Ashok Behera is a news editor of the national editions of Hindustan Times. He was heading the desk of HT’s Bhopal and Indore editions for over eight years. With a desk experience of over two decades, he has worked in newspapers in Delhi, Hyderabad, Panaij, Kolkata, Bangalore and Bhopal.
Instead of pursuing the path of a dialogue, Modi’s government used police action in the JNU and bureaucratic methods in the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) to tackle ideological conflicts. read more
The arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar under anti-national charges is an attempt by the BJP government to snuff out the progressive voice of the university, kill campus activism and foist a Hindutva version of nationalism, said many... read more
Russia’s growing proximity with China and Pakistan won’t hurt its historically cozy ties with India as New Delhi is the largest market for Russian defence purchases and needs Moscow’s help to maintain its large arsenal of imported military equipment,... read more
Jharkhand is among the few states in the country to have a specific law against witch hunts. But the mild Prevention of Witch Practices Act, 2001 has not done much to stop the victimisation of women branded as daayan, or witches. read more
The NDA government’s plan to revamp the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) is welcome if it means expanding the compass of research on modern and contemporary India without diluting the Nehruvian legacy and distorting the saga of the freedom movement,senior... read more
Opinion appears sharply divided over whether a contentious domicile policy for Jharkhand would benefit its largely impoverished indigenous, tribal population or only end up destroying the state’s delicate social fabric. read more
Tweaking rules to make it easier to acquire land for industry could dent PM Narendra Modi’s huge political capital unless he also ensures a commensurate rise in compensation for farmers, political experts and economists say. read more