscondemn.com, a database that records Muslims denouncing terror.
Heraa Hashmi, 19, is behind Muslimscondemn.com, a database that records Muslims denouncing terror.
Updated on Apr 01, 2017 06:24 PM IST
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